Plugin Cars News

By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2014

Federal Safety Agency Clears Tesla on Fire Issues

The U.S. government said on March 28 that it closed an investigation regarding fires on Tesla Model S vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it did not find a “defect trend” that led to two fires.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2014

Nissan Recalls Nearly 30,000 Nissan LEAFs

Nearly one million Nissan vehicles are being recalled this month, due to issues with airbag sensors. Approximately 29,165 Nissan LEAF electric cars are included in the recall. The affected LEAFs were manufactured between Nov. 21, 2012 and Feb. 6, 2014. They are both 2013 and 2014 model year vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2014

Cadillac Recalls 2014 ELR Luxury Plug-In Hybrid

The 2014 Cadillac ELR is being recalled for an issue with its electronic stability control (ESC) system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, software for the car's electronic stability control system may inhibit certain ESC functions, and fail to alert the driver that ESC is partially or fully disabled.

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By John Gartner ·
March 12, 2014

China Builds Bridges to U.S. EV Market

Chinese automotive companies have long aspired to build vehicles for the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) market, without much progress. However, recent developments indicate that Made in China could be stamped on cars stateside before long.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 11, 2014

Fast-Charging Networks for Electric Cars: A State-by-State Guide

Oregon is inaugurating a statewide Quick Charge network, and connecting it to EV tourism. North Carolina will have its network in place by the end of April, and others are following suit.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. What Is An Electric Car?
    Before we get going, let's establish basic definitions.
  2. A Quick Guide to Plug-in Hybrids
    Some plug-in cars have back-up engines to extend driving range.
  3. Electric Cars Pros and Cons
    EVs are a great solution for most people. But not everybody.
  4. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  5. Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  6. Eight Factors Determining Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car
    EVs get bad rap as expensive. Until you look at TCO.
  7. Quick Guide to Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
  8. Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules
    With the right utility plan, electric fuel can be dirt cheap.
  9. The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
    If you plan to charge in public, you'll want to sign up for charging network membership (or two).
  10. Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
    Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.