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Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017

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Videos Chevy plug-in cars Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To Buy Chevrolet BoltEach year, Green Car Reports chooses a new car, or a family of cars, as the best green car introduced in that model year.

Green Car Reports 2017 Best Car To Buy nominee: Chevy Bolt EV

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Chevy plug-in cars Awards Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyThe announcement of the Chevrolet Bolt concept car came like a thunderclap at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. After unveiling the 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, General Motors CEO Mary Barra rolled out a bright orange five-door hatchback electric car. It would have 200 or more miles of range, she said, for a price starting at $37,500 before.

Green Car Reports' 2017 Best Car To Buy nominee: Tesla Model X

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plug-in cars Awards Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyPretty much any Tesla electric car is bound to start a conversation. The low, tiny 2008 Roadster, the sleek and Jaguar-esque 2012 Model S sedan, or the company's latest car, the 2016 Model X crossover utility vehicle. But as we experienced first-hand, the Model X has the most attention-getting device of any Tesla ever sold. DON'T MISS: 2016 Tesla.

Chevrolet Volt: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2016

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Plug-In Hybrids Chevy Volt plug-in cars GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyEvery year, Green Car Reports picks a new car or model line that we feel is the best green car for that new model year. This year, we picked a car that's the all-new version of one that was revolutionary when it was introduced several years ago. The latest version improves on it in pretty much every dimension. This year, the Green Car Reports Best.

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Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Chevrolet Volt

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But it didn't win that year's Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy award, because we deemed the world's first mass-priced high-volume battery-electric car more significant. Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyThe first Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car won all sorts of awards in 2011, the year it was introduced.

Electric Car Drivers Love 'Em, But Don't Buy 'Em: Why Leasing Rules

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It turns out that the majority of drivers currently lease their plug-in cars, rather than buy. Green Leasing car buying plug-in carsElectric-car drivers love their vehicles, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're interested in long-term commitments. Excluding Tesla (which does not release detailed sales information), leasing represents about 75 percent of the electric-car market.

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Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2016 Award: Nominees Coming Next Week

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And that means it's time once more for our annual Best Car To Buy award. Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyWe find ourselves, once more, in December, the last month of another year. Somewhat to our surprise, this is now the sixth time we've chosen the one car or lineup--newly introduced for the coming model year--that represents the best new green car to enter the market. DON'T.

Consumer Reports: avoid buying used 2014 BMW i3 electric cars

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car buying Used Cars Consumer Reports plug-in carsThe BMW i3 electric car has been on sale in the U.S. since May 2014, meaning some of the earliest examples are now likely turning up on used-car lots. So does BMW's radical electric city car make a good used-car purchase? If you are planning on going that route, it might be best to avoid the earliest cars available, suggests Consumer Reports.

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Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy: The Also-Rans That Didn't Make It

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As promised, we'll be announcing our nominees for the Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy award this week. GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyBut first, it's time note all those candidates that didn't make the final cut. This year, we're explaining why each one isn't on the final nominees list. Remember, to qualify for consideration, a car must be all-new or substantially.

Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Toyota Prius

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Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyThe Toyota Prius hybrid occupies a special niche in automotive history. It's the world's best-known and best-selling hybrid car, and it's the halo vehicle for one of the world's three largest automakers. This year, there's an all-new 2016 Prius, and it's quite a different car from its predecessors across three generations. DON'T MISS: Green Car.

Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Honda Civic

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Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyIt's important to understand how important a car the Honda Civic compact sedan is in the U.S. market. Between the Civic sedan and its coupe sibling, Honda sells more than 300,000 of them a year--or roughly 20 times this year's sales of the Chevy Volt. The Civic nameplate is more than 40 years old, and it's stood for smart, relatively.

One of these 3 cars will be Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017

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Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyThe past year has been one of anticipation among green-car advocates, who've spent many months waiting for certain vehicles to emerge into production. At the start of the year, it was the Tesla Model X luxury electric utility vehicle, built in very low numbers for several months at the end of 2015. These days, it's the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Electric-car group buying programs spread into new states

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Group-buying programs have proven to be a very effective tool to get more people to purchase and drive electric cars. These programs—typically partnerships between local governments and dealers, but sometimes undertaken by private groups—leverage collective buying power to lower vehicle prices for individual consumers.

Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid And Plug-In Hybrid

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GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyHyundai is widely viewed as one of the most aggressive car companies in the world. In global industry terms, it's relatively young, having designed and sold its first car only in 1975. But the South Korean company has ambitious plans, including many on the green-car front; it wants to have the industry's second-widest array of green cars.

