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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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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  • Electric Cars Rack Up Nearly Perfect Safety Ratings
    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was on Tuesday awarded a “Top Safety Pick” award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It became the first 2017 model-year EV to be awarded as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Like other previously tested EVs, the Bolt scored high on nearly every crash test but fell short on the quality of its headlights.

  • Following Chevy and Tesla, Asian Carmakers Plan for Long-Range EVs
    The new era of affordable long-range electric cars was launched when the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt went on sale in December. By the end of 2017, the Bolt will be joined by the Tesla Model 3, which will offer similar range for a similar price of about $30,000 after tax incentives. Those two models put American car manufacturers in the lead for practical long-range EVs. But, based on statements from executives from Asian carmakers, car shoppers will soon have the choice of similar long-range EVs from Nissan, Hyundai and others.

  • Chrysler Recalls Pacifica Plug-in Hybrids
    Chrysler issued a voluntary recall this week of its 2017 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, the industry’s first minivan available as a conventional and plug-in hybrid. Sales of the model began in April of this year. Just three months later, the company received reports from customers about a loss of propulsion. The problem could increase the risk of an accident, although no incidents or injuries have been reported. Owners can call 800-853-1403 for further details.