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Life With Chevy Volt: 3 Years & 35,000 Miles Later, It's Over

Life With Chevy Volt: 3 Years & 35,000 Miles Later, It's Over

It was a sad day. After three years, 34,752 miles, roughly 7,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity, and 327 gallons of gas, I said good-bye to my 2011 Chevy Volt last week. Its lease was up, and there was no one left in the family to drive it. I've been at the wheel of a Tesla Model S for the last 18... read more

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2013 Smart Electric Drive, Brooklyn, NY

Battery Leasing Lands In U.S., Electric Smart Drivers Love It

Maybe there's a future for battery leasing among U.S. electric-car buyers after all. Nissan had considered leasing battery packs separately before launching its 2011 Leaf... read more June 24, 2013 by  5


 
2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas

Electric Car: Lease Or Buy?

You're considering a plug-in electric car. Should you lease or buy? It's a question that all new-car shoppers face--but for electric cars, there are some special... read more June 24, 2013 by  40


 
Rick and Alex Prell with new 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, Studio City, CA

First 2014 Chevy Spark EV Sold: Why We Chose This Electric Car

So how did Rick and Christine Prell and their two teenage sons become the first family in the U.S. to buy a 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV? Turns out it was at least partly luck... read more June 21, 2013 by  68


 
Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

Nissan To Offer Leaf Battery Replacement Plan: $100 A Month

To allay fears about loss of capacity in its Leaf electric-car battery packs, Nissan announced today that it would offer what amounts to a battery leasing program after the... read more June 20, 2013 by  65


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

Electric-Car Price War Heats Up: Chevy Volt $5,000 Cash Back

Last month, the Nissan Leaf passed the Chevrolet Volt to take this year's top spot among plug-in electric cars for sale. Now Chevy is fighting back. It announced that it will... read more June 11, 2013 by  34


 
2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

Price Cuts Work: Waiting Lists For Electric Honda Fit EVs Now

Well, chalk one up for basic economic theory: If you lower the price of a good, more people will want to own it. In the case of the 2013 Honda Fit EV, the low-volume... read more June 10, 2013 by  40


 
2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (European version)

2013 Smart Electric Drive To Offer Battery Leasing In U.S.

It seems automakers in Europe have found the key to increasing electric car sales: battery leasing. With 97 percent of European Smart Fortwo Electric Drive customers choosing... read more April 15, 2013 by  7


 
'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

Oh, Tesla: Your 'Lease' Is Smart, But That Calculator Wasn't

Well, that didn't take long. Yesterday, just before 5 pm Eastern time, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] released details of its new "lease-like" financing product. The general... read more April 3, 2013 by  24


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Big Mystery Unveiled: You Can Now 'Lease' 2013 Tesla Model S

And now we know: Tesla's Big Mystery Story, teased via more than one tweet from CEO Elon Musk, is this: You will soon be able to "lease" a brand-new 2013 Tesla Model S... read more April 2, 2013 by  10


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

Ford Focus Electric Incentives: $10K Off 3-Year Lease Or $2K Cash

We've clearly not seen the back of tempting electric car leasing deals. One Mitsubishi dealer is offering the "i" electric car for as little as $69 per month for example, and... read more January 25, 2013 by  14


 
Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Hall in an ad for the 2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Nissan Leaf Leases: $289 For Base SV, $319 For Nicer SL

The low sales of the Nissan Leaf electric car have been much discussed in the media--just as those of the Chevy Volt were until it began to log respectable sales numbers over... read more June 5, 2012 by  15


 
2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (European version)

Would Battery Leasing Ease Sticker Shock On Costly Electric Cars?

There's no getting around it: Hybrids cost more than gasoline models, and plug-in electric cars cost a lot more than gas vehicles. Each type of green car cuts operating... read more May 18, 2012 by  12


 
2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

How Long Will Your Electric Car Battery Last? Science Is On The Case

We all know that battery packs are the biggest Achilles Heel of the electric car, which is why automakers like Nissan and General Motors are working hard to improve the... read more April 12, 2012 by  10


 
We're Going To Need Electronauts

Electronauts Only Need Apply For 2012 BMW ActiveE Electric Car

Over the years automakers have used a huge array of techniques to entice members of the public to become test drivers in their electric car test programs. Often however, high... read more September 22, 2011 by  4


 
BMW i

BMW Buys Leasing Firm To Launch Its i Series Electric Cars

BMW has purchased the car-leasing unit of Dutch banking giant ING for a reported $1 billion. The move enables BMW to expand its fleet operations, but more importantly, it... read more July 13, 2011 by  5


 
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