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

By Brad Berman ·
September 29, 2016

What Is a Plug-in Hybrid?

A plug-in hybrid car is similar to a conventional hybrid vehicle—both use a gasoline engine as well as an electric motor. However, a plug-in hybrid uses larger battery packs that can be recharged by connecting to common household electricity.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 28, 2016

Electric Cars Reclaim Limelight at 2016 Paris Motor Show

As the auto industry embraces a new wave of modern EVs, automakers are once again using a major European car show to show off their potential plug-in models. The 2016 Paris Motor Show, which starts this week, will highlight newfound religion about electrics with about 24 EVs on display.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 23, 2016

New Consumer Surveys Confirm the Key to EV Adoption: Familiarity

There’s little doubt that Americans are more familiar than ever in electric vehicles. And in this case, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt—it fosters greater interest in consumer adoption. The Consumer Federation of America surveyed 1,007 American adults in late August. Thirty-six percent said they have an interest in buying an electric car, compared to 31 percent a year ago.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 16, 2016

Looking Beyond the Chevy Bolt’s Impressive 238 Miles of Range

The media this week heaped much-deserved praise on General Motors for its new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. The car was rated by the US Environmental Protection Agency for 238 miles of driving range on a single charge—handily surpassing GM’s long-held target of 200 miles. Yet, there are still obstacles to overcome.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 08, 2016

California EV Rebates Are Back in Effect

California’s state legislature last week approved the allocation of $133 million to continue providing rebates for the purchase of so-called clean energy cars. The program has commonly supplied a rebate of $2,500 for buying a pure electric car and $1,500 for a plug-in hybrid. The program, which had run out of money, is now back on track.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 02, 2016

BMW Builds EV Momentum with i3’s 114-Mile Range

BMW announced in May that its 2017 i3 electric car will offer an all-electric range of 114 miles—a big jump from the current model's 81 miles. The new longer-range i3, which is available now, catapults the model to first place in EV range among vehicles priced below $50,000. And yet, that position will be short-lived with 200-mile EVs, such as the Chevrolet Bolt, expected later this year.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 24, 2016

Mercedes Unveils Stunning 200-Mile EV Concept with 350-KW Charging

Mercedes used Monterey Car Week, the annual classic car extravaganza, as the venue last week to unveil the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6—a daring new electric vehicle concept. While the sleek luxury concept model with an ultra-long and elegant hood is not intended for production, its technical specifications are a harbinger of future EV design.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 19, 2016

More Long-Range EVs On the Way, From Volkswagen and Ford

Volkswagen will introduce a new electric car—about the size of the Golf and able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge—by 2019. Meanwhile, according to a new report in Automotive News, Ford is planning to launch its own 200-plus-mile electric car in early 2019. Ford is expected to use “Model E” as the brand name for a family of compact cars using hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 12, 2016

Mitsubishi Promises More Plug-in Models, Again

It’s reasonable to doubt that Mitsubishi will fulfill any announced plans for upcoming plug-in electric vehicles. After all, the past couple of years have been characterized by unconvincing EVs, product delays and a scandal involving systematic misreporting of fuel efficiency numbers. And yet, there is news of new upcoming plug-in vehicles from Mitsubishi.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 02, 2016

10 Essential Facts About the Chevy Bolt 200-mile Electric Car

Here's the first thing. Alan Batey, General Motors North America President, said the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will begin shipping to dealers in the fourth quarter. It had been previously reported that the Bolt would ship in October. Bolt has been in “pre-production” since about March. What else should you know?

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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.