Electric Cars

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott

    After several months of using a 2011 Chevy Volt and a 2011 Nissan Leaf as our sole family transport, we have a better understanding of both cars than we did in March, when I first wrote about how they compared. First to arrive at our West Sacramento home was a beautiful crystal red 2011 Volt. We chose the neutral leather upgraded interior with heated seats and the backup camera option, but did not go for the polished wheels. We had not driven the Volt before taking delivery of ours, and we hadn't owned an American car at all since 1969. We were immediately impressed with the finish on the...

  • Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius
    Who Make The Best Electric Car Sales People? Early Adopters

    If you were in the market for a new car then you might find yourself visiting your local dealership to get a test-drive and grill the salesperson about fuel economy, specifications and financing. But it turns out that in the case of electric cars it’s not the dealers which make the most...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    Who Actually Buys 2011 Chevy Volt Electric Cars, And Why?

    Despite media attempts to conjure a "sales battle" between the 2011 Chevy Volt and the 2011 Nissan Leaf, both companies are selling every car they can manage to get into the showrooms. Now Chevrolet has released its first look at who is actually buying its Volt range-extended electric cars. The...

  • 2010 mini e electric vehicle ev la auto show 022
    Mini E Driver Study: Some Caveats On Electric-Car Happy News

    The recent study of Mini E drivers may need to be taken with a few grains of salt.

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Want A 2011 Nissan Leaf? Get That Charging Station In First!

    If you're on the U.S. waiting list for a 2011 Nissan Leaf, we certainly hope you already have a charging station already installed in your garage. Bloomberg caught wind that some consumers are having their orders dropped temporarily until they install a plug-in charger at home and present the...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept live photos
    Audi e-tron Spyder Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Turns Up At Le Mans

    In recent years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race there is an event called the Le Mans vers le Futur that takes place before the actual race in which a number of vehicles showcasing future automotive technology takes to the famous Circuit de la Sarthe for a couple of demonstration laps...

  • 2011 Think City 2+2

    Thanks to The New York Times, we now have a pretty fair comparo between the three smaller electric cars that will be soon on the market. Unlike the Leaf, the Volt and the upcoming Focus electric, these cars tend to be "commuter" cars, offering less space and other functionality like space for luggage. First off, the Think City. If you can remember, Ford at one point owned Think (then spelled Th!nk) and had plans to import these little dodgers until little things like a near collapse of the company changed their minds. Today, the Think City is assembled in Indiana. The reviewer felt the Think...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt outside Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant
    2012 Chevy Volt Price Cut To $39,995, Options, Colors Expanded

    For its second year of production, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car will come down $1,000 in price and be offered with several new features and two new colors. The list price of the 2012 Volt, including an $850 destination fee, is $39,995. That compares to $41,000 for the 2011...

  • 2013 Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid
    2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Dearborn's Answer To Volt And Prius

    Toyota has managed to make its Prius family iconic, instantly identified by its unique silhouettes and body styles, and almost synonymous with 'hybrid'; and this past year, GM's Chevrolet Volt, as well as the Nissan Leaf have gone on sale with distinct shapes calling them as among the greenest...

  • Nissan Leaf 'polar bear' ad
    Advertising Electric Cars: What To Make Of Leaf vs. Volt Spat?

    For the first time in 80 years or so, major automakers are building and selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S. How are they letting people know about their new cars? Advertising, of course. Our colleague Richard Read looked at four electric-car TV ads, analyzing what made them work and what...

  • Volvo C30 Electric
    2012 Volvo C30 Electric: 250 Available In Europe This Fall

    If you're one of our European readers who's had his or her sights set on leasing a Volvo C30 Electric, we have good news and bad news. First the good news: Volvo has announced plans to start producing the C30 Electric for European customers this fall. The bad news? The company is only making 250 of...

  • Nissan Leaf 'polar bear' ad
    Volt, Leaf, And The Rest: How Automakers Pitch Electric Cars

    We don't envy the makers of electric cars. They have to deliver vehicles that look as great as their gas-powered counterparts, and they have to explain those vehicles, too -- how they work, battery range, and so on. They've got a long, tough battle to win over consumers. But while we wouldn't...

