More than five years after its introduction, the BMW i3 remains an excellent choice for electric commuters. The current version of the small, fast, and fun EV is capable of traveling 153 miles on a single charge. The electric Bimmer is also available, at least for another year, with a 2.4-gallon gas engine that fires up when the battery is almost depleted—boosting driving distance to 200 miles.

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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 David Herron ·
January 03, 2014

Audi Debuting Sport Quattro Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car Concept at CES

Audi has announced a new plug-in hybrid sports car concept. The debut will not take place at the NAIAS in Detroit but rather at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, joining a trend for automakers wishing to be seen as selling consumer electronics devices.

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By David Herron ·
September 30, 2013

National Plug In Day: Bigger Than Ever, Lots of Butts in Seats

National Plug In Day, in its third year, almost doubled in size over the 2012 event. It gave thousands of people their first direct experience with an electric vehicle.

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By David Herron ·
September 20, 2013

National Plug-in Day: A Chance to Drive and Celebrate Plug-in Cars

In its third year, National Plug-in Day, growing by leaps and bounds, is a great chance to see, touch, and learn about plug-in hybrid and electric cars at more than 90 events across the US and elsewhere.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 06, 2013

Audi's Latest PHEV: An Ultra-Fast Sport Quattro Concept for Frankfurt

Audi has shown a perplexing array of e-tron cars, and has retreated from production plans on some of them. But it's getting serious about plug-in hybrids, including this high-performance show vehicle.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 22, 2013

BMW's Concept X5: A Plug-In Hybrid, Maybe for Production

BMW's second eDrive car is a practical combination of battery versatility with off-road capability and AWD all-weather stability. It's not guaranteed for the marketplace, but it's a distinct possibility.

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By David Herron ·
April 21, 2013

Earth Day Provides Opportunity for Teaching about Electric Cars

The unspoken job one gets when buying an electric car is "EV advocate." Earth Day season has many opportunities for electric car owners to meet the public, and talk with neighbors about electric car ownership.

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By David Herron ·
April 01, 2013

Nissan's Ghosn Defends LEAF as Long-Term Investment

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reiterated his defense of the Nissan LEAF at the New York auto show last week, outlining several steps Nissan is taking to improve LEAF sales. He denied accusations that Nissan is betting the whole company on EVs.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 29, 2013

VW's 261-MPG XLI Could Come to the U.S.

VW's U.S. CEO, Jonathan Browning, opens the door a crack to a very limited number of plug-in hybrid supercars for the American market.

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