Plugin Cars News

By Brad Berman ·
July 10, 2014

Nissan Expands Its Free Car Charging Program to 10 Markets

New Nissan LEAF drivers can now access free charging in 10 markets across the United States. Those markets have more than 2,600 public EV charging stations, including about 200 quick chargers. The free EV charging is available as part of Nissan’s "No Charge to Charge" program.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 03, 2014

Exclusive: In 2016, Toyota to Offer Wireless Charging on Next-Gen Prius Plug In

Massachusetts-based WiTricity, Toyota's partner, is also working with Honda (which also wants to go to market in 2016), Nissan and BMW. Alex Gruzen, WiTricity's CEO, said in an interview that 2016 is likely to be the year that wireless charging for cars sees widespread adoption.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 30, 2014

Confirmed: Volvo To Offer Plug-In Hybrid Option on All Models

The company's electric strategy starts with the diesel V60, which I just drove in New Jersey. It's for sale only in Europe, which is a shame, because it's a darned good car. We're getting a plug-in gas version of the new XC90 next year, and Volvo says many more are to come.

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EV Trips: Downtown Seattle, Future of Flight Center, Salish Lodge, Suncadia Resort

The State of Washington boasts an extensive network of EV charging points that runs north to south and east to west throughout the entire state. Start in Seattle at Olympic Sculpture Park, and the Future of Flight Aviation in nearby Mukilteo. Our EV trek continues to the Salish Lodge and Spa, overlooking the gorgeous 270-foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River. The trip culminates in the Cle Elum River corridor, and its 1,200 pristine acres of nature.

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EV Trips: Portland, Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast

Spend the first day of an Oregon EV trip in Portland—the land of hip cafes, unicycles, home brews, and tribal tattoos. On latest count, there are five downtown Portland hotels with Level 2 charging. With abundant charging opportunities, EV drivers have excellent access to the rolling hills and vineyards of Willamette Valley. It’s an easy drive to the coast, where you’ll find beaches—and waves run beneath lava beds, building pressure to spout water as high as 60 feet into the air.

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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. Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
    Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.
  5. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  6. Eight Factors Determining Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car
    EVs get bad rap as expensive. Until you look at TCO.
  7. Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  8. Guide to Buying First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
  9. Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules
    With the right utility plan, electric fuel can be dirt cheap.
  10. 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).