By Nick Chambers ·
November 30, 2010

First Chevy Volt For Sale to Benefit Charity; GM Adds 1,000 Employees For Next Gen EVs

As Chevy Volts start actually reaching customers, GM has announced that the first vehicle available for sale will be auctioned off for charity and, beginning today, GM will add 1,000 employees to "significantly expand" the company's vehicle electrification expertise including development of future hybrids and Volt-like vehicles.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 29, 2010

"World's First" Privately Funded Electric Car Charging Ecosystem Set for Houston

As the debate usually goes, nobody will buy electric cars unless there is sufficient charging infrastructure to support them and nobody is willing to install charging infrastructure without seeing the electric cars that need it. Down in Houston, Texas, local utility NRG Energy is taking the idea of an EV Ecosystem into its own hands and with an investment of $10 million of its own money, as well as partnerships with infrastructure providers and commercial operations, plans to build what they're calling the "world's first" privately funded EV ecosystem.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 23, 2010

Exclusive Video: CODA's New Interim CEO is Optimistic About the Company's Future

Start-up electric car company CODA has recently been having a bit of a rocky ride. Though the outside world has largely determined that the resignation of both their global sales chief and their CEO, as well as the postponement of consumer deliveries of their first vehicle until late 2011, are indicative of an implosion, the company put on a different face at the 2010 LA Auto Show. Steven "Mac" Heller, CODA's new interim CEO, and I had a chance on the sidelines of the show to catch up and talk about what he brings to the company, where the company is headed, and the status of loans and investment funding potentially in the pipeline.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 22, 2010

Video: Mitsubishi Shows Off Americanized "i" Electric Car, Drops "-MiEV" From Name

Mitsubishi used the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show last week as the official launch platform for the i—formerly known as the i-MiEV. The car is longer and wider than the i-MiEV designed for the Japanese market and PluginCars.com had a chance to chat with the company about that decision.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 22, 2010

Nissan LEAF Finally Gets Official EPA Fuel Economy Label

With consumer deliveries scheduled to begin in the next month, the Nissan LEAF has been granted a final fuel economy window sticker from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—truly at the eleventh hour. The label will tell consumers that the LEAF gets 99 miles per gallon-equivalent (MPGe), can go 73 miles on one charge, takes 7 hours to fully charge and releases zero grams of carbon dioxide per mile.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 18, 2010

Tesla's Musk is On Hand as Toyota Debuts RAV4 EV at the LA Auto Show

The much-anticipated second coming of the Toyota RAV4 EV took center stage at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show as the company unveiled a production version of the vehicle they expect to hit showrooms in 2012. As many PluginCars.com readers know, the new RAV4 EV is a result of the growing collaboration between electric car startup Tesla Motors and Toyota—a relationship which has evolved quickly over the past year.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 12, 2010

Volkswagen Sales Chief Says Government is Forcing Them to Build Electric Cars

Is Volkswagen truly serious about electric cars? Based on the comments and tone that their Board Member responsible for sales conveyed at a media roundtable in Germany this week, it's hard to gauge just how real the EV is for Volkswagen.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 11, 2010

First Drive: Volkswagen Electric Golf Has Innovative Features

During the U.S. Media Launch for the Volkswagen E-Golf (officially called the Golf blue-e-motion) in Wolfsburg, Germany, PluginCars.com was given an opportunity to take a prototype of the car on a short drive. It's a solid prototype with lots of potential and some truly innovative features, but VW's strategy is hard to understand.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 11, 2010

Volkswagen Says Electric Golf Not Coming Until 2014, Punts on Electric Jetta

Earlier this year, Volkswagen made a big splash when they announced that 2013 would bring three electric cars from them—the E-Up! city car, as well as an electric Golf and an electric Jetta. But after a roundtable held in Germany this week for the U.S. Media Launch of the E-Golf, it seems that timeline has slipped.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 05, 2010

Video: BMW Confirms Production of Vision Plug-in Hybrid Supercar

During a week of relatively quiet green car news, BMW has unleashed a barrage of new information including a confirmation that the much anticipated Vision plug-in hybrid supercar is green lighted for production.

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