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Breaking News: Chevy Volt ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named Chevy Volt “Top Safety Pick Plus,” based on the most recent round of IIHS testing. Of the dozen small cars involved in the tests, Volt was the only one equipped with a forward collision warning system, which is capable of alerting a driver that the [...]

‘Secret’ Plan for Chevy Sonic EV?

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If industry buzz is correct, Chevrolet is seriously considering an all-electric Sonic for its 2016 lineup. Currently, Chevy sells the Spark EV, Volt EREV, and Cadillac ELR, which is also an extended-range EV. Battery-maker LG Chem manufacturers the lithium-ion packs for Volt and will presumably do the same for the prospective Sonic EV, a car [...]

Will Tesla Gigafactory Go to Calif.?

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A Tesla Motors official has said that California has “caught up” with other states who are candidates for Tesla’s massive battery plant and its attendant 6,500 jobs. California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will provide generous property tax credits to Tesla should the gigafactory end up on local soil. The facility will [...]

Revealed: Pricing and Specs for 2015 Nissan Leaf

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Nissan North America has released pricing and spec data for the 2015 Leaf electric car. The new model will see minor price hikes of between $30 and $100, a handful of spec changes, and assorted additions to, and subtractions from, option packs. The base price is now $29,010, which represents a $30 hike from 2014. [...]

Classic VW Bug Goes Electric

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A California man has become the state’s self-appointed expert for converting classic Volkswagen Beetles into snazzy-looking electric cars. David Bernardo specializes in models that came off the assembly line between 1958 and 1966. After removing the original motors and substituting electric ones, he places battery packs in two separate locations on each vehicle. To retain [...]

Breaking News: Tesla Model 3 Set for 2017

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Amid much speculation about Tesla Motors’ follow-up to the Model X, the company has finally confirmed that its small electric sedan, to be called Model 3, will be available by 2017. The crossover SUV Model X goes on sale in 2015, but the Model 3 is positioned to be a direct competitor to the BMW [...]

Huge End-of-Year Discounts on Cadillac ELR

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Dealerships that sell the electric Cadillac ELR are offering discounts that exceed $13,000 before state and federal tax incentives. Most of the price-cutting sellers are on the East Coast, and the major discounts began showing up in June. Combined with other incentives, it is now possible for buyers to acquire GM’s elite EV for about [...]

Nissan Leaf News: 2015 Specs, Tiny Price Increase

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Nissan Motor officials announced this week that the 2015 Leaf’s price will rise slightly and that the new models will include some design changes inside and out. For starters, the color choice known as Glacier Blue is gone, replaced by Morning Sky Blue. The 2015 Leaf features a sticker price for the base model just [...]

Volt-Leaf Sales Race: June Results

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Nissan’s all-electric Leaf outsold the range-extended EV Chevy Volt for the month of June. Chevy tallied its best month of 2014, so far, for the vaunted Volt, logging 1,777 units sold. However, that was not enough to beat out the Leaf, which sold 2,347 units of its trendy EV during June. Range Secrets: 2015 Nissan [...]

Carice Mk1 EV: The Plastic, 770-Pound Sports Car

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Startup Dutch carmaker Carice will introduce its first automobile on June 21 at the Concours d’Elegance at Het Loo Palace in the Netherlands. The vehicle is a 770-pound sport compact electric convertible that goes by the name Mk1. The new company’s founder, Richard Holleman, describes it as, “lightweight, agile, eco-friendly and elegant. The Carice Mk1 [...]

Detroit Electric Decides Against U.S.-based Production

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Netherlands-based Detroit Electric will begin selling its EV sports car, the SP:01, in Asian and European markets toward the end of 2014, and in the U.S. sometime in 2015. The company’s main offices are in Detriot, Mich., but its production and support facilities are in Britain and the Netherlands. The car will be manufactured in [...]

GM Reveals: 63 Percent of All Volt Miles Electric

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General Motors revealed this week that company data shows Chevy Volt owners drive 63 percent of all miles on electric power alone. While that number was higher than expected, GM also pointed out that a significant number of Volt drivers report getting well above the “official” 35-miles-per-charge range, even in harsh conditions. The Detroit automaker [...]

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