The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is pricier than its PHEV competition, but it comes in a very popular design, with more passenger space and lots of power. The plug-in Accord offers an impressive efficiency rating of 115 MPGe.
The greatest barrier to EV adoption in the United States may not be technology or infrastructure, but public perception. According to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists, more than four in ten Americans would see their needs met by a plug-in vehicle without altering their driving habits. A full 25 percent would be able to seamlessly switch to a purely electric vehicle.
How much driving range does an electric car need, and how fast does charging need to be, to kill EV range anxiety? Recent research suggests that 150 miles of range combined with DC Quick Charging—a near-full charge in 30 to 60 minutes, or less—would make a major difference for most drivers. The BC2BC All Electric Car Rally, held a few weeks ago, is a valuable case study that further supports this view.
Just how far can you drive that new electric car you’ve been thinking of buying? And how far will you be able to drive it in a few years’ time, when its battery pack has aged? To answer that question, here’s a short guide to electric car range, covering E.P.A. ratings and real-world range, along with the factors that will reduce your car’s range over time.
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.
With the release of the official range number for 2013 Nissan LEAF several weeks ago came the news that the EPA is changing its testing procedures for evaluating the range of electric vehicles. Recently, we learned that the agency may also be adjusting its fuel economy and range ratings for plug-in hybrids like the Ford C-Max Energi and Chevy Volt.
A $30,000 electric car with a range of at least 240 miles. That's the goal of a newly funded project from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (known as ARPA-E). The agency earlier this week issued a $20 million funding opportunity for the development of next generation EV batteries with greatly expanded energy capabilities at a reduced cost.
Seeking to put to rest the myth that battery electric vehicles are only for low-mileage drivers, Nissan released a video featuring a LEAF family from Orlando, Fla., that have logged nearly 24,000 miles in their car over just 18 months of ownership. Shannon and Christin Monroe (and their 9-month-old son) use their LEAF almost exclusively, averaging nearly 45 miles per day.
Nissan has released video of a 16-minute interview between global executive vice president Andy Palmer and noted electric vehicle advocate Chelsea Sexton. The video comes as the carmaker attempts to repair its relationship with some in the EV community who have been dissatisfied with its response to reported battery degradation in hotter climates like Phoenix.
Mark Renburke lives in what he describes as a "somewhat rural area," where public Level 2 charging stations can be hard to come by. Still, he says he frequently puts upwards of 100 electric-only miles on his Volt over the course of a day, thanks to careful planning and his willingness to ask just about anyone for temporary access to their standard, 120-volt outlet.