By Brad Berman ·
July 13, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks

A comprehensive guide to the top electric vehicle charging networks (with info about access and costs), as well as background information and high-level recommendations.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 22, 2018

What You Need to Know About Electric Car Battery Warranties

Many electric car shoppers worry that buying an EV might mean replacing an expensive battery after a few years of use. Those worries are unfounded for a number of reasons. First, electric car batteries are manufactured to last the lifetime of the vehicle—with very few reported incidents of total battery failure. The more common (but still rare) occurrence is a significant reduction in range over time. Regardless, the key to putting your mind at ease is a better understanding of the warranties that come with all electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 15, 2017

Buying Your First Home EV Charger

It’s not rocket science, and you should not overthink the selection and installation of a home charger, also known as an EVSE. That said, there are important differences to consider.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 24, 2014

Fast Charging: For Some, It's a Way of Life

Most electric cars are still getting juice from 240-volt power, but embryonic 480-volt networks (Tesla and both CHAdeMO and SAE) are starting to take off—and get used regularly. For some drivers, quick charging has become the norm.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 14, 2014

Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules

Blindly driving forward, without thinking about the rate plans offered by your local power company, can lead to unexpected—and sometimes unfortunate—outcomes for EV drivers.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 16, 2014

Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette

Thou shalt charge only when necessary. Don't leave nasty notes when a gas car parks in an EV spot. And other rules to live by.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 27, 2014

Why Is Electric Car Charging Equipment So Expensive?

Today's units are priced to absorb high development and materials costs (especially copper), but lower-cost options are arriving. And portable 240-volt chargers are gaining ground.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 11, 2014

Fast-Charging Networks for Electric Cars: A State-by-State Guide

Oregon is inaugurating a statewide Quick Charge network, and connecting it to EV tourism. North Carolina will have its network in place by the end of April, and others are following suit.

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By Alysha Webb ·
February 04, 2014

With Planning, Electric Vehicle Ownership Is Accessible To Apartment Dwellers

If you live in an apartment or condominium complex, getting access to a charging station for your plug-in electric vehicle can be a little complicated. It's not as easy as simply running an extension cord out your window or installing a charging station in your favorite parking space. It can take weeks or months to work through the multiple steps to make charging available.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 30, 2014

AeroVironment Unveils Small Format $599 Portable Charger

AeroVironment today unveiled TurboCord, a portable charging cord that weighs less than five pounds and plugs directly into electrical outlets. The availability of TurboCord follows a trend of EV charging equipment becoming smaller, simpler, and more affordable.

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