Retroactive federal tax credit now available for EV charging stations

If we’re going to drive off a cliff, at least we can do so with our batteries fully charged. As part of the agreement that slammed on the brakes just short of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the federal government reinstated a tax credit for EV charging stations that had expired at the end of 2011…. Read more »

EPA certifies Ford Fusion Energi’s 21-mile electric range

According to the EPA, Ford’s new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has a range of 21 miles in electric-only mode, and a 620-mile range using dino juice. With a 100 MPGe combined fuel economy rating, there’s no doubt that the new sedan is a gas saver. In fact, Ford is making fuel economy a centerpiece of… Read more »

Plug-in Cadillac debuts in Detroit

GM unveiled what you might call “the Cadillac of plug-in vehicles” at this week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2014 ELR luxury coupe is a plug-in hybrid, or an Extended Range Electric Vehicle, as GM prefers to call it. Developed from the Converj Concept, first shown in Detroit in 2009, the ELR… Read more »

BYD delivers 500 e6 electric cars to Shenzhen Police

Can you imagine police officers giving up their massive Crown Victorias for electric hatchbacks? In China, they just might. Chinese automaker BYD delivered 500 pure electric e6 police vehicles to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau this week. The local cops love the virtually silent engine, according to the company. The five-seat e6 has a… Read more »

VW introduces a plug-in diesel SUV concept in Detroit

All in blue, this German miss made her debut this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The CrossBlue concept is a midsize crossover SUV that Volkswagen developed for the North American market. Under the hood, she’s a plug-in hybrid with a diesel engine, two electric motors and an all-wheel-drive system.  … Read more »