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By Brad Berman ·
December 15, 2017

Buying Your First Home EV Charger

It’s not rocket science, and you should not overthink the selection and installation of a home charger, also known as an EVSE. That said, there are important differences to consider.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 14, 2017

First Drive of Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid: Spacious Interior But Awkward Design

Honda last week gave journalists a first chance to drive the plug-in hybrid version of the Honda Clarity. The reviews were mostly positive, with praise given to the plug-in hybrid’s spacious interior, decent road manners, and quiet powertrain—but a less than enthusiastic response to the Clarity’s aesthetics.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 08, 2017

Advertising Watchdog Says BMW Shouldn’t Make “Zero Emissions” Claim

What constitutes a “clean” or “zero-emissions” car? That question was raised this week when the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) asked BMW to pull advertisements that claim its i3 electric car, the version with the small range-extending gasoline engine, is “a clean car and helps to give back to the environment.” The ASA’s position is that even vehicles that rely mostly on batteries for power—and only use gasoline to supplement electric energy—cannot make a claim for zero emissions.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 29, 2017

Honda Aims for 15-Minute EV Refueling by 2022

For the past several years, Honda has seen a limited role for pure electric cars. The company’s executives point to the high cost of batteries and long recharging times as a reason to limit EV production. In an apparent change of direction, according to a report earlier this month in Nikkei’s Asian Review, the Japanese automaker said that by 2022 it plans to introduce a line of EVs that can add about 150 miles of driving range with a 15-minute charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 21, 2017

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid Is Coming in 2019, But With How Much Range?

Ford Motor Company is planning to reintroduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape crossover SUV in 2019, according to a report in Automotive News. That new plug-in hybrid will fill in a gap for electric car shoppers: an affordable crossover with a robust plug-in hybrid powertrain. The new plug-in Ford Escape will be accompanied by a plug-in-hybrid Lincoln MKC.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 13, 2017

Ford Stops Production of the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid

Ford last week confirmed that it stopped production of its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid—and will soon cease production of the conventional hybrid version of the hatchback. “Ford C-Max Energi production has ended,” Dan Jones, Ford's North America Car Communications Manager, told Green Car Reports. While the plug-in hybrid variant of the C-Max is on track to have its best year of sales yet, sales of the no-plug C-Max hybrid have dropped by 18 percent compared to last year.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 07, 2017

GOP Tax Bill Threatens Electric Car Tax Credit

The House GOP tax reform bill released last week proposes to wipe out the federal tax credit for electric-vehicle purchases. The credit is worth up to $7,500 for consumers who buy cars that run on battery power and produce little to no tailpipe emissions. If the bill passes, the credit will apply to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles purchased through the end of 2017—but not beyond that time.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 02, 2017

Tesla Pushes Back Model 3 Production Timeline by Three Months

Tesla said on Wednesday that production of its Model 3 small electric car would be delayed by about three months. The company said its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s a week would likely occur at the end of March, rather than the end of November.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 24, 2017

Toyota Continues Aggressive Development of Next-Generation Electric Cars

It’s been one year since Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported that Toyota intends to mass-produce an electric car with a driving range of approximately 185 miles. According to multiple reports, Toyota continues to pursue this goal—and to develop an EV with even longer range and able to recharge much faster than today’s electric models. The company has not yet revealed any specific product plans for an electric car in the United States.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 20, 2017

Mitsubishi Will Launch Outlander Plug-in Hybrid in December

It’s been nearly five years since Mitsubishi announced that its Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will soon go on sale. But now, after repeated delays and recalls, the company says it will finally introduce the plug-in SUV later this year. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is expected to arrive in dealerships in December 2017. The base price for the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will be $34,595—establishing the vehicle as by far the most affordable plug-in SUV on the market.

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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.