By Nick Chambers ·
December 17, 2010

BREAKING: Electric Car Charging Station Tax Credit Extended, But at Lower 30% Pre-Stimulus Levels

After PluginCars.com broke the story earlier this week that the lucrative federal tax credit for installing electric car charging stations had been snuck into the controversial Bush-era tax cut extension bill at the last minute, it was only a matter of playing the waiting game to see if it made it all the way through to passage. As of late last night, the bill has passed both the House and Senate with the charging station credits intact—but at a lower rate than it has been for the last year.

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 16, 2010

First Chevy Volts Reach Customers, Will Out-Deliver Nissan in December

Although the competition between Chevy and Nissan for the crown of green car king is only just beginning—at this stage in the game both manufacturers will sell as many as they make—the two companies have certainly been trading notches on their headboards this week. Yesterday the first Chevy Volts purchased in regular consumer transactions were delivered to customers on the East Coast and retired airline pilot, Jeffrey Kaffee, was honored with the absolute first delivery.

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 14, 2010

BREAKING: Extension of Electric Car Charging Station Incentives Snuck Into Tax Cut Extension Bill

Based on information PluginCars.com has obtained from Senator Jeff Merkley's office, the most current language in the controversial tax cut extension bill—which the Senate has just voted to move forward on an 83-15 vote—includes language inserted at the last minute to extend the electric car charging station 50% tax credit for one more year, through December 31, 2011.

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 11, 2010

World's First Nissan LEAF Owner Counters Electric Car Myths, Says Chevy Volt Wasn't a Consideration

This morning, December 11, 2010, the absolute first consumer-ready example of the world's first mass-market, globally distributed and relatively affordable 100% electric car was delivered into the hands of its first customer at a Nissan dealership outside of San Francisco, California, and PluginCars.com was there to mark the occasion.

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 09, 2010

How Much Will it Cost to Charge Your Electric Car in Public?

As much talk as there is about installing public charging stations, the question of what kind of pay-per-usage model will work for them is largely unanswered. Recent news suggests that people should expect to pay ridiculously high prices, but these analyses miss the big picture.

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 08, 2010

Wired: One Week in Nissan LEAF Made Conventional Car Feel "Crude and Primitive"

Having just completed the first week-long test drive of a Nissan LEAF, the folks over at Wired were nothing but impressed. Even though they noted the car had some faults, their overall feeling was that Nissan's LEAF is one of the most compelling vehicles they've ever driven, saying, "The Nissan LEAF is more than a very nice car. It is the car of the future we’ve been promised in countless sci-fi movies."

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 07, 2010

World's First Nissan LEAF Delivery December 11; PluginCars.com Will Be There In Force

Over the last 100 years, the electric car has come and gone several times—rising and falling on the tides of cheap oil and environmental awareness. But this weekend marks the start of what will likely be the last of the first comings of battery electric vehicles: the absolute first ever mass-produced, solely battery-powered, globally distributed, affordable electric car will be delivered to a customer.

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 06, 2010

Hertz Details Hourly Electric Car Rentals Including Nissan, Chevy, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Smart, and Coda

Betting that curious consumers will want to spend some extended time behind the wheel before committing, Hertz will offer by-the-hour electric car rentals starting this month in select markets.

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 02, 2010

Curious What $750 Gets You? Pics of the Guts of Nissan LEAF's Charge Station

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, the first pics of the innards of the Nissan LEAF charging station have surfaced. Do you think what you see justifies the $750 price tag?

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By Nick Chambers ·
December 02, 2010

If Volkswagen Revives the Beloved Microbus, it Should be a Plug-in Hybrid

Rumors abound that Volkswagen is going to bring back the iconic camper microbus—but it would be best served as a plug-in hybrid.

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