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By John Voelcker ·
October 27, 2008

Comedy: 1970s EV with 4,000 Batteries

We’re probably showing our age when we remember Fernwood 2 Night, the 1977 mock talk-show spinoff of classic 1970s comedy series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. But it wasn’t until we found one of the old clips that we realized: Good lord, the show’s writers anticipated the Tesla Roadster battery by at least 30 years!

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By Brad Berman ·
October 22, 2008

Driving Tesla Near The Edge, Or Over?

Last week, Tesla Motor Company acknowledged that it is losing money, struggling financially, laying off employees, and closing its Detroit-area office. Could the Tesla dream—the creation of an electric car company in the mold of a Silicon Valley start-up—be falling apart? Elon Musk, the company’s primary funder and now its CEO is unwilling to let that happen. No matter the cost.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 19, 2008

Silver Buckshot Approach Displayed in San Francisco

The green car movement has historically been comprised of many camps, each one arguing that he or she has the winning fuel or propulsion system. Yet the notion that no single solution will solve our energy and environmental problems is now gaining widespread acceptance. A smorgasbord of promising technologies was on display last week at a meeting of the Western Automotive Journalist in South San Francisco.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 10, 2008

Smart ED Moves to Next Generation

The newest version of the electric Smart, set for demonstration projects in the US and Germany, will use lithium ion batteries that should give the car close to 100 miles of range.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 06, 2008

Volvo's Hybrid Car Campaign

Volvo loyalists have been wondering for some time now about the Swedish carmaker’s near-term plans for producing an eco-friendly offering within its lineup. The Ford subsidiary has shown several hybrid concept vehicles at various international auto shows, but there have been no formal announcements about taking any green ideas to market. Until now.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 04, 2008

Congress Throws Cash At Plug-In Hybrids

The $700 billion bailout bill signed by President Bush yesterday includes tax credits up to $7,500 for US buyers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. What does this have to do with preventing a financial meltdown in the global credit markets? Not much.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 03, 2008

Hybrid and Electric Cars Shine in Paris

This week’s Paris Auto Show is practically a parade of electric and hybrid cars. It's a chance to see a glimpse of the future. Check out our showcase of the 10 coolest and greenest vehicles from the Paris show.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 03, 2008

Will Electric Cars Rule the Future?

What will your children drive 20 years or more from now? According to one analyst, many of them are likely to take the wheel of a battery electric car.

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By John Voelcker ·
September 22, 2008

Chrysler Bombshell: Electric Vehicle Production By 2010

Top executives of Chrysler Corporation took the wraps off a line of electric and hybrid vehicles today. In a CNBC exclusive interview, the company both upended and validated the future arrival of electrically driven vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 16, 2008

2008 Paris Auto Show: Green Preview

Every two years, thousands of car enthusiasts and journalists flock to see what’s new at the Paris Auto Show. This year however, it’s more than just about what’s new. It’s about what’s green.

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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.