All You Need To Know About Buying and Owning Electric Cars

  • Hyundai’s new aerodynamic compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 124 miles. It has more space, better efficiency and smarter electric features than the competition in its price range. The EV goes on sale in April 2017, followed by a plug-in hybrid before the end of the year.

    Hyundai Ioniq

  • The stylish if slightly odd-looking BMW i3 is the lightest EV on the market.  That makes it very efficient while providing a fast and fun 170-horsepower ride. The i3's battery pack delivers 114 miles of range. The electric Bimmer is also available with a small gas engine that boosts total driving distance to about 180 miles.

    BMW i3

  • With the Bolt, General Motors introduced the industry's first affordable long-range electric car, rated to provide 238 miles on a single charge. It's a milestone for the EV market. The Bolt is currently available only in California and Oregon but will roll out nationwide throughout 2017.

    Chevrolet Bolt

  • The Fiat 500e is every bit as cute as the gas-powered Fiat 500.  It uses a 24 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing an official EPA range of 84 miles.  The Fiat 500e is widely considered a

    Fiat 500e

  • Hyundai-Kia arrived late to the EV party. But it appears that Kia made a careful study of the competition, and loaded its Soul EV with smart features for electric car drivers. For starters, it offers 93 miles of real-world range.

    Kia Soul EV

  • The Volkswagen E-Golf is the company's first all-electric car. It maintains the spirited driving experience of internal combustion versions of the Golf-one of the most popular small cars in the world. The VW E-Golf is arguably the best handling car among the emerging class of small affordable EVs.

    Volkswagen E-Golf

  • The Ford Fusion Energi offers a robust plug-in electric system in an ultra-popular roomy full-size sedan platform.  The model offers the equivalent of about 100 miles per gallon, without compromising style or passenger space.

    Ford Fusion Energi

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  • The Nissan LEAF is by far the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and can travel up to 107 miles on a single charge.  The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States.
    Nissan LEAF
  • The Chevy Volt is the world’s most popular plug-in hybrid. While the first-generation model was designed to attract early adopters, the current edition expands the Volt’s market reach to a broader segment of car buyers. It has more all-electric range. It's faster and the design is more pleasant.
    Chevy Volt
  • The Model X is Tesla’s follow-up vehicle to the award-winning Model S sedan.  The X shares about 60 percent of the content from the sedan—converting the sleek Maserati-looking five-passenger model into a stylish crossover utility vehicle.
    Tesla Model X
  • The Ford Fusion Energi offers a robust plug-in electric system in an ultra-popular roomy full-size sedan platform.  The model offers the equivalent of about 100 miles per gallon, without compromising style or passenger space.
    Ford Fusion Energi

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  • Southern California Edison Offers $450 to EV Drivers, Even Second Owners
    Southern California Edison, which provides electricity to 14 million people, this week started offering a $450 reward to customers who drive plug-in vehicles. Utilities in California, and other states such as Georgia and Florida, have offered perks and special rates for years—but the new SCE incentive makes second and third owners of a vehicle eligible for the payment.

  • Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Will Be Revealed in September
    A completely redesigned future version of the Nissan LEAF will be unveiled in Tokyo on Sept. 6. To build excitement, Nissan has released a teaser image (of the headlight) in advance of the September event. The company—once considered the leader in electric vehicles—said the image is “the first in a series of photos and informational briefs scheduled this summer in preparation for the global reveal of the new Nissan Leaf later this year.”

  • What You Need to Know About Electric Car Battery Warranties
    Many electric car shoppers worry that buying an EV might mean replacing an expensive battery after a few years of use. Those worries are unfounded for a number of reasons. First, electric car batteries are manufactured to last the lifetime of the vehicle—with very few reported incidents of total battery failure. The more common (but still rare) occurrence is a significant reduction in range over time. Regardless, the key to putting your mind at ease is a better understanding of the warranties that come with all electric cars and plug-in hybrids.