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Electric cars gain momentum

Will the electric car finally go mainstream? Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors finally turned a profit, in the first quarter of 2013, on its luxury electric sport sedans. Meanwhile, major automakers are launching a slew of more affordable electric cars in the California market – at cheaper-than-ever lease prices. California pollution regulators are driving both trends, with generous subsidies to buyers and rules that essentially require automakers to produce zero-emissions cars.

 

Tesla workers cheer on the first Tesla Model S cars sold during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)


 

  • Tesla boosts its charging network, but only the Model S can plug in

    Tesla boosts its charging network, but only the Model S can plug in

    Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has announced an accelerated rollout of fast super-charger stations across the U.S. and parts of Canada, promising to boost the current eight stations to 25 by midsummer. By the winter months of this year, Musk said, coast-to-coast travel for the company's...

  • The Honda Fit, Fiat 500e Nissan Leaf compared

    The Honda Fit, Fiat 500e Nissan Leaf compared

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  • Small drop in gasoline prices dents used hybrid, electric car values

    Small drop in gasoline prices dents used hybrid, electric car values

    Gasoline prices are only slightly below levels set in 2011 and 2012, according to Energy Department statistics. But even a relatively small decline is enough to dent the used car auction prices of hybrid vehicles and the retained value of electric vehicles. That's the conclusion of the latest Kelley...

  • Chevy Spark EV lease highlights electric-car price cuts

    Chevy Spark EV lease highlights electric-car price cuts

    General Motors is joining the electric-car price war with a lease deal on the Chevrolet Spark EV at $199 a month. The deal, announced this morning, follows the recent offerings of $199 leases on Nissan’s Leaf – a big price drop after two years of slow sales – and the newly released Fiat 500e. The...

  • Assembly OKs clean vehicle carpool-lane access to 2020; Senate next

    Assembly OKs clean vehicle carpool-lane access to 2020; Senate next

    A bill to extend carpool-lane access for electric cars and other zero-emission vehicles passed the California Assembly by a wide margin Monday. The legislation, AB 266 written by Robert Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), also gives such vehicles access to carpool lanes converted to toll roads. The...

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