Electric Cars

  • Renault's Free Twizy Promotion

    As we pointed out yesterday, sales of purely electric cars in the U.S. aren’t as high as many in the industry hoped they would be. In an attempt to get more customers, Nissan has lowered the lease prices of its 2012 Nissan Leaf SV and 2012 Nissan Leaf SL, while automakers in Europe have slashed electric car sticker prices by $11,000. To date however, we've never heard of electric cars being given away for free. Until now. But French automaker Renault is not giving away free electric cars because electric car sales are low: It is giving away free electric cars as part of an attempt to...

  • Houston's Tranquility Park Garage with GRIDbot charging stations
    Google Adds Clout To Electric-Car Charging At Work Effort

    If you drive an electric car on a daily basis, the chances are your car has more than enough range to tackle the daily commute on a single charge, so charging at work isn't a concern. Unless that is, you’re one of the few to drive well beyond the range of a round trip, and already have a...

  • Polar Network Charging Stations
    Analyst Predicts 4.1 Million Electric Car Charging Stations By 2017

    There are currently 10,000 or so publicly-available electric car charging stations in the U.S., in addition to countless private charging stations in homes and businesses across the nation. The current number of charging stations in the U.S. today makes electric cars trump all other...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt Charges
    How Far CAN The 2012 Chevrolet Volt Travel On Electricity Alone?

    When General Motors began producing the Chevrolet Volt in 2010, many staunch electric car fans dismissed it, saying its on-board gasoline engine meant it was only a hybrid, not a true electric car. With sixty-three percent of all Chevrolet Volt trips to date being made in electric-only mode, most...

  • Range Anxiety
    How Many Miles Are Enough To Kill Electric-Car Range Anxiety?

    Range anxiety, or the fear that an electric car will run out of charge before you reach your destination. is a real and present fear for many first-time electric car drivers and buyers. Even though research clearly shows that present electric cars can satisfy the requirements of 95 percent of all...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
    2012 Chevrolet Volt: Most Loved Compact Car, Most Satisfied Drivers

    According to a recent, very peppy General Motors ad campaign, many Chevrolet Volt owners are brimming with enthusiasm about their plug-in hybrid. Then again, having Chevy Volt owners evangelize about their cars in an ad designed to sell the plug-in hybrid is hardly a fair yardstick to gauge how...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt

    If you examine the demographics of the ‘average’ electric car buyer, you’re likely to find out that they are educated to at least college level, drive less than 50 miles per day, and have a household income of at least $125,000 a year. The mean age of an electric car buyer? Just 45 years. But one couple in Carroll County, Virginia, has proven that you’re never too old to make the switch from gasoline to electric. Enter 101-year old Edward Heine and his 85-year old wife Hya, who have just traded in their Jaguar for a 2012 Chevrolet Volt. According to the Carroll County...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion prototype – Copyright High Gear Media
    Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion: Prototype Drive Report (Video)

    Driving pre-production prototypes of new electric cars is part of life here at GreenCarReports, as it enables us to give you the best possible evaluation of an up-coming new car before it hits the dealer lots. Recently however, we got a chance to sit behind the wheel again of the Volkswagen Golf...

  • GE WattStation Electric Car Charging Station
    Does Your Utility Offer Electric Car Rates? Only 6 Percent Do

    Compared with gasoline cars, electric cars are cheap to refuel, especially when charged at night using specialist electric car rates. Designed to encourage the charging of electric vehicles at night time when grid demand is naturally lower, electric car rates are substantially cheaper per...

  • A3 e-tron charging station installation
    Audi Shows Getting Ready For An Electric Car Is Pretty Simple (Usually)

    Although Audi has no production plans as yet for its A3 e-tron electric car, the automaker is still working hard to promote electric cars through its small A3 e-tron test fleet. Last month, Audi released a video in which we met some of its e-Pilots: the lucky few Audi employees chosen to put the A3...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
    2013 Ford C-Max Energi Priced at $33,745, Cheaper Than Prius Plug-In

    It’s official: not only does the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid travel further in all-electric mode than the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, but it will cost less too. As Ford detailed last night, its first plug-in hybrid will retail for $33,750, has a combined gasoline + electric...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Headlight
    2013 Nissan Leaf: What Would You Change?

