What will a fuel-efficient, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric car be like to own? Dig into this section for useful data on maintenance and repair costs, insurance premiums, reliability records, and customer satisfaction scores.
Insurance for Electric Cars
Data from Consumer Reports and The Zebra suggest EVs cost more to insure than gasoline vehicles. But they should, over the life of the vehicle, still cost less to operate thanks to lower fuel and maintenance costs.
How Much Does Towing Affect Range?
Some EV pickup truck owners have been disappointed with the range their electric trucks deliver while towing. We take a closer look at the factors that affect range, how to maximize it, and your other options.
Leasing Lets You Claim the $7,500 EV Tax Credit
How do you claim the full $7,500 EV tax credit? The list of EVs that qualify for the $7,500 EV tax credit is a short one now that the government's latest regulations have been implemented. However, almost all electric cars qualify for the full EV credit if you lease.
Lexus and ChargePoint Partner for Home Charging
If you're buying an electric car, you should also be thinking about purchasing and installing a home charger. Home charging is cheaper, more convenient, and better for your car. Lexus has partnered with ChargePoint to offer chargers and installation to purchasers of its new RZ 450e electric SUV.
Road Trip: L.A. to Vegas in the MINI Cooper S Electric
What's it like to drive a MINI Cooper S Electric, which has a EPA-rated range of just 114 miles, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas? Where do you stop and charge? Read on to find out.
What You Need to Know About EV Tires
If you drive an electric car, you may find yourself wearing out tires a lot faster than you were used to with a gasoline vehicle – and spending a bit more on tires in general. We explain why - and help you choose the best replacement tires for your EV.
Why You Should Pay Attention to Recall Notices
If you’ve purchased an EV, or if you are investigating one, it is worth checking to ensure that the vehicle in question doesn't have any open recalls. We explain how - and what to look out for.
How Much Cheaper is it to Drive Electric?
For their recent report, called “The True Cost,” Clean Energy Canada analyzed a number of popular electric vehicle models, comparing their total ownership costs with that of their closest gasoline equivalents. Without exception, they discovered that driving electric was financially rewarding.
How Car Dealers are Servicing Electric Cars
Electric vehicles don’t need regular oil and other fluid changes, so what does that mean for dealership service departments? Well, electric cars still have tires, brakes, and other car parts - we explain servicing in this article.
How Much Does It Cost to Maintain an EV?
Electric cars are mechanically much more simple than gasoline cars, with fewer moving parts. But they are still cars – with wheels, tires, brakes, suspensions, windows, heating and cooling systems, and, of course, ever more complex electronics. We discuss maintenance costs in this article.
What to Consider When Buying a Used Electric Car
While buying a used electric vehicle isn’t that different from buying a used gasoline vehicle, there are some EV nuances you should be aware of, so that you have the best experience possible.
How to Repair a Crashed Electric Car
When it comes to repairing a highly-electrified vehicle, there are some considerations you should be aware of when choosing a repair facility to ensure your vehicle is returned to you as safe as when it was new.
Five Ways to Improve Your EV Range
Want to extend your electric car's range? These five simple tips will help you eke out a few more miles from each charge. By driving conscientiously and making use of all your EV's features, you'd be surprised how much further you can go.
Owner's Story: Oleh's Volkswagen e-Golf
Before going electric, Oleh Hankivsky was a diesel devotee. But in 2017, Oleh decided to be one of the first people to lease a Volkswagen e-Golf, which had just hit the market.
Tips for Driving Your EV in the Winter
We all know that cold weather can reduce the range of an electric vehicle. Here are five tips to increase your electric vehicle’s range, and to make winter driving more convenient.
How Electric Car Maintenance Works
Electric cars with all their amazing technology are really quite simple to maintain and cost roughly one third of what you’d typically spend to keep a gas-powered car serviced. Here's what to look out for.
Owner's Story: Amber's Chevy Bolt
We recently interviewed Amber, a mental health therapist who lives in Ashland, Oregon, with her husband and two amazing daughters, about her experience buying and owning a Chevy Bolt.
Five Tips for Buying an Electric Car
By the year 2030, electric vehicle will eclipse the sales of gasoline-powered vehicles. For those of you who are interested in buying an electric car, we have some handy tips to make your purchase easier.
Owner's Story: Dave's Toyota Prius
When Dave and his wife traded in a VW Passat wagon for the brand-new Spectra Blue Prius in late 2008, it was the first new car they had ever purchased. The 110 horsepower Toyota would never set any speed records. Instead, it would serve as a workhorse for the whole family.