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Electric-Car Owners: Watch Out For Those Dealer Service Bills!

Electric-Car Owners: Watch Out For Those Dealer Service Bills!

One of the benefits of battery-electric cars is that they have far fewer moving parts than gasoline vehicles, so they require less servicing. Or as the old saying goes, "Nothing but tires and wiper blades"--which is a bit reductive, but pretty close to the truth if you add in occasional brake-fluid...

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Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Consumer Reports Rates Tesla Service Tops Among Carmakers

The Tesla Model S electric car has received plenty of praise from Consumer Reports, and now Tesla's repair service turns out to get high marks too. The Silicon Valley... read more February 4, 2015 by 


 
2015 Honda Fit EX-L Navi, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2014

2015 Honda Fit Gets Highest Safety Rating From NHTSA

It's sometimes assumed that small cars are less safe than larger vehicles, but the 2015 Honda Fit proves that a small footprint and good safety ratings aren't mutually... read more February 4, 2015 by 


 
2015 Ford Focus Electric

IRS Electric-Car Tax Credits: Reporting Discrepancies Remain

As U.S. taxpayers start to grapple with their income-tax filings, due April 15, tens of thousands of taxpayers will benefit from a Federal income-tax credit of $2,500 to... read more February 4, 2015 by 


 
2015 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell (Europe)

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Price Slashed In Korea; 200 Delivered Globally So Far

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell crossover may have beaten hydrogen cars from Toyota and Honda into showrooms, but having the segment to itself hasn't necessarily made things... read more February 4, 2015 by 


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

Tesla P85D Highlights Why EPA Range Ratings Are Inconsistent & Confusing For Electric Cars

There’s been a lot of confusion recently about the official EPA-certified ranges of certain electric cars. That all-important number goes on the window sticker, and is... read more February 4, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' mode acceleration  [frame capture from DragTimes video]

Tesla Model X Tests, 'Insane' Acceleration, Volt Ad, Bolt Name: The Week In Reverse (Video)

What two Tesla videos got everyone all excited--and caused a few laughs, too? And which item should you remember to bring if you're driving a very, very small electric car in... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

Plug-In Car Sales, Jaguar XE & Tesla Model 3, Federal Electric-Car Incentive Increase: Today's Car News

Today we've got final plug-in electric car sales figures for 2014--along with the first numbers from 2015-- plus why the 2017 Jaguar XE has a lot in common with the Tesla... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
2017 Jaguar XE

2017 Jaguar XE: Surprisingly Similar To Tesla Model 3, But For One Thing

It won't be available until the 2017 model year, its sleek body is largely made of aluminum, and it uses advanced new technology for remarkable efficiency gains over... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

White House Budget Asks For $10K Electric-Car Credit, Natural-Gas Cars Added

it appears the recently-unveiled White House budget includes a few measures to boost the adoption of green cars. President Barack Obama is once again attempting to spur sales... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
2016 Fiat 500X

2016 Fiat 500X Small Crossover SUV To Start At $20,900

The big brother to the original Fiat 500 three-door minicar, the 2016 Fiat 500X will go on sale in the U.S. later this year. And now we've got pricing information: The small... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S   [photo by owner Gene Rubin]

FINAL UPDATE: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014, To 118,500

Plug-in electric car sales during 2014 rose above the 100,000 level, to total roughly 118,500. Last year's total represents a 27-percent gain over calendar year 2013. It's... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model X at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

SilentHawk Hybrid Motorcycle, Tesla Model X Video, 2015 Jeep Renegade Driven: Today's Car News

Today we've got an update on the prototype SilentHawk military hybrid motorcycle, footage of the Tesla Model X electric SUV undergoing testing, and first impressions of the... read more February 2, 2015 by 


 
2015 Jeep Renegade, Hollister, California, Jan 2015

2015 Jeep Renegade: First Drive

Jeep got its start with the U.S. Army more than 70 years ago, and the brand has huge global recognition. Now we've driven the first Jeep designed to sell in greater volume... read more February 2, 2015 by 


 
SilentHawk hybrid-electric motorcycle from Logos Technologies (artist's conception)

DARPA Funds SilentHawk Military Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle Prototype: UPDATED

The military needs stealth modes of transportation, and electric motorcycles are just the thing to travel without noise or much of a heat signature. Logos Technologies, a... read more February 2, 2015 by 


 
Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Pedestrian-Alert Noises For Electric, Hybrid Cars Delayed By NHTSA, Again

Part of the appeal of hybrid and electric cars is their quiet operation, but regulators fear this also poses a danger to pedestrians. That's led to several attempts to equip... read more February 2, 2015 by 


 
 

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