By Jim Motavalli ·
February 21, 2014

Servicing is a Big Issue With the Toyota RAV4 EV (Especially Outside California)

Owners complain about Tesla-derived parts availability, sporadic servicing, and a big stonewall for out-of-staters.

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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 15, 2014

Infiniti Chief Delays Small Luxury EV, Indefinitely

We may not see an Infiniti version of the LEAF—or any battery car from the company—until late in the decade, if at all.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 14, 2014

Somewhat Cautiously, VW Rolls Out the New E-Golf

Volkswagen's entry for the ZEV states is a 100-mile sedan on the new Golf platform. VW chose to roll out the car on the new go-for-broke Golf platform, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. It was, it must be said, a low-key announcement.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 12, 2014

Tesla Will Send Customers an Upgraded Charging Adapter

On Friday, Tesla Motors announced that it would upgrade the Model S charging adapter after reports of overheating in garages. The company will provide the new adapter to its customers for free in the next two weeks. The redesigned adapter will include a thermal fuse that shuts off charging if overheating is detected.

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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 Jim Motavalli ·
January 06, 2014

Three Small EVs Could Have Car-Phobic Youth Buyers on Their Side

Expanding on a New York Times review, the Chevy Spark, Smart ED and Fiat 500e have strong under-35 buyer appeal.

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By Alysha Webb ·
January 03, 2014

Plug-In Evangelist Hopes to Sell the World on His Inexpensive DIY EV

Gary Krysztopik is trying to is create a foundation for a do-it-yourself electric vehicle. He’s not talking about converting internal combustion engine cars into EVs either. Krysztopik aims to convince others to get into the business of manufacturing a simple EV which he will be honing the design of while roving the U.S. in the RV.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 02, 2014

EV Used-Car Values Will Drop Like a Stone, Says KBB and USA Today

With EV price residuals, there are tons of wild cars—and factors that are hard to judge five years ahead of time.

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By David Herron ·
January 02, 2014

Intense Scrutiny of Tesla Model S Fires Exceeds Evidence of Mechanical Problems

The intense scrutiny of normal occurrences, like garage fires or car fires, that happen to involve a Tesla Model S could be part of an effort to quash Tesla Motors and stop electric car adoption.

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