Good Time To Buy Another VW: $2,000 Loyalty Bonus For Owners

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car buying VW Incentives and Rebates Volkswagen diesel scandalThe ongoing VW diesel emissions scandal is causing considerable stress for owners of the 482,000 affected Volkswagen TDI models in the U.S. But current owners of VWs--diesel or otherwise--could benefit from the situation, to some extent, in one very specific way. That's because Volkswagen is willing to throw cash at them to keep them in the fold.

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Could Google Buy Tesla? Should It?

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But last week, a Forbes contributor suggested an intriguing notion: Should search giant Google buy Tesla? Speculating on what will happen to Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] can be endlessly entertaining, and the discussions have taken up terabytes of server space already. The conventional wisdom has been that ultimately, Tesla''s backers and board will

How To Quit Smoking: Buy An Electric Car?

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There''s now a small amount of anecdotal evidence that buying an electric car may help you quit smoking. Electric cars are good for the environment, but could they also benefit the health of the people who drive them? CHECK OUT: Raw Diesel Fumes Worse Than Second-Hand Smoke, Says W.H.O. It comes from a newsletter issued by advocacy group Plug-In

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French oil company Total agrees to buy battery maker Saft

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Now French oil and gas company Total has agreed to buy. Energy storage has never been the subject of more research, capital investment, and business interest than it's experiencing in this decade. With lithium-ion cells at the forefront of both electric cars and stationery batteries used to store renewable energy for later use, batteries are hot. Green battery pack energy infrastructure energy storage lithium-ion oil

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Buying Electric Cars: Quebec Launches Carrot-And-Stick Program

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But could penalizing them for buying gas guzzlers produce similar results? Financial incentives and perks like access to carpool lanes have become a powerful tool in encouraging people to switch to electric cars. SEE ALSO: Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, Nov 2014: L-E-A-F Spells Consistency Quebec is launching a carrot-and-stick system of

What will VW do with 400,000 dirty diesel cars it buys back?

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Right up top is the requirement that Volkswagen buy back at least 85 percent of the affected VW and Audi vehicles fitted with its TDI 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines.

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Electric Car: Lease Or Buy?

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Should you lease or buy? You''re considering a plug-in electric car. It''s a question that all new-car shoppers face--but for electric cars, there are some special considerations. Each financing option has its pros and cons, so we''ve outlined the reasons you might opt for each alternative. LEASING The Federal income-tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 is

Should I Buy A Used Nissan Leaf (Or Another Electric Car)?

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About 15 million people buy a new vehicle in the U.S. each year, on average--but almost 40 million buy used cars in that same year. Should you buy one? Modern electric cars have been sold in the U.S. since December 2010. Not surprisingly, they're started to show up on used-car lots. The answer, of course, depends on your individual needs. But a. Used Cars plug-in cars certified used Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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When can I buy a Chevy Bolt EV electric car? See state-by-state schedule

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Last month, the first Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars were sold in California's Silicon Valley. Electric-car advocates and buyers across the U.S. now want to know when they too can expect to take delivery of their 238-mile electric hatchbacks. And as numerous comments and e-mails from readers attest, some Chevy dealers don't seem to have a clue. dealers Chevy plug-in cars dealerships Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Chevrolet Bolt

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Tips For Buying a Used Golf Cart

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Buying a used golf cart can be a very confusing undertaking. Here are some tips to help you avoid disappointment

2016 Chevrolet Volt: Gas Mileage Review

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We gave it our Best Car To Buy 2016 award, and we've written that it's better in pretty much every way than the innovative first-generation Volt. Plug-In Hybrids Chevy Volt plug-in cars Range-Extended Electric Vehicle GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyBy now, it's hardly a secret that we're big fans of the redesigned second-generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.

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Science Guy Bill Nye buys Chevy Bolt EV, his seventh electric car

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Bill Nye, better known as "The Science Guy" on the popular PBS children's series that bears his name, loves electric cars. He drove one of only a few hundred original GM EV1 two-seat electric cars almost 20 years ago. Three weeks ago, he took delivery of a brand-new "Kinetic Blue" 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV—and he says he couldn't be happier. California Chevy EV1 plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2015

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Our Best Car To Buy award can go one of several ways here on Green Car Reports. Sometimes it goes to a moonshot car, like the first Nissan Leaf (in 2011) or the Tesla Model S (in 2013).

