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

By Brad Berman ·
April 04, 2008

The Car Electric-Grid Utopia, With Caveats

The vision of hundreds of thousands of electric cars buzzing along American highways and byways makes most utility companies downright giddy. It’s not just the opportunity sell a lot more electricity that gets them excited. “We think there’s a fundamental game-changer here. And that’s energy storage,” said Ed Kjaer, director of electric transportation at Southern California Edison. What will it take to get us there?

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By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2008

GM Readies Volt Batteries for Road Testing

Later this month, General Motors will begin real-world testing a fleet of Chevrolet Malibus outfitted with lithium ion battery technology—as part of a push to bring the Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle to market.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 26, 2008

California Cuts Electric Car Goal...Again

The California Air Resources Board agreed today to significantly cut the number of electric vehicles that car manufacturers are required to sell. The new plan allows carmakers to produce as few as 7,500 zero-emission vehicles over the next four years, down from the previous, more ambitious target of 25,000.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 26, 2008

D.C. Mayor: Tax Breaks for High-MPG Hybrids Only

Mayor Adrian Fenty of Washington D.C. wants to eliminate local tax incentives for hybrids that get less than 40 miles per gallon. The mayor is responding to the latest hybrids to hit the market, like the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, which is rated at 22 mpg.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 18, 2008

Electric Cars at Un-Green NY Auto Show

The 2008 New York Auto Show, opening this week, will mostly focus on model redesigns while pushing hybrids and other fuel-sipping models to the margins. There’s one notable exception: the show will feature a number of electric vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 15, 2008

Mitsubishi To Show Tiny Car in NY

Mitsubishi will show its ultra-compact i-minicar next week at the New York International Auto Show.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 12, 2008

BMW to Offer Battery-Powered Eco-Car for U.S.

Norbert Reithofer, BMW CEO, said the company will likely "make a battery-powered ecologically compatible car for the U.S. market" with a target launch date of 2012. Details beyond that general plan are sketchy.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 09, 2008

ZAP To Offer Plug-In Conversions

ZAP, the California-based electric car maker, is teaming up with Colorado-based Hybrids Plus to offer plug-in conversion systems for the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 06, 2008

GE Invests in Future of Electric Cars

General Electric will invest $24 million in two initiatives to bolster hybrid and electric car technology, including a $4 million commitment to Think, the Norwegian electric car maker formerly owned by Ford. The Think Ox is the car company's latest concept vehicle—an all-electric five-seater small SUV, promising 125 miles of range on a charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 22, 2008

Lotus Creates Hybrid R&D Center

The goals of high performance and greater fuel efficiency were further melded this week when Lotus—the British maker of race cars—created a new research and development group solely devoted to electric and hybrid vehicles.

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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.