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By Brad Berman ·
August 04, 2017

Honda Clarity Electric Goes On Sale in California and Oregon

The all-electric version of the 2017 Honda Clarity started arriving in dealerships in the past few weeks. The full-size sedan, which is only available in California and Oregon, leases for $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The all-electric Clarity can travel 89 miles on a single charge. That puts Honda in the unfortunate position of introducing an EV with a driving range significantly lower than the new generation of electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 18, 2017

Toyota Prius Prime Is Catching Up to Chevy Volt as Most Popular Plug-in Hybrid

The best selling plug-in hybrid so far in 2017 is the Chevrolet Volt, which offers 53 miles of all-electric driving on a charge before reverting to some use of gasoline. But the Toyota Prius Prime—despite only offering 25 miles of all-electric range—is nearly as popular. The two vehicles currently stand as the second and third most popular plug-in electric cars this year.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 16, 2016

Popularity of New Volt Shows Potential of Second-Generation Plug-ins

With the second-generation Chevy Volt in full production, the plug-in hybrid from General Motors has overtaken the Nissan LEAF to claim the mantle of the best-selling affordable plug-in in the United States. The uptick in sales bodes well for other second-generation plug-in models.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 09, 2015

Chevy Volt Takes Big Leap Forward with Second-Generation Model

The 2016 Chevy Volt made the media rounds this month, with auto journalists taking the customary “first drives” that precede any major new release. This will mark the first major refresh of the Volt since its debut five years ago. The first deliveries arrive at dealerships this week. The critics gave mostly glowing reports.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 22, 2015

For Earth Day, Questions Loyalty of Electric Car Drivers

Just in time for Earth Day, when media outlets are thirsty for stories about the environment, released data suggesting that electric car owners are ditching their battery-powered vehicles for gas-guzzling SUVs.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 09, 2015

GM Stops Volt Production To Prepare for 2016 Model

General Motors will stop production of the Chevrolet Volt in early May, as it prepares for production of the second-generation version of the plug-in hybrid. The 2016 model will increase the all-electric range from 38 miles to 50 miles—while introducing a sleeker mainstream design.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 12, 2015

General Motors Tries Again for EV Leadership, with Volt and Bolt

General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The second-generation Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack. That’s up from 38 miles in the 2015 Volt.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 31, 2014

Next-Generation 2016 Chevy Volt Will Be More Efficient and Powerful

It’s been exciting to watch the release of one new plug-in model after the next. But the most promising developments could be just around the corner: new and improved second-generation battery-powered models, starting with the Volt.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 06, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Volt: Greater Battery Capacity

The 2015 Chevy Volt is mostly a carryover model from previous years. The number of miles the Volt can travel purely on electricity is the vehicle’s most important metric. On that account, the EV range is still 38 miles—even though the capacity of the battery pack slightly rose to 17.1 kilowatt-hours from 16.5 kWh in previous model years. The official efficiency rating stays put at 98 miles per gallon equivalent.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 04, 2014

Electric Car Sales Doing Just Fine (If You Don't Count Hybrids)

A new Edmunds analysis says the "green car" market is stagnant, but that's misleading—cars with plugs are showing big gains.

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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.