Electric vehicles: Electric car buying guide
How to buy an electric vehicle, plus car reviews from Tribune newspapers and Cars.com.
2:37 PM EST, January 9, 2013
Lexus on Wednesday unveiled the first official photos of its all-new IS sedan, ahead of the car's world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday.
11:55 AM EST, December 27, 2012
One of the big questions I'm asked is, "Should I buy an electric car?" They're asking, essentially, if they're going to get hosed financially, as well as plunged into range anxiety. In truth, these cars aren't for everybody, but at least one parameter is totally in your favor — maintenance.
9:00 AM EST, January 8, 2013
Electric vehicles and hybrids are quiet — a little too quiet for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
6:50 PM EST, January 4, 2013
Cars.com Expert Reviews
A battery-electric car that accelerates quicker, drives farther and charges faster than any other on the market, the 2012 Tesla Model S is a work in progress whose capacity to evolve is more revolutionary than the fact that it's an electric car.
September 28, 2012
If you're considering a new car purchase, an electric car might be worthy of consideration for the first time since the Turkey Trot was a national craze. While the thought of never visiting a gas station again holds appeal, there are things to consider before you take the plunge.
March 27, 2012
For years, the electric vehicle industry has been eager to build a better electric car battery: one that extends range while having a longer overall life, is affordable, quick-charging and safe.
2:34 PM EST, January 25, 2012
Much of the attention surrounding electric vehicles has been focused on cars like the all-electric Nissan Leaf and range-extended Chevrolet Volt. Ford, meanwhile, has developed a model for those who need more hauling capability by equipping its Transit Connect van with an all-electric drivetrain through a partnership with Azure Dynamics. The Ford Transit Connect Electric is available to both fleet buyers and regular consumers.
December 24, 2011
Those electric vehicles popping up in driveways look a lot like their gas-powered cousins. But under the hood, they're different machines, and their potential problems are foreign to many drivers and mechanics alike.
September 9, 2011
September 8, 2011
When electric car maker Coda Automotive Inc. introduces its first model this year, the independent Southern California manufacturer will pioneer a new EV profile: the unassuming four-door five-seater.
April 21, 2011
The only Mercedes hatchback on the U.S. market, the 2011 B-Class F-Cell, wouldn't be recognizable as a Benz if it weren't for its premium badge.
October 21, 2010
With most cars, idling at the arrival curb of a major metropolitan airport results in an instantaneous visit from the parking police: Whistles blown, arms akimbo, ticket pads drawn.
April 17, 2011
The year 2012 is looking like a huge one for the introduction of electric vehicles. This includes cars that are fully electric, like the Nissan Leaf, and those that are plug-in hybrids, much like the Chevrolet Volt, which operates as a plug-in electric but also has a gasoline engine.
7:00 PM EDT, April 14, 2011
GM and Nissan have electrified not only their cars but visions of the automotive future with this year's release of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. But prices of these and other plug-in electric vehicles may give some buyers electric sticker shock. The Leaf starts at nearly $33,000 and the Volt, which has a backup gas engine, tops $40,000, both higher than the average new car price of roughly $29,000. Other, lesser-known plug-ins are even pricier.
April 17, 2011
J.D. Power and Associates estimates that there are fewer than 1,000 public recharging stations across the U.S., with more than half of them in California.
April 17, 2011
You can count on one hand the number of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles on sale in the U.S.: The Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster. But more, covering the spectrum from small city to luxury performance cars, will join them in the next few years.
April 17, 2011
By the end of 2012 there will be more than a dozen plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads. The starting prices listed here do not include destination charges nor a tax credit of up to $7,500 available on plug-in electrics. A parenthetical denotes the calendar year in which cars not yet on the road will be available.
February 24, 2011
In the hullaballoo surrounding last year's debuts of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, one new electric vehicle was mostly overlooked: The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.
6:28 PM EST, December 8, 2010
No one loves lofty rhetoric and prosaic hyperbole more than car manufacturers. With a dollar for every time a mundane car was described as "exciting," "revolutionary" or "race-inspired," you could pull an Oprah and buy everyone on your block a Lamborghini.
November 2, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Nissan Leaf review
The Nissan Leaf isn't for everybody. I could say the same of any car I review, yet for some reason it seems necessary to remind consumers of this fact when detailing electric cars like the Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.
6:50 PM EST, January 7, 2011
December 23, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Nissan Leaf SL
Although the all-electric Nissan Leaf went on sale in December in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Tennessee, the rest of the country will have to wait until late in 2011 to see how well-suited it is for colder climes.
December 24, 2010
The attraction of a battery-powered electric car is that it doesn't consume one drop of gas, drain the planet of petroleum, or produce harmful exhaust people inhale.
3:13 PM EST, November 11, 2010
Sports cars, true high-end performance machines, are often referred to as dream machines. They wildly exceed everyday expectations, they satisfy fully, and they're unattainable in the real world.
4:30 PM EDT, October 28, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Volt
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt doesn't consume a drop of gas or exhale an ounce of exhaust into the air. But not always.
5:35 PM EDT, September 10, 2010
Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson was skimming the information packet for his Tesla Motors board of directors meeting last year when he hit pay dirt about page 50. Spotting details for the Model S sedan that the electric-car company had on the drawing boards, he knew he had to have one.
July 30, 2010
Test Drive: Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Cars.com has been testing the Japanese version of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV battery-electric vehicle on Chicago streets.
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