2015 Kia Soul EV: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

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The fourth of our five nominees for Green Car Reports'' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Kia Soul EV. DON''T MISS: Green Car Reports'' 2015 Best Car To Buy: The It''s the Korean maker''s first-ever electric car sold in the U.S., and an adaptation of the popular compact "tall wagon" that was entirely redesigned for the 2014 model year.

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Audi Buys Patents For Fuel-Cell Technology From Ballard Systems

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Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota have made most of the headlines in hydrogen fuel-cell development lately, but the Volkswagen Group may soon increase its presence. Audi announced today that it will acquire a package of patents from fuel-cell company Ballard Power Systems, which it says will be applied across all VW Group brands. DON''T MISS: Audi A7

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Past Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy winners: the recap

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On Monday, Green Car Reports will name its 2017 Best Car To Buy. Chevy Volt Awards GCR Best Car to Buy Best Car To BuyIt will be the seventh time we've given the award, and it's worth looking back to see how far green cars have progressed in those seven years. We were lucky to start the award in 2011, the year two remarkable cars arrived on global markets: the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. DON'T.

Who Buys Used Teslas? Younger, More Middle-Class Buyers, Analysis Says

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But who are the people who are actually buying those. It's now pretty clear that used electric cars in the mass market depreciate more rapidly than their gasoline counterparts, even after netting out the effect of financial incentives. Early data shows the 200-mile-plus Tesla Model S, on the other hand, holds its value as a used car much better. Used Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Young Buyers

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Why to buy that electric-car charging station (or electric motorcycle) this month

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With any new presidential administration comes a certain degree of legislative uncertainty. Conflicting statements on many issues by president-elect Donald Trump have produced more questions than usual about what policies he and his administration may pursue. But for present and future electric-car owners considering the purchase of a home. Politics incentives tax credit taxes plug-in cars Charging station EVSE Donald Trump

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A dealer trainer tried to buy a car; he now calls car dealers 'clueless'

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In an ongoing battle with Tesla Motors, state auto dealer associations have continually touted the superiority of the traditional franchised dealer model. While surveys have shown that many car buyers are frustrated with the process, dealers claim Tesla's direct sales model does not benefit customers. But the experience of one dealer trainer. dealers dealerships Car Sales Bad dealers

What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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Buying Plug-In Hybrids dealers plug-in cars dealerships TexasYour mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make Tom Cruise proud, I accepted the mission. But first, a bit of perspective: in 2005 I had set out to purchase a Mercury Mariner Hybrid. I had done my homework, and knew exactly.

Who Buys Plug-In Electric Cars, And Why? CA Report Explains It All For You

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roads--and we''re learning more about who buys them, and why. MORE: Green Car People: Who Buys Within two or three months, there will be more than 200,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. California''s Center for Sustainable Energy released a new report this month that depicts the owners of different models having different reasons for their purchases.

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Should GM Buy Tesla? What Would Be The Pros And Cons?

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The suggestion hit the day before Christmas: Analyst Yra Harris of Praxis Trading predicted in a CNBC interview that General Motors might buy Tesla Motors sometime in 2014. Harris called it "a perfect fit" for one of the three largest carmakers in the world to buy the closely-watched Silicon Valley electric-car startup.

Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2014: The Nominees

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We''re heading into the last two months of the year, which means it''s time for our annual Best Car To Buy award. This is our award that picks one vehicle--or a line of vehicles--that we consider to be the greenest new vehicle(s) launched for the new model year. That means they have to be all-new or substantially updated from 2013 models.) How do

Four large West Coast cities unite to buy 24,000 electric cars

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When it comes to policy efforts aimed at promoting electric cars, the focus is usually on private passenger vehicles. But to cut carbon emissions in a meaningful way, policymakers will have to look at other types of vehicles as well. That includes the thousands of cars and light trucks in the municipal fleets of large cities. DON'T MISS: BYD. Los Angeles California portland san francisco fleet sales plug-in cars Seattle cities fleet Washington State Oregon

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Buying An Electric Car: Why Charging Rate, DC Quick-Charging Matter

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But when it comes to buying your first electric car, there are a few things you need to know about charging. We all know how to compare horsepower, acceleration, and gas mileage. Practical car buyers know to look at cargo volume, too. Like the better-known measurements, the rate at which a plug-in car can charge its battery is a specification you.

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More Informed Car Buyers Don't Need Salesmen, But 'Facilitators'

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Buying car buying dealers Tesla Motors dealershipsCar buyers today have far more information than they did just 15 years ago, and they're using it. Google says that three-quarters of all auto shoppers now do hours of research before they ever visit a dealer. They can find some information on dealer invoice prices--though not necessarily all the various incentives that particular dealer may have.