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Cars Details: Electric Cars Pros and Cons. Like almost anything in life, electric cars have advantages and disadvantages. You can expect a site like PluginCars.com to generally promote EVs as having, on balance, a lot more benefits than shortcomings—but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer an honest assessment of the pros and cons.

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Compare Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids - List of

Cars Details: Compare Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids By Features, Price, Range. Check out the growing list of cars powered by electricity! A few years ago, you could count the number of available plug-in cars on one hand, with a couple fingers left over.

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What Is An Electric Car? Electric Vehicles, Plugin Hybrids

Cars Details: > See all Guides (Detroit Electric Car, 1919) Charging up a Detroit Electric car, 1919. At the turn of the last century, electric cars were more desirable than vehicles powered by steam or gas. In the 1920s, the gasoline internal combustion automobile became dominant. An electric car is powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine.

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Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

Cars Details: Buyers of plug-in hybrids and electric cars benefit from a tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the size of the battery in the car. On the low end of the spectrum, cars with 4 kWh battery packs will qualify for a $2,500 tax credit. The credit maxes out at $7,500 for cars with a 16 kWh battery pack. Every pure EV on the market today

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Quick Charging of Electric Cars | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: A common criticism of electric cars is that EVs take too long to charge. That attitude is based on the common experience of drivers of gas-powered cars who, in the course of a 10-minute pit stop at a gas station, pump in a few hundred miles’ worth of fuel. Meanwhile, electric car charging times are usually measured in hours rather than minutes.

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The Think City | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: A few cars may be put into fleets or for demo sales in late 2010, but US dealerships are not expected before 2012. These locations and the deal structure might be non-traditional, involving car sharing and battery leasing. Details, including price, are not available—but a car as small as the Think City—similar in size to a Smart ED or a

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Safety Ratings for Electric Cars | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: Electric Cars = Small Cars. Let’s face it, many of today's battery cars—such as the Chevy Spark EV, Honda Fit, Fiat 500e, Scion iQ, Smart ED and more—are either small or smaller than small. So anything that calls into question small car safety could worry EV shoppers.

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2014 Electric Cars - Read Reviews of all the New Cars

Cars Details: 2014 Electric Cars. The market for plug-in electric vehicles will enter its fourth year in 2014. What started as a niche market with two vehicles in December 2010 has grown over the past three years to 14 cars from nine different automakers.

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Airport EV Parking: The Charging's Free - Electric Cars

Cars Details: Two Cars Per Station in DC. Reagan National Airport (formerly National) in Washington, DC has free EV charging (Level I and II) on the lowest level of Daily Garage B—look for the charging station icon on the overhead sign. The four available stations service eight “EV Only” parking spaces, and a shuttle bus services all terminals.

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Politics as Usual: Washington State's $100 - Electric Cars

Cars Details: Plug-in proponents are in favor of taxing electric cars to support road building and maintenance, but not while we’re still trying to get economies of scale. Internal-combustion vehicles don’t come close to paying their way, so to complain that EVs should pay for roads is a bit disingenuous.”

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Eight Tips to Extend Battery Life of Your - Electric Cars

Cars Details: Many electric cars have thermal management—via air or liquid—that is great for keeping your batteries comfortable, but it comes at a price. Running fans and AC compressors use energy. On a hot day, if you were to park your car on a hot asphalt parking lot, you would not want the thermal management system to run continually.

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AAA Introduces Roadside Emergency Charging for Electric Cars

Cars Details: Many of us have called AAA when we need a battery charged or a bit of gas. Well, now we will be able to call AAA if our electric vehicle battery runs low. The Automobile Association of America yesterday introduced its new mobile EV recharging service vehicles. The service will be free to members.

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Guides to Buying, Owning & Driving Electric Cars

Cars Details: Electric Cars Pros and Cons. How To Become an EV Evangelist. Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid. Buying. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars. Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car. Carmakers’ Commitment to Electric Cars.

