By Brad Berman ·
October 14, 2014

What Is an Electric Car?

Before we get going, let's establish basic definitions. For starters, an electric car is powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine.

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The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is pricier than its PHEV competition, but it comes in a very popular design, with more passenger space and lots of power. The plug-in Accord offers an impressive efficiency rating of 115 MPGe.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
December 26, 2013

Multi-Speed Gearboxes Are Coming to EVs

Gasoline cars currently have something electrics don't: a gearbox. This may be about to change though, as the advantage of having a choice of gears is simply too great for electric carmakers to ignore.

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By David Herron ·
December 17, 2013

Audi R8 e-tron Electric Supercar Reportedly Slated for Mid-2014

The Audi R8 e-tron, an all-electric sports car, was first shown to the public in October 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. After years of development, it was apparently canceled for any number of uncertain reasons. But if new reports are to be believed, it was never really shelved or it was brought back to life, heading for sale to the public in mid-2014. The new model will feature longer driving range, thanks to better battery technology.

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By David Herron ·
December 12, 2013

Tesla's Success Bolstered by Component Sales to Toyota, Daimler, and Solar City

A few years ago, there used to be debate about whether Tesla's best strategy was to skip manufacturing entire cars or to focus on making components for major automakers. As it has turns out, Tesla Motor is taking both paths at once.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 02, 2013

A One-Seat $12,000 EV Commuter Car for Europe in 2015

The German-made Colibri, after financing delays, is now targeted for late 2015. It's Europe-only, which makes sense. Here's one more EV with an uphill battle ahead.

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By Alysha Webb ·
November 19, 2013

Tesla Responds to Fires With Ground Clearance Software Update

How low can it go? That's the question Tesla owners are debating in online chat rooms after the latest software upgrade from Tesla, which alters the Smart Air Suspension feature at high speeds. The change is in response to three recent fires in Tesla Model S vehicles.

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By David Herron ·
November 05, 2013

A "Worst Electric Car List" Reminds Us How Far We've Come

Jalopnik, the automotive blog, took aim at an easy target yesterday when it posted the “Ten Worst Electric Cars Ever Made.” The list was full of 1970s experiments, three-wheelers, low-speed neighborhood electric vehicles, and Chinese knock-offs—such as Coda Automotive's electric sedan, which hit Number 10 on the list. The goal was yucks: look at a bunch of stupid EVs. But after the LOLs get emailed and tweeted, a more important point emerges. The past era of substandard electric cars—and notions of EVs as glorified golf carts—is long over.

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By David Herron ·
October 18, 2013

The Expanding Role of Electric Cars in Managing the Grid

The killer app in the EV movement might not be the vehicles themselves—but how they can play a crucial role in a smart electrical grid. A session focusing on “Demand Response” at this week’s VERGE SF conference, revealed how key players, such as Ford, Greenlots and EPRI, see the intersection of electric vehicles and smart grid technologies. The offshoot might mean that electric car owners could earn money, rather than pay money, for electric fuel.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 11, 2013

BMW's Bottom Line: $3,850 for the i3 Range Extender

So equipped, BMW's first electric car will cost $3,950, making it a $45,300 car. Is it worth it? For peace of mind, I'd check the options list.

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