By Brad Berman ·
June 08, 2018

Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

We're doing our best to track the growing list of federal and state-based incentives for purchasing an electric car or plug-in hybrid. See how much you can save to get behind the wheel of an electric-drive plug-in vehicle.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 07, 2017

GOP Tax Bill Threatens Electric Car Tax Credit

The House GOP tax reform bill released last week proposes to wipe out the federal tax credit for electric-vehicle purchases. The credit is worth up to $7,500 for consumers who buy cars that run on battery power and produce little to no tailpipe emissions. If the bill passes, the credit will apply to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles purchased through the end of 2017—but not beyond that time.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 23, 2017

Southern California Edison Offers $450 to EV Drivers, Even Second Owners

Southern California Edison, which provides electricity to 14 million people, this week started offering a $450 reward to customers who drive plug-in vehicles. Utilities in California, and other states such as Georgia and Florida, have offered perks and special rates for years—but the new SCE incentive makes second and third owners of a vehicle eligible for the payment.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 23, 2014

Safety Ratings for Electric Cars

EVs have an enviable safety record so far. That's likely to continue, even as NHTSA and IIHS standards for small cars continue to evolve.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 10, 2014

Congress Fails To Renew Important Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

In a pattern we've been seeing, the House and Senate have created a lot of uncertainty with short-term tax breaks that aren't re-approved until the last minute—or not at all.

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 31, 2013

California Releases Vehicle-Grid Roadmap

Building better batteries isn’t the only way that the cost of a plug-in-electric vehicle can be lowered. Finding more uses for the batteries that are already in the vehicles is another way to lower costs. California just released a plan that explores one way to do that.

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 27, 2013

Norway's Abundance of EVs Puts Strain on Public Charging and Congestion Perks

Norway offers among the most generous packages of rewards for EV ownership in the world, and EVs represent five to six percent of all new vehicle sales in country. That has created somewhat of a backup at charging stations in the city of Oslo, as well as a crowding of the city's bus lanes, which—thanks to one of Norway's numerous EV perks—are open to electric cars.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 22, 2013

Oregon: The State With Its Own Chief EV Officer

Oregon is pushing hard for electric vehicles, including a coordinated, multi-agency push to encourage battery-based tourism.

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By David Herron ·
November 15, 2013

Leasing of Renault Zoe's Battery Shows How EV Data Can Be Misused

The Renault Zoe battery pack lease gives Renault the power to remotely turn off the car for lease enforcement. But the ramifications mean governments who are already gathering data from Internet activities might tap into data about us via our cars.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 17, 2013

Tesla Still the Big Winner in California ZEV Credit Sales

Tesla has the high volume in electric vehicle sales, and that pays as credit-hungry automakers buy up its lucrative credits.

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