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Tesla Model 3 | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: The Model 3 is a roomy five-seater—with more interior volume than most cars in its class. This is accomplished by the car’s lack of an engine and the placement of its large battery pack beneath the cabin floor. As with other EVs, Tesla moved the front seats closer to the nose of the car—adding legroom in the back.

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Concept and Discontinued Electric Cars | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: These cars also serve as marketing, giving consumers the impression that an auto company is innovative (without the onus to deliver on conceptual innovations). These days, putting an electric powertrain is key strategy to show innovation. Most of these concept electric cars never go beyond an auto show display.

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The Pros and Cons of Using In-Wheel Motors in Electric Cars

Cars Details: There are many differences between gas and electric cars. One of the most intriguing is the possibility for an EV to fit motors inside the wheels. We've seen many concepts with in-wheel motors, including the Toyota ME-WE, which debuted in Paris a few weeks ago. However, no production car is available with this architecture yet, but it's certainly worth a closer look.

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What to Expect from Electric Car Range Now, and Over Time

Cars Details: Like gasoline cars, electric cars are given official gas mileage ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency. As well as providing the controversial Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe) ratings for each plug-in car, the E.P.A. also lists a miles per charge figure— or how much range you can expect per charge.

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The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks

Cars Details: workplace, and multifamily entities. Tesla supercharging stations charge with up to 145 kW of power distributed between two cars with a maximum of 120 kW per car. They take about 20 minutes to charge to 50 percent, 40 minutes to charge to 80 percent, and 75 minutes to 100 percent on the original 85 kwh Model S.

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Electric Car Drivers Report Impact from Extreme Cold

Cars Details: With temperatures dropping well below zero in many parts of the country this week, electric car owners are experiencing the most dramatic real-world cold weather test of EVs since mass-market battery-powered cars were introduced three years ago. PlugInsights, a research firm exclusively focusing on plug-in electric vehicles, received more than 100 responses this week to its short survey of EV

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Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug - Electric Cars

Cars Details: Regardless, these plug-in cars have substantial battery warranties, usually in the realm of 8 years and 100,000 miles (some even longer), that cover all battery problems, including excessive loss of range. Rest easy. The batteries will last the lifetime of the vehicle.

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The Volvo C30 Electric | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: As a result, the models currently being used by Volvo for testing plug-in cars—the C30 and the Volvo V70 plugin hybrid—are not likely to be the exact models emerging in European or US markets. But there’s every indication that Volvo is extremely serious about electric cars and plug-in hybrids, and they are on the way. Slowly and surely.

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Ford C-Max Energi | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: (Ford C-Max Energi) Styling The Ford C-Max is a small and tall wagon-like compact car. Five-passenger upright cars that squeeze maximum utility from a small footprint are popular in Europe, but until recently have not been available to American car buyers. Ford started selling the C-Max in Europe in 2002 but only began offering it in the U.S.

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Electric Car Driving Range | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: (Nissan Leaf Dashboard) The primary job of the Nissan Leaf's instrument cluster, like all EVs, is to inform drivers about the battery's state of charge, and the expected number of miles left before a charge is required.

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110-Volt EV Charging: It Makes More Sense - Electric Cars

Cars Details: The most common scenario for electric cars is this: You buy the car, and then shell out another $2,000 for a garage-based 240-volt charger that, most likely, will come with some neat smart grid features allowing you to check charging status on your cellphone.

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Replacing EV Batteries: Your Costs Will Vary | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: (Nissan Leaf) There are questions about the life of the LEAF's 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack. (Jim Motavalli photo) Yes, electric cars are selling slowly, and one central reason for that is consumers' fear that the battery packs won’t last, and then will cost a fortune to replace—or dramatically lower the value of the car. Is that a false fear?

