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Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Owners Could Pay Additional Taxes

2013 Nissan Leaf If you live in a state that charges gasoline tax and you drive an electric or hybrid vehicle, you may have to start paying extra fees. ABC News reports that North Carolina, along with some other states, is considering legislation that would charge fees to electric and hybrid car drivers. Many states depend on a gas tax to fund road maintenance. With more fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles on the road, state governments who charge this tax aren’t receiving ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet Spark EV Earns Better MPGe Rating than Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e and Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV has earned a 119 mpg-equivalent combined city/highway fuel economy rating from the EPA, Chevrolet says in a statement. The subcompact Spark EV is expected to travel 82 miles on a fully-charged battery. The Spark EV edges out the 2013 Honda Fit EV, which has a 118 combined mpg-e rating, the 2013 Fiat 500e’s 116 mpg-e and the 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s 112 mpg-e, but is beaten by the 2013 Scion iQ EV’s ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, electric cars, Fuel Economy, Chevrolet Spark EV

i3 Prototype Showcases BMW's Future

BMW i3, BMW, i3 Concept Coupe Last year, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show. BMW i is a new subdivision of BMW that will introduce electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to the automaker’s lineup. BMW released a statement last December confirming that production of the electric i3 will start by the end of 2013. Elaborating on the release date, Car and Driver reports that the i3 will hit U.S. dealers in early 2014. Some sources have detailed a ... continue reading»

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Government Touts Electric Vehicles at Washington Auto Show

The U.S. Department of Energy outlined ambitious goals to increase the use of electric vehicles and reduce battery costs for consumers at the Washington, D.C. Auto Show. Dr. David Danielson, the assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said Thursday at a press conference at the auto show that electric vehicles are “an essential part” of the Obama administration’s all-encompassing approach to reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels. Danielson also spoke about the government’s ... continue reading»

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Nissan Announces Price Drop for 2013 Leaf

Nissan says that when the 2013 Nissan Leaf goes on sale, it will have a lower starting price, more cargo space and a new onboard charger that reduces the Leaf’s charge time and helps improve its range. One of the major changes to the 2013 Leaf is a 6.6 kW onboard charger. According to Nissan, the new charger not only shortens the 220-volt charging time from about eight hours to four hours, but by moving the charger to ... continue reading»

Tags: Model Updates, Nissan LEAF, Model News, electric cars

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