Plugin Cars News

By Brad Berman ·
May 18, 2016

Volvo Reveals New Compact Platform with Plug-in Models in Mind

The company today unveiled two sleek and sporty concept cars to introduce its new compact platform—a design that accommodates electric and plug-in hybrid batteries. “An electric powertrain program including both a new compact twin-engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car are central to the CMA architecture,” said Volvo president Håkan Samuelsson.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 10, 2016

Ford Takes Incremental Approach to EV Range

When you combine monthly sales of its Fusion and C-Max plug-in hybrids—with a few units of the all-electric Focus EV thrown in—Ford should be viewed as one of the leaders in the emerging electric market. Yet, Ford’s approach is decidedly incremental, as opposed to its competitors that are trying to push the limits of battery-powered driving range.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 04, 2016

BMW Will Boost Electric Range of i3 to 114 Miles

BMW announced this week that a version of 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 will immediately catapult the model to first place in EV range among vehicles priced below $50,000.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 27, 2016

AAA Rates VW E-Golf as Top 2016 Green Compact Car

The Volkswagen E-Golf may not be the best-selling eco-friendly compact car on the market—or even the top-selling compact all-electric vehicle. But in terms of what makes a small car great and green, according to AAA, the E-Golf is the best overall compact green car on the market.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 21, 2016

Most Model 3 Buyers Will Not Get $7,500 Tax Credit

The response to the launch of the Tesla Model 3 earlier this month exceeded all expectations. Pre-orders are approaching 400,000 units. As a result, it’s likely that the vast majority of Model 3 buyers will not benefit from the $7,500 federal tax credit, which phases out after a manufacturer sells 200,000 electric cars.

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New to EVs? Start here

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