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By Brad Berman ·
October 20, 2016

Is 350-Kilowatt Ultra-Fast Charging the Future of EV Refueling?

With the imminent release of affordable 200-plus mile electric cars, there is a pressing need for public charging that is much faster than today's so-called Quick Charging. Anticipating the need for public EV charging with output “up to 350 kilowatts,” an alliance of European carmakers this week officially launched a network of 25 “ultra-fast” chargers.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 12, 2016

Market for Luxury Electric Cars Could Get Very Crowded

As Tesla shifts focus to its long-standing goal of producing an affordable long-range EV, a new set of incumbent carmakers appears to be making a move for the luxury electric car market. The new electric players will include Mercedes, Audi and even Maserati.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 06, 2016

Prius Prime Makes Toyota a Legitimate Plug-in Hybrid Player

With the introduction of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Toyota’s hesitation with plug-in hybrids appears to be a thing of the past. The Prius Prime plug-in hybrid will offer a EPA-estimated all-electric driving range of up to 25 miles up and at speed up to 84 miles per hour. It's due at dealerships in early November.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 29, 2016

What Is a Plug-in Hybrid?

A plug-in hybrid car is similar to a conventional hybrid vehicle—both use a gasoline engine as well as an electric motor. However, a plug-in hybrid uses larger battery packs that can be recharged by connecting to common household electricity.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 28, 2016

Electric Cars Reclaim Limelight at 2016 Paris Motor Show

As the auto industry embraces a new wave of modern EVs, automakers are once again using a major European car show to show off their potential plug-in models. The 2016 Paris Motor Show, which starts this week, will highlight newfound religion about electrics with about 24 EVs on display.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 23, 2016

New Consumer Surveys Confirm the Key to EV Adoption: Familiarity

There’s little doubt that Americans are more familiar than ever in electric vehicles. And in this case, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt—it fosters greater interest in consumer adoption. The Consumer Federation of America surveyed 1,007 American adults in late August. Thirty-six percent said they have an interest in buying an electric car, compared to 31 percent a year ago.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 16, 2016

Looking Beyond the Chevy Bolt’s Impressive 238 Miles of Range

The media this week heaped much-deserved praise on General Motors for its new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. The car was rated by the US Environmental Protection Agency for 238 miles of driving range on a single charge—handily surpassing GM’s long-held target of 200 miles. Yet, there are still obstacles to overcome.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 08, 2016

California EV Rebates Are Back in Effect

California’s state legislature last week approved the allocation of $133 million to continue providing rebates for the purchase of so-called clean energy cars. The program has commonly supplied a rebate of $2,500 for buying a pure electric car and $1,500 for a plug-in hybrid. The program, which had run out of money, is now back on track.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 02, 2016

BMW Builds EV Momentum with i3’s 114-Mile Range

BMW announced in May that its 2017 i3 electric car will offer an all-electric range of 114 miles—a big jump from the current model's 81 miles. The new longer-range i3, which is available now, catapults the model to first place in EV range among vehicles priced below $50,000. And yet, that position will be short-lived with 200-mile EVs, such as the Chevrolet Bolt, expected later this year.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 24, 2016

Mercedes Unveils Stunning 200-Mile EV Concept with 350-KW Charging

Mercedes used Monterey Car Week, the annual classic car extravaganza, as the venue last week to unveil the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6—a daring new electric vehicle concept. While the sleek luxury concept model with an ultra-long and elegant hood is not intended for production, its technical specifications are a harbinger of future EV design.

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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.