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  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    This month, rising interest rates and sparse inventories are cutting into the great deals that automakers have recently offered on plug-in and electric cars. Still, our partners at CarsDirect found some deals as low as $179 a month on electric cars this month. That deal, however, is on the Fiat 500e, which is only sold in California and Oregon, and so doesn't qualify under our stricter standards of focusing on vehicles that are widely available. Here are several that are: Electric cars With more long-range electric cars coming on the market, it's no longer just short-range city cars (like...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016
    Best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for May 2019

    With rising interest rates and falling federal plug-in vehicle tax credits on some models, the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and conventional hybrids are a little harder to find versus a few months ago. Our partners at CarsDirect.com still found some leases on plug in cars as low as...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus
    Busting 7 of the most common myths about electric cars

    Reader receives some misleading information about electric cars, batteries, and manufacturing. We respond with facts and reason.

  • Chevy Bolt EV vs. Nissan Leaf Plus
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Which electric car is best?

    We’re a long way from peak electric car, but we’ve finally left base camp. Big strides in battery capacity mean that picking between the 238-mile 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and the recently boosted 226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus comes down to a dozen miles of range. After a week behind the...

  • Honda Clarity Electric at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017
    Best deals on electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars for April 2019

    Great deals on 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, and Ford Fusion hybrid sedans can be found all month.

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, photographed outside Tesla Store, Mount Kisco, NY
    Electric crossover charge: These are the rivals to the Tesla Model Y

    As Tesla finds its sea legs as a larger-scale global automaker, the launch of the Model Y small crossover is its most critical test since the California company started in 2003. No other Tesla has faced this much competition. No other Tesla has faced much of any. When Tesla first delivered the...

  • Tesla Model 3 vs. Polestar 2

    Among electric car rivalries, traditional roles can sometimes be upended. That's the case for the firebrand Tesla Model 3, which plays an unfamiliar role as established rival against Volvo's electric-car upstart, the Polestar 2. The Tesla Model 3 has been on sale in the U.S. since 2017, and the Polestar 2 won't arrive in the U.S. until summer 2020. But the two will square off against each other in price and range, customer experience and attention. Here's how both fare according to released information: Range and power With the Polestar 2, Volvo has its first battery electric vehicle with a...

  • 2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept
    Green Car Reports is 10!

    Ten years ago this week, in February 2009, Green Car Reports published its first story—one packed with insight regarding the Chevrolet Volt, which was then still nearly two years away. Despite all that could have happened to the Volt in GM’s bankruptcy, it arrived on time and was...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2019: Tesla Model 3

    The Tesla Model 3 is Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2019. It’s the second time a Tesla product has won our annual award, which was captured by the Tesla Model S in 2013. Many have called the Model 3 Tesla’s “iPhone moment.” But that was the Model S—the shock to an...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Eight years of winners show how plug-in vehicles have evolved

    As we’re on the eve of naming our Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2019 award winner, a quick glance back at our previous winners offers several points of perspective. One of them is that the field, particularly for anything that plugs in, has evolved tremendously since then, in such a...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Finalist for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2019: Tesla Model 3

    Just 16 months passed from when Tesla first showed its Model 3—and we got our first ride in a Model 3 prototype with its VP of engineering Doug Field—to when it made the first batch of deliveries. And it was certainly not our intent to wait nearly another 16 months before considering it...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
    Finalist for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2019: Jaguar I-Pace

    The Jaguar I-Pace is a front-runner—the first fully electric, longer-range vehicle from a long-established luxury brand. But it’s not a “Tesla-fighter” as the I-Pace has often been called. More accurately it exists not to conquest Tesla drivers but to keep...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

    In our quest to find Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy, the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is shaping up to be the “no drama” candidate. By now, we’ve had four distinct experiences with this small, fully electric crossover—or tall hatchback, depending on how you see it. That’s included plodding along on congestion-choked Los Angeles boulevards; zigzagging along tight canyon roads just outside LA; running over potholed, battered suburban streets and highways around Detroit; and then, specifically for our Best Car To Buy roundup, at an undisclosed location in...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
    Which car would you pick as Best Car To Buy 2019? Take our Twitter poll

