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By Brad Berman ·
January 12, 2018

Study: On Average, EV Fuel Costs Are Less Than Half Compared to Gas Cars

Researchers from the University of Michigan published a study this week about the relative costs of driving an EV versus a gas car. While it’s widely accepted that a key advantage of a plug-in car is its use of cheap electric fuel, calculating exactly how much you will save is a tricky proposition. That’s because the cost of electricity can fluctuate depending on where you live, the time of day that you charge, and even the season. The Michigan study revealed that—on average and based on recent gas and electricity rates—owners of gas cars pay 2.3 times more than EV drivers, representing average annual savings for electric cars of more than $600.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 10, 2018

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV Hits Dealerships

After nearly five years of delays and recalls, Mitsubishi dealerships are now selling the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid. The company reported the first 100 sales in December. “The highly anticipated Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle just began shipping to our dealers,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid also went on sale in Canada in late 2017.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 02, 2018

In 2018, Number of Available Plug-in Cars Will Grow Beyond 50 Models

As we embark upon 2018, there are more than 40 plug-in vehicles available to American consumers. Nearly 10 new models, mostly plug-in hybrids rather than pure electric cars, were added to dealerships over the course of last year—giving car shoppers an unprecedented amount of choice among vehicles that are powered by electricity. That trend is likely to continue this year, with another 10 or so models scheduled for introduction this year.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 27, 2017

Hyundai Begins Big Rollout of Plug-in Vehicles Over Next Five Years

Hyundai plans to introduce as many as five new so-called green cars in the next five years, according to Lee Ki-sang, the company’s senior vice-president. Most of them are expected to be pure electric cars. Within eight years, it will offer as many 38 vehicles that are powered by electric, hydrogen, or hybrid powertrains, according to statements from executives earlier this month. Most immediately, the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In goes on sale in the coming weeks.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 20, 2017

Sales of Improved Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Begin in January

Nationwide sales of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF begin in a few weeks. Production of the much anticipated second-generation LEAF—offering as much as 150 miles of driving range—started last month in Smyrna, Tenn. Cars will start to arrive at dealerships in all 50 states in January.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 14, 2017

First Drive of Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid: Spacious Interior But Awkward Design

Honda last week gave journalists a first chance to drive the plug-in hybrid version of the Honda Clarity. The reviews were mostly positive, with praise given to the plug-in hybrid’s spacious interior, decent road manners, and quiet powertrain—but a less than enthusiastic response to the Clarity’s aesthetics.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 08, 2017

Advertising Watchdog Says BMW Shouldn’t Make “Zero Emissions” Claim

What constitutes a “clean” or “zero-emissions” car? That question was raised this week when the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) asked BMW to pull advertisements that claim its i3 electric car, the version with the small range-extending gasoline engine, is “a clean car and helps to give back to the environment.” The ASA’s position is that even vehicles that rely mostly on batteries for power—and only use gasoline to supplement electric energy—cannot make a claim for zero emissions.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 29, 2017

Honda Aims for 15-Minute EV Refueling by 2022

For the past several years, Honda has seen a limited role for pure electric cars. The company’s executives point to the high cost of batteries and long recharging times as a reason to limit EV production. In an apparent change of direction, according to a report earlier this month in Nikkei’s Asian Review, the Japanese automaker said that by 2022 it plans to introduce a line of EVs that can add about 150 miles of driving range with a 15-minute charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 21, 2017

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid Is Coming in 2019, But With How Much Range?

Ford Motor Company is planning to reintroduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape crossover SUV in 2019, according to a report in Automotive News. That new plug-in hybrid will fill in a gap for electric car shoppers: an affordable crossover with a robust plug-in hybrid powertrain. The new plug-in Ford Escape will be accompanied by a plug-in-hybrid Lincoln MKC.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 13, 2017

Ford Stops Production of the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid

Ford last week confirmed that it stopped production of its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid—and will soon cease production of the conventional hybrid version of the hatchback. “Ford C-Max Energi production has ended,” Dan Jones, Ford's North America Car Communications Manager, told Green Car Reports. While the plug-in hybrid variant of the C-Max is on track to have its best year of sales yet, sales of the no-plug C-Max hybrid have dropped by 18 percent compared to last year.

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New to EVs? Start here

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