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Buying An Electric 'Compliance Car'? Think Hard About Servicing First

Buying An Electric 'Compliance Car'? Think Hard About Servicing First

There are now more than a dozen plug-in electric cars for sale in the U.S., but not all electric cars are created equal. And a pair of recent articles about service challenges experienced by owners of the Toyota RAV4 EV underscores that buyers should be fully aware of the context in which their... read more

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2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012

Orphaned Fisker Owners Offered $4K/Year Service Contract By...Whom?

Fisker Karma owners are probably feeling a little abandoned right now. As investors pick over the company like vultures around a corpse in the desert, many owners might be... read more May 30, 2013 by  5


 
2013 Tesla Model S before DC-to-Boston road trip, Feb 2013 [photo: Aaron Schildkraut]

Tesla Tunes Up Model S Warranty, Loaner Cars, Service Plan

On Friday, Tesla held a media call to reveal another in the series of announcements touted in tweets by CEO Elon Musk. This time, the news covered enhancements to the... read more April 29, 2013 by  10


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Loaners For Tesla Model S Owners, Elon Musk Says

Loaners cars are now routinely provided by luxury carmakers when their customers have cars in for servicing. Now Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is joining the crowd, providing... read more April 12, 2013 by  8


 
GM engineer fits structural reinforcement to distribute crash energy away from Chevy Volt battery.

Does $5K Tool Really Cause Chevy Dealers To Drop Volt Electric Car?

If you were a car dealer, would you decide not to sell a plug-in electric car because you had to buy a $5,000 tool to service it? We didn't think so. Late last year, trade... read more February 5, 2013 by  23


 
2013 Suzuki Kizashi

Should I Buy A New Suzuki (Now That It's Leaving The U.S.)?

There's nothing like a bargain price on a brand-new car. And since Suzuki has announced that it'll stop selling cars in the U.S., there are bargains galore on new Suzuki... read more November 8, 2012 by  2


 
Steve Marsh's 2011 Nissan Leaf: 11 Months, 36,000 Miles

Nissan Leaf: Does A Battery Inspection Give Peace Of Mind?

When a Nissan dealer services an all-electric Nissan Leaf, the garage’s diagnostic computer produces a Battery Information Sheet that can give the owner a an... read more June 25, 2012 by  16


 
2011 Nissan Leaf Software Update

Got a 2011 Nissan Leaf? Here’s What Your 6 Month Service Is Like

While some lucky 2011 Nissan Leaf owners have had their cars now for nearly 8 months, most are in the magic six-month honeymoon period of owning their new electric hatchback... read more October 20, 2011 by 


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Do Battery-Pack Failures Reduce the Life of Hybrid Cars? A Reader Asks

Our reader Jonathan P asks: I have a 1997 Saturn that, remarkably, is still running. It probably has the book value of a large watermelon, so if anything major goes wrong... read more February 23, 2011 by  25


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric

2012 Ford Focus Electric: All The Parts It Doesn't Have...

A few days ago we told you what you needed to know about Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt servicing. After all, an electric car doesn't have many of the serviceable components... read more February 10, 2011 by  10


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

What You Need To Know About Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt Servicing

A few months ago we asked the question, what exactly do you have to service on a 2011 Nissan LEAF? After all, the LEAF doesn't even contain many of the items that require... read more February 7, 2011 by  3


 
Shenyan Chevy Dealer

How Are Car Dealers Getting Ready to Service Electric Cars?

As we've discovered, some car dealers are less than enthusiastic about the prospect of selling and servicing electric cars. Luckily, others are more game. Either way, what... read more January 26, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

LEAF Task Force: Nissan's Electric Car Soldiers Of Fortune

In 2011 a crack task force was sent to the United States by a Japanese manufacturer for a car that's making headlines. These men were promptly trained to be experts in their... read more November 23, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

So What Exactly DO You Have to Service On a 2011 Nissan Leaf?

Despite initial purchase prices higher than those for gasoline cars of equivalent performance (before incentives, anyway), electric cars undisputably cost less to run. Not... read more August 16, 2010 by  13


 
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