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Tesla alternatives: Four cheap electric cars

May 29th, 2013
Leasing an electric car isn't just a pricey option for the rich. In fact, there are some very reasonably priced options out there.


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Tesla repays government loan early, a boost for electric cars

May 23rd, 2013
Tesla is proving that a U.S. electric car company can succeed. It paid off a $465 million loan nine years early. [Read more]
    




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Can Electric-Car Maker Tesla’s Shares Stay White-Hot?

May 17th, 2013
Shares of electric-car maker Tesla zoomed 14.4% Monday, continuing a streak that started last week with the announcement of the company's first profitable quarter.

Tesla closed Monday at $87.80, up 57% from $55.79 a share Thursday before its first-quarter earnings report.

The investor interest in the California-based electric-car maker also follows a glowing review of its only model, the Model S sedan, on Friday from Consumer Reports magazine.

Investors are liking what they saw in the details of the electric-car maker's earnings report. The $11 million first-quarter profit shattered the assumption that no automaker can make money selling small numbers of plug-in cars. And Tesla posted a 17% gross profit margin, using American workers, in an industry in which 10% is considered outstanding.

"There's a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for this car and this company," said Theodore O'Neill, founder of Litchfield Hills Research. "How far can Tesla go? As far as they want to go."

As impressive as its first quarter looked, it's going to be a long road. Tesla's fortunes are tied to its only car, the Model S, which ranges from $70,000 before tax credits to more than $100,000. The car can go 230 to 300 miles on a charge. Consumer Reports called it the best car it has tested since 2007, giving it a score of 99 out of 100.

But Tesla has to show it can be consistently profitable with a single product that is priced so high that most buyers can't afford it. There are questions, too, about whether it can keep its order books full, or whether the number of people who crave electric cars is limited.

CEO Elon Musk has noted the affordability problem and said he hopes to create a mass-market Tesla, but that it is still three or four years away.

Tesla sold 4,900 electric cars over the first...



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Cheaper EV Charging System Can Charge Electric Cars 4 Times Faster

May 7th, 2013

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Charging time and cost are two of the biggest obstacles facing electric vehicle battery technology today. Fortunately, researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden just developed an integrated motor drive and battery charger that can shorten charging time from eight hours to two while reducing overall cost by $2,000.

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Tesla Model S Named 2013 World Green Car of the Year!

March 30th, 2013

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This week, the all-electric Tesla Model S was named the 2013 World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show! With a sleek design and a battery range of up to 285 miles on a single charge, the Model S beat out the all-electric Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid to win the prestigious award. Despite a highly-publicized debate between Tesla founder Elon Musk and the New York Times over the car’s range, the Model S is one of the hottest electric cars on the market today, and this award will further solidify its status as one of the top green cars currently in production.

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Which of These 3 Vehicles Should Win the 2013 World Green Car of the Year Award?

March 26th, 2013

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The 2013 World Green Car of the Year will be announced later this week at the New York International Motor Show, and the three finalists have been named. Vying for the prized title are two all-electric cars—the luxury Tesla Model S and the more modest Renault Zoe—alongside the Volvo V60 plug-in diesel hybrid. For US drivers, the question may be somewhat academic; the Renault Zoe is presently only available in Europe, while the Volvo V60 hybrid was available in Europe, until it sold out for this production year. But each of the impressive vehicles bring their own unique offerings to the green car market – read on to learn more about these finalists, and vote for your favorite!

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B.C. adds 12 fast-charging stations for electric cars

January 18th, 2013

Electric car owners in British Columbia will get a real charge out of this — the provincial government is spending $1.3 million to set up fast-charging stations in 12 communities.



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Seven Sizzling Hybrid and Electric Cars from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

January 16th, 2013

US Safety Agency Wants Hybrid and Electric Cars to Make More Noise

January 8th, 2013

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Most hybrid and electric cars don’t combust fuel at slow speeds, which makes them virtually silent. It’s a peaceful way to travel, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fears that these vehicles may be too quiet for pedestrians and cyclists to detect. The U.S. government safety agency has proposed a new rule that would make it mandatory for eco-friendly cars to make a noise at speeds under 18 miles per hour, as a way to warn foot traffic.

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The NHTSA’s studies have found that at low speeds, hybrid and electric vehicles make very little noise. When masked by regular street sounds, the eco-vehicles can sometimes sneak up on pedestrians, cyclists and the visually impaired, increasing the risk of accidents.

Under the NHTSA’s suggestion, automobile manufacturers will have a range of sounds that they may implement for their hybrid and electric cars. The sounds would be inspired by motors or mechanical sounds (so sadly, the dream of a musical car engine isn’t in the making). The NHTSA suggests that the vehicles should emit a sound audible enough to be heard over regular street noises from zero to nineteen miles per hour.

The proposal isn’t an official auto industry rule yet, and it’s open for public debate for the next sixty days. The NHTSA hypothesizes that this simple step could prevent 2,800 pedestrian and cyclist accidents per year.

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Electric cars may get noisier

January 7th, 2013
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed new safety standards that set minimum sound requirements for electric and hybrid cars when operating below 18 mph to protect pedestrians.


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