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By Brad Berman ·
April 10, 2017

Nissan’s New Chief: A 300-Mile EV Is Planned for 2020

Saikawa said that a future Nissan model (or models)—expected in three to four years—would provide about 300 miles on a single charge. “It will have a usable range of 300 miles,” he said. “I believe that the technology will take us there.” Saikawa believes that offering longer range will make Nissan electric cars competitive with traditional vehicles in the United States. He did not disclose the range for the next-generation LEAF, which is due before the end of 2017.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 07, 2017

Why Is the 238-Mile Chevy Bolt Not Selling Like Hotcakes?

For all the advances in electric car technology, sales of plug-in cars still represent only about one percent of the new car market. For years, common wisdom suggested that high purchase prices and low driving range were holding back EV sales. But the Chevy Bolt—with 238 miles of range and a post-incentive price around $30,000—was supposed to change all that when it went on sale last December. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 06, 2017

Tesla’s Stock Soars, Despite Utah Banning Company from Direct Sales

Utah’s Supreme Court this week denied Tesla the right to sell its vehicles directly to consumers. The ruling will force Tesla to rely on independent dealerships in Utah. The state’s residents can order from Tesla online, or make a trip to one of the neighboring states that allow Tesla to offer direct sales. The ruling is a setback for Tesla after it opened a $3 million showroom in Salt Lake City in 2015.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 30, 2017

The Four Most Important Factors When Choosing a Plug-in Hybrid

If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to an electric car, but have concerns about how far you can drive before needing to recharge, then you should consider a plug-in hybrid. But which of the nearly 20 plug-in hybrids is right for you? Consider these four factors to help you make the best choice.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 28, 2017

Seven Ideas for Electric Car Ownership Without Home Charging

Electric car owners with a 240-volt supply of power in the garage or driveway can refuel a battery-powered vehicle with ease. Plug your car in before going to sleep, and wake up to a full battery in the morning. That beats going to the gas station—for both convenience and cost. But approximately one in four Americans lives in a multi-unit building without a dedicated parking spot, while many home renters have landlords unwilling to install EV charging. Are they completely out of luck?

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By Brad Berman ·
March 22, 2017

The Popular Version of the New Honda Clarity Will Be the Plug-in

“Honda’s goal for the Clarity is to make electrified vehicles a true volume pillar,” said James Burrell, vice-present of environmental business development. The Fuel Cell version, which is available for lease now, will only be offered in California and in low volume. But here’s the exciting development for plug-in drivers: The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will offer 40 miles of all-electric range.

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By Gary Lieber ·
March 15, 2017

Nissan Offers Extension of LEAF Lease, Ahead of New Model

Are you currently leasing a Nissan LEAF? If so, Nissan is offering to extend your lease until the next-generation 2018 LEAF becomes available later this year. And you could get three months of courtesy payments on the extension.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 13, 2017

Eager to Buy a Long-Range Affordable EV? Consider a Used Tesla Model S

There’s good news for EV shoppers who are waiting for long-range electric cars like the Tesla Model 3, the Audi E-Tron Quattro and the second-generation LEAF. The price of a used Tesla Model S—a big, gorgeous, fast, long-range EV that has been on the market since late 2012—is dropping to what new-car buyers will pay for upcoming models with less range and space. Should EV shoppers consider a used Model S?

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By Brad Berman ·
March 09, 2017

2017 Volkswagen E-Golf Boosts Driving Range to 125 Miles

Volkswagen announced last week that the new 2017 Volkswagen E-Golf will increase its driving range by 50 percent compared to the outgoing 2016 model. The 2017 E-Golf will use a 35.8-kWh battery pack to provide an EPA-estimate average driving range of 125 miles—offering 130.3 miles in the city and 117.7 miles in highway driving. The 2017 E-Golf goes on sales in the spring.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 08, 2017

Will the Tesla Model 3 Be On Time? Here’s What We Know

It’s been nearly a year since Tesla revealed the Tesla Model 3, its upcoming affordable small electric car. The company said it would begin Model 3 production by July and ramp up to producing 5,000 cars by the end of 2017. Eager shoppers on the Model 3 waiting list celebrated in late February when Tesla management said it was on track. “We're still in great shape,” said Tesla CFO Jason Wheeler, in an earnings call.

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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.