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By Brad Berman ·
June 13, 2017

Chrysler Recalls Pacifica Plug-in Hybrids

Chrysler issued a voluntary recall this week of its 2017 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, the industry’s first minivan available as a conventional and plug-in hybrid. Sales of the model began in April of this year. Just three months later, the company received reports from customers about a loss of propulsion. The problem could increase the risk of an accident, although no incidents or injuries have been reported. Owners can call 800-853-1403 for further details.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 09, 2017

Chevy Bolt Will Be Available Nationwide by August

General Motors announced this week that it will accelerate its plans to sell the 238-mile Chevy Bolt electric car throughout the United States. All authorized dealerships nationwide can now order the Bolt for deliveries in August rather than September, as previously planned.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 07, 2017

Seven New Plug-in Hybrids Arriving This Year, 100 Models by 2021

The market for plug-in hybrid vehicles is set for transformational growth, according to a report released last week by Frost and Sullivan. “The plug-in hybrid market is set for high demand and growth,” said Pooja Bethi, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan. The firm forecasts that 100 new plug-in hybrid models would be launched by 2021. About seven models are coming this year, from BMW, Cadillac, Honda, Hyundai and Volvo.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 02, 2017

Despite Mixed Reviews, Prius Prime Tops Plug-in Sales in May

The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid outsold all other electric models in May. That marked the second straight month in the top spot for Toyota’s plug-in hybrid that grants 25 miles of all-electric driving before resorting to gasoline. The model's relatively low price tag could partly explain why the Prius Prime is beating cars like the Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S, but it’s not the whole story.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 31, 2017

New EPA Data Shows That EVs Are Very Clean, And Getting Cleaner

EV critics are fond of explaining that the energy to power an electric car has to come from somewhere. They make the argument that EVs plugged into the grid in coal-dependent regions of the US aren’t nearly as clean and green as you might imagine. The Union of Concerned Scientists went back to the drawing board with new EPA data on emission from electricity generation and today published its findings: For more than 70 percent of Americans, driving an EV results in fewer emissions than a 50-mpg gas-powered car.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 25, 2017

One Week Before Unveiling, Tesla Model 3 Specs Are Revealed

With one week to go before Tesla unveils a production version of the Tesla Model 3, more details are emerging about the company’s upcoming $35,000 EV. The unveiling will take place at a VIP event at Tesla’s Fremont factory on June 2 and 3. Regarding performance, we now know via leaked internal company documents that the Model 3 will accelerate to 60 mph in a brisk 5.6 seconds—right in line with the 75-kWh version of the Model S.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 23, 2017

Southern California Edison Offers $450 to EV Drivers, Even Second Owners

Southern California Edison, which provides electricity to 14 million people, this week started offering a $450 reward to customers who drive plug-in vehicles. Utilities in California, and other states such as Georgia and Florida, have offered perks and special rates for years—but the new SCE incentive makes second and third owners of a vehicle eligible for the payment.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 19, 2017

Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Will Be Revealed in September

A completely redesigned future version of the Nissan LEAF will be unveiled in Tokyo on Sept. 6. To build excitement, Nissan has released a teaser image (of the headlight) in advance of the September event. The company—once considered the leader in electric vehicles—said the image is “the first in a series of photos and informational briefs scheduled this summer in preparation for the global reveal of the new Nissan Leaf later this year.”

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By Brad Berman ·
May 15, 2017

Employers Adopt Cost-Effective Approaches to EV Workplace Charging

As electric vehicle adoption continues to grow, carmakers and government agencies are increasing their support of public EV charging infrastructure. While much of the attention is focused on public charging—especially fast charging along highway corridors—the importance of workplace charging is also on the rise. Considering that employees often park their car for long periods, workplace charging can be one of the most useful and cost-effective ways to encourage electric car adoption.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 12, 2017

Tesla Makes Progress in Pursuit of a Battery Breakthrough

A researcher working for Tesla said this week that the life of electric car batteries could be extended to 20 years of use. Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University, based in Nova Scotia, said that battery life—how cells maintain their capacity over time—is one of his four critical interrelated research goals. The other three are lower costs, increased energy density and improved safety.

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New to EVs? Start here

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