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Electric car battery technology is getting better every year. When combined with incremental improvements in electric propulsion systems and vehicle packaging, we should expect the driving range in future all-electric models to significantly increase. But what about the EVs already on the road? Will these improvements diminish the value of the battery-powered vehicle currently in your driveway?
More than 150,000 units have been sold since this time four years ago when the small Nissan EV first went on sale in the United States. But four to five years is the common lifecycle span of most automotive models—so with the new year approaching—we’re thinking about the second-generation LEAF.
Audi will introduce a new more powerful, lighter and more fuel-efficient version of its Q7 sports utility vehicle at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. Here’s the big news for plug-in fans: the new Q7 will be offered with a powerful one-two combination of plug-in capability and a 3-liter V-6 diesel engine.
Gasoline prices in the U.S. have steadily fallen in the past three months, reaching a national average of $2.66 per gallon, according to AAA. Industry analysts and journalists have been quick to jump to the conclusion that the dip in gas prices spells the demise of electric cars. Any quick and firm declarations about the long-term forecast for EVs based on current gas prices should be questioned.
As we posted last week, cars with plugs were hard to find at the current 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show (which runs through Nov. 30). On the bright side, electric cars and plug-in hybrids have emerged in recent years from futuristic concepts to actual vehicles on the road. With 20 battery-powered cars available to buy or lease—granted, mostly in California—what's left to show in L.A. except expensive and improbable plug-in prototypes.
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The Real Price of EV Public Charging
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Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.