Consumer Reports Says Electric and Hybrids Have High Reliability

Consumer Report released their electric car and hybrid reliability report. And the result is both types rank high.

Are you surprised? You shouldn’t. When it comes to reliability and general maintenance, an electric car will give a gasoline counterpart a run for their money. Most Toyota owners of the original RAV4 EV jokingly say the only thing they did on their EVs were changing the tires and put liquid for the windshield the first 60,000 miles. What is more interesting is that hybrid, even with their added complexity, i.e. a gasoline engine and an electric motor working together, are still ranking high in the reliability surveys conducted by Consumer Report.

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Cross-country on Electricity

On Monday, Men’s Health magazine announced a journey most electric car aficionados would enjoy being part of.

The magazine launched its 2012 Electric Car Challenge, a cross-country adventure designed to help maximize the potential of electric vehicles, create a healthier, more satisfying, and more exciting road trip experience, and raise money for an important cause.

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Electric Car Prices Drop In Europe, Will U.S. Follow?

When Renault launched its Zoe electric car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a starting price of little over $21,000 (after the U.K’s plug-in car grant), more than a few jaws hit the floor.

After all, that’s easily the cheapest proper electric car on sale in Europe, and even looks good in the U.S. where prices are typically lower.

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Audi launches A3 e-tron trial program in U.S. cities

Audi will join the list of manufacturers testing electric cars on U.S. roads with a battery-powered A3 hatchback.

Audi is set to become the latest manufacturer to bring an electric car to the United States, albeit on a trial basis. The A3 e-tron will launch in select markets soon, the company said.

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Electric cars: ‘Plug-ins’ look for spark in 2012

Automakers in 2012 will launch 13 plug-in vehicles, running on electricity alone all or most of the time. This is the year that will tell whether the electric car market has a roaring liftoff or a slow-rolling start, analysts say.

It’s early yet, but 2012 is shaping up as a white-knuckle Year 2 for the makers of new “plug-in” vehicles, who have wagered billions that the appeal of new electric-drive technologies will surmount hurdles not only from a weak-as-a-kitten economy, but also from high sticker prices and a spate of unfavorable publicity.

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