Plugin Cars News

By Brad Berman ·
October 19, 2014

2015 Tesla Model S: Continuous Improvement

Tesla Motors doesn’t like to play by existing auto industry rules. That holds true for its release of new model-year features. With the ability to wirelessly deploy software updates throughout the year, drawing the line between one model year and another can be tricky.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 16, 2014

2015 Ford Focus Electric: Bolder Look But No Change in EV Features

Revisions to the 2015 Ford Focus are aimed at the entire platform, rather than the electric model. While the style of the 2015 model, including the battery-powered version, was updated with a bolder look, there weren’t any tweaks to the electric powertrain or charging system.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 13, 2014

2015 Fiat 500e: Now Available Also in Oregon, With New Colors

In 2015, the battery-powered 500e expands its availability. It had been available strictly in California, but is now sold in Oregon as well. The 2015 Fiat 500e features two new exterior colors and a redesigned center console for the new model year. The two new paint colors in 2015 are Luce Blue (light blue with a pearl finish) and Celeste (light blue).

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By Brad Berman ·
October 10, 2014

Tesla Reveals All-Wheel Drive and Self-Driving Technologies

Tesla announced Thursday that it will offer all-wheel-drive versions of its Model S electric car. The new offering will slightly increase range by about 10 miles per charge. The addition of all-wheel drive will allow the Model S to handle snowy driving conditions, while boosting 0-60 mph time to 3.2 seconds in the high-performance model.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 09, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV: New Battery Pack and Color Tweaks

The 2015 Chevy Spark EV uses a new battery pack, compared the previous model year of the small electric car. For 2015, General Motors brought assembly of the Spark's battery pack in-house to its plant in Brownstown, Mich. That’s where GM builds batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, and Cadillac ELR.

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