This small Mercedes electric car directly competes with the BMW i3. Its powertrain is provided by Tesla Motors, but engineers turned it into a comfortable and relaxed commuter car. If driven with care, the well-appointed B-Class could offer around 100 miles of range from a battery pack capable of holding 31.5 kilowatt-hours of juice.

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The RAV4 EV is currently the only all-electric high-riding crossover SUV available in the United States, although only in select cities of California. The well-respected Toyota platform takes on a Tesla powertrain, making it the least expensive way to experience rip-roaring acceleration from the famous California electric car startup. Driving range is around 120 miles.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 18, 2014

New 2015 Electric Cars On Way, Mostly From Germany

After something of a quiet time in the first half of 2014, the 2015 model year is shaping up as an exciting one for electric cars. Let’s look at what’s coming, a list that will significantly expand the market—and finally put plug-in SUVs and utility vehicles within reach.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 28, 2014

First BMW i3 Drivers Share Impressions

BMW is delivering its new electric cars, and the early adopters like what they see—but have a few minor issues.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 02, 2014

BMW i3's First American Customer: Boston Professor Charlie Rabie

The i3 will be a second car for long-time ActiveE driver Rabie, who says it "takes off like no other car."

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By Jim Motavalli ·
April 21, 2014

It Works for Tesla: EV Buyers Should Have Battery Pack Size Options

Both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF may be offered with battery choices. It's a trend that makes sense.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
April 10, 2014

BMW i3 Buyers Face Long Wait Times for Delivery

One dealer says people who sign up for the car now are looking at 2016, but others say it will be a matter of months.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 27, 2014

Why Is Electric Car Charging Equipment So Expensive?

Today's units are priced to absorb high development and materials costs (especially copper), but lower-cost options are arriving. And portable 240-volt chargers are gaining ground.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 11, 2014

Fast-Charging Networks for Electric Cars: A State-by-State Guide

Oregon is inaugurating a statewide Quick Charge network, and connecting it to EV tourism. North Carolina will have its network in place by the end of April, and others are following suit.

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Using the popular small-but-spacious format of the Honda Fit, the company offered a fully capable five-passenger all-electric version. The Honda Fit EV provides about 80 miles of range, and is rated at the equivalent of an impressive 118 miles per gallon. But Honda remains uncommitted to electric cars, so after making just 1,100 units over a 20-month period, Fit EV production will be halted.

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