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

By Brad Berman ·
March 28, 2017

Seven Ideas for Electric Car Ownership Without Home Charging

Electric car owners with a 240-volt supply of power in the garage or driveway can refuel a battery-powered vehicle with ease. Plug your car in before going to sleep, and wake up to a full battery in the morning. That beats going to the gas station—for both convenience and cost. But approximately one in four Americans lives in a multi-unit building without a dedicated parking spot, while many home renters have landlords unwilling to install EV charging. Are they completely out of luck?

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By Brad Berman ·
March 22, 2017

The Popular Version of the New Honda Clarity Will Be the Plug-in

“Honda’s goal for the Clarity is to make electrified vehicles a true volume pillar,” said James Burrell, vice-present of environmental business development. The Fuel Cell version, which is available for lease now, will only be offered in California and in low volume. But here’s the exciting development for plug-in drivers: The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will offer 40 miles of all-electric range.

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By Gary Lieber ·
March 15, 2017

Nissan Offers Extension of LEAF Lease, Ahead of New Model

Are you currently leasing a Nissan LEAF? If so, Nissan is offering to extend your lease until the next-generation 2018 LEAF becomes available later this year. And you could get three months of courtesy payments on the extension.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 13, 2017

Eager to Buy a Long-Range Affordable EV? Consider a Used Tesla Model S

There’s good news for EV shoppers who are waiting for long-range electric cars like the Tesla Model 3, the Audi E-Tron Quattro and the second-generation LEAF. The price of a used Tesla Model S—a big, gorgeous, fast, long-range EV that has been on the market since late 2012—is dropping to what new-car buyers will pay for upcoming models with less range and space. Should EV shoppers consider a used Model S?

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By Brad Berman ·
March 09, 2017

2017 Volkswagen E-Golf Boosts Driving Range to 125 Miles

Volkswagen announced last week that the new 2017 Volkswagen E-Golf will increase its driving range by 50 percent compared to the outgoing 2016 model. The 2017 E-Golf will use a 35.8-kWh battery pack to provide an EPA-estimate average driving range of 125 miles—offering 130.3 miles in the city and 117.7 miles in highway driving. The 2017 E-Golf goes on sales in the spring.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 08, 2017

Will the Tesla Model 3 Be On Time? Here’s What We Know

It’s been nearly a year since Tesla revealed the Tesla Model 3, its upcoming affordable small electric car. The company said it would begin Model 3 production by July and ramp up to producing 5,000 cars by the end of 2017. Eager shoppers on the Model 3 waiting list celebrated in late February when Tesla management said it was on track. “We're still in great shape,” said Tesla CFO Jason Wheeler, in an earnings call.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 28, 2017

The First 150-kW Fast Charging Station in US Opens in Tesla’s Backyard

EVgo, a network of electric car charging stations, announced yesterday that it deployed the first so-called high-power fast charging station in Fremont, Calif. The station uses a system made by ABB to provide a maximum charging rate of 150 kilowatts, compared to the 50-kW units available today. That will mean much faster roadside pit stops for EV owners, particularly those driving cars with large long-range electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 27, 2017

How Much Driving Range is Enough for an Electric Car?

The latest generation of affordable electric cars offers more than 100 miles of range. In the case of the Hyundai Ioniq, which goes on sale in April, you can travel 124 miles on a single charge—while the Chevy Bolt EV, available now, goes a whopping 238 miles on a full charge. With the introduction of these two battery-electric cars—the two most recent EV models to hit the market—we see for the first time that maximizing range might not be the most critical factor for electric car buyers.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 20, 2017

The Best Used EVs for Less Than $10,000

Why do some consumers who want an electric car not go forward with the purchase? Surveys consistently indicate that cost is the prohibitive factor. But what if you could buy a capable battery-powered car—one with plenty of driving range for nearly all your commuting needs—for less than $10,000? That’s highly possible if you consider buying a five-year-old electric car.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 14, 2017

Hyundai Prices the 124-Mile Ioniq EV at $29,500

Hyundai announced today that it will sell its Ioniq electric car for $29,500, which after a federal tax incentive, drops the price to $22,000. That sticker price—for an all-electric vehicle officially rated to go 124 miles on a single charge—handily beats chief competitors on economics, driving range or both. The first US sales of the Hyundai will begin in the coming weeks.

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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.