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By Brad Berman ·
November 10, 2009

The Tale of Three Detroit Electric Car Programs

Chrysler is killing its dedicated electric car program. General Motors is moving forward with its sleek electric-drive Caddy. What do these news flashes tell us about Detroit’s prospects in the bold new era of EVs and plug-in hybrids? And what about that other Detroit car company?

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By Brad Berman ·
November 04, 2009

Debate Begins on CAFE Credits for EVs

There’s a new federal proposal on the table to give makers of pure electric cars bonus points to help them meet new tougher fuel economy standards. Joseph White of the Wall Street Journal calls it the auto-industry version of a "buy one, get one free" deal. The debate over CAFE and electric cars is already underway—more than a year from the introduction of the first mainstream electric vehicles. Is it a fair industry incentive or a shell game?

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By Brad Berman ·
October 15, 2009

Face Off: GM and Better Place on Electric Car Services

The first mainstream cars that plug into the electric grid are not expected for another year—but the battle to provide charging and battery services to those early adopters is already heating up. The tension between two companies—General Motors and Better Place—which might provide those services was palpable on Monday during a panel discussion in Palo Alto, Calif., entitled “Electric Cars: Transformational Change or Niche Trend?”

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By Brad Berman ·
August 12, 2009

The Chevy Volt’s 230 MPG Rating. What Does It Mean?

General Motors announced Tuesday that the Chevy Volt could get a government in-city fuel economy rating of “230 miles per gallon.” While the potential for a three-digit mpg rating is grabbing headlines, figuring out what it means is another matter. What's the significance of MPG in a vehicle which seldom or never uses gallons of liquid fuel? “The main message is, oh my God, this is different,” Chelsea Sexton, a leading electric car educator and advocate, told HybridCars.com.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 29, 2009

Confusion Over MPG Ratings for Electric Cars

What will fuel-economy numbers look like on the window stickers of electric vehicles coming to the US market next year? Trying to find the answer could short-circuit your brain.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 07, 2009

Plug-in Hybrid Fever Spreads, Despite Cost

Mostly everyone agrees that the next big leap in hybrids—the capacity to plug-in to the grid and run mostly on electricity—will be expensive. But that’s not stopping major automakers from pushing forward with plug-in hybrids.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 05, 2009

The Magic Price for New Electric Cars: $45,000

Pricing for the next wave of electric cars is starting to be revealed. Remarkably, these gas-free cars are coming in at almost the same exact price: $45,000.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 31, 2009

Will the Chevy Volt Survive Bankruptcy?

In the direct aftermath of General Motors filing for Chapter 11 this morning, the fate of the Chevy Volt remains unclear. Questions about the Volt go beyond a simple "yes or no" decision. Does it make sense to save an expensive future product that will lose money for many years? How many will be made? How much will it cost? How will it be marketed? When is it expected to turn a profit?

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By Brad Berman ·
April 13, 2009

GE Expands Investment in A123Systems, Hybrid Future

What goes for political corruption is also great advice for understanding the future of gas-electric and plug-in cars: Follow the money. Consider the new round of $69 million that A123Systems, one of the leading US manufacturers of advanced auto batteries, has raised to expand its facilities in Massachusetts and Michigan. This puts the company closer to achieving its goal of supplying battery systems for up to five million hybrids or a half-million electric vehicles by 2013.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 19, 2009

Realities Behind Obama’s Electric Car Photo Op

When President Barack Obama walked into Southern California Edison’s electric-vehicle test facility here today, he visited what may be the highest concentration of electric vehicles in North America. The president’s goal, says White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, was to highlight the role of plug-in cars in creating “clean energy jobs” that will spur economic growth.

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