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The Ford Focus Electric | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: The big drawback with the Ford Focus Electric is the cargo space or lack thereof. By converting an existing model to an electric car, rather than building an EV from the ground up, Ford had to get creative with the packaging of batteries, using spaces originally designed for the gas-powered version of the car.

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The Nissan LEAF | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: The Five Most Affordable Pure Electric Cars: Forget 400-Mile Electric Cars, Bring On Affordable 200-Mile EVs: The 2018 Nissan LEAF Is a Placeholder for a Longer-Range Version Coming Next Year: Infiniti Promises Its First Electric Vehicle by 2021

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Electric Cars Pros and Cons | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: > See all Guides Like almost anything in life, electric cars have their pros and cons. You can expect a site like PluginCars.com to generally promote EVs as having, on balance, a lot more benefits than shortcomings—but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer an honest assessment of the pros and cons of cars that use electricity rather than petroleum.

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Seven Ideas for Electric Car Ownership Without Home

Cars Details: Electric car owners with a 240-volt supply of power in the garage or driveway can refuel a battery-powered vehicle with ease. Plug your car in before going to sleep, and wake up to a full battery in the morning. That beats going to the gas station—for both convenience and cost. But approximately one in four Americans lives in a multi-unit building without a dedicated parking spot, while many

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Driving an Electric Car for Maximum Efficiency

Cars Details: While electric cars need less maintenance than petrol-powered vehicles, poor upkeep can have the same detrimental effect on efficiency. Start with proper tire inflation. Look up your car's recommended tire pressure and check regularly with a gauge to ensure the correct level.

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Electric Vehicle Public Charging | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: Most electric vehicle owners charge their cars at home overnight. But charging on the road allows you to drive more than the range of a single charge. To cover the basics, we’ll explore the types of charging, how to find public charging stations, and the best way to plan a trip.

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Volvo XC60 T8 | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: (Volvo XC60 T8) Styling The new XC60—in all its powertrain variations—is redesigned with a longer wheelbase with reduced overhangs. In keeping with the trend of crossovers becoming more wagon-like (especially from a profile view), its stance is lower and wider than previous generations of SUVs.

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Why Do Electric Cars Have Lead-Acid 12-Volt Batteries When

Cars Details: A 12 volt battery (lower right) under the Nissan Leaf hood. Modern electric cars were made possible by lithium-ion batteries. But look under the hood of any electric vehicle and you'll find a second battery, a lead-acid battery, whose purpose is to power the 12-volt system. A reader asked us why isn't this a lithium-ion battery as well?

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First Charging Stations Open Over the Cascade Mountains in

Cars Details: Stevens Pass, a well known Pacific Northwest ski resort popular with the denizens of Seattle, Washington, has installed two Level 2, 240 V electric car charging stations—making it one of the first, if not the first, ski resort in the United States to do so. The stations also make Stevens Pass the first business on U.S. Route 2 to support plans to make that green and lush scenic mountain

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Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: Among cars offered with a plug, the two vehicles most similar in stature are the Ford C-Max plug-in hybrid, which is a couple inches longer and wider than the B-Class, and the Honda Fit Electric, which about a foot shorter. Both of those vehicles, like the B-Class, are hatchbacks intended to squeeze as much utility as possible out of a compact

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What It Takes to Get 100 Miles of Range in - Electric Cars

Cars Details: I had forgotten how much fun it is to just drive—speeding away from traffic lights and zooming ahead of other cars on the highway, etc. The LEAF is smooth, silent, fast, and simply a blast to drive. But after 1,400-plus miles of driving, I noticed (duh) that my efficiency wasn’t so hot at 3.5 miles-per-kilowatt-hour.