    We've announced our final three contenders for Green Car Reports' Best Car to Buy 2019. They include the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Tesla Model 3. The qualifications for our annual award require that a vehicle be all-new or substantially updated; and that it be widely...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, 3-day test drive
    One of these 3 cars will be Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2019

    Despite a long list of green-car debuts anticipated over the next couple of years, this year hasn't exactly brought a bevy of new electric models. As we wait for the market to blossom with new entries in coming years, we have three strong contenders for this year's top position—our Best Car...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Best deals on electric, hybrid, and fuel-efficient cars for July 2018

    As supplies of some older 100-mile range electric cars wind down, automakers are beginning to offer the best deals on more-capable recent models. Perhaps best of all, the cars with the best deals this month are much more plentiful and easier to find on dealers' lots than a few of the recent...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel, first drive, Teaneck, NJ, Aug 2017
    July 4th green car deals you can still find

    June wasn't a great month for green-car sales, and automakers are offering some bargains to keep them moving out the door. Green Car Reports partner site CarsDirect has listed several great green car deals among its July Fourth deals that continue through this weekend. For shoppers looking for a...

  • Doug Kerr, daughter Andie Kerr, fiancee Barbara Gleason; Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Fiat 500e
    How to buy or lease an electric car: advice from owner who's done it four times

    Most shoppers seem to view visiting a franchised auto dealer to negotiate the purchase or lease of a new car with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. In fact, as electric-car driver Douglas Kerr notes, the process is often compared to having a cavity filled. Kerr has now leased or bought four separate...

  • Hypermiling a Ford C-Max Hybrid

    Purchasing a hybrid vehicle makes for a slightly different ownership experience than a traditional gasoline-only car. There are always a few tips and tricks for owners to return the best mileage and range from electrified vehicles, and now a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid owner has shared his secrets. Owner Paul Jones has prepared a detailed video to share the best tips on how to extract best overall energy efficiency from a C-Max and return the best range and fuel economy. DON'T MISS: Ford Hybrid Sales: So Far, Not Hurt By All Those MPG Reductions Through the detailed process, the owner shows us the...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car after battery-pack replacement  [by owner Tim Jacobsen, Concord, CA]
    How to negotiate for a new Nissan Leaf battery pack: electric-car owner advises

    In designing, testing, and producing the Nissan Leaf, the first modern electric car sold in volume, Nissan made a design decision that some other companies didn't. It chose not to build an active thermal-conditioning system (otherwise known as cooling) into its battery pack. Instead, it relies on...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius
    How to curb climate change yourself: drive a more efficient car

    Given the current political landscape in Washington, it's not unreasonable to worry about the future of U.S. efforts to combat climate change. The Trump Administration has embarked on an explicit mission to undo all Obama Administration efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Climate-science deniers in...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    How to figure out if your local Chevy dealer carries the Bolt EV electric car

    The first few Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars were delivered in California's Silicon Valley more than a month ago, marking the start of what will be a nationwide rollout. Electric-car advocates and buyers outside the Golden State are eager to know exactly when the 238-mile electric hatchback will...

  • Size comparison of electric-car charging stations (EVSEs) on sale today, March 2016
    How to buy an electric-car charging station: buyer's guide to EVSEs

    Electric cars all come with a 120-volt charging cable that can charge the battery from a household socket if there are no other options. But sooner or later, most battery-electric car owners will want a 240-volt Level 2 charging station that can recharge the car as much as four times faster. Owners...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf
    How much does electric-car range cost per mile?

    When it comes to electric cars, range is a commodity. But how much are buyers paying to increase the amount of driving they can do between charges? We looked at every electric car currently on sale, as well as the upcoming 200-mile 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3, and some of the...