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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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By Brad Berman ·
July 20, 2017

Nissan Promotes the New LEAF EV by Renaming the Accelerator Pedal

The redesigned 2018 LEAF will be unveiled in Tokyo on Sept. 6. From all accounts, the new LEAF will shed the first-generation’s high-tech appearance in favor of a more mainstream design. That means the current LEAF’s bulging headlights, bulbous tail and sloped hood will be less pronounced. The interior will also gain simplicity, with an infotainment screen placed in the center stack and driving information displayed behind the steering wheel. But making a new model more humdrum might not be a great marketing angle, so Nissan this week pushed the idea of a so-called e-Pedal.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 14, 2017

MINI Begins Sales of Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

The new 2018 MINI Cooper SE Countryman All4 made its debut in June. Sales of the first 10 US sales were reported last month, and the car made a UK appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The plug-in Countryman represents the first full-production electric-drive vehicle available in MINI showrooms.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 11, 2017

State Incentives for Electric Cars Are Off Again, On Again

The California Clean Vehicle Rebate program this month is putting new applicants for its incentives on a waiting list. The hiatus in payments could last until September when a new legislative session begins. Because priority is given to qualified lower-income applicants, only needs-based applications are currently being processed. California experienced the same hiatus in payments last year until it was restored months later. Other states—including Georgia, Utah, and Colorado—also temporarily suspended or eliminated for EV incentives.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 05, 2017

It’s Crunch Time for Tesla as First Model 3 Units Hit Production

The much-anticipated Tesla Model 3 will start rolling off the production line this week, about two weeks earlier than planned. That marks an important milestone for the company—and for the electric vehicle industry—as Tesla gets closer to its goal of becoming a producer of mass-market electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 27, 2017

Volkswagen Reveals Two More Long-Range Electric Cars in the Works

Volkswagen unveiled its all-electric I.D. Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and its I.D. Crozz crossover concept in Shanghai in April 2017. The four-door I.D. Crozz, displayed in Shanghai, is expected to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. It is slated for production in 2020. This week a slide presentation leaked via Autoblog Netherlands revealed two more new models heading to the US market sometime between 2019 and 2022. The two models, the I.D. Lounge and I.D. AEROe, appear to be a full-sized SUV and a small hatchback respectively.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 21, 2017

Electric Cars Rack Up Nearly Perfect Safety Ratings

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was on Tuesday awarded a “Top Safety Pick” award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It became the first 2017 model-year EV to be awarded as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Like other previously tested EVs, the Bolt scored high on nearly every crash test but fell short on the quality of its headlights.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 15, 2017

Following Chevy and Tesla, Asian Carmakers Plan for Long-Range EVs

The new era of affordable long-range electric cars was launched when the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt went on sale in December. By the end of 2017, the Bolt will be joined by the Tesla Model 3, which will offer similar range for a similar price of about $30,000 after tax incentives. Those two models put American car manufacturers in the lead for practical long-range EVs. But, based on statements from executives from Asian carmakers, car shoppers will soon have the choice of similar long-range EVs from Nissan, Hyundai and others.

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New to EVs? Start here

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