2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Portland, Ore. ? With electric vehicle sales doubling in the first six months of 2013 (over 2012) my job has changed. Rather than talking about performance, ride and fuel economy, much of the emphasis has gone to range, charge times and tax incentives. Looking at my log of the cars that my…

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Ford C-Max Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Unless you have been keeping close tabs on Ford, you might have missed their recent flood of frugal vehicles ? there are five variations now. In the last few weeks, we?ve had a chance to drive the Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL, Ford C-Max Energi (a plug-in hybrid), Ford Focus Electric…

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Battery Breakthrough at Washington State

With the scientific world sprinting to build a better battery, researchers at Washing State University in Pullman, announced a breakthrough technology that could triple the capacity of lithium-ion batteries. If the technology can be applied successfully, it could mean possibly tripling electric vehicle range and usage times of battery-powered devices like cell phones and laptop…

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GM Plans for Recycling Volt Batteries

If you think having to recycle all your old remote control batteries is a pain, can you imagine what will happen in a few years when batteries from Chevy Volts have to be replaced? General Motors is already working on that situation and has signed a definitive agreement with ABB Group to identify joint research…

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Rolls-Royce to Unveil All-Electric Phantom

Electric Roll-Royce to preview in Geneva Rolls-Royce has built a one-off electric vehicle called the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE): code named the 102EX.The EE is the world?s first ultra-luxury battery electric vehicle and will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on the first of next month….

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Test Drive: Nissan Leaf

Franklin, Tenn. ? Driving the new electric Nissan Leaf was no different than driving any other midsize sedan.? I slid behind the wheel into the somewhat futuristic looking interior with the key fob in hand. ?I dropped the key fob into one of the compartments in the center console, buckled my shoulder belt, adjusted the…

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