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Why Can't Other Plug-In Hybrids Copy Chevy Volt's All-Electric Running?

Why Can't Other Plug-In Hybrids Copy Chevy Volt's All-Electric Running?

The distinguishing feature of the Chevrolet Volt has always been that as long as it has charge left in its battery, it runs solely on electricity. The gasoline engine doesn't switch on even under maximum acceleration (except in certain cold-weather situations, to provide heat for the cabin and... read more

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Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Report On Tesla-Style Direct Sales Cites GM Brazil Program Ended In 2006

The topic of Tesla Motors and its direct-sales model continues to roil state legislatures, with bills for and against the practice under debate in several states. In May... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered airplane

Solar Impulse Electric Airplane Now Flying Around The World

The history of aviation is full of circumnavigations of the Earth meant to prove the mettle of pilots and technology. Now, it's time for solar power to be tested in this way... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Top 10 Cities For Electric Cars: San Francisco Leads, But It's Not All California

After more than four years of modern electric-car sales, it's clear that some areas are more favorable for plug-ins than others. Whether it's local incentives, available... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Supercharger site with photovoltaic solar panels, Rocklin, California, Feb 2015

Tesla Supercharger Network Growth Surges Over Last 14 Months

One of the main advantages of the Tesla Model S is its relative freedom from “range anxiety,” at least in the 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack of the higher-end... read more March 9, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Public Electric-Car Charging: Business Models, Profits Still In Debate

Expanding the network of public charging stations makes driving an electric car far more convenient--and thus more attractive to more consumers. That's why carmakers... read more March 9, 2015 by 


 
Aoxin Ibis electric car. Photo by CarNewsChina.com.

China's Tesla-Beater (Or Not): Aoxin Ibis Electric Full-Size Sedan

It's safe to say that the success of the Tesla Model S electric car hasn't gone unnoticed in the rest of the auto industry. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are all... read more March 8, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 8-10

After seven days of traveling cross-country in my Tesla Model S electric car--including routes without Supercharger DC fast-charging sites--I had made it as far as Texas. The... read more March 6, 2015 by 


 
Chicago, by Flickr user Mr Hicks46 (Used under CC License)

Electric-Car Charging Station Operator 350Green Charged With Fraud

Back in 2011, Chicago officials announced the start of a project that would create a network of electric-car charging stations in the Windy City. However, progress stalled... read more March 6, 2015 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S, photographed by owner Dale Lutz

Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, Feb 2015: Tesla May Be On Top, BC Incentives Back

After strong December and January sales, Tesla may "three-peat" atop Canadian rankings for plug-in electric car sales last month. Lower-than-usual Volt and Leaf sales... read more March 6, 2015 by 


 
Nissan e-NV200 "Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle" screencap

Nissan 'Ultimate Smart BBQ' Electric Van: Feast Your Eyes, Feed Your Body

As electric cars become more common, it's only a matter of time before more people start thinking of things to do with them besides drive to and from work. Like, for example... read more March 6, 2015 by 


 
2013 Ford Focus Electric

Ford May Show A 200-Mile Electric Car This Year To Counter Chevy Bolt: UPDATE

The announcement that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car will go into production within 18 months seemingly sent shockwaves through the auto industry. GM's crosstown rival... read more March 5, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Feb: Cold-Weather Doldrums Continue: FINAL UPDATE

Winter is always a slower sales time for plug-in electric cars than the warmer months, and last month looks like it won't be any exception. Sales of most of the... read more March 5, 2015 by 


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Car Gets Less Expensive Trim Level

When pricing for the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car was announced last August, only one trim level was available, a lavishly equipped top-of-the-range package. Now VW... read more March 5, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S charging en route during New York to California road trip  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 4-7

A cross-country road trip in a Tesla Model S electric car requires a fair amount of forward planning and contingency research. Still, I made it from New York's cold, snowy... read more March 5, 2015 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S in winter, Hudson Valley, NY  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 1-3

With our daughter off to college, my wife and I recently became empty-nesters. Suddenly, there was no more reason to endure the wretched winters in New York’s Hudson... read more March 4, 2015 by 


 

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