Plugin Cars News

By Brad Berman ·
July 16, 2014

Tesla Names Its Upcoming Smaller Sedan: Model III

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk revealed yesterday that its upcoming smaller sedan will use Model III as its name—spoken as “Model Three.” It was previously referred to as “Gen 3,” and rumored to be called “Model E.” The new model—designed to compete against BMW’s 3-series (and other cars in that class)—is expected to go on sale in 2017.

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By John Gartner ·
July 14, 2014

Leasing EV Chargers and Profiting

While worldwide sales of plug-in electric vehicles have grown to more than 12,000 monthly, in most locations today, there isn’t enough traffic for EV charging stations to directly pay back their cost within three years, which is a typical required return on investment.

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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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  4. Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
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  5. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
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  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
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  10. The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
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