By Eric Loveday ·
November 01, 2011

Chevy Volt Outsells Nissan LEAF in October

The sales race between the Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Volt is truly heating up. This time around, it's the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt that outsold the electric-only LEAF in October.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 31, 2011

Ford Taking Orders for 2012 Focus Electric on Nov. 2

Ford Focus Electric fans, take note: it's nearly time to fire up your computer to reserve your electric-only 2012 Ford Focus. Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 2—just two days away—Ford will begin accepting online orders for the 2012 Ford Focus Electric.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 08, 2011

After Some Confusion, Ford Focus Electric Will Hit 19 Markets in Spring of 2012

Ford today clarified launch plans for its forthcoming Focus Electric, saying that the despite reports to the contrary the car has not in fact been pushed back and will see a limited release in New York and California “as scheduled,” by the end of this year.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 31, 2011

Volt Dealers Accused of Tricking Consumers, Gaming Federal EV Program

A former Saturn dealer turned auto pundit is accusing some Chevy dealers of gaming the federal plug-in vehicle incentive program and passing on the hidden costs and legal liability to consumers. In a post on the website of the National Legal and Policy Center (which is a right-leaning watchdog group,) Mark Modica charged Saturday that dealers across the country have been purchasing their allotment of Chevy Volts and then re-selling them on the used car market at full price. The alleged practice makes purchasers ineligible for the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credits—and allows dealers to pocket the difference.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 03, 2011

Bi-Partisan Representatives Introduce New Act to Promote Electric Cars

There aren’t many initiatives that Republicans and Democrats can quickly agree upon, but deployment of electric cars is one of them. Both sides of the aisle support a strong EV future in the United States, as a strategy for job creation and reducing dependence on oil. Today, U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL) joined Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to introduce the Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act—legislation designed to fast track the deployment of energy-saving electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid technologies.

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By Dave Hurst ·
April 29, 2011

The Plug-in Vehicle Residual Value Conundrum

The residual values for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have been widely speculated on by bloggers and commentators, but overall it seems likely that the initial residual values are going to be relatively low.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 07, 2011

False Reports That BMW Plans to Lease, But Not Sell, Its 2013 Megacity Electric Car

In 2013, when BMW releases its full production electric car known now as “Megacity,” it will reflect a six-year project to rethink all aspects of the automobile—including the core vehicle structure and materials, manufacturing processes, and obviously the drivetrain. But it one key area—marketing—the Megacity might be more of a throwback than a bold move into the future. According to Automotive News, BMW will lease the vehicle rather than sell it—an approach that harkens back to the painful chapter of electric cars when General Motors snatched the EV1 from its leaseholders. Yet, inside sources tell us that the Automotive News is wrong.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 06, 2011

Impatient about Getting Your Nissan LEAF? Chill Out Says Paul Scott

Paul Scott probably didn’t realize how useful his skills as a rabble-rousing EV activist—he’s one of the founding members of Plug In America—would become when he decided to work for Santa Monica Nissan. That’s because he’s once again in the eye of the EV storm. The latest tempest is about how long it’s taking Nissan to make its first deliveries of the LEAF. His customers are angry.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 16, 2010

Electric Cars Will Be Sold and Serviced Like Appliances, Thankfully

Like it or not, in a world where computerized devices dominate our lives, it’s inevitable that cars will morph into high-tech mobility appliances. That change is evident from how some electric cars will be sold and serviced. Migros, the Swiss retailer known mostly as a supermarket chain, last week announced a deal to sell Think City electric cars in more than 600 stores across the country. That's just the beginning of the geekification of the car buying experience.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 09, 2010

Volt versus LEAF: A Case Study in Preventing Price Gouging

Let's recap, and make this simple. With G.M.'s decentralized ordering process for the Volt, dealers are in control and will jack up the price. With Nissan's centralized process, customers are in control, so dealers have to fight for the business--sometimes by reducing the price. Another lesson learned on the way to 1 million plug-in cars on U.S. streets.

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