Electric Cars

AAA Study: Electric Car Range Drops Up To 57% In Extreme Weather
AAA Study: Electric Car Range Drops Up To 57% In Extreme Weather

We've known for some time that battery range in electric vehicles can fluctuate in response to temperature. However, studies and simulations have produced varying estimates of how much range owners can expect to lose. New tests conducted by AAA aren't the final word on the matter, but they could...Read More»

Tesla Model X
2015 Tesla Model X: Electric Crossover Will Be All-Wheel-Drive Only

Tesla Motors' second mass-produced all-electric vehicle, the Tesla Model X crossover, is less than a year away from production. But we're already gleaning some new details about this model. As our companion site Green Car Reports recently learned, there won't be a two-wheel-drive version of the...Read More»

Orlando Electric Car Charging Station
Electric Car Etiquette: Is It Okay To Unplug Someone's Vehicle So You Can Power Up?

No doubt about it, electric cars are coming -- and with them, an increased demand for charging stations. In fact, in some parts of the country, the lack of charging options for EV owners has given rise to a phenomenon known as "charge rage". Should we be worried? The problem stems from the...Read More»

2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive  -  Quick Drive, May 2013
Will Low Resale Values Spoil The Cost Benefits Of Electric-Car Ownership?

What do the Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e, and Smart Fortwo Electric Drive (ED) all have in common? Yes, they're all electric vehicles; but they're also among the models estimated by Kelley Blue Book to have the highest five-year depreciation, among all 2014 model-year vehicles. It's a potentially harsh...Read More»

BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid
Study: Consumers Very Interested In Electric Cars & Hybrids. Diesels, Not So Much

Last week, we told you about a new study commissioned by Audi, which proves that consumers want to see more diesel vehicles in U.S. showrooms. That struck us as awfully convenient, since Audi has been trying for years to persuade Americans that diesels provide the improved fuel economy and reduced...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Audi Gets Snippy, Publishes Survey To Prove That Americans Want Diesels, Not Electric Cars

Due to environmental concerns and increasing government regulation, automakers around the globe are working to create vehicles that achieve greater fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Many automakers are relying on hybrid and electric technology to reach those goals, but not Volkswagen: VW and...Read More»

Ford Fusion Energi charging.
Electric Car Adoption Lagging Because Drivers Have Nowhere To Park & Charge Them

Sales of electric cars are slowly picking up, but fans of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S often wonder why the numbers aren't improving faster. A new study from Carnegie Mellon University provides an answer, and it has everything to do with parking. The study was conducted by...Read More»

Kia Soul EV camouflaged prototype
Kia Soul Electric Car: More Details Emerge

Last month, we told you about the all-electric Kia Soul, which is set to arrive in the U.S. during the 2014 calendar year. At the time, that was about all we knew. We'd been given no details about the car's battery, range, pricing, on-sale date, or any other important stats. Now, however, Kia has...Read More»

Hevo wireless electric car charging station
That's Not A Manhole Cover, It's An Electric Car Charger

Fully electric cars and range-extended vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Chevrolet Volt have only been on the market a few years, but it's pretty clear that they're on the front line of an automotive revolution. For that revolution to be successful, though, automakers need to...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul
Electrified Kia Soul Arrives In 2014

If you like your cars small, boxy, and infested with CGI hamsters, the Kia Soul is right up your alley. But what if you also enjoy cars that are fully electric and emissions-free? As of next year, Kia will have you covered there, too, thanks to the upcoming Kia Soul EV. Kia promises that the new...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Rent A Tesla Model S At Hertz

Visiting San Francisco or Los Angeles and want to appear a tech trend-setter? If you don't mind shelling out a higher premium, you now have the opportunity to rent a Tesla S from Hertz. The all-electric luxury sedan is only available at the San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) airports. The...Read More»

Screencap from Tesla website, included in complaint to California DMV from dealers
California Dealers Accuse Tesla Of 'Misleading' Customers With Financing Promises

Honestly, Tesla can't catch a break. First, it had to make a fully electric car that didn't look like a doorstop or a computer mouse from 1997. No small task, that. Then, it had to find a few backers, which caused consternation in some corners. And then it had to jump perhaps the biggest hurdle of...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Saturday In San Diego: Test Out An EV At Electric Vehicle Day

At the turn of the 21st century, hybrids were brand new, and car customers were curious but wary. More than a dozen years later, models like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight have become old hat. Electric vehicles are what's turning heads these days. The fully electric Nissan Leaf and the...Read More»

Volkswagen e-Up!  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Can VW Become The World's Biggest Electric Car Maker, Too?

Say what you will about Volkswagen, but the company isn't afraid of setting big, bold goals for itself. Several years ago, VW announced its intention to become the world's largest automaker by 2018. And now, according to Detroit News, it's aiming to be the world's biggest maker of electric cars by...Read More»

Green HOV-Lane Sticker
California's Plug-In Hybrid & EV Drivers Get 4 More Years (Of HOV Lane Access)

Between the tax breaks and the social status boosts, California's car shoppers have plenty of reasons to consider electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. But given the traffic congestion in the state's major cities, perhaps no perk has been more attractive than HOV lane access. In case you missed it...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Electric Car Outselling Entire Buick, Lincoln, Porsche Lineups In CA

Yes, it's shocking. California automaker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is outselling a number of very well established vehicle brands in its home state—with only one model: the all-electric Model S. In June, Tesla outsold (on the basis of registrations) Buick, Lincoln, Porsche, Volvo, and...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: We Drive The World's Most Efficient Car

At last, for the first time since the now-legendary EV1, General Motors has another all-electric car: the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This past week we spent much of a day using it to get around urban environs in Portland, Oregon, and found it to be one of the best-driving battery electric cars yet...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Next New Tesla Sedan Will Be Smaller, Less Expensive, In 2016

Electric-car startup Tesla Motors has been in the news a lot lately. In the last few months, it achieved its first profitable quarter, delivered more plug-in electric cars than any other maker (Nissan and Chevy included) from January through March, and issued more than $1 billion of new...Read More»

Better Place battery-swap demonstration
Electric Car Startup Better Place Pulls Plug On U.S., Australia

A growing number of cars in the U.S. run either entirely or partially on electric power, and that trend is likely to accelerate with time. The shift from gasoline to electricity will present plenty of opportunities for auto start-ups, but one is already calling it quits. As our colleagues at Green...Read More»

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