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Will The 2016 Chevy Volt Be A 'Mass-Market' Electric Car? Should It Be?

Will The 2016 Chevy Volt Be A 'Mass-Market' Electric Car? Should It Be?

While battery-electric cars are pretty simple in concept, it's often much harder for auto marketers to explain the benefits of range-extended electrics and plug-in hybrids. Last summer, Chevrolet's chief marketing officer, Tim Mahoney, said the marketing for the new 2016 Chevy Volt would be... read more

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2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

Chevrolet CrossVolt Trademark Renewed: AWD Electric Car In Chevy's Future?

All-wheel drive is an increasingly popular option among buyers in virtually all segments of the automotive market, partly driven by surging sales of small crossover utility... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S P85D on a dyno

Tesla P85D Top Speed, Performance To Be Boosted In 'Next Few Months'

The Tesla Model S P85D electric car's greatest talent seems to be generating outrageous performance figures. Tesla itself claims the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive car produces... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
Mark Reuss drives the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevy Volt Is Quieter, Handles Better, Says Latest Teaser Video

As General Motors works to stoke interest ahead of its 2015 Detroit Auto Show debut, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is getting more teasers than a Hollywood blockbuster. While the... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 and 2014 Tesla Model S   [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche Electric Cars To Target Tesla Model S (Plug-In Hybrids Too)

This was the year when it became obvious that upstart electric-car maker Tesla Motors has startled and worried all of the German luxury-car companies. And now that they're... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

German Electric-Car Charging Station Plans Accelerate As Grid Gets Greener

After some initial hesitation, Germany is moving ahead with more aggressive plans to encourage its companies and citizens to drive electric cars. The country currently offers... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
EV Institute Plug-In Around the World charging-connector poster (top portion)

All The Electric-Car Charging Connectors In One Great Big Poster

Charging an electric car is virtually always greener than pumping gasoline, but it can also be more complicated. Among standardized AC charging (in North America), multiple... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Roadster 3.0: 70-kWh Battery, Aero Kit, New Tires, For 400-Mile Range

Tesla Motors announced today that it has prototyped a "Roadster 3.0" package, which Roadster owners will be able to purchase in the future to update the battery pack... read more December 26, 2014 by 


 
BMW ActiveE electric car in front of old gas pumps, Belvidere, NJ   [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Gas Stations: Hazardous To Your Health In Many Ways

It turns out that--in addition to their environmental benefit--electric cars can help improve the health of the people who drive them. A few weeks ago, we posted an anecdote... read more December 26, 2014 by 


 
EV parking sign, Portland OR

Gas Cars Parked In One Electric-Car Spot Earn Raleigh $27,000 A Year

The problem of gasoline cars parking in spaces reserved for plug-in electric cars to recharge at is nothing new. It's known as "ICE-ing," referring to cars with internal... read more December 25, 2014 by 


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Roadster Battery Upgrade Details: Coming This Week, Musk Says

Say what you will about Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk, he's one of the very few global automaker CEOs who personally responds to owner questions via Twitter. And... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In One State

Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014  [photo: David Noland]

2014 Tesla Model S P85D: First Drive Of All-Electric AWD Performance Sedan

As a long-time Tesla Model S owner—almost two years now—I was naturally eager to get behind the wheel of the new dual-motor P85D. I’d had a couple of brief... read more December 22, 2014 by 


 
Disassembled Nissan Leaf components on a pegboard.

Nissan Leaf Electric Car Disembowled, Displayed On Pegboard (Video)

Have you ever wondered what a Nissan Leaf electric car looks like when you peel away the bodywork, seats, and virtually everything beside the powertrain? Thanks to one... read more December 22, 2014 by 


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt testing on snow surface [screen capture from teaser video]

2016 Chevrolet Volt: Another Video Teaser, This One On Snow And Ice

Can the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt manage to propel itself on what looks like an inch or two of snow? Why, yes, actually, it can. In fact, the new Volt appears to behave... read more December 22, 2014 by 


 
Poly-lab.net Kulan electric vehicle

Kulan Electric Utility Concept: Simple 'Donkey' Vehicle For Parks, Farmers

Naming an electric car after a donkey would normally seem like an odd choice, but this isn't exactly a car. The Kulan gets its name from a donkey native to Central Asia and... read more December 20, 2014 by 


 
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