Kia plans to pursue a “pick your powertrain” policy with the Niro. The hybrid version is now available in the US, and the PHEV version is available in select markets (a Florida dealer told us that it could be special-ordered). The EV version recently went on sale in Korea, and is to arrive in Europe… Read more »
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New York awards 5,750 plug-in rebates in first year of Drive Clean Rebate Program
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that over 5,750 consumers have received plug-in vehicle purchase rebates since the state’s Drive Clean Rebate was launched one year ago. The program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for eligible vehicles. The program has paid out more than $7.5 million in rebates to… Read more »
2017 plug-in sales up 26%, Tesla and Chevy on top
Plug-in sales have failed…to reach the milestone of 200,000 units. Total US sales for 2017 were 199,826 (according to InsideEVs), a 26% increase compared to 2016’s 158,614. Worldwide sales were well over a million. December saw the biggest US monthly sales in history, and was the 27th consecutive month that sales were greater than the… Read more »
Two thumbs up for the Chevy Bolt EV
Here at Charged, we usually write about technical matters and industry trends, and leave the car reviews to others. However, after spending a week with the Chevy Bolt EV, I am moved to write not just a review, but a rave. I’ve driven pretty much every EV that’s widely available in the US, and there’s… Read more »
Hyundai launches Ioniq with three distinct powertrain choices: EV, PHEV and hybrid
In the short history of the modern EV industry, it’s been common for automakers to launch plug-in cars under a new brand or model – particularly those companies who are serious about selling EVs at scale. Or, at least the ones that want to appear serious about selling a lot of EVs. Even though Hyundai… Read more »
Plug-in sales through the roof in 2016 as multiple models set records
December plug-in sales blew away last year’s figure, a cheery finale to a year that saw a huge increase. 159,139 EVs and PHEVs changed hands in 2016, a 37% increase over 2015’s 116,099. A new breeze seems to be blowing through boardrooms around the industry, from Toyota to Chrysler to Ford. As usual, Tesla heads… Read more »
Is Toyota warming up to plug-in vehicles?
Toyota has earned the disapproval of many in the EV community for setting up what many see as an artificial competition among different powertrain technologies. Its execs have made statements disparaging battery EVs, and its Lexus subsidiary has run ads mocking EVs. Lately however, there have been signs that the world’s largest automaker may be… Read more »
Is the Toyota Camry Hybrid the last sedan?
The sedan (or saloon, as our British friends call it), which has been the standard form factor for passenger cars for a century, now seems to be a dying breed, as SUVs and crossovers take over the market. Consumers love the extra space and increased ride height of an SUV, and automakers love the higher… Read more »
New Honda plant in China will “accommodate electrified vehicles”
An electrical current is starting to buzz around the automotive world, as even EV skeptics such as Toyota and Chrysler start to explore more electrified options. Now Honda, one of the largest holdouts, has turned the potentiometer up a millivolt or so, announcing that a planned new Chinese plant “will be designed with a concept… Read more »
Evercar brings its fleet of EVs to Uber, Lyft, Instacart and other on-demand services
Evercar uses short-term rentals to accelerate the potential for electric ride-sharing and delivery services. If it can clear regulatory hurdles, its electric-miles-as-a-service tools could change the growing industry. On paper, EVs seem like the perfect choice for the on-demand economy. In a world where vehicles are being pushed to spend more time on the road… Read more »