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Tesla's long awaited Model S has finally been EPA tested and it appears all those 'pie in the sky' range claims have been validated. The EPA's new test for EVs--more stringent than before--has pegged the top-end, 85 kWh battery Model S to have a range of 265 miles. Not bad.

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No matter what the outcome of the investigation into a recent Chevrolet Volt fire following an NHTSA crash test, the discussion about the Volt and its battery is already proving useful.

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It's no secret that EVs are cheaper to drive per mile than gas vehicles. If you're driving a petrol-powered car, you're paying more for your energy than the guy next to you in a Nissan Leaf. But, EVs could also house a golden goose that can actually make money for their owners.

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The 2012 Nissan Leaf will be shipping with a few changes -- most having to do with heat. Last winter, there were reports that the all-electric Leaf was unable to cope with freezing temperatures, consequently lowering operating range to nearly 30 miles. To make the Leaf a more competent winter driver, Nissan has installed battery-heating equipment to every Nissan Leaf battery pack, which should improve cold weather driving range. Also, Nissan added a great deal of heating equipment for passenger

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The EPA has finally weighed in with its (long awaited) fuel economy numbers for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. While the results are impressive – 93 and 99 miles per gallon equivalent for each of the two vehicles, respectively – the more important story is that consumers are likely to remain confused about just how fuel-efficient this new automotive technology is.

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California commuters will either celebrate or curse SB 535, a new law that extends hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles' usage of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the Golden State.

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It's hard to believe that it was just four years ago that Chris Paine's documentary "Who Killed The Electric Car?" was released. With new EVs from several manufacturers hitting showrooms over the next three years, despite gasoline prices staying stubbornly below $3.00 per gallon, the title of his new documentary could be, "Who's Buying Electric Cars?"

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