Category Archives for "Electric Vehicles"

How Much Do Solar Cars Cost (and Why Put Solar Panels on Cars)?

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Can solar panels help EV’s limited range?

The electric vehicle (EV) and, to a lesser extent, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) market suffer from what’s known in the industry as range anxiety. EV naysayers typically spout off something like, “How much does that solar car cost?” followed by, “You know you can only go 100 miles on one charge, right? What are you gonna do when you’re stuck on the side of the highway?” Are solar the answer? And how much do solar cars cost?Continue reading

New Porsche SuperChargers Aren’t Free

Unlike Tesla, whose SuperChargers are (mostly) free, Porsche is making owners pay up

For their new all-electric Mission E, Porsche recently announced they’ll be building their own supercharger infrastructure. The super-powerful, 800 volt superchargers will be available at Porsche dealerships across the country and, at that size, offer 250 miles of range in about 15 minutes. That’s twice as powerful as Tesla’s 400 volt SuperChargers, which take about 30 minutes to charge up. To put it mildly, Porsche superchargers are crazy fast.

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The Tesla Car in Space is Hurtling Past Earth (For Now…)

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Why would SpaceX launch a Tesla Roadster into space, and where is it now?

SpaceX successfully launched Elon Musk’s own red Tesla Roadster into space, ‘driven’ by a spacesuit-wearing mannequin nicknamed Starman. And after the successful launch, we seemed to all collectively wonder, “What now? Where the heck is this Tesla car in space? Where is it going?” We were also curious if Starman is a good enough driver not to crash into us or anything else in space.

Thankfully, an engineer named Ben Pearson and a team from the University of Toronto decided to answer those questions – and the results are quite surprising.Continue reading

2017 Chevy Bolt: Tesla’s Newest Competitor

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The new Bolt is an affordable EV with great mileage.

General Motors has released its first mass-market fully electric vehicle and sales are picking up steam. The Chevy Bolt, named Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year, is giving electric vehicle heavyweights like Tesla a run for their money. The Bolt is the first economically-priced EV offering more than 200 miles of range in the United States.

We’ll take a closer look at all of the features that GM’s newest model has to offer, and see how it stacks up against competitors in an ever-increasingly hot market of electric cars. Continue reading

The 2018 Nissan LEAF: Everything You Need to Know

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A rundown of Nissan’s newest LEAF model

The Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, and the latest model — with its brand new design and popular features — hit the market in September. The company is famous for bringing EVs to the mass market, but as the industry continues to expand Nissan has to fight to keep its competitive edge. Let’s take a look at the 2018 Nissan LEAF and how it stacks up against its electric competitors.Continue reading

What is the Tesla Model X Price?


Science fiction has become reality with the Tesla Model X, but at quite a price

If you want to know about the Tesla Model X price, you have a wide range of options. Just like their other vehicles, Tesla offers a variety of upgrades and add-ons that jumps the price from $79,500 for the basic model to upwards of $155,000 for the performance model with all the bells and whistles.

If you want to know about the Tesla Model X price, the sky’s the limit. Just like their other vehicles, Tesla offers a wide range of upgrades and add-ons that jumps the price from $79,500 for the basic model to upwards of $155,000 for the performance model with all the bells and whistles.

Of course, with the performance model (P100D), you’re getting the fastest production SUV in the world – a car that can hold its own off the line when pitted against Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and McLarens.

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Are Electric Cars Worth It? 8 Pros and Cons to Help You Decide


Weighing out the good vs bad of electric cars

Electric cars are hot stuff right now and every manufacturer out there seems to be making one. Chevy just released their amazing new Bolt. Volkswagen’s got their new e-Golf. All of Tesla’s models are worthy of jaw-dropping awe. Nissan’s still putting out the LEAF – the bestselling electric vehicle (EV) in history. Yet the question remains: are electric cars worth it?
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What are Advantages and Disadvantages of a Hybrid Car?

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Is a car that draws power from two sources the best of both worlds?

As state and federal laws tighten on carbon emissions and the greater public becomes increasingly focused on reducing pollution and decreasing energy dependence, hybrid cars have made a big splash in the US car market. Auto manufacturers have responded to the increased demand, and new models are being released each year. But to a prospective owner, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a hybrid car?

Is it all good news with hybrids, or are there downsides to these vehicles as well? What is the difference between a hybrid car and an electric car? I’ll cover all the major aspects of these vehicles with an objective lens, breaking down the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid cars.Continue reading

The Rundown on 2017 Electric Car Costs


Comparing the range and cost of EVs currently available

Electric vehicles (EVs) were once an oddity on the roads, but now we see them drive by with regular frequency. The numbers confirm this: sales of EVs are on the rise, jumping 37% from 2015 to 2016 in the US. If you are keen to hop on the bandwagon, your first question may be, “What does an electric car cost?”

We’ve got the the answer to that question and more. Outlined below is a rundown on all the EVs available in 2017, highlighting each car’s availability, maximum range, and efficiency, with a focus on electric car costs and value.

There’s a wide range of options to choose from, as EVs run the gamut from a low of $23,000 to upwards of $140,000 for higher end Teslas. Most, though, sit comfortably between $30k and $40k.

Of course, you generally get what you pay for. As your costs increase, you get more pampering, greater range, and better get-up-and-go.Continue reading

Why You Won’t See the New Prius Solar Roof in the US

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Your questions answered about the Prius Prime’s solar roof

Earlier this year, Panasonic (the same company that manufactures Tesla’s latest low-profile, roof-mounted solar panels) made a pretty exciting announcement. The company developed a new type of PV module specifically meant for the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. Toyota debuted the new car at the New York Auto Show in March 2017. That’s right – there is now a Prius solar roof option for this popular vehicle.

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