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By Brad Berman ·
March 14, 2016

The Exotic Electric Conversions Competing for 2016 WAVE Trophy

In June, hundreds of electric vehicles and their owners will assemble in Bremerhaven, Germany for the start of the WAVE Trophy EV rally. Last year’s parade set a world record with 577 electric cars on hand. WAVE acts as a showcase for home and shop-built EVs.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 04, 2016

Kia Announces 2017 Optima as Second Plug-in for the Brand

Kia unveiled the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid at last month’s Chicago Auto Show. Hyundai-Kia has been slow to the plug-in market, but the plan to roll out the Optima Plug-in Hybrid late this year reveals a commitment from the company to expand its electric offerings.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 26, 2016

What to Expect from Tesla Model 3 Unveiling Next Month

In about a month, Tesla will show the world its pivotal Model 3 all-electric car. It’s the culmination of a decade of design and technology development—all focused on elevating Tesla from a maker of expensive niche luxury vehicles to a legitimate player in the mainstream auto industry.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 21, 2016

Hyundai Ioniq EV Will Offer 110 Miles of Range; 32 Miles for Plug-in Hybrid

Details are beginning to emerge regarding Hyundai's plans for a new dedicated plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle. The Ioniq EV’s 110-mile range would beat the 2016 Nissan LEAF by a few miles. Yet, it won’t nearly match the Chevy Bolt’s 200-mile range.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 13, 2016

US Falls Behind Europe and China in Global Plug-in Vehicle Market

The United States is no longer the biggest electric vehicle market in the world. While EV sales in Europe and China are on the rise, American car buyers have been slower to purchase plug-in vehicles—partly explained by lower gas prices.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 04, 2016

Battery Supplier Deals Are Key to Lower EV Prices

Carmakers don’t openly talk about what they pay to suppliers for components. The cost of batteries for electric cars is one of their most tightly controlled secrets. So when Mary Barry, chief executive of General Motors announced last year that her company brought its battery cost down to $145 per kilowatt-hour for the forthcoming Chevy Bolt, it came as a surprise.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 28, 2016

Kia Will Increase Range of Soul EV for 2017

Kia Soul EV sales have averaged below 100 units a month, placing it in the back of the plug-in pack in 2015—even lower than the discontinued Cadillac ELR. Yet, according to report from UK’s Autocar, Hyundai-Kia is not giving up on the Soul EV. The publication offers this single point about the Soul, which is getting a facelift for 2017: the next EV version will have longer range.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 22, 2016

Volkswagen Shows Tiguan GTE Active Concept in Detroit

The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active concept made its debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show, running through this weekend. The Active concept brings a sporty, off-road sensibility to the Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid that VW first showed off last year in Europe. The concept also pushes the boundaries of how plug-in cars are expected to look.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 15, 2016

Chrysler Introduces First Plug-in Minivan: 2017 Pacifica Hybrid

The unveiling of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week represents several firsts for the US auto market. The plug-in hybrid minivan is the first plug-in hybrid offering from Chrysler. It will also be the first plug-in minivan, as well as the first hybrid minivan of any kind sold in the United States.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 09, 2016

200-Mile Chevy Bolt Is Praised as First Mainstream Electric Car

The unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week was widely viewed as a watershed event in the evolution of electric cars. It signaled the rapidly approaching availability of a $30,000 car that can provide 200 miles of driving range.

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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.