Porsche EV, the ‘Mission E,’ Set for 2019

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Finally, a Porsche EV.  The German automaker plans to launch its first all-electric model, a street version of the Mission E concept, in 2019. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 30 seconds.] In an interview with Car Magazine, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said the Mission E will start at around $85,000. Porsche previously has said that … Read more »

First Look: 2018 Nissan Leaf; 150 Miles, $30K

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[Updated 8/6/17 with information re parking assist and availability of long-range model.] The  2018 Nissan Leaf EV made its debut this evening as Nissan took the wraps off a redesigned, re-engineered compact hatchback with several battery choices and, eventually, more than 200 miles of range. As you can see from the photo above, the redesign … Read more »

VW: ID Buzz Electric Microbus Set for U.S.

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After teasing us with concept showings for months now, Volkswagen has finally confirmed that it will build a retail version of its I.D. Buzz all-electric miocrobus for the U.S. market. The Buzz will hit U.S. dealerships sometime in 2022, the automaker said in an announcement from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 … Read more »

VW’s ID Crozz Coming to US?

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Volkswagen has been showing a number of concept electric vehicles using the “I.D.” model nomenclature. They include a crossover called the ID Crozz, an updated microbus called the ID Buzz and a subcompact simply called the ID. The automaker is hoping to recover from its disastrous diesel emissions scandal by jumping into the plug-in arena … Read more »

Honda Clarity EV Hits California, Oregon Showrooms

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The Honda Clarity EV, second of the  Clarity family of electrified vehicles, has begun arriving at select dealerships in California and Oregon. The five-seat sedan, whose relatively short 89-mile range is aimed at urbanites,  is available by lease only, The $269-per-month lease requires a $1,999 initial down and Clarity EV lease terms include 20,000 miles … Read more »

Point of Sale PEV Rebate Coming to Oregon?

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Oregon’s legislature has approved a measure that institutes a state PEV rebate for EV and plug-in hybrid purchasers – if the vehicle is sold new and is priced at $50,000 or less. While it could take the state up to 60 days to process a qualified rebate, the law was written to make it possible … Read more »

Tesla Model 3 – First Photos

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The first photos of the production version Tesla Model 3 electric sedan have surfaced, courtesy of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who posted these on Twitter. [Estimated Reading Time: 40 seconds.] Production began last month and the first deliveries – just 30 of the cars – are slated for July 28. Musk has said he expected … Read more »

Volvo to Electrify Entire Lineup

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Every new model Volvo introduces starting in 2019 will be an electrified Volvo, the company said. That doesn’t mean Volvo’s doing away with internal combustion engines. Rather, all new models of Volvo cars, station wagons and SUVs introduced after the end of next year will have an electric motor – some to augment the internal … Read more »

600-Miles in Chevy’s 238-Mile 2017 Bolt EV

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Chevy’s 2017 Bolt EV is a nice car for a long trip. Period.  No EV ifs, ands or buts about it. [Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 40 seconds; 11 minutes with trip details in the “blow-by-blow” section.] As with any EV, the Bolt’s range limitation does require  some trip planning before you depart, and quick-charge … Read more »

Some Clarity on the Clarity: Honda Provides PHEV, EV Details

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Article updated 6/20/17 and 10/25/17 to include Clarity EV lease price and EPA fuel efficiency and range ratings for EV and Clarity PHEV. New info is in italics. Honda unveiled the other two members of it Clarity family at the New York Auto Show recently, providing some but not all of the info prospective buyers … Read more »