Archive for the 'Battery-powered vehicles' Category

Tesla has launched a network of quick charging stations that can give a 150-mile charge in just 30 minutes, making life much easier for EV owners and giving the EV charging infrastructure a boost. The electric car charging stations, called Superchargers, are now in southern California. All of the charging stations will be solar-powered, and […]

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The 2012 Ford Focus Electric will go on sale soon in California, New York and New Jersey, and when it does it will come with a 105 MPGe rating. The Focus Electric will also have a 76-mile range. The Focus EV will beat the Nissan Leaf in both range and MPGe, though not by much […]

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California residents who bought Chevy Volts thinking their electric car would grant them access to the state’s HOV lanes without a passenger, a privilege available to Nissan Leaf buyers and some owners of the hybrid cars, were probably disappointed to find out that the Volt’s emissions are too high for HOV access. Chevy has decided […]

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The Tesla Roadster electric sports car can’t be left for an extended period without a charge or the battery will run out and die. When a Tesla’s battery (or any lithium polymer battery) completely runs out of juice, it can’t be recharged. The Roadster also can’t be put into tow mode without any power, so […]

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Mitsubishi has revealed the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander, giving us a sneak peak at the company’s small SUV a month ahead of the official unveiling next month at the Geneva Motor Show. In addition to a redesigned exterior, the Outlander will be available as a plug-in hybrid that could get up to 140-mpg. The 2013 […]

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf has been given an official fuel economy rating of 99-mpg. If that sounds strange to you, it’s probably because you know that the Nissan Leaf is a 100% electric car that doesn’t use any gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a formula for rating the efficiency of electric vehicles. The […]

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The Infiniti M35 hybrid will be revealed at the L.A. Auto Show in November and go on sale next year as a 2012 model. Infiniti claims that the M35 hybrid will have the power of a V8 with the gas mileage of a four-cylinder. The Infiniti M35 hybrid will be the first hybrid car sold […]

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Chevrolet has announced that the 2011 Volt will cost $33,500 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. That puts it well above the Nissan Leaf, the only other mass-produced electric car that will be available next year. The Leaf will cost $25,280 after the tax credit, but does not include a gasoline engine for long trips […]

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The 2011 Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid hatchback will cost $19,200 when it goes on sale in August. The CR-Z hybrid is a sporty hatchback that traces its roots back to the Honda CRX from the 1980s. Honda is focusing more on performance than gas mileage. The two-seat CR-Z gets just 31-mpg city and 37-mpg highway, […]

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The Nissan Leaf, which will be the first all-electric vehicle to go on sale in America from a major automaker when it hits dealers in December, may get a gasoline engine at some point. Nissan says that while the Leaf will initially only be available as a pure electric vehicle, an extended range version of […]

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