Plugin Cars News
Volkswagen today announced that the E-Golf, its first all-electric car, will be priced at $36,265 (including destination and delivery). The announcement sets the cost of the E-Golf in between the more affordable popular Nissan LEAF, which sells for $29,800, and German luxury EVs—the BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive—offered at $42,300 and $42,400 respectively.
CarCharging, the group that acquired the Blink Network, sent an email today to owners of Blink-branded residential stations, warning about safety concerns. The company’s note said: “This concern is related to high temperatures, which can potentially cause overheating.”
Tesla Motors set a high bar for the so-called Model 3—$35,000, 200-mile range, on the road in 2017. But the experts refuse to count out Elon Musk, who's so far done everything he said he would do.
The link between the automobile and the mobile phone is consistently getting stronger, a development that EV makers and application developers should use to their advantage. Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto platforms are starting to appear on dashboards, connecting drivers to their favorite mobile phone features. But that’s just the beginning for EV drivers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that it has completed tests of 32 small cars for its “small overlap front crash protection.” The results for plug-ins were mixed, with the Chevrolet Volt earning an “acceptable” rating, and the Nissan LEAF electric car getting a “poor” rating. The new small overlap test, introduced in 2012, replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another car or an object such as a tree.
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