Installing a reasonably quick home charger is the first priority for most new electric car owners, but the ability to easily charge up away from home adds another dimension to ownership. Unfortunately public charging station access is not yet standardised, and as with the cars themselves there are a number of companies – operators – vying for your business. The inconvenience of this scenario arises from the need to
Performance isn’t widely associated with hybrid technology – how could it be when the most well-known car in the segment is the Toyota Prius? But the versatility of electric motors, and specifically the many ways in which they can be used to aid a range of combustion engines, means that speed and power are just as attainable through hybrid technology as huge fuel efficiency is. This
Plug-in hybrid SUVs may be the most fashionable green cars right now, but choice for pure electric car buyers is also set to grow wider in the coming year. After a slow start, Germany’s heavyweights will bring their first zero-emissions offerings to the US, each with a markedly different approach. Pace, practicality, and desirability will all feature, but it’s debatable whether one car alone boasts all three attributes.
Electric car sales are growing in the US. It’s not what you’d call an explosion – 52,581 cars were sold by the major automakers in 2012, with that figure roughly doubling to 97,507 last year – but a steady adoption as more people see the virtues of these cars and the ease with which they can fit around their lifestyles. It already looks as if electric
Long charging times are one of the most significant drawbacks of electric cars, but which cars get you back on the road fastest? These are the top five fastest charging electric cars on sale, although they come with a few caveats. Many manufacturers recommend charging from a 240-volt source (known as Level 2 – see our charging guide), rather than a standard 110-volt household outlet. This
Hybrid cars come in a variety of shapes of sizes, but the most important difference is that some need to be plugged in to charge their battery while others will do it on the move. Both full hybrids (the ones that don’t require plugging in) and plug-in hybrids have their advantages, but perhaps two young children and a dog is enough for the moment without having