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Which Electric-Car Makers Are Serious? U.S. Sales Show Top Three

Which Electric-Car Makers Are Serious? U.S. Sales Show Top Three

Two years ago, we pointed out that several electric cars now on sale were purely "compliance cars," built in minimal numbers purely to comply with California rules that require sales of zero-emission vehicles. But almost four years after the first Nissan Leaf went on sale in December 2010, it's... read more

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013

GM's 200-Mile Electric Sonic EV For 2017: What We Know So Far: UPDATED

The arrival of a moderately-priced battery electric car with a rated range of 200 miles will change the entire market for plug-in vehicles. When that will happen, and from... read more August 24, 2014 by 


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

To Get Hydrogen Competitive With Gasoline: $1 Billion, Cheap Natural Gas Needed

While battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars have had much of the spotlight to themselves for the past four years, we're going to be hearing a lot more about hydrogen... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Toyota, Honda, Hyundai Fuel-Cell Cars: How Many Will Be Sold?

With almost 250,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads--and double that number globally--electric vehicles are starting to establish a small foothold in the market. More... read more August 6, 2014 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

FINAL UPDATE: Plug-In Electric Car Sales In July: Leaf, Volt Both Do Well

Sales of plug-in electric cars in the U.S. continued their rise in July, as Nissan delivered more than 3,000 Leaf battery electric cars and Chevy more than 2,000 Volt... read more August 5, 2014 by 


 
2014 Honda Insight

Honda Ends Three Green Models For 2015: Insight, Fit EV, FCX Clarity

With the new and more fuel-efficient Honda Fit hatchback now on sale, the Japanese carmaker is slimming down its lineup a bit. For 2015, it has eliminated three low-selling... read more July 29, 2014 by 


 
2016 Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-Tron Plug-In Hybrid: Not A Compliance Car, Exec Says

Two years ago, we described the difference between high-volume electric cars and "compliance cars"--those built in very limited numbers solely to meet California rules that... read more July 17, 2014 by 


 
First 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell delivered to lessee at Tustin Hyundai, June 2014

Why California Pushes Hydrogen Compliance Cars Over Electric Ones

We're starting to hear a lot about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles from Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda--and we're going to hear a great deal more about them in the years to come. The... read more July 10, 2014 by 


 
2012 Nissan Leaf in the autumn outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [photo: Ricardo Borba]

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In June: Leaf's Best-Ever June, Volt Up On May (FINAL UPDATE)

It hasn't reached the heady heights of May's record-breaking sales tally, but Nissan still has the highest-selling mainstream electric vehicle on the market. Nissan rounds... read more July 2, 2014 by 


 
2014 Fiat 500e

2013-2014 Fiat 500e Electric Cars Recalled For Possible Coolant Leak

A recall has been issued for certain 2013 and 2014 Fiat 500e electric cars to address the possibility of coolant leaks. The recall will correct an issue with the affected... read more June 11, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In May: Highest-Ever Leaf Total, First BMW i3 Numbers: FINAL UPDATE

Well, chalk up another first for Nissan: It sold 3,117 Leaf electric cars in the U.S. last month. That's not only its best-ever one-month sales performance, but it's the... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013

Chrysler CEO Underscores, Again: Electric Fiat 500e Loses Money

OK, clearly he shouldn't have said, "I hope you don't buy it." But last week's little media explosion over Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's negative comments on the 2014... read more May 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Switches Battery Cells; 82-Mile Range Remains

The Chevrolet Spark EV has been on the market for only a year, but already it's being updated. And in this case, the update is major: The 2015 Chevy Spark EV will have an... read more May 15, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

Tesla Deal To Supply Toyota RAV4 EV Powertrain To End This Year

Several news reports over the weekend noted that Tesla's contract to supply Toyota with electric powertrains for its RAV4 EV crossover would end next year. In the words of... read more May 12, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In April: Leaf Widens Lead, Volt Flat Again: FINAL UPDATE

Sales of plug-in electric cars last month stayed about level with last month's, based on the reports from all makers of plug-in electric cars sold in the U.S. (except for two... read more May 5, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive  -  First Drive, May 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: First Drive

Can electric cars be sexy? Look at the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive gullwing sports car, and that question has been answered. But put your sensible cap on... read more May 5, 2014 by 


 
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