All the News, Reviews, Guides and Reports on Electric Cars

By Brad Berman ·
April 19, 2017

Will VW Try to Take Electric Car Leadership from Tesla?

Volkswagen has been talking about a major shift to electric vehicles ever since the revelations of the company’s diesel-emissions scandal. The company now appears to be focusing on the affordability of its upcoming EVs. “Offering our electric cars for prices similar to combustion engine vehicles really is a game changer,” said Christian Senger, head of VW’s electric vehicle program, while speaking with reporters on Tuesday at the Shanghai Auto Show.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 18, 2017

Toyota Prius Prime Is Catching Up to Chevy Volt as Most Popular Plug-in Hybrid

The best selling plug-in hybrid so far in 2017 is the Chevrolet Volt, which offers 53 miles of all-electric driving on a charge before reverting to some use of gasoline. But the Toyota Prius Prime—despite only offering 25 miles of all-electric range—is nearly as popular. The two vehicles currently stand as the second and third most popular plug-in electric cars this year.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 17, 2017

Tesla Drops Entry Price of Model S to $69,500

Tesla updated the price of its Model S and X today, dropping the cost of the 75-kWh Model S by $7,500. That version of the Model S, which offers 249 miles of range on a single charge, is now Tesla’s least expensive model. It starts at $69,500.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 13, 2017

Tesla Is Now Delivering Model S Version with Record-Breaking 335 Miles of Range

Tesla is now shipping 100D versions of its Model S and Model X vehicles. These vehicles with 100 kilowatt-hour battery packs are similar to the previous Performance versions, but with a slight reduction of power. The 100D (sans P) models now lead all electric vehicles for range. The EPA, as of today, lists the Tesla Model S 100D as providing 335 miles of driving range on a single charge. (The Model X 100D is rated to go 295 miles on a charge.)

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By Brad Berman ·
April 12, 2017

The Chevy Bolt Rolls Out Nationwide with a $329 Monthly Lease

Starting on April 1, GM began offering a national lease on the entry-level LT trim of the Chevy Bolt EV—starting at $329 for 36 months with $3,809 due at signing. While the Bolt lease deal is attractive, there are other EVs offered with even more enticing lease prices. Meanwhile, the wait continues on the Tesla Model 3, which might prove to be significantly more expensive than the Bolt.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 11, 2017

Electric Car Incentives Are Under Attack

Edmunds, the car-shopping website, released a report last week claiming that the market for electric cars will “crash” without the current $7,500 federal tax credit for consumers buying an EV. Incentives are indeed under attack. At least nine states have introduced bills that would repeal tax credits for electric cars, let them expire, or levy new fees on those who own EVs.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 10, 2017

Nissan’s New Chief: A 300-Mile EV Is Planned for 2020

Saikawa said that a future Nissan model (or models)—expected in three to four years—would provide about 300 miles on a single charge. “It will have a usable range of 300 miles,” he said. “I believe that the technology will take us there.” Saikawa believes that offering longer range will make Nissan electric cars competitive with traditional vehicles in the United States. He did not disclose the range for the next-generation LEAF, which is due before the end of 2017.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 07, 2017

Why Is the 238-Mile Chevy Bolt Not Selling Like Hotcakes?

For all the advances in electric car technology, sales of plug-in cars still represent only about one percent of the new car market. For years, common wisdom suggested that high purchase prices and low driving range were holding back EV sales. But the Chevy Bolt—with 238 miles of range and a post-incentive price around $30,000—was supposed to change all that when it went on sale last December. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 06, 2017

Tesla’s Stock Soars, Despite Utah Banning Company from Direct Sales

Utah’s Supreme Court this week denied Tesla the right to sell its vehicles directly to consumers. The ruling will force Tesla to rely on independent dealerships in Utah. The state’s residents can order from Tesla online, or make a trip to one of the neighboring states that allow Tesla to offer direct sales. The ruling is a setback for Tesla after it opened a $3 million showroom in Salt Lake City in 2015.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 30, 2017

The Four Most Important Factors When Choosing a Plug-in Hybrid

If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to an electric car, but have concerns about how far you can drive before needing to recharge, then you should consider a plug-in hybrid. But which of the nearly 20 plug-in hybrids is right for you? Consider these four factors to help you make the best choice.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.