Hybrids & Electric Cars May Spell Doom For America's Roads

Hybrids & Electric Cars May Spell Doom For America's Roads

Yesterday, we discussed the problem of America's crumbling roads and bridges. Taxes on gasoline are meant to keep that stuff up to snuff, but the costs of maintenance and upgrades are outpacing revenue. The reason? The federal gas tax hasn't risen since 1993. The Wall Street Journal recently... read more

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Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

Ten Songs To Cruise To In Your New Electric Car

Ever since the first car radio--let alone the in-car record player and drive-time radio--there have been few finer places to listen to your favorite tunes than from the... read more July 16, 2010 by  18

Nissan LEAF

Do EVs Need A Passing Gear? Nissan Says Yes, Chevy Disagrees

One of the benefits of the electric vehicle experience is the near instantaneous torque at your disposal when you prod the right-hand pedal: no shifting, no "kickdown," just... read more July 13, 2010 by  5

Power plant

Electric Cars Must Pay Higher Taxes To Build Power Plants, Says Power-Plant Builder

With the increase in coverage that electric cars are enjoying in both the motoring and the mainstream press, you might be forgiven for thinking that the future is bright for... read more July 8, 2010 by  13

2011 Chevrolet Volt in Waco, Texas, en route during the 1,776-mile Freedom Drive PR stunt

2011 Chevy Volt: Freedom Drive Underway, GM Offers T-Shirts

Taking a break from the relentless drumbeat of news about Tesla Motors, its stock offering this week, and the latest model of its electric two-seater, the Roadster 2.5--we... read more July 2, 2010 by  4

2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan, A Vanguard For The New Electric Car Market

More evidence this week that Nissan is ready to consolidate its position at the vanguard of the new electric vehicle market.Finally the production Leaf is available to... read more June 23, 2010 by  0

2011 Nissan Leaf spied -- via

Nissan Leaf Audio Warnings Disappoints Advocates, Need For Sound Questioned.

Ever think of the benefits of EVs? Aside from the more obvious ones associated with not burning quite as much oil, zero tailpipe emissions and ease of driving many will cite... read more June 18, 2010 by  10

2009 Chevrolet Aveo5

2009 Chevrolet Aveo5: 30,000 Mile Review

Weary of supporting all the ex-wives of the world's Sheiks, Emirs and Pashas in the manner to which they are accustomed, when my old Chrysler started crying for another... read more June 5, 2010 by  0

Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station

Electric Vehicle Range, In the Real World: What You Need to Know

At the moment, drivers of cars from the  2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV to the 2010 Mini E are struggling to achieve the official mileage-range figures. So far, only Tesla's 2010... read more May 6, 2010 by  9

Aptera 2e during Automotive X-Prize handling tests, from Consumer Reports video on YouTube

Aptera Grits Its Teeth, Glosses Over Auto X-Prize 2e Handling Issue

Optimism is a useful thing for a startup company, maybe even a requirement. But the April newsletter from Aptera Motors, which is struggling to launch its ultra-aerodynamic... read more May 4, 2010 by  9

2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype, January 2010

Making EVs is Easy; Making GOOD EVs Is Hard, and Costly

We're now well and truly on the road to plug-in vehicle nirvana, with the 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and various other plug-in and electric vehicles due to... read more March 18, 2010 by  6

Pre-Production 2010 Toyota Prius in Orlando

Unintended Exhilaration : The Toyota Prius

At first glance, a Toyota Prius may look like a bad joke. Much like the Pontiac Aztek, it's a car so surpassingly ugly it can bring traffic to a standstill. But surprise!... read more March 17, 2010 by  0

2010 Lexus HS 250h

2010 Lexus HS 250h Review

Not even a year old, Lexus HS 250h has already endured its fair share of criticisms: It's not as fuel efficient as the Prius. It's more expensive than the Prius. Its brakes... read more March 1, 2010 by  0

Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

Electric Cars Need Sex Appeal; the Tesla Roadster's Got It

As electric cars move from garage conversions into mass production over the next few years, public adoption could be held back by something more crippling than battery... read more February 22, 2010 by  14

2010 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Instrument Cluster

2010 Nissan Cube Krom Is a Fun Machine!

The 2010 Nissan cube is not for everyone and that's a good thing. A four-door double-box with side opening rear swing-out door, this is one machine that has attitude to go... read more February 19, 2010 by  0

2011 Nissan LEAF prototype

$100 Electric Vehicle Tax? State of Washington Should Think Again

The State of Washington is currently considering a new policy that would implement a new annual registration fee of $100 on electric vehicles. This new fee would be in... read more February 19, 2010 by  25


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