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RIP: Nissan Leaf with a 24-kWh battery pack

There may still be some of the older models floating around, though.

New minimum price: $32,450.

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New, lower-cost Tesla Model S 60 will start at $66,000

The new baby of the Tesla line-up has a few secrets hidden inside.

Tesla announces two new low-end models, the 60 and 60D, which start at $66,000. Important upgrades are purchasable after the fact, if buyers are interested.

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Updated 2017 BMW i3 goes 114 miles with new 33-kWh battery

An EV gets an upgrade. Again. Welcome to the new era.

The 2017 BMW i3 will get a new, more energy dense battery that offers 114 miles of EV range, while staying the same size as the earlier pack.

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GM says li-ion battery cost per kWh already down to $145

EV Battery Costs May Approach Tesla's Levels By 2020

GM says li-ion battery-pack costs could fall to $100/kWh by the end of the decade.

We rank all 2015 EVs by range-per-dollar [UPDATE]

On Average, One Mile Of Electric Range Will Cost You $384.36 Today

On a cost-per-electric-mile basis, the Tesla Model S is the cheapest EV you can buy today. The most expensive? A BMW i3.

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Nissan prices replacement Leaf battery at $5,500

This Drops New Pack Cost To Under $270-Per-kWh

The battery pack is the single most expensive component in a plug-in vehicle and, until now, figuring out the cost to replace one has been a bit of a mystery. Last year, Nissan tried a $100/month price for a new battery in its popular Leaf, but was loudly criticized for that attempt. Today, Nissan is

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2014 Mercedes B-Class ED battery much bigger than previously stated

Getting 17 More Miles From 36-kWh Pack Is A $600 Option

There was something unexpected hiding in the new configurator for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: a $600 "Temporary range extender." Since we've never heard of such a thing, we had to click through for more.

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Tesla Gigafactory will be capable of supplying packs for 500,000 EVs a year

We made our gigafactory predictions the other day and, it turns out, we were pretty much on target. Today, Tesla Motors released the first official details on its upcoming massive battery plant and we see sun and wind power feeding energy into a plant that will employ around 6,500 people and make enough packs for around a half-million Tesla EVs a

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Chevy Volt replacement battery cost varies wildly, up to $34,000

There's a growing hubbub in the plug-in vehicle community over what looks like some ridiculously cheap replacement batteries for the Sebastian Blanco

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Silex says first 'HyperCharging' stations will be available next year

Earlier this year, Malta-based Silex Power promoted a concept electric vehicle that could go from San Francisco to Portland on a single charge. Not content with that claim, the company is now saying it's ready to make a high-powered electric charger that could fully recharge a top-of-the-line Danny King

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DOE eGallon proves plug-in vehicles can drive for just $1.14 a gallon

It's true that electric vehicles cost more than gas-powered ones (except, of course, when they don't), but the running costs are dramatically lower. How much lower? To answer that question, the Department of Energy would like to introduce you to the eGallon.

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A closer look at Tesla Model S battery pack replacement costs

To some, a recent offer by Tesla Motors to replace batteries in its Model S all-electric sedan for under $150 per kilowatt hour reflects an extremely futuristic view of improving EV technology. To Plug In Cars, though, the offer is more a reflection of the age-old "bird in hand" axiom.

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Ford prepared for slow Focus Electric sales; battery costs $12-15,000

Along with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, Ford CEO Alan Mulally is confident in the growth of the electric car segment. It's a long-term play, though, so Mulally isn't committing the electric Ford Focus EV to making a strong sales statement. For now

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Lithium-ion battery costs to fall by a third by 2017 as demand jumps

The cost for lithium-ion batteries used in electric-drive vehicles will fall by about a third between now and 2017 as battery-production technology improves, lithium supply increases and battery packs are sold in higher volumes, green-technology research firm Pike Research said in a report released this week.

Battery cost dropping below $200 per kWh soon, says Tesla's Elon Musk

During its recent fourth quarter 2011 financial results Q&A conference call, CEO Elon Musk had, of course, lots to say about Tesla Motors and its various products. One statement though, concerning the falling cost of batteries, spoke to the broader electric vehicle (EV) market and bears repeating. The high price of e

How do fluctuating gas prices compare to electricity costs?

We expect the advocacy group Plug In America to constantly remind us of the benefits of plug-in vehicles. That's their reason for being, after all. Sometimes, impassioned pleas make a good argument; sometimes, taking a fresh look at what might be considered a boring topic does the trick.

What's the difference between kW and kWh?

What's the difference between kW and kWh?

Understanding electric and plug-in vehicles requires a slightly different knowledge set than what mechanics and drivers have needed to know for decades. One of the most obvious new concepts is the large battery pack and electric motor added to the car. The capacity values of these devices can