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By Brad Berman ·
September 12, 2017

Exclusive: At Least 100 Chevy Bolt Drivers Have Experienced Complete Loss of Propulsion

General Motors yesterday confirmed to PluginCars.com that approximately 100 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars were equipped with faulty battery cells that left drivers stranded after experiencing a complete loss of propulsion while driving. In some cases, the loss of propulsion was nearly instantaneous—with the car quickly stopping and the driver not being able to drive forward or reverse out of harm’s way. Other drivers had up to about five minutes to maneuver to safety.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 06, 2017

Nissan Unveils Second-Generation 150-Mile LEAF Electric Car

Nissan debuted the second-generation LEAF on Tuesday night. The new version of the world’s best-selling all-electric car will get a bump in driving range to 150 miles (from its current 107 miles) while keeping its price below $30,000. At the same time, Nissan toned down the model’s geeky high-tech looks of the outgoing EV—replacing it with the brand’s more conventional design features (such as its V-Motion grille, two-tone color scheme, and floating roof).The 2018 Nissan LEAF goes on sale in the US early next year.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 05, 2017

The Electric Cars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: What To Expect

The new season of international auto shows kicks off in Frankfurt next week. While big industry car shows are often more about sending a message than revealing actual production plans, the Frankfurt event looks promising for EV fans. There will be a few unveilings of refreshed electric car models offering new designs and features—as well as pre-production vehicles showing progress toward market introduction in the next couple of years. And of course, we can expect a few helpings of eye-candy in the form of way-out fantastical electric concepts with advanced autonomous features.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 24, 2017

General Motors Notifies Early Chevy Bolt Owners of Potential Battery Failure

General Motors today began notifying a couple of hundred owners of the Chevrolet Bolt all-electric car about a battery problem that could leave them stranded. In an exclusive interview with PluginCars.com, Kevin Kelly, ‎senior manager for advanced technology communications at General Motors, said that the problem might affect less than one percent of early Bolt production models. The company is proactively reaching out to “fewer than a couple hundred customers” that could be impacted, according to Kelly. The remedy is to replace the entire battery pack, even if only one cell is faulty.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 15, 2017

New Smart Electric Offers Less Range, Less Power and Fewer Dealerships

In what appears to be an unwinding of its US presence, Smart’s 85 dealerships will be reduced to only 27 locations in the coming months. The new version defies the trend for electric cars, which commonly receive upgrades in range and power in successive generations. But the 2017 Smart Electric Drive provides just 58 miles of driving range, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 09, 2017

2018 Nissan LEAF Will Be Faster and Sleeker, With a Starting Price of $30,000

The 2018 Nissan LEAF will be officially revealed on September 6. That’s when current EV shoppers can fully evaluate the new LEAF—and how its design and technical specifications compare to an expanding selection of new battery-powered vehicles. Thanks to teaser images and leaked information emerging in recent weeks, we already have indications about key figures, including price, battery size, and motor output.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 04, 2017

Honda Clarity Electric Goes On Sale in California and Oregon

The all-electric version of the 2017 Honda Clarity started arriving in dealerships in the past few weeks. The full-size sedan, which is only available in California and Oregon, leases for $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The all-electric Clarity can travel 89 miles on a single charge. That puts Honda in the unfortunate position of introducing an EV with a driving range significantly lower than the new generation of electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 01, 2017

First Drivers of Model 3 Rave Mostly About Minimalist Interior

Tesla achieved a major milestone in its corporate strategy on Friday night when it handed keys over to the first 30 drivers of its so-called first affordable electric car, the Model 3. While the company has perhaps as many as a half-million customers waiting to complete a purchase—and therefore doesn’t need to garner more publicity or sales—a number of fans and journalists were granted their first few minutes of seat time last week. The chorus of feedback focused on the minimalist interior that uses a single 15-inch touchscreen instead of any buttons, knobs, dials, or gauges on the dashboard.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 28, 2017

Will Gas Cars Be Banned in Europe (and California) in About 20 Years?

In a sign that world governments in about two decades will require all new cars to run purely on electricity, Britain announced on Wednesday that sales of new diesel and gas cars would end by 2040. This follows a similar pledge by France earlier this month and previous statements by Norway and India that it will only sell electric cars by 2025 and 2030 respectively. Approximately 10 other countries have officially set aggressive sales targets for electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 25, 2017

Reservation-Holders for Tesla Model 3 Hope for an Update on Friday

Tesla is set to begin delivering the first Model 3 cars to customers at an event on Friday, July 28. Thirty lucky EV fans will become the first Model 3 drivers. They will bask in the limelight of the hand-over ceremony and immediately start reporting on the performance of the much-anticipated Model 3. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of reservation-holders who put down a $1,000 deposit more than a year ago will be anxiously awaiting details about key questions.

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