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

By Brad Berman ·
September 07, 2018

Ford Revs Up Its EV Plans, Starting with 300-Mile Electric SUV by 2020

In a blog post yesterday, Ford’s product development director for electric cars said, “We are being tasked to set the future trajectory of the company.” That’s a big assignment for Darren Palmer and his co-workers at Ford Team Edison, the company’s dedicated EV group located in new digs in an old factory in the heart of Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 30, 2018

Volkswagen Leads a Massive Effort for Ubiquitous Ultra-Fast EV Charging

Electrify America, the Volkswagen subsidiary that formed in the wake of Dieselgate, plans to install more than 2,000 chargers across the US by the end of 2019. In a sign that the project will bring EV charging to the masses, one-thousand of the charging stations will be installed at Walmart locations. The first of those Walmart-based stations was put in place this week in Tennessee—with plans for future stations in 36 states across the country.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 28, 2018

The 258-Mile Hyundai Kona Electric Sets the New Standard for EV Range

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week announced that the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is rated to provide 258 miles on a single charge. That’s a huge deal. It’s important not because the Kona crossover displaces the Chevy Bolt as the leader in range among affordable electric cars. There are only 20 miles that separate the range of the Kona Electric and the Bolt—a difference that’s inconsequential for daily driving. The Kona EV’s 258-mile official range is a big deal because it’s the new benchmark for all carmakers to meet when introducing an electric car.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 22, 2018

Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid On Track for 2020

Fiat Chrysler announced last week that a key component of its upcoming Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid will be produced at the company’s Ohio-based Toledo Assembly Complex. It’s a reassuring sign that even a company that’s been reluctant about EVs is moving on pace to produce additional plug-in vehicles. The plug-in Jeep Wrangler, the brand’s first battery-powered vehicle, is expected to go on sale in 2020.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 25, 2018

Performance Version of Model 3 Rekindles Enthusiasm for Tesla

For most of this year, reviews of the Tesla Model 3 have been mixed. The small Tesla EV earned praise for handling and acceleration. However, the overall build quality and the reliability of high-tech dashboard controls received lower marks. Fortunately, there’s a new reason to get excited again about Tesla’s capabilities to produce compelling automobiles: the first reviews of the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance version.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 19, 2018

The 2018 Nissan LEAF Is a Placeholder for a Longer-Range Version Coming Next Year

It was clear from the beginning—presumably even to Nissan—that the improvements would not be enough to close the deal for most U.S. consumers. Not when EV buyers have better options like the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla’s long-range EVs.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 13, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks

A comprehensive guide to the top electric vehicle charging networks (with info about access and costs), as well as background information and high-level recommendations.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 12, 2018

Tesla’s $7,500 Tax Credit Will Start To Phase Out in 2019

Tesla confirmed today that it delivered 200,000 electric cars to buyers in the United States, the first automaker to reach that level of sales. The milestone is a mixed blessing because it means that the $7,500 federal EV tax credit available to Tesla customers will be reduced by 50 percent in six months—and continue to diminish to zero by about January 2020.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 03, 2018

The Prolonged Wait for Volkswagen Electric Vehicles

The UK’s Autocar website reported this week that Volkswagen could introduce an all-electric four-door version of its iconic Beetle. The model, if given the green light, would use Volkswagen’s MEB electric-vehicle architecture, the underpinning of an entire line of VW EVs going into production as soon as next year. VW design boss Klaus Bischoff said the company will focus first on electric cars with the highest potential for sales in the next year or two—before deciding on an electric Beetle. Volkswagen continues to garner headlines for concept and one-off electric vehicles while remaining a marginal player in the current EV market.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 27, 2018

Four Things We Learned When We Drove the Jaguar I-Pace EV

After two days behind the wheel of the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace in early June, we can confirm that the British automaker has delivered a stylish, highly capable luxury EV. With its 90 kilowatt-hour battery pack providing 240 miles of range, and an electric propulsion system capable of zooming to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, the I-Pace sets a new standard for a long-range EV from an established luxury automaker. While we expected the I-Pace to be a beast on the road and offer a high degree of luxury appointments in the cabin, we discovered four things that surprised us.

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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.