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Nissan Has Superfast Charging Plan For New LEAF … It Seems

July 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

For years now, we and many others have been saying that no company can compete with Tesla in the electric car market until they offer a good network of superfast charging stations for their drivers. One year ago, there was no solid information anything like this was in the plans, but one had to think it was. Today, we have news of a coalition of automakers working on it in Europe and ChargePoint and EVgo developing such stations in the US, but it seems that every other automaker is years behind Tesla in this regard. That said, it seems Nissan may be the first to try to compete


Where Tesla Autopilot Truly Shines

July 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

My second "real," long drive on Autopilot (from Wroclaw to Berlin) demonstrated to me two places in which Autopilot is brilliantly lovable. These, imho, are the situations in which Autopilot is like collecting mushrooms in Mario Bros


1st Real Drive With Tesla Autopilot (Including A Few “Warning Shots”)

June 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I first experienced Tesla Autopilot last year, as I wrote in my Tesla Model X review. It was certainly cool and interesting, and a bit nerve-racking. But that was a short test drive on a California highway — not real use. Well, a few guys and I recently got our first Tesla Model S for an intercity Tesla shuttle service we're launching here in Europe (... called Tesla Shuttle), and the Tesla includes Autopilot


Life With The Chevy Bolt — The First 1,200 Miles

June 25th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Kyle Field did a great job reviewing the Bolt, what I thought I'd do here is share some views on why we leased it and also give our hands-on impressions over the last 1,200 miles


Those Wild Electric Cars That Influenced Modern EVs & PHEVs

June 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Along the way on the rebirth of the modern electric vehicle (EV), we've witnessed some "far out" and pretty wild projects. We also saw some of the world's smartest folks pull together top engineers and brilliant ideas. Some of these companies and projects have threatened conventional carmakers inebriated with bottom line profits to the detriment of innovation. Sadly, some of the companies have fallen by the wayside, while other idle, waiting for the right moment to hopefully capitalize on the business sense of their leadership


Nissan’s “Kick Gas” EV Promotion Gives Away Gasoline (#FuelFreedom #KickGas)

June 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

This summer “Kick Gas” — an electric vehicle promotion — aims to speed up the progress into electric, zero-emissions transport. Nissan is giving away free fuel to show more people what life without a gas tank can be like. This "Kick Gas" initiative is coming to several fueling locations in 5 US Northeast cities


Tesla Model 3 vs Acura ILX, Acura TLX, & Acura RLX

June 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In a "Tesla Model 3 Countdown" series we're running this month (and probably next), this is the last in-depth piece I planned to write of how the Tesla Model 3 compares to similar priced and sized gasmobiles. With all of these, I came into the project with an open mind about various objective specs that are important to many car buyers


How Does The Chevy Bolt Compare To The Tesla Model 3?

June 11th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The reality of electric vehicles is that there are many more people who would love to drive an electric vehicle (EV) but aren't doing so today for a number of reasons. Cost and range are the top 2 reasons, with charging being an issue for some buyers as well. The Chevy Bolt was the first mass-produced, widely available, affordable, long-range EV in the US that also happened to offer fast charging. Right on its heels is the Model


Tesla Model 3 vs Lexus ES (& ES Hybrid), Lexus IS, Lexus GS (& GS Hybrid), & Lexus CT Hybrid

June 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Following up on the Tesla Model 3 vs Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi S3 fun, let's dive into another lineup of premium-class sedans and hybrids that the Tesla Model 3 will compete against. Doing things a bit differently this time, let's jump into Lexus sales first. Sales of these 4 Lexus models added up to 119,369 in the US in 2016, about 55,000 more than the Audi A3, A4, and A5 combined (74,579). Combining all of these models, we're up to nearly 200,000 premium sedan sales the Tesla Model 3 could steal some serious revenue from


Electric Car Road Trip — Zoomin’ In The USA (Part 2 of 3)

May 27th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

After switching cars in the morning, leaving the Nissan Leaf and picking up the blue BMW i3 REx, we prepared for the trip to Connecticut. As there would be more than one car travelling, the smaller i3 would be the cargo van, so we filled it with three suitcases and other smaller bags


2017 Chevy Bolt Review Part 2 (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

May 26th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

This article serves as a complement to my first review of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, which was a summary of my takeaways from my first 24 hours with the car. Disclaimer: I didn't sleep in the Bolt, so there's admittedly a gap there in the review process


24 Hours With The 2017 Chevy Bolt (CleanTechnica Review)

May 18th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Many electric vehicle designers felt the need to stand out, to create a design that flies a bold flag to everyone around that proclaims "I'm modern and different!" While this is great for individuals or businesses looking to make a bold proclamation, most people are looking for a car that looks normal, that drives like a normal car with cool features inside that make day-to-day life just a little bit easier


1st Tesla Model 3 Book Is Superb — 3 Reasons Why

May 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The good folks over at EV Annex had a great idea — publish the first Tesla Model 3 book*. When I was introduced to the idea, I thought, "That's a neat idea," but just thought it would be a book about the momentous arrival of the most important electric car in history, a car that is iconic as a symbol of the unprecedented transition from polluting cars to clean cars


Tesla Model X Named Top Overall Pick In AAA’s 2017 Green Car Guide

April 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The Tesla Model X was recently named by the Automobile Association of America (AAA) as the top overall pick in its 2017 Green Car Guide — with the all-electric SUV offering from Tesla besting all of the other EVs, hybrids, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) offerings out there



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