All the News, Reviews, Guides and Reports on Electric Cars

By Brad Berman ·
March 18, 2008

Electric Cars at Un-Green NY Auto Show

The 2008 New York Auto Show, opening this week, will mostly focus on model redesigns while pushing hybrids and other fuel-sipping models to the margins. There’s one notable exception: the show will feature a number of electric vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 15, 2008

Mitsubishi To Show Tiny Car in NY

Mitsubishi will show its ultra-compact i-minicar next week at the New York International Auto Show.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 12, 2008

BMW to Offer Battery-Powered Eco-Car for U.S.

Norbert Reithofer, BMW CEO, said the company will likely "make a battery-powered ecologically compatible car for the U.S. market" with a target launch date of 2012. Details beyond that general plan are sketchy.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 09, 2008

ZAP To Offer Plug-In Conversions

ZAP, the California-based electric car maker, is teaming up with Colorado-based Hybrids Plus to offer plug-in conversion systems for the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 06, 2008

GE Invests in Future of Electric Cars

General Electric will invest $24 million in two initiatives to bolster hybrid and electric car technology, including a $4 million commitment to Think, the Norwegian electric car maker formerly owned by Ford. The Think Ox is the car company's latest concept vehicle—an all-electric five-seater small SUV, promising 125 miles of range on a charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 22, 2008

Lotus Creates Hybrid R&D Center

The goals of high performance and greater fuel efficiency were further melded this week when Lotus—the British maker of race cars—created a new research and development group solely devoted to electric and hybrid vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 21, 2008

Taking the Prius Beyond 100 MPG

California-based OEMtek says it can outfit a Prius with a bigger battery pack and double its fuel economy to more than 100 miles per gallon—for a cost of $12,500.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 05, 2008

ZAP Announces Plans for $30K Performance Electric Car

California-based automaker ZAP has announced plans for a new electric car. The futuristic three-wheeler will be able to do 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 156 miles per hour—and cost about $30,000.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 04, 2008

Tesla Will Go Hybrid

Tesla Motors may be the darling of the "take no prisoners" electric vehicle world, but the company may break from its roots with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain for its upcoming Whitestar sedan.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 01, 2008

Major Lithium Ion Battery Plant Begins Operation

Johnson Controls and Saft are opening a factory to produce advanced lithium ion batteries for cars in a sign that electric and next-generation hybrid vehicles are reaching a tipping point. The factory in Nersac, France will produce up to 5,000 battery packs a year for Daimler AG—for use in the Mercedes-Benz S-class series of luxury hybrids expected to roll out in 2010.

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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.