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  • First 2011 Chevrolet Volt delivered to retail buyer Jeffrey Kaffee, in Denville, NJ, December 2010

    While the federal government has a blanket $7,500 tax credit available for anyone who purchases an eligible electric ca, each state is at liberty to apply its own incentives to encourage people to make the switch from gasoline to electric cars. The amount of additional incentives varies from state to state, but now residents of the town of Normal, IL will gain an additional rebate when buying an electric car worth an average of $300. The rebate is funded by the town council and is equivalent to a one percent reduction in the 7.75% sales tax levied in Normal. In other words, the more expensive...

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    Learning to Drive? An Electric Car Could Be Just The Thing

    You're at high school and you want the freedom of being able to drive yourself wherever you want to go, not where others take you. To get that freedom, most teens attend driver's ed to learn the skills they need to pass that all-important driving test. Normally, that involves a lot of hard work...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Tesla Electric Car Plus Solar Power Equals Zero-Cost Driving (Video)

    Mike Koenigs is also a true Tesla and clean power activist

  • Yokohama/ACPropulsion Pikes-Peak Hill-Climb Vehicle
    Electric Car With EV1 Heritage Sets New Pikes Peak Record

    For the past week or so the famous Pikes Peak in Colorado has rung with the sound of cars and motorcycles climbing the 12.42 mile course to its 14,110 foot summit. But yesterday for a few minutes, the mountain was a little quieter as an electric car climbed the summit, completing the would-renowned...

  • Tesla Roadster on an autocross course
    Tesla Owner Electrifies Autocross Event With Roadster Fun (Video)

    How do you legally have fun with a $109,000 electric sportscar that can do 0-60 in under 4 seconds, has excellent grip, and a top speed of 125 mph? That’s exactly the question facing many Tesla Roadster owners looking to test their cars - and themselves - to the limit in a safe environment...

  • 2011 LIberty E-Range SUV
    First Drive Report: 2011 Liberty E-Range Electric Range Rover

    If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ll know that we’ve said before that making a good electric car is hard, even for large automakers like Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Chevrolet. As for turning a production gasoline or diesel car into an electric one? It’s a whole...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

    Californian electric auto maker Tesla Motors might be in the final stages of bringing its 2012 Model S luxury sedan to market, but if you want to own one of its iconic two-seat roadsters you’ll need to order one soon. According to vivacious Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the firm is just a few months away from selling all of the left-hand drive U.S. specification Roadsters it will ever make. “I think there’s a handful of cars left to sell in the U.S.,” explained Musk. “People in Europe and Japan probably have another six months to place orders for the Roadster. IN the...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    CEO Musk: 2011 Tesla Roadster Electric Sports Cars Are Gone, Almost

    The Tesla Roadster hasn't been front-page news for electric cars in a while, now that several mass-market family electric cars have launched. So as Tesla moves its focus to the upcoming Model S electric sedan, production of its first electric model is beginning to wind down as planned, so supplies...

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    What Would You Give Up For Higher Gas Mileage? Cash? Features? Safety?

    It happens every time. Gas prices go up sharply, and new car buyers suddenly decide that gas mileage is important--and shop accordingly. With gas around $4 a gallon in many parts of the country, what would you trade for higher miles per gallon? Would you pay more? Would you buy a smaller car than...

  • Stevens Pass Electric Car Charging Point Launch
    Want to Take Your Electric Car Skiing? Now You Can (Video)

    Forgive us for saying so, but most electric car owners live in urban or suburban areas, using their cars to get themselves and their family to work or school, or perhaps running errands throughout the day. Most days, the car will end the day with charge to spare. But what if you could use your...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    850 Miles In A Tesla Roadster In A Weekend: Crossing The Line

    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...

  • 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?...

