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Aging Electric-Car Batteries Can Still Offer Useful Range: Report

Aging Electric-Car Batteries Can Still Offer Useful Range: Report

The first wave of modern electric cars still remains fairly young, but as those vehicles rack up more miles, the performance of their gradually aging battery packs is a topic of great interest. All batteries degrade over time, losing energy-storage capacity at different rates depending on their... read more

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2015 Nissan Leaf

Nissan To Have Longer-Range Electric Cars 'Relatively Quickly,' Exec Says

"Range anxiety" has always been one of the main concerns for buyers of affordable electric cars, and that issue is now receiving significant attention from automakers. This... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
Nissan Leaf electric car with eVgo quick charging station. [courtesy eVgo]

You're Better Off Buying 100-Mile Electric Cars, Report Says; Shoppers May Disagree

Sometimes mathematical logic is simply swept aside by the more primal emotions: fear, anxiety, and insecurity. Which is why so many car buyers make choices that cost them... read more August 19, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S on Chilcotin Highway, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

When Will Electric Cars Compete in the Mainstream Market?

Electric-car advocates often take it as an article of faith that electric propulsion will one day compete directly with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. Many would go... read more August 4, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S on Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

Tesla Model S: Yes, Writers, Higher Speeds Use More Energy In Electric Cars

Just when you thought it might be safe to assume no more journalists would do silly, uninformed things with electric cars...comes proof that blissful ignorance knows few... read more May 1, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Likely To Offer Larger Battery For Longer Range

Every electric-car owner wants more range; it's practically an immutable law. Now Nissan executive Andy Palmer has come close to confirming that a longer-range Nissan Leaf is... read more April 21, 2014 by 


 
Ford Fusion Energi charging.

Yet Another Electric-Car Condition: Now We Have 'Charger Fixation'

First came range anxiety. Then, we had charger rage. Now, people are noticing another condition unique to plug-in car owners: Charger fixation. It's what happens when you... read more February 10, 2014 by 


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

Will 'Charge Rage' Join 'Range Anxiety' As Electric-Car Owner Emotion?

"Range anxiety" is the term attributed to the fear of running out of charge in an electric vehicle before you've reached your destination. In reality, the feeling fades once... read more January 22, 2014 by 


 
2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station

As Battery Cost Falls, Fast-Charging Becomes Key Electric-Car Issue

It's a given that the costs of batteries for electric cars will fall in the coming years. The industry hotly debates how much and how fast--after interviewing numerous auto... read more January 2, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Upgrade From 60 kWh To 85 kWh

A recent 1,200-mile East Coast road trip in my 2013 Tesla Model S electric car proved to be something of a turning point in my view of the car. Fitted with the smaller... read more December 20, 2013 by 


 
2012 Nissan Leaf winter test

Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt Range Loss In Winter: New Data From Canada

Just in time for the holiday-feast season, we now have published charts that detail the effect of cold weather on the battery range of Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt electric... read more December 17, 2013 by 


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

Chevy Volt Owners Drive More Electric Miles Than Nissan Leaf Drivers: Why?

Is it a case of picking the right electric car for the right job? Or could a lack of "range anxiety" really lead drivers to cover more miles? It's a kind of chicken-or-egg... read more November 21, 2013 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Pushing the Range Limits In 60-kWh Car

In the eight months I've owned my 60-kWh Tesla Model S, I've never had occasion to drive it more than 120 miles, comfortably within the car's EPA-rated 208-mile range. The... read more October 11, 2013 by 


 
2012 Nissan Leaf winter test

What Does It Take To Drive An Electric Car In Canadian Winters?

So how on earth do you use an electric car in places that consistently get many feet of snow every winter? Short answer: snow tires. Long answer: plan ahead. Being based in... read more October 10, 2013 by 


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit

Electric Car Charging At Work: The Next Big Push

If you drive an electric car, the chances are that you do most of your charging at home. Why wouldn't you? It's the place your car probably spends the most time during an... read more August 19, 2013 by 


 
2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, Marin County, CA, Nov 2012

Ford Plug-In Drivers Do 60% Of Miles On Electricity (Just Like Volt)

Ford plug-in hybrid drivers are really making the most of the electric range of their vehicles--with nearly 60 percent of trips done entirely gas-free. That's according to... read more August 5, 2013 by  23


 

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