Electric Cars

  • ECOtality Blink charging station, showing sticker on the side with 800 number

    For eco-minded commuters with electric cars, getting a place to charge their electric car while at work can effectively double their car’s daily range. Getting your employer to install a charging station can be far from easy, even if the company you work for is keen to support electric cars. Now Plug In America is aiming to help make charging station installations easier with the launch of a new guide designed to make the process of getting an electric car charging station installed in a commercial property easier. Produced under a $50,000 grant given to Plug In America last year by the...

  • House with 5.3 kW Solar PV, courtesy of SolarEcity, Rocklin, CA.
    Electric Car + Solar Panels: Are They Right For You?

    When it comes to service costs and fuel, everyone knows that electric cars are far cheaper to run than gasoline cars. Even with a plug-in car, however, you still have to pay your local utility company for the electricity used to charge it. Like gas prices, electricity prices are on a steady, upward...

  • Charging Cable and Socket
    Charging Station Won’t Release My Electric Car: Now What?

    Ask owners to give you a list of fears associated with their electric cars, and a few charging concerns are bound to be on the list. Usually, they include not finding somewhere to charge, or that a charging station isn’t accessible for some reason. Now a new one can be added to the list: not...

  • Chevrolet Volt OnStar EcoHub App
    New Chevy Volt Electric-Car App Shows (Low) Cost Of Home Charging

    How much does it cost to charge your electric car? Do you know? That might initially sound like a simple enough question to answer, but in some homes--especially ones signed up to time of use electricity metering--it’s often far from straightforward to find an answer. Now a new smartphone app...

  • Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars
    More Electric Cars, Not Charging Technology, Key To Mass Adoption

    It’s no secret that electric cars sales in the U.S.--and elsewhere in the world--aren’t as high as automakers and electric car advocates would like. The reasons given for this are many and varied: some commentators say plug-in cars are simply too expensive; others say that the lack of...

  • Nissan Leaf Self-Driving Car
    Move Over Google, Meet The Self-Driving Nissan Leaf

    What Google can do with a Toyota Prius, someone else can do with a Nissan Leaf. At least, that’s the message NIssan wants to send after showcasing its own take on Google’s automated car at the 2012 Ceatec exhibition in Japan. As Engadget reports, the self-driving Nissan Leaf can move...

  • Renault Fluence ZE electric cars in Israel, provided by Better Place [photo: Better Place]

    Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place, which provides electric-car services to customers in Israel, is no longer CEO of the company, the firm has confirmed. In an official statement posted earlier today, the company said that Agassi has been replaced by Evan Thornley, previously CEO of Better Place Australia. Agassi will retain his position as a member of the Better Place board of directors, the company said, and will also continue to own his shares in Better Place. The firm’s official statement remains impartial and professional, but many headlines--including those from Israeli news...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S, brief test drive, New York City, July 2012
    Tesla’s Supercharger Network: How It Works In The Real World

    Last week, Tesla Motors [NADAQ: TSLA] officially switched on the first six of its planned network of Supercharger charging stations. Designed to offer current -- and future -- Tesla models the ability to recharge at a rate of around 150 miles in just 30 minutes, Tesla’s Superchargers are the...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf in the Apple iPhone 4S commercial
    2012 Nissan Leaf Lease Now $219 A Month, Incentives Increase

    With ongoing consumer concerns about battery longevity in hot climates, not to mention an all-new 2013 Leaf electric car just around the corner, NIssan has dropped the price of leasing a 2012 model. According to The Washington Post, Nissan started September with enough 2012 Leafs in its inventory...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid
    2013 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Sold Out Before European Launch

    Yesterday, at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Volvo quietly announced that it had sold out of its first-year allocation of V60 diesel plug-in hybrid wagons, well before the model’s official showroom launch. While it won’t be making the trip to the U.S., the oil-burning plug-in hybrid wagon...

  • Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, 2012 Paris Motor Show
    2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Gallery: 2012 Paris Auto Show

    As far as plug-in cars go, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has to be one of the most important vehicles making its debut this year at the Paris Auto Show. The first vehicle to launch under Mitsubishi’s ambitious goals to offer plug-in hybrid or all-electric versions of...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
    2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive: Sexy, But Expensive

    A few years ago, Mercedes-Benz teased us with the possibility that it would be building an all-electric version of its iconic gullwing supercar, the SLS AMG. Today, on the opening day of the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz gave us the news we’d all been waiting for: the 2013 SLS AMG...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

    We’ve known about it for many months, but Mitsubishi has finally unveiled the production version of the 2013 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Referred to by Mitsubishi as being a ‘no-compromise’ vehicle, the Outlander PHEV is a series-parallel, full hybrid, crossover SUV, complete with a 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, and 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Thanks to twin 60-kilowatt electric motors, one mounted on each axle, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers all-wheel electric drive and an impressive total of 245 foot pounds of torque in...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Instrument Cluster
    Leaf Owners Ratchet Up Attack On Nissan Handling Of Battery Loss

    It’s been six days since results of an independent test were published showing that Nissan Leaf electric cars in hot climates were suffering from premature range loss, and four days since Nissan responded, saying the high mileage of affected cars was to blame. Since then, we’ve been...

  • ECOtality Blink charging station for electric & plug-in cars
    Electric-Car Charging Etiquette: Battery Electrics Better Than Plug-in Hybrids?

    Thanks to an increasing number of public charging stations, finding a place to recharge your electric car or plug-in hybrid is easier than ever before. With recharging of a fully empty car like a 2012 Nissan Leaf taking up to 8 hours at a public level 2 charging station however, how should access...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Launches Global Leaf Advisory Board For Better Electric-Car Understanding

    For the past few months, Nissan has been investigating cases of premature battery aging and lost range in its Leaf electric car, particularly in hot climates like Arizona. Amidst continuing pressure from Leaf owners, however, and with the results of an independent Leaf range test proving that some...

  • eBuggy range extending service
    Forget Better Place, Hook Your Electric Car To A Battery Trailer

    Over the past few years, we’ve seen lots of innovative ways designed to help electric car owners travel beyond the range of a single charge without waiting for hours to refuel. For example, owners of the 2012 Nissan Leaf and 2012 Mitsubishi i can recharge their car’s battery pack to 80...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
    Incentives Good For Chevy, Volt Customers, And Dealers, Says Industry Reporter

    Last month, Chevrolet sold a record-breaking 2,831 of its Volt plug-in hybrids, making it the top-selling plug-in car in the U.S. to date. No doubt helped by its recent ‘Happy Owner’ online ad campaign, as well as deals offering prices as low as $249 per month or less for a 24-month...

  • 2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

    If you live in a busy city and don’t use a car on a daily basis, making use of a car-sharing service like ZipCar is certainly one of the greener ways to get behind the wheel of a car when you need to. It’s no surprise then, that ZipCar’s fleet already includes some of the greenest cars on the market today, including the 2012 Toyota Prius and 2012 Honda Insight hybrids, as well as the 2012 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Now ZipCar customers in San Francisco can choose an even greener car to hire by the hour: the all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV With the same 92 kilowatt, 189...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Instrument Cluster
    Independent Tests Show Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Lost Range In Hot Climates

    Have Nissan Leafs in hot states suffered premature battery aging, or is the apparent loss in capacity down to a malfunction in the Leaf’s dashboard display? That’s been the question on the lips of Nissan Leaf owners worldwide after some owners in Phoenix, Arizona, began reporting that...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    Toyota Announces Financing, Lease Options For 2012 RAV4 EV

    As one of the most highly anticipated new electric cars of 2012, the Toyota RAV4 EV combines the practicality of an SUV with an all-electric, Tesla-engineered drivetrain for impressive performance. When we drove the 2012 RAV4 EV back in August, we already knew Toyota was planning on selling it in...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt
    U.S. Military To Order 1500 Electric Cars, Chevy Volts Included

    It’s a well-known fact that President Obama is a fan of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. In fact, Obama has pledged to buy his own Chevrolet Volt when he leaves office, whenever that takes place. As Commander in Chief however, Obama will be pleased to see that the U.S. military isn’t...

  • Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
    Need An Electric Car Charging Station At Work? Here’s One For Free

    If you drive an electric or plug-in car and drive to work every day in it, you’ve probably given the topic of workplace charging stations some thought. Convincing your boss to shell out company cash for a charging station might not be that easy, but now charging station provider ChargePoint...

  • Nissan Terra SUV concept
    Nissan To Debut Terra Fuel Cell SUV Concept At Paris Motor Show

    The Renault Nissan alliance might be known for all-electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. and quirky Renault Twizy, but that doesn’t mean the two automakers aren’t interested in other forms of zero emissions cars. At this year’s Paris Motor Show, Nissan...

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