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Tesla Model X for trailer towing: Edmunds is not convinced

Tesla Model X for trailer towing: Edmunds is not convinced

The Tesla Model X is the only electric car currently available from the factory with a towing package. Tesla says its electric luxury crossover SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. But is that really a practical option for owners in the real world? DON'T MISS: 2016 Tesla Model X... read more

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2011 Nissan Leaf owned by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Four Years And 70,000 Miles Later, 2011 Nissan Leaf Going Strong

The 2011 Nissan Leaf was the first modern battery-electric car to be offered in large numbers, and it still leads the field in terms of sales four years later. Each sales... read more March 2, 2015 by


 
2014 Tesla Model S owned by Tom + Jeff of Palm Springs, California

The Passion Of The Tesla: One Owner's (Unprompted) Paean

People who buy new cars generally like and enjoy them during the first months or years of ownership. Many Tesla owners, however, seem to love their cars with a deep, abiding... read more December 9, 2014 by


 
2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

What Do Hybrid Owners Say About Their Cars? How About Everyone Else?

As hybrid cars become more commonplace, it's worth finding out whether people's views of them are changing. A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation... read more October 1, 2014 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

Car Ownership Rates Plunge In European Cities; Smartphones More Important

Would you replace your car with a smartphone? With the increased connectivity offered by smartphones, it may be that more people will find car ownership unnecessary where... read more September 24, 2014 by


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

More Data Confirms: Electric-Car Drivers Really Love Their Cars

In the grand scope of automotive history, modern electric cars haven't been on the road very long. Yet they've already demonstrated considerable staying power. At the... read more June 3, 2014 by


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

Three Years With The First Nissan Leaf Electric Car Sold In The U.S.

Can love for an electric car stand the test of time? Olivier Chalouhi was the first person in the U.S. to take delivery of a 2011 Nissan Leaf, way back in December 2010. Now... read more October 8, 2013 by


 
2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid in Massachusetts winter [photo: John Mitchell]

Why We Drive A Ford C-Max Energi And A Ford Focus Electric

My wife and I have been very pleased with the results of green initiatives we undertook at our home, including solar panels and geothermal heating. Then we decided to expand... read more May 31, 2013 by 37


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2013 Tesla Model S [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Vs Chevy Volt: Owner Compares Electric Cars

I've been leasing a 2011 Chevrolet Volt for almost two years now. And about three months ago, I took delivery of a 2013 Tesla Model S, the 60-kWh version. So I've gotten an... read more May 16, 2013 by 63


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Why One-Third Of Electric-Car Buyers Might Not Buy Another

Electric-car owners tend to be enthusiastic evangelists for the good points of driving on grid power. At least, the ones we hear from usually are. But there's another group... read more March 18, 2013 by 62


 
1931 Studebaker commemorating U.S. Route 66 in Arizona (via user Finetooth on Wikimedia)

Oh, By The Way? The Era Of The Private Car Is Over

As a reader of this blog -- a blog about cars -- chances are good that you own a car yourself. That's not unusual: today, many Americans depend on automobiles to get to work... read more March 18, 2013 by 19


 
Drag race between Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf electric cars (The Fast Lane)

Electric Cars Now Owners' Primary Vehicles In California

We often read statistics to show that the average American drives only a short distance each day, suggesting that even an electric car with a relatively short range would be... read more September 5, 2012 by 2


 
2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year Drive Report

2011 Nissan Leaf: One-Year Drive Report

On March 28, 2011, I took delivery of a European-specification 2011 Nissan Leaf. Yesterday, a few days short of our 1-year anniversary with the car, its odometer passed the... read more March 26, 2012 by 27


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt on test in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 2011

Chevy Volt Electric Car Owners Most Satisfied, Consumer Reports Says

Despite the NHTSA inquiry into battery-pack fires following severe crash tests of the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, the car's 5,000 or so owners to date seem to... read more December 1, 2011 by 6


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011

Who Actually Buys 2011 Chevy Volt Electric Cars, And Why?

Despite media attempts to conjure a "sales battle" between the 2011 Chevy Volt and the 2011 Nissan Leaf, both companies are selling every car they can manage to get into the... read more June 17, 2011 by 7


 
2011 Smart Fortwo

More Smart ForTwo Trouble: Owners Least Likely To Buy Another

As regular readers know, we've never been big fans of the Smart ForTwo minicar. It's not that we dislike small two-seaters; in fact, we think they're cool (unlike most U.S... read more August 27, 2010 by 0


 

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