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2013 Electric Cars | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: 2013 Electric Cars. In many ways, 2013 was a breakout year for plug-in electric vehicles. Through September, every single electric car on the market showed sales gains compared to a year ago. Sales of the Nissan LEAF increased by more than 200 percent—while there was a smaller but steady expansion of Chevrolet Volts, Toyota Prius Plug-in

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Here Now: The World's First Portable, Self - Electric Cars

Cars Details: The company is agnostic on the actual EV charging technology—early units have Eaton chargers. Given the system’s capacity, the solar unit can fully charge one EV a day, but parked in a store parking lot, for instance, it’s more likely to give four cars quarter charges. Will the Cost Pencil Out?

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Fears Rise That Low Gas Prices Will Hurt Electric Cars

Cars Details: Gasoline prices in the U.S. have steadily fallen in the past three months, reaching a national average of $2.66 per gallon, according to AAA. Industry analysts and journalists have been quick to jump to the conclusion that the dip in gas prices spells the demise of electric cars. Any quick and firm declarations about the long-term forecast for EVs based on current gas prices should be questioned.

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The Mini E Electric Car | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: Approximately 500 Mini E cars were produced—and beginning in June 2009 leased to municipalities and individuals in Southern California, New York, and New Jersey. Individual participants are paying $850 a month for the year for the privilege of driving the stylish electric Mini E—and serving as EV guinea pigs.

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Tesla Model X | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: (Tesla Model X) Styling The Model X is a stylish crossover utility vehicle with the design spirit of the Acura ZDX or BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. From certain angles, the X looks like a bulked-up taller Model S. That’s not a bad thing considering the beautiful design DNA of the Tesla sedan—but the Model X is not a head-turner like the S.

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Tesla Model S | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: “The ability to sell cars through Tesla-owned stores is important for sustainable transportation and is the best chance a new electric car company has of succeeding." Musk believes that EVs operate under a different set of rules, and therefore Tesla's stores in no way conflict with the dealer model for gas cars.

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Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules

Cars Details: > See all Guides (kWh meter) One key advantage of driving an electric car is that it’s much cheaper to fuel than a gas-powered vehicle. It's a sure thing—that is, if an EV owner has done the necessary research about rate plans and charging times.

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The Aptera 2e | PluginCars.com - Electric Cars

Cars Details: Does the Aptera futuristic three-wheeled vehicle have a chance to succeed in the real-world market? Or is it destined to become another visionary, but entirely impractical vehicle, much like Buckminster Fuller’s 1933 three-wheeled Dymaxion Car? (Aptera 2e review - on the Street) (Dymaxion Car) Top: Aptera 2e, 2009. Bottom: Dymaxion, circa 1934.

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Combining Solar Panels with an Electric Car | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: The traditional argument against both solar panels and electric cars is that you are paying more upfront—on expenses that might take years, decades or forever, to pay back in reduced home energy and gasoline expenditures. So, by buying an electric car and installing solar, you are essentially doubling down.

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Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: Based purely on anecdotal information, EV owners clock fewer miles per year in their electric cars (given limited range) than in internal combustion automobiles. So, using a national average of 12,000 or so miles in a lower cost-per-mile analysis is problematic. 6 Home Charging Equipment

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Need an Electric Car Charging Station? Here Are the

Cars Details: While Chevy Volt owners will be able to get away with charging their cars off of a standard 110V wall outlet, Nissan LEAF customers will only be able to buy a LEAF if they've either completed the installation of a home charging unit from Nissan's exclusive contractor, AeroVironment, or signed a waiver with Nissan certifying that they've

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Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: > See all Guides (Plug Close-Up) 1EV Spots for EVs It’s absolutely never acceptable for an internal combustion car to park in a spot designated for a plug-in car. That’s a firm rule—no matter how crowded a parking lot is and no matter how infrequently the charging location is used.

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Electric Vehicle Charging for Businesses | PluginCars.com

Cars Details: These devices come standard with all EVs and most owners carry them. If you are an owner of a hotel, bed & breakfast, condo facility, or airport parking lot, where cars are commonly parked for 10 to 12 hours (and sometimes for days), this is perfect for you. It’s cheap, easy, and will make your EV customers happy.

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