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Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

Ah, Texas, the state that was formerly a nation and continues to do things slightly differently. Its politics is bare-knuckle, its hats are big, and so are its ranches. It also generates more renewable wind energy than any other state in the union. Its auto-dealer lobbyists, however, are equally large and powerful. DON’T MISS: Tesla Loses Legal…Read entire story

Car buyers have no idea electric-car charging stations even exist

Car buyers have no idea electric-car charging stations even exist

Electric cars have promised to revolutionize transportation for years now. As more manufacturers offer electrified vehicles and prices continue to drop for battery technology, the easy correlation would be to assume that consumer interest has spiked. Actually, it remains pretty darn low, according to extensive research from J.D. Power. DON’T MISS…Read entire story

Toyota sold all its Tesla shares by the end of 2016

Toyota sold all its Tesla shares by the end of 2016

Toyota quietly unloaded the rest of its Tesla shares near the end of last year. In the process, the Japanese automaker confirmed its partnership to develop electric vehicles and related technologies had been canceled. Toyota has by far shown the most restraint in developing battery electric vehicles—an intriguing move from the company that…Read entire story

Cheap(er) thrills: updated Golf GTE reviewed

Cheap(er) thrills: updated Golf GTE reviewed

by Lem Bingley VW Golf GTE Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Good: cheaper than the old GTE, ace digital instruments Bad: no spare wheel, big touchscreen is pricey Price: from £28,135 after the Plug-in Car Grant Volkswagen has updated its seventh generation Golf to version 7.5, giving it a mild exterior facelift and some welcome interior upgrades. These vary from the latest technical doodads for hooking up to the internet to the simple elegance of a frameless rear-view mirror. Read more »Read entire story

Tesla plans major U.S. expansion of Supercharger fast-charging

Tesla plans major U.S. expansion of Supercharger fast-charging

Tesla will undertake a major expansion of its Supercharger network of DC fast-charging stations this year. The Silicon Valley automaker is already one of the most committed to offering widespread DC fast charging, positioning the stations as a way for customers to complete longer journeys more easily. After expansion slowed in 2016, Tesla hopes to…Read entire story

Tesla Model 3 timing confirmed: first cars in July, 5K a week by next year

Tesla Model 3 timing confirmed: first cars in July, 5K a week by next year

Tesla Motors confirmed today that it expected to start production of its crucial Model 3 electric car in July, and claims that it will boost production to 5,000 cars a week by the end of this year. The news was contained in Tesla’s latest letter to its shareholders, and it started with the third sentence. The company’s statements restate some of…Read entire story

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-Dec 2016

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-Dec 2016

The Renault Zoe closed out 2016 as the best-selling electric car in Europe. While the Nissan Leaf continues to lead in worldwide sales, the smaller electric car from Nissan’s alliance partner has remained on top in its home market. These consistent performances have cemented the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s position as the world leader in…Read entire story

China’s BYD built more plug-in cars than any other maker last year

China’s BYD built more plug-in cars than any other maker last year

Time for a quick quiz: which carmaker sold more plug-in electric vehicles last year—both battery electrics and plug-in hybrids—than any other? If you’re a reader in North America or Europe who managed to miss our headline, odds are you may answer “Tesla” or “Nissan,” based on media coverage of those two companies’ achievements. You…Read entire story

Science Guy Bill Nye buys Chevy Bolt EV, his seventh electric car

Science Guy Bill Nye buys Chevy Bolt EV, his seventh electric car

Bill Nye, better known as “The Science Guy” on the popular PBS children’s series that bears his name, loves electric cars. He drove one of only a few hundred original GM EV1 two-seat electric cars almost 20 years ago. Three weeks ago, he took delivery of a brand-new “Kinetic Blue” 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV—and he says he couldn’t be happier…Read entire story

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: first drive review

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: first drive review

In the plug-in hybrid game, you move forward or get left behind. When the hybrid maker is Porsche, that applies to power as well as efficiency. The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is the replacement for the previous Panamera S E-Hybrid, and it gets more power, performance, and efficiency in a brand-new vehicle. Everything about this car is new…Read entire story

BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings

BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings

Two of the most prominent electric cars have missed out on the highest award given for vehicle safety by the influential IIHS: Top Safety Pick+. Funded by the insurance industry, the IIHS—which operates independently of the federal government—says that neither the BMW i3 nor the Tesla Model S performed well enough in its barrage of…Read entire story

BMW, Nissan fund EVgo fast-charging network expansion: 670 dual-standard sites open

BMW, Nissan fund EVgo fast-charging network expansion: 670 dual-standard sites open

At the end of 2015, BMW and Nissan announced that the two companies had partnered to fund the installation of 120 DC fast-charging stations for electric cars across 19 states. All the sites had one or more 50-kilowatt stations with a pair of charging cables: one with the CHAdeMO connector that accommodates the Nissan Leaf electric car, the other a…Read entire story

Plug-in Mini Countryman is on the way

Plug-in Mini Countryman is on the way

by Lem Bingley It was way back in 2009 that we last saw a Mini with a plug, in the compact shape of the Mini E. That car was a suck-it-and-see prototype, built in small numbers with off-the-shelf batteries, and never put on sale. But it has finally spawned a production successor in the shape of the new Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid EV. Read more »Read entire story