All the News, Reviews, Guides and Reports on Electric Cars

By Brad Berman ·
August 24, 2017

General Motors Notifies Early Chevy Bolt Owners of Potential Battery Failure

General Motors today began notifying a couple of hundred owners of the Chevrolet Bolt all-electric car about a battery problem that could leave them stranded. In an exclusive interview with PluginCars.com, Kevin Kelly, ‎senior manager for advanced technology communications at General Motors, said that the problem might affect less than one percent of early Bolt production models. The company is proactively reaching out to “fewer than a couple hundred customers” that could be impacted, according to Kelly. The remedy is to replace the entire battery pack, even if only one cell is faulty.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 15, 2017

New Smart Electric Offers Less Range, Less Power and Fewer Dealerships

In what appears to be an unwinding of its US presence, Smart’s 85 dealerships will be reduced to only 27 locations in the coming months. The new version defies the trend for electric cars, which commonly receive upgrades in range and power in successive generations. But the 2017 Smart Electric Drive provides just 58 miles of driving range, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 09, 2017

2018 Nissan LEAF Will Be Faster and Sleeker, With a Starting Price of $30,000

The 2018 Nissan LEAF will be officially revealed on September 6. That’s when current EV shoppers can fully evaluate the new LEAF—and how its design and technical specifications compare to an expanding selection of new battery-powered vehicles. Thanks to teaser images and leaked information emerging in recent weeks, we already have indications about key figures, including price, battery size, and motor output.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 04, 2017

Honda Clarity Electric Goes On Sale in California and Oregon

The all-electric version of the 2017 Honda Clarity started arriving in dealerships in the past few weeks. The full-size sedan, which is only available in California and Oregon, leases for $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The all-electric Clarity can travel 89 miles on a single charge. That puts Honda in the unfortunate position of introducing an EV with a driving range significantly lower than the new generation of electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 01, 2017

First Drivers of Model 3 Rave Mostly About Minimalist Interior

Tesla achieved a major milestone in its corporate strategy on Friday night when it handed keys over to the first 30 drivers of its so-called first affordable electric car, the Model 3. While the company has perhaps as many as a half-million customers waiting to complete a purchase—and therefore doesn’t need to garner more publicity or sales—a number of fans and journalists were granted their first few minutes of seat time last week. The chorus of feedback focused on the minimalist interior that uses a single 15-inch touchscreen instead of any buttons, knobs, dials, or gauges on the dashboard.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 28, 2017

Will Gas Cars Be Banned in Europe (and California) in About 20 Years?

In a sign that world governments in about two decades will require all new cars to run purely on electricity, Britain announced on Wednesday that sales of new diesel and gas cars would end by 2040. This follows a similar pledge by France earlier this month and previous statements by Norway and India that it will only sell electric cars by 2025 and 2030 respectively. Approximately 10 other countries have officially set aggressive sales targets for electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 25, 2017

Reservation-Holders for Tesla Model 3 Hope for an Update on Friday

Tesla is set to begin delivering the first Model 3 cars to customers at an event on Friday, July 28. Thirty lucky EV fans will become the first Model 3 drivers. They will bask in the limelight of the hand-over ceremony and immediately start reporting on the performance of the much-anticipated Model 3. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of reservation-holders who put down a $1,000 deposit more than a year ago will be anxiously awaiting details about key questions.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 20, 2017

Nissan Promotes the New LEAF EV by Renaming the Accelerator Pedal

The redesigned 2018 LEAF will be unveiled in Tokyo on Sept. 6. From all accounts, the new LEAF will shed the first-generation’s high-tech appearance in favor of a more mainstream design. That means the current LEAF’s bulging headlights, bulbous tail and sloped hood will be less pronounced. The interior will also gain simplicity, with an infotainment screen placed in the center stack and driving information displayed behind the steering wheel. But making a new model more humdrum might not be a great marketing angle, so Nissan this week pushed the idea of a so-called e-Pedal.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 14, 2017

MINI Begins Sales of Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

The new 2018 MINI Cooper SE Countryman All4 made its debut in June. Sales of the first 10 US sales were reported last month, and the car made a UK appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The plug-in Countryman represents the first full-production electric-drive vehicle available in MINI showrooms.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 11, 2017

State Incentives for Electric Cars Are Off Again, On Again

The California Clean Vehicle Rebate program this month is putting new applicants for its incentives on a waiting list. The hiatus in payments could last until September when a new legislative session begins. Because priority is given to qualified lower-income applicants, only needs-based applications are currently being processed. California experienced the same hiatus in payments last year until it was restored months later. Other states—including Georgia, Utah, and Colorado—also temporarily suspended or eliminated for EV incentives.

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