By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 16, 2013

Electric Courtesy Cars: Some Dealers Get It and Some Don’t

You’re still likely to be given a gasoline car when you drop your EV in for service. But for those dealerships that have the ability to offer plug-in loaners to plug-in drivers, it's a no-brainer.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 11, 2013

Considering the Pros and Cons of Electric Car Battery Leases

Buy a 2013 all-electric Smart ForTwo ED in Europe, and you’ll be asked if you want to lease the battery pack alongside the car—or own the batteries outright. Buy any one of Renault’s four production electric cars, and you’ll have no option but to sign up for a battery lease. While EV battery rental schemes have not hit U.S. shores, they are commonplace with European electric car drivers. With Europeans now getting battery leasing on a wide range of EVs, is it time to start loving battery leases? Or retain measured suspicion?

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By David Herron ·
April 02, 2013

Tesla Motors Offers Lease Program for Model S

With the new financing program, Tesla Motors hopes to make the Model S more affordable to a broader range of customers, while giving customers peace of mind with a guaranteed residual value, and the convenience of being able to return the Model S to Tesla.

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By Zach McDonald ·
January 02, 2013

New LEAF Warranty Will Cover Battery Capacity Loss

After a summer filled with LEAF battery capacity loss claims that were only amplified by Nissan’s slow response, the carmaker has announced a major step that could help to put warm weather LEAF drivers’ minds at ease concerning the problem. In a trio of posts at MyNissanLEAF.com, Nissan told the LEAF community that beginning in Spring 2013, the car’s New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty will include a 5-year, 60,000-mile protection against battery loss in excess of 30 percent.

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By Eric Loveday ·
September 24, 2012

Dealerships Still Offering Deep Discounts of Up to $10,000 Off Chevy Volt

Discounts on the Chevy Volt are more than four times the industry's per-vehicle average, according to TrueCar.com estimates, reaching as much as $10,000 per vehicle. The incentives include low-interest financing, cash rebates to buyers, sales bonuses to dealers, and heavily subsidized leases.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 08, 2012

Chevrolet Volt Lease Was Competitive, Now a Steal

When General Motors first released pricing for the Chevrolet Volt two years ago, the lopsided low lease price raised eyebrows. By playing with the Volt's residual value, G.M. was able to set the $40,000-plus Volt's lease price at nearly identical terms to the lease for the $32,000 Nissan LEAF. The Volt lease got even better over time, and was recently named the number one best lease deal in July by TrueCar.com.

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By Eric Loveday ·
July 19, 2012

Honda to Begin Leasing Fit EV on July 20

Honda just announced that it will begin leasing its Fit EV for $389 per month in select regions of California and Oregon starting on July 20.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 13, 2011

Fisker Karma Price to Increase by Up to $10,000

On December 15th, Fisker Automotive will jack up prices on its plug-in hybrid Karma. A six percent price increase is expected, which means the price tag on the cheapest 2012 Fisker Karma will be $102,000 and the top-of-the-line version will set buyers back a whopping $116,000.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 07, 2011

Nissan LEAF Now Available in Seven More States

Nissan officially began taking orders yesterday for its 2012 LEAF from residents of Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Deliveries of the 2012 LEAF, which features additional standard equipment including a quick-charge port and a cold-weather package, will commence in these seven additional states in spring 2012.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 02, 2011

Ford Misses the Mark with $40k Focus Electric Price Tag

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric officially has its price tag, an online configurator and is available to reserve starting today. As we reported on Monday, it's very good news to see a new choice for getting behind the wheel of an electric car. However, the $40,000 price tag is simply not competitive, raising questions about Ford's commitment to selling electric cars in significant quantities—or even being perceived by the early adopters as a company that cares about the technology.

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