By Brad Berman ·
November 08, 2016

Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car

EVs get bad rap as expensive. Until you look at the Total Cost of Ownership. The sticker price of the vehicle is only the first consideration.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 27, 2014

ACEEE Green Car Ratings: No Respect for Weighty Tesla

Clean vehicles are rated with a complex algorithm that counts manufacturing as up to 20 percent of the lifecycle, and that means the heavier EVs are out of luck.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 17, 2013

100,000 Miles on a LEAF: That's Just the Beginning for Electric Cars

Electric cars are simple and robust. Aside from a gradual loss of range, there isn't much to prevent them from reaching 200,000 or even 300,000 miles.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 11, 2013

Measuring Efficiency in a Battery-Powered Car

For more than a half-century, consumers have used Miles Per Gallon (MPG) to describe a vehicle’s efficiency. Car owners have, in fact, grown so familiar with using MPG (and what it means) that it’s now being applied to electric vehicles that don’t have gas tanks with gallons of liquid fuel—but instead use battery packs with kilowatt-hours of electric energy.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 14, 2013

DOE to Award $50 Million to Plug-In Vehicle Technology Research Projects

The DOE announced that it will award $50 million on up to 50 research projects focused on reducing costs and increasing the efficiency of individual plug-in vehicle components. The DOE will select worthy research projects that fall under five distinct categories, only one of which focuses on batteries.

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By Zach McDonald ·
December 11, 2012

Model S Owner Tops 423 Miles on a Single Charge

A University of Central Florida researcher and his 12-year old son have become the first ever to pilot a production electric vehicle over the 400-mile mark on a single charge. David Metcalf and his son Adam achieved the feat this weekend after a 423.5-mile journey through Florida lasting nearly 17 hours.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 20, 2012

Eco Routing: 10 Percent More Range From an EV-Friendly GPS

The University of California, Riverside, is working on a guidance system that chooses the smartest, range-extending route, not the shortest distance.

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By RecargoJames ·
July 19, 2012

Second Lap: A Single Nissan LEAF Goes Head-to-Head for Range and Economy

We discovered a slight improvement in economy when the LEAF was driven in the "Eco" mode. The faux-commute was fairly short in distance, but if the numbers were run for an entire year, the economy savings could really add up.

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By RecargoJames ·
July 12, 2012

Two Nissan LEAFs Go Head-to-Head for Range and Economy

Recently, PluginCars.com decided to compare two Nissan LEAFs, head-to-head, in a competition for range and economy. The plan was to run one LEAF in the "Eco" Mode, while running the other in the normal "D" position, on a grueling course which started at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, driving to the top of Mt. Wilson, then returning to the bottom of Angeles Crest Highway.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 15, 2011

Ford Uses Magic Number to Promote Focus Electric: 100 MPGe

Ford expects its 2012 Focus Electric to become the "first five-passenger electric vehicle with a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe)." The company will try to promote the magic triple-digit number as a key differentiator compared to the Nissan LEAF. But the Focus Electric's higher $39,995 price tag might be the more important number. Besides, the real-world numbers for driving range between the LEAF and Focus Electric are essentially identical.

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