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

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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By Brad Berman ·
February 21, 2008

Taking the Prius Beyond 100 MPG

California-based OEMtek says it can outfit a Prius with a bigger battery pack and double its fuel economy to more than 100 miles per gallon—for a cost of $12,500.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 05, 2008

ZAP Announces Plans for $30K Performance Electric Car

California-based automaker ZAP has announced plans for a new electric car. The futuristic three-wheeler will be able to do 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 156 miles per hour—and cost about $30,000.

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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.