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Search on eBay, and you’ll find dozens of used 2011 Nissan Leaf electric cars priced around $15,000. That’s a great deal—less than half the original sticker price—on a battery-powered five-seat EV with a range of about 80 miles per charge. Three years ago, the earliest of electric car adopters were chomping at the bit...

Review: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Likes: DC fast charging capability Sprinter-class acceleration Guiltless around-town driving Lots of information and displays to monitor energy usage Dislikes: 6-speaker sound system Non-perforated leatherette seats don’t breathe Minimal cabin insulation makes it difficult to converse...

The new BMW i3 is the boldest model to come out of the BMW brand in quite some time now. Green Car Reports is praising this new model and has even put it on its short list of their Best Car to Buy as a nominee amongst 2014 models. Why the Love From Green Car Reports? The BMW i3 is a nominee for the Green Car...

The future sustainable mobility is here and BMW is giving the public a chance to give their new compact EV a brief spin in downtown Los Angeles in conjunction with the L.A. Auto Show.

Life in a Leaf / Fun in my Fiat We recently had the chance to drive not one, but two of the new breed of affordable, every-man electric vehicles: the Nissan Leaf and the Fiat 500e. Rather than extol their various virtues independently, we decided it could be fun to do a head-to-head, scoring each for its strengths and...

Many car buyers are at least considering the purchase of a “greener” car as their daily driver. The idea behind environmentally friendly driving continues to grow, as more plug-in hybrid and electric cars appear in dealer showrooms. But range anxiety invariably edges into your subconscious. Can I make my daily commute...

How far can we drive in a day in a car that only has a range of 70 miles? The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an all-electric vehicle (EV) with a range of approximately 60 miles under optimal conditions and is ideally suited for shorter trips in the urban canyons of big cities due to its diminutive size. We wanted to test this...

Photo credit: Imperial LimoLand Imperial Coach Builders of Springfield, Mo. made headlines in June when it created the world’s first all-electric stretch limousine. “We took a regular Nissan LEAF electric,” said Nathan Daily, the company’s head electrician, “And we cut it into two and basically extended the frame and...

Study: Used Hybrids and Electric Cars Retain Value The economics of buying a fuel-efficient car can be misleading.  Critics of hybrids and electric cars often say, “They’re not worth it.”  That’s because their calculations about payback period—how long it takes to recoup a higher upfront cost—often exclusively look at...

The Nissan Leaf is the car that ushered in the new era of affordable electric vehicles in the 21st century. So, it only makes sense that the electric hatch—capable of about 80 miles of driving on single charge—would figure prominently in an emerging market of used EVs. A year-and-half after the first customer was...

By the end of August, there will be more than 40,000 new plug-in electric cars on American roads. That’s just the beginning of the market for EVs and plug-in hybrids, which is expected to reach one million vehicles in about five years. Quickly following any new automotive market is a growing number of accessories...

Where the Rubber Hits Your MPG Whiz-bang car technology allows hybrids to get 50 mpg, and electric cars to earn the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. But you don’t have to go high-tech to improve your fuel efficiency. Significant gains in mpg are available to anybody paying attention to their tires, no matter what...

Crowning the king of fuel-efficient cars used to be so much easier. But these days, cars that run on less energy often run partly or completely on electricity — which makes MPG a tricky term. After all, a pack of fully charged batteries doesn’t use gallons. As a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created...

In a few weeks, we’ll come upon the four-year anniversary of when candidate Barack Obama proposed that America put 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on our roads by 2015. Even before the sale of the first Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf, most observers knew that hitting the seven-figure mark by 2015 was more aspirational...

In 2012, an American car buyer can choose from among a half-dozen electric cars made by major auto manufactures, such as Nissan and Ford. The impressive capabilities of cars like the Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus Electric underscore how far we’ve come from a generation ago when owning an electric car meant having to...

Today’s electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, have a driving range of about 80 to 100 miles. Simply charging up overnight at home will give you enough electric miles for the vast majority of daily driving. But for those occasions when recharging away from home is necessary, there are a growing...

The new era of affordable plug-in electric cars got off to a start in 2011—most notably with the Nissan LEAF pure EV and the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. The momentum picks up speed in 2012 with the introduction of at least 10 new electric cars. One of the most intriguing is the 2012 Mitsubishi i (formerly i-MiEV). The...

The new wave of electric cars, like the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, have racked up all kinds of awards for their great acceleration and luxury-level driving experience. Yet, the enduring image of electric cars for many people is this 1975 Sebring Vanguard Citicar, which currently has a top bid of $655 on eBay...

The new wave of electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt, have required buyers to sign up online, and wait six months to a year before taking delivery.  But an extraordinarily rare 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric–a brand new all-electric small delivery van–is immediately available on eBay. ...

  1915 Ford Model T The Ford Model T had been available for several years, but in 1915 it crossed the affordability barrier. Its price dropped from $850 in 1908 to $440 in 1915 (about $12k in today’s money). At that price the average worker could now afford a car and Ford sold a half million of them that year. It put...