    The Nissan Leaf may have gone on sale in December 2010, but later this year, production of Nissan’s all-electric hatchback will start for the first time in Smyrna, Tennessee. We’ve been looking forward to the 2013 Nissan Leaf for some time, with hints from Nissan that...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Crash Test

    A few months after going on sale, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid has been given an official crash-test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unlike the 5-star rated, five-door Prius liftback it is based on however, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid only managed a 4-star overall rating. Similar to its sibling, the $32,000 plug-in car fared best in the side-impact crash test, where it received a 5-star rating. In all other tests, including frontal crash and rollover, it was awarded four stars. The 2012 Toyota Prius and 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid...

  • UCR's GPS System For Electric Cars
    Researchers Improve Electric Car Range: With Better GPS System

    Although electric cars are very energy efficient, electric car battery packs can’t store as much energy as a tank full of gasoline, resulting in much shorter driving range between fill-ups than a gas car. At present, engineers around the world are working on the problem, developing everything...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt 240V charging station
    Charge Your Electric Car For Less: Switch Off Unused Appliances

    One of the reasons people make the switch from a gasoline car to an electric car is to benefit from the reduced running costs. With some careful planning -- and special time of use tariffs that make night-time electricity cheaper -- charging an electric car can be pretty cheap. But what if you...

  • Nissan Leaf: Lost Battery Capacity
    Nissan's Mark Perry: We're Investigating Arizona's Wilting Leafs

    More than two months after a few Nissan Leafs in Arizona began to lose capacity bars in the extreme heat and suffer premature battery aging, Nissan has started formal investigations into the issue. While being interviewed over the telephone by Arizona’s KPHO 5 station in Phoenix, Mark Perry...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
    If 63% Of Volt Miles Are Electric, Isn't It An Electric Car?

    One of the most common complaints we get at GreenCarReports is that we refer to the 2012 Chevrolet Volt as an electric car. Because it has a range-extending gasoline engine, some say, it is only a plug-in hybrid and therefore not worthy to be classed as an electric car. As we’ve illustrated...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL
    Nissan, GE, Working To Solve Leaf, WattStation Charging Woes

    Plugging an electric car into a charging station might seem like a simple process, but sometimes even the simplest of processes can go wrong. Over the weekend, we heard reports of several cases of Nissan Leaf owners whose Leafs had sustained damage after charging at GE WattStation Level 2 charging...

  • Pius

    There was a time when wanting an electric car meant you probably had to build it yourself, either creating a car from scratch or converting an existing gasoline car. With great production electric cars on the market, fewer enthusiasts are building their own electric car, but now a company from Japan has unveiled a single seat electric car that owners will have to build themselves. Say hello to the Modi Corp. Pius, a tiny vehicle that looks like a cross between a neighborhood electric vehicle and (dare we say it?) a pedal car. Don’t let its childish looks fool you however. While the...

  • GE WattStation Publicity Shot
    GE Charging Stations: Now You Can Pay With PayPal, SmartPhone

    If you drive an electric car, you’ll be familiar with the frustration that occurs when you arrive at a charging station to find you can’t use it because you don’t have the correct smart card, key, or dongle. For those without the correct card, some charging providers can unlock a...

  • Handicapped parking space Shares Room With Electric Car Charging Station
    Parking, Charging Your Electric Car? Read The Signs First

    You know the score: you’re running late for a meeting, dinner date or flight, and need to find somewhere to charge your electric car while you’re gone. So you head to the nearest parking garage where you know there’s free electric car charging, park up, plug in and head off. But...

  • Tesla Roadster To J-1772 Adaptor
    Tesla Roadster Owners Get Third-Party Charging Adaptor, CAN Finally Charge

    It officially ended production last year, but the iconic Tesla Roadster is still being developed and tweaked thanks to a few enterprising Tesla owners and fans. The latest must-have for any Tesla Roadster? A small adaptor that allows Tesla Roadster owners to charge their cars at any public J-1772...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL
    2017 Nissan Leaf: Will It Cost The Same As A 2012 Golf?

    As battery technology improves, the cost of producing battery packs drops, and the number of electric cars on the road increases, it’s pretty reasonable to expect the sticker price of electric cars to drop in the coming years. But how much will they drop by, and how quickly? How much, for...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
    Mitsubishi Aims To Plug In Entire Range Within 4 Years

    In the automotive world, there are automakers who ignore plug-in vehicle technology, those who experiment with it, those who do it because they have to, and those for whom it is part of the company future. With its 2012 i electric minicar already on sale in the U.S., and its Outlander plug-in...

News First Drives Electric Cars Hybrids Guides Green Life