  • Most Nissan Leaf owners are passionate about their electric cars, especially the earliest ones who've already taken delivery. But not all of them have served three tours of military duty, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim Goodrich was posted to Afghanistan as an avionics technician, supporting the AWACS planes that feed aerial surveillance data to mission planners who use it to dispatch fighter planes, bombers, and other aircraft. He also spent time in Iraq with a unit that maintained the no-fly zone over that country. He bought his 2011 Nissan Leaf in part because it uses...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing
    NHTSA Gives 2011 Chevrolet Volt Five Star Overall Safety Ranking

    Back in April we heard that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had awarded both the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt its highest possible award for safety - the IIHS Top Safety Pick. Now Chevrolet's plug-in hybrid has passed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Standard 2011 Electric Nissan Leaf To Climb Pike's Peak

    The all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf will be joining the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26th. But, surprisingly it won't be the race-modified Nismo Leaf RC. Instead, the 2011 Leaf, driven by veteran Nissan off-road truck racing champion Chad Hord, will be a car fresh off the factory...

  • John Duncan takes delivery of one of the first 2011 Nissan LEAF EVs, near Portland OR, 12/15/2010
    Nissan Doubles Leaf Sales, Volt Stays Steady: Some Perspective, Please

    Sigh. Here we go again. It's the first of the month, which means that auto journalists are scrambling to put together their monthly sales reports. Sales in May weren't great, for a variety of reasons: higher prices and shortages of some Japanese models, among others. Unusual scrutiny But the most...

  • 1999 Audi A2, Frankfurt Auto Show
    Audi A2 e-tron Electric Car Concept Headed To Frankfurt Auto Show: Report

    The last we heard Audi was working on a new generation of its slow selling but technologically advanced A2 hatchback for launch in 2015. According to latest reports, a concept version of this new A2 could be revealed as early as the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show this September, and it’s expected...

  • 2011 Fuel Economy Labels
    New Fuel Economy Label Highlights Electric Cars, Plug-Ins

    The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation have unveiled their updated fuel economy labels. There's some new information aimed squarely to inform consumers looking to buy a hybrid vehicle, plug-in hybrid, or electric car. First and foremost are the MPG or MPGe ratings...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

    Yesterday, we told you about the remarkable 850-mile electric-car road trip planned by David Peilow and Kevin Sharpe, who intended to drive from the tip to the tail of the United Kingdom. Their goal was to test out the new electric-car charging network that the team created in conjunction with Tesla Motors. After 24 hours and six recharge stops, the pair rolled into Land's End at 8:40 pm. We caught up with David for a quick chat. "It's gone well: The schedule was spot on, the time taken to charge the car and the travel have gone to plan," he told us. "We've been driving into heavy prevailing...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    Why The 2011 Chevrolet Volt Encourages The Use Of Gasoline

    The 2011 Chevrolet Volt may be an extended-range electric car--or a plug-in hybrid, take your pick--but it's designed to promote the use of gasoline. Well, older gasoline, anyway. In the case of owners who have short daily commutes and plug in their cars regularly to recharge at night, the...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    850 Electric Miles, One Weekend: Tesla Test Of UK Charging Network

    Why climb a mountain when there are perfectly good helicopters? Why drive to the North Pole when there are scheduled flights? Why drive from the upper tip of the United Kingdom mainland to the very bottom in an electric car, when there are perfectly good trains? Why do we do all these things?...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept
    A Formula 1 Nissan Leaf Electric Car? Well, Not Quite: Rumor

    A little over two months ago Nissan made the announcement that its upmarket Infiniti division would become the title automotive sponsor of the championship-leading Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing. To even the least knowledgeable motorsport fan here at GreenCarReports, the benefits of the deal for...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    Ten Reasons Why You’ll Really Enjoy Owning an Electric Car

    This month has seen a lot of witty articles about the pros and cons of electric transportation, usually titled ‘Ten reasons why electric cars...’ followed by: "suck" or "don’t work" or "will change your life" ... or even reasons why it’s not worth arguing about it at all...

  • Porsche Boxster E electric car prototype
    Porsche Boxster E Electric Sports Car A Hit At 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum

    The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is an annual event run by the French tire company aimed at promoting the development of sustainable mobility. At this year’s event in the German capital of Berlin Porsche rolled out its Boxster E electric car prototype, revealing a few more saucy details about...

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