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

By Brad Berman ·
July 14, 2009

Study Reveals Myths about EV Recharging Infrastructure

In the auto industry’s struggle to re-invent itself as innovative, high-tech, and environmentally friendly, car companies have fixed on the idea of plug-in hybrids and electric cars as a solution. What hasn’t been worked out is the fundamental question of how and where a million plug-in vehicles will find juice for their cars. Pike Research, a renewable energy research and consulting firm, identified a number of critical myths about how electric car charging will unfold by 2015.

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Car-Share Companies Plug In

By Brad Berman ·
July 08, 2009

Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing service, announced yesterday that it will bring an all-electric vehicle "pod" to central London. Two weeks ago, AltCar began offering the Maya 300, a small neighborhood electric vehicle, for loan in Baltimore's Inner Harbor district. Several companies are currently testing the durability and profitability of offering plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in their fleets.

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Plug-in Hybrid Fever Spreads, Despite Cost

By Brad Berman ·
July 07, 2009

Hyundai Blue-Will Plug-in Hybrid

Mostly everyone agrees that the next big leap in hybrids—the capacity to plug-in to the grid and run mostly on electricity—will be expensive. But that’s not stopping major automakers from pushing forward with plug-in hybrids.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 05, 2009

McDonald's Deploys Plug-in Car Charging Station

The McDonald's restaurant in Cary, NC, will become the first location in the fast food restaurant chain in more than a decade to offer electric car recharging. The installation of the first plug-in car charging station at a McDonald’s is a sign of the potential widespread adoption of cars that can be powered by electricity.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 04, 2009

Toyota Plans for Plug-in Production in 2012

Toyota plans to begin commercial production of plug-in hybrids in 2012, producing between 20,000 and 30,000 units in the first year. Toyota hopes to sell its plug-in hybrid for about $48,000. The swifter move toward plug-in hybrids contradicts recent statements from Toyota executives.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 02, 2009

Fisker Tries To Create Distance from Tesla

It’s not surprising that Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors—two California-based makers of high-end electric-drive sports cars—are viewed as similar companies. Fisker makes an $87,000 plug-in hybrid and Tesla produces a $109,000 all-electric roadster. But Henrik Fisker, founder of the Southern California-based company that bears his name, was in Northern California where Tesla is based, to explain how and why the two companies are different.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 29, 2009

US Accountability Office: Plug-in Car Economics Are Uncertain

President Bush signed Executive Order 13423 in January 2007

When former President Bush signed Executive Order 13423 in January 2007, he required federal fleet managers to buy plug-in vehicles as soon as possible. The exact language of the directive was as soon as plug-in cars “become commercially available and can be purchased at a cost reasonably comparable to conventional vehicles based on life-cycle costs.” But getting clarity on that cost comparison has proven to be tricky business.

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Mulally Prioritizes Ford’s High-MPG Technologies

By Brad Berman ·
June 26, 2009

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Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford, pledged yesterday to form an alliance with the Edison Electric Institute to work on plug-in cars. Speaking at EEI’s annual convention in San Francisco on Thursday, Mulallly outlined his company’s path toward high fuel-efficiency, which included—but by no means was limited to—electric vehicle technology.

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Bosch: Electric Cars A Decade or More Away

By Brad Berman ·
June 19, 2009

Bosch, the world’s biggest auto parts supplier, believes that electric
cars will dominate the global car market—but not until 2030. Speaking at
an automotive seminar in Stuttgart, Bosch chairman Bernd Bohr said the
major hurdle for electric cars remains the weight and cost of batteries.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 18, 2009

Mini-E Charging Surprise

The plan to lease the Mini E—an all-electric version of the Mini Cooper—has hit a snag. The market test of about 500 Mini E cars in New York, New Jersey and California was to include a special 220-volt charging unit so leasees could recharge their cars in 3.5 hours. But the installation of the charging box has to be approved by each local municipality.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.