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2014 Electric Cars in Production and Today's EV News


 The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

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Who Wins Electric-Car Brand Battle? BMW, Tesla Have The Buzz Now(August 26) - While more than a dozen plug-in electric cars are now sold in the United States, only three carmakers--Chevrolet, Nissan, and Tesla--have emerged as volume players, with BMW perhaps intending to become the fourth. The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf still maintain an overall sales lead, but are they losing to BMW and Tesla in the more subjective arena of popular appeal? Complete Story  
 
China's BYD Posts Better Electric Car Sales in First Half of Year
(August 26) - China's leading producer of electric cars, said its sales of the vehicles rose sixfold during the first half of the year, after moves by Beijing to encourage more sales of green cars to tackle air pollution. Still, the jump—which brought BYD's first-half sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars to roughly 7,600—wasn't big enough to signal mass-market demand for the pricey cars, analysts said. Complete Story

What happens when a Tesla fanboy meets the Mercedes-Benz electric car
(August 20) - When Mercedes-Benz contacted me last month to ask whether I would be interested in driving its new B-class electric, I thought they were either too sure of themselves or foolish. Why else would they ask a self-proclaimed Tesla fanboy to reconsider his “breakup” with them? In February 2013, I wrote that after driving my Model S, I couldn’t drive my Mercedes–Benz any more — it was like listening to an old cassette tape. I compared my Tesla to a supermodel working a Paris catwalk and the Porches and Ferraris owned by my friends to supercharged lawn mowers. Complete Story
              
GM's 200-Mile Electric Car For 2017: What We Know So Far
(August 20) - The arrival of a moderately-priced battery electric car with a rated range of 200 miles will change the entire market for plug-in vehicles. When that will happen, and from which maker, remains open--though the likely suspects are Nissan, Tesla, and General Motors, with BMW as a long-shot outsider. With GM's then-CEO Dan Akerson having referred to a $30,000 200-mile battery-electric car several times last year, the rumor mills began to buzz. Complete Story
 
Silicon Valley Spawns Another Electric Car Company
(August 20) - Starting in 2015, however, if all goes according to plan, Tesla will no longer be the only auto company making electric cars in Northern California. Last week Renovo Motors unveiled the 2015 Renovo Coupe, a 500-horsepower electric sports car that the company says goes from 0 to 100 kph in less than 3.4 seconds (that’s 0.8 seconds faster than the Tesla Model S and 0.3 seconds faster than the Roadster), and can fast-charge in 30 minutes. Complete Story
 
The Volkswagen XL1
(July) - The VW XLI is one of the most efficient production cars in the known universe. With a two-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine, an electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid will travel on an astounding 0.9 L/100 km, while emitting just 24 g/km C02. And with a sleek and sporty, lightweight design, it’s clear that the XL1 is the most amount of fun, on the least amount of fuel. Video and Photos 

             
What are the Tax Credits for Electric and Plugin Hybrids

Federal Tax Credit for Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) purchased in or after 2014 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to fuel the vehicle.  Small neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify for this credit
. Tax Table



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