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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 ·
May 22, 2014

ActiveE Electric Cars Are Crushed: Is There a Bright Side?

The sight this week of a trailer full of crushed BMW ActiveE models—posted to Facebook—reasonably recalled old feelings of anger, frustration, and regret. On the surface, it looks the same story of automaker intransigence regarding EVs. Yet, the context for the demise of those ActiveEs has dramatically changed in recent years.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
March 24, 2014

BMW EV Driver Reflects on Final Days With ActiveE

The U.S. launch of the BMW i3 only a few weeks away. That means the days are numbered for the BMW ActiveE, the company’s 1-series test platform for electric car technology. As much as I'm going to miss the ActiveE, I don’t feel the same as when I returned my MINI-E. I really loved that car.

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By Alysha Webb ·
October 03, 2013

Lessons from ActiveE Used by BMW for i3 Electric Car

When BMW leased 700 of its ActiveE pure electric vehicles to drivers in the United States, the company aimed to study not just how the car was used—but what mattered to the people who leased it. The results of that study are in. BMW applied them to the design and manufacturing of its new i3 electric vehicle. The result may prove a template for future production of many brands of electric vehicles.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 12, 2013

BMW's DriveNow Car Sharing Gets Popular With One-Way Trips

DriveNow has 1,600 members in San Francisco, it's only American outlet. But with four cities in Germany now online, it's likely to grow here, too. Airport dropoffs and pickups are a big hit.

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By David Herron ·
July 02, 2013

Electric Vehicle Stereotypes Smoked at REFUEL 2013 Race at Laguna Seca Raceway

For some, what will sell electric vehicles is performance, and electric racing events offer the chance to demolish EV stereotypes.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 30, 2013

BMW Encourages Hackers to Develop Sustainable Electric Car Future

The BMW Sustainability Hackathon, held at BMW’s Group Technology Office in Mountain View, Calif., was designed to give local software developers, entrepreneurs, EV drivers, and sustainability advocates the opportunity to meet each other, and dream up technology systems that, in the most general sense, promote sustainable transportation. Among the ideas: an app that allows EV drivers to anonymously email each other using license plate numbers as identification.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
April 16, 2013

Electric Car Dealers Must Address Concerns about Batteries

Car shoppers visiting a dealership to buy a conventional gasoline-powered car know what to expect from the vehicle when they drive it home: things like routine maintenance, life expectancy of major components, and how they will refuel it. These topics rarely need to be discussed at the point of sale anymore. But electric cars are different.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
October 02, 2012

First 25,000 Miles in BMW ActiveE: The Problems

Last week, I highlighted the things I like about my BMW ActiveE. Now, I’ll discuss the things I don’t like as much, and list the technical problems that some cars have faced. While I’ve avoided any serious problem, many others that have leased the ActiveE have not had as much luck. Some ActiveE drivers have endured extended service visits to get the cars back on the road.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
September 28, 2012

Report: First 25,000 Miles in My BMW ActiveE (Part 1)

I’ve been driving my BMW ActiveE for eight months and have a little more than 25,000 miles on the odometer. Since the 24-month lease—$2,250 down & $499/month—has unlimited mileage I want to squeeze out every mile I can and hope to return it with about 70,000 miles. So far it’s lived up to my expectations, serving me well as a daily ride. It’s a good time to examine the good, and the not-as-good, aspects of the car and the trial lease program.

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