  • Miata EV conversion

    If we said you could own an electric car that offered four-fifths the fun of a 2012 Tesla Roadster 2.5 for less than a fifth the price, you might think we'd been illicitly inhaling gasoline fumes on the side. What you might not know is how close we are to the truth, and one that comes in the shape of a hugely popular sports car first revealed in 1989. That's right - you can own a first generation Mazda Miata sports EV for less than $15,000, or around 15 percent the price of a brand new Tesla Roadster. The catch? You have to build it yourself, though a new conversion kit from San Francisco...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos
    Concepts To Make Electric Cars Cool: VW Bulli, Nissan Esflow

    The 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March brought a number of new models out of the closet. But for the green car fan, two concepts were the gems of the show: the return of the legendary Volkswagen Microbus, and an electric sports car from Nissan that just might be affordable. Bulli for the Microbus The...

  • Delta E-4 Eco Prototype
    First Drive Report: Delta Motorsport E-4 Electric Coupe

    On Monday we showed you the first pictures of the Delta E-4 Electric Coupe, an all-electric sports car designed and built by Delta Motorsport. Now it’s time to bring you our very own first person report from behind the wheel at the iconic Silverstone racetrack, home to the British Grand Prix...

  • Earth Day: Eager Electric-Car Advocates Meet Unaware Public

    Three weeks ago, in a suburban park in Roseville, California--just outside the state capital, Sacramento--a community celebration of Earth Day served as a gathering of the greenest cars now available. Both participants and random park-goers were drawn to the cars, providing a chance for eager...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept live photos
    The Fastest, Coolest, Sexiest Supercars Now Come With Plugs

    Supercars: sleek, blindingly fast, ultra-expensive objects of lust for 14-year-old boys and sober-suited executives alike. For decades, supercars were powered solely by gasoline. But now there's a new gang in town, and they've upended all the rules. The newest, coolest, most jaw-dropping supercars...

  • Sign on Vacaville, California, DC fast charger for electric cars, May 2011
    What Good Is Fast-Charging For Electric Cars If It's Closed?

    Vacaville, California, has the distinction of the very first public Level 3 or DC quick charging station for electric cars to be installed in the United States. It was first activated in late May 2010, and was used very soon after for a small fleet of Mitsubishi i-MIEV models to make a trip from...

  • Elon Musk

    Tesla Motors, [NSDQ:TSLA] the company behind the Roadster electric vehicle, might look for additional funding from equity sales to help pay for development of its third electric car — the sport utility vehicle styled Model X — according to the company’s CEO Elon Musk. The company is working on another electric car model that’s geared toward car buyers interested in an SUV or a minivan. Details about the Model X have been scarce — one of the few facts known about it is that it will use the same power train as the Model S — and the car should be unveiled at...

  • Tesla Branded Kids Clothing
    Tesla Morphs into GAP With Branded Clothes for Kids

    Here’s a question. Would you put your kids in branded clothes for a $109,000 sports car? If you answered yes, then we think that’s the answer Silicon-Valley electric car firm Tesla Motors is hoping for after it has quietly launched a new line of clothing aimed specifically at those way...

  • J1772 Tesla Mobile Connector
    The Price of Conformity: Tesla’s $750 J1772 Charge Adaptor

    As those who purchased Betamax when everyone else was choosing VHS will tell you, being at the cutting edge of technology is sometimes very, very expensive. The latest victims of “early-adopter light-wallet syndrome” aren’t buying a new video collection though: they’re...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Tesla V Top Gear: Top Gear’s Track Record With Electric Cars

    It’s been two weeks since Californian electric automaker filed papers against the BBC’s Top Gear for libel in relation to a segment the popular entertainment show did on Tesla’s all-electric Roadster back in 2008. By now you’re probably familiar with the details of the case...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas
    First Private Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open In Texas

    NRG Energy has opened its first eVgo direct-current electric vehicle charging station in Dallas, Texas, as part of a privately funded 70-station network in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the company announced. The chargers are designed to be “fast-chargers,” which use a 480-volt direct...

  • DBM Energy Audi A2 Electric Car
    It’s Official: DBM Energy’s Electric Car Battery Is Real

    Remember the controversial 2010 Audi A2 converted by German battery firm DBM Energy? The car hit the headlines last year when it apparently travelled 375 miles on a single charge. Powered by the latest battery technology, the car’s creators even claimed a 6 minute recharge time. But before...

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