Kelley Blue Book has named the Toyota Prius Prime its 2017 Best Buy in the Electric/Hybrid Car category. KBB calls it "the first PHEV to entirely resolve both issues" of cost and ease of use. The publication praises the car's straightforward charging, its ride, the information center, and its comfortable seating. Its $28,000 starting price, available incentives, and low cost of ownership make it easy on the wallet compared to the competition, including last year's winner, the Chevrolet Volt. Read more from KBB, or from Toyota.
The DriveTheARC fast-charging corridor has begun construction in Northern California. The corridor connects Monterey to Lake Tahoe via San Jose and Sacramento, making it quick and easy for EV drivers to travel from the coast and the Bay Area to the alpine lake at the Nevada border. 50 fast chargers are planned at more than 20 locations along the route by March of 2017. The project is a collaboration between the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, Nissan, Kanematsu, and EVgo. The DriveTheARC smartphone app directs drivers to optimal charging stations based on driving range (through the NissanConnect Data Link Service) and station availability. Read more in the press release from EVgo, or at the DriveTheARC website.