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We're turning a corner--in the automotive world and here at High Gear Media with the latest coverage on electric cars.

Today across the HGM network, we're reporting about EVs and hybrid cars, starting with our first drive of the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Ride along with us as we tell you if the Leaf's a real car, what it takes to keep it charged, and what you'll need to decide to buy one. If you're already on the waiting list, our coverage of Nissan's Leaf roll-out timeline is a must--especially if you're in one of the five markets destined to get the Leaf before anyone else.

While you're all focused, you'll want to read our editor's roundtable discussion on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, too. How does it compare with the Leaf? And why isn't the Volt eligible for tax credits and other perks the Leaf gets? And wouldn't you really rather have a Porsche 918 or a Panamera S hybrid, given the right Swiss bank account number? Whatever you prefer, it's time to get on board now--because if the U.S. Senate has its way, 50 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. after 2030 will be electric vehicles.

If you're not getting a charge from all this coverage, fear not--gasoline's still the favored fuel around the High Gear Media network. InsiderCarReview's Jim Hamel is spending a week with the 2011 Toyota Sienna as your swagger-wagon surrogate. And if that's a bit too large for your purposes, you can pass on the Sienna in favor of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi station wagon coming next year.

Finally, we're leaving the rest of today's highlights up to you to stitch together into a personalized crazy quilt of car coverage. The State of New Jersey is studying a plan that would abandon its emergency roadside assistance -- which sounds to us like a lot of Sopranos leftovers piling up on the side of Route 9. Next door in New York State, the radiant Chelsea Clinton's getting married, we think, this weekend--and Kinder Essington speculates on what Ms. Clinton will drive to her wedding over on PoliticsAndCars (hint: there's a classic Clinton car brand from the 1910s). Last up: Sam Spencer names the ten cars that are the real villains out there on the highway. You know them well, from school buses to monster trucks--they're the vehicles most often causing mayhem in the next lane over. That wouldn't be you, would it? Of course not.

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  1. I enjoy your reports on EV's and the LEAF in particular. You and others continue to refer to charging times of 30 minutes to 8 hours; no one is commenting on the potential of 5 min charges presented in a recent report about JFE Engineering (steeringnews.com/game-changer-jfe-engineering-develops-5-minute-ev-charger) in Japan. Rapid charge technology would seem to be a real game changer; is anyone looking into this further? If not, why?
     
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