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Eight States to Begin Major EV Push

2013 Nissan Leaf 2014 Nissan Leaf It may soon be a lot easier and cheaper to buy and own an electric vehicle. Eight governors signed a cooperative agreement Thursday to boost sales of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Their plan, which will be developed over the next six months, is expected to drastically increase the number of charging stations and offer new financial incentives for car buyers. The governors’ goal is to start increasing sales now and eventually ... 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

EV Owners are Smarter and Richer Than the Rest of Us

Want to look smarter and richer? Buy an electric vehicle. A new survey says that electric car owners tend to be wealthier and better-educated than the average American driver. A study by the Electric Vehicle Information Exchange surveyed 970 respondents, most of whom reported some interest in electric vehicles. According to the survey results, respondents who already lease or own electric vehicles tend to be "very well-educated, upper-middle class, white men in their early 50’s with ideal living situations ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Green Cars, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF, Hybrid Cars, Hybrids, electric cars

Will Electric Car Discounts Shock Sales?

With their relatively high prices, electric cars and hybrids have struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. Automakers are hoping that lowering prices will spur sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt extended range plug-in hybrid.   The Associated Press reports, "Nissan is offering cheap leases and big discounts on the Leaf because of slow sales of the all-electric car." According to the AP, in August, Nissan offered discounts that were $2,400 more than the ... continue reading»

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2013 Honda Fit EV Gets 118 Mpg-e Rating

The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the fuel economy equivalency of the 2013 Honda Fit EV. The all-new electric car will get 132/105/118 mpg-e city/highway/combined, making it the most efficient small electric car in its class. Mpg-e (miles per gallon-equivalent) is how fuel economy is calculated for electric cars. Since electric cars use no gas, their energy consumption is displayed as a comparison to a conventional gas-powered car. In real-world driving, the Fit EV can travel ... continue reading»

Tags: EPA, Nissan LEAF, Model News, Mitsubishi i, 2013 Honda Fit EV

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