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By Brad Berman ·
April 15, 2008

High Gas Prices and High Hopes

Oil surged to a new height today, almost reaching $114 a barrel. Retail gas prices rose to a new record of $3.38 per gallon. Diesel jumped to $4.19. And AAA is warning that these prices will continue to rise. The first reaction might be to panic, or make a mad dash toward a single technology solution. But a recent talk by John German, manager of environmental and energy analyses at American Honda Motor Company, suggested that we remain calm.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 09, 2008

Miles Electric Car Delayed But Coming

It’s the Holy Grail of the current alternative fuel vehicle, according to its would-be importers—a full-function, freeway-capable five-passenger sedan that runs on electricity alone. The latest company to promise the vehicle is Miles Electric Vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 08, 2008

J.D. Power Sees Three-Fold Growth for Hybrids by 2015

According to the latest forecast by J.D. Power and Associates, sales of hybrid and diesel-powered cars will more than triple by 2015. The new forecast includes specific numbers for the Chevy Volt, beginning with 11,059 sales in 2010 and growing to 70,000 units by 2014.

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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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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.