Brought to you by Adrian Monti New technological developments are making it even easier to own and run an electric vehicle – and now you could even make money off them With more than 145,000 plug-in electric cars in the UK today, the much-heralded revolution on our roads has finally arrived. But what’s it like to be part of this new driving experience? Here Tom Pakenham, OVO Energy’s director of electric vehicles, reveals what you can expect. Are electric vehicles (EV) becoming more popular? More than 47,000 new plug-in electric cars were registered last year in the UK, setting an annual sales record. The UK’s best-selling “pure” plug-in electric car is the Nissan Leaf. Meanwhile the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is a hybrid vehicle with an electric motor alongside a normal combustion engine, is the country’s biggest-selling plug-in EV. How much are they to buy? They’re more expensive than the equivalent car with a … [Read more...] about What is it really like to own an electric car?
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Is the new Honda Clarity electric the best electric car deal of 2018? It’s not the kind of question I usually ask on Gas 2, but it recently came up while I was reading a review of the car- and I think the answer might be: yes! My research began with a recent article on our sister site, Cleantechnica, criticized the new Honda Clarity electric sedan for its lack of range. At “just” 89 miles, the car’s range is nothing to write home about. Still, it’s worth noting that 89 miles is more than enough to meet the needs of most urban commuters, and I was quick to point that out, snarkily writing: “When someone on this site mentions range-anxiety about a Tesla: “Most people drive less than 40 miles per day, so it doesn’t matter.” When someone on this site mentions a car with less range than a Tesla: “It lacks range.” To Kyle’s credit, he chimed right in, and didn’t give an inch. “It’s a tough … [Read more...] about Honda Clarity: is it the Best EV Deal of 2018?
Ask any random person to name an electric car, chances are really good they’ll say the name “Tesla.” Tell them to point to the first electric car they happen to see while out in the world, and it’s much more likely their finger will be targeted at a Nissan Leaf. That’s because despite Tesla capturing the mind and imagination of everyone who talks about EVs, the Leaf is the most-sold battery-electric vehicle. Now, Nissan has made it a lot better. But better doesn’t exactly mean exciting. The Leaf has had a nice long run without a major update, but it’s clearly showing its age. The range, which has improved from about 75 miles when it came out in 2011 (though Nissan liked to claim 100 miles) to 107 miles for the outgoing 2016 model is a lot less than the recent crop of 200+ mile EVs like the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3, whenever they actually start making those for real. So, while Tesla has been hogging all the attention, the Leaf has been … [Read more...] about The 2018 Nissan Leaf Is An Electric Car For Calm, Rational Adults
*Go straight to the FULL REVIEW. Overview (Final Score: A) For 2018, Nissan’s legendary Leaf battery electric vehicle (BEV) is all new. This Leaf feels more energetic on the road, has a long list of safety upgrades and brings a very competitive list of features to the affordable compact EV segment. The Nissan LEAF has been overshadowed by the Tesla Model 3, but the truth is they are in entirely different vehicle segments. A fully-loaded Tesla Model 3, which doesn’t even offer some of the Leaf’s key features, is literally twice the price of the Leaf after incentives for both cars, at the time of this writing. Nissan’s five-passenger Leaf is roomy inside, has much more cargo space than the Chevrolet Bolt EV, its closest rival, and does almost everything better than the more expensive and now dated BMW i3. The new Leaf will appeal to anyone who is willing to give it a test drive, if its range is sufficient to meet their needs. What We Love About the … [Read more...] about Review: All-New 2018 Nissan Leaf Delivers Great Mix of Fun, Value and Space
Two Popular, Affordable EVs Face Off The Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf are the two most popular BEVs that can be readily bought today. Clean Fleet Report has written extensively about these two cars, but have not compared them head-to-head. We wanted to look at the value of the two vehicles beyond the MSRP and provide additional data points to compare them. The categories that we have chosen provide clear-cut measurements and are based on our impressions from driving the cars, as well as available information from GM and Nissan. Both the Leaf and the Bolt have several trim levels and option packages. Since we are not comparing price but rather features, we will be comparing the top trim levels with all of the options that are available. The Nissan Leaf weighs in with a major redo One question our readers may ask is: “Where is the Tesla Model 3?” While the Model 3 is a fine automobile, it isn’t included simply because unless you made a reservation years ago to buy one, it … [Read more...] about Comparison Test: 2018 Chevy Bolt & 2018 Nissan Leaf
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is objectively a good car. Its 238 miles of EPA-estimated range combined with a usable interior make it a great family car. But does that mean that electric vehicle transportation is ready for prime time? Changes for the 2018 model year are scant. An automatically heated steering wheel comes standard on the Premier trim, and optional on the LT trim with the Comfort and Convenience Package. The sun visor in the 2018 version is sliding, which is nice. Both of these new features were actually quite useful during the review, but generally speaking, nothing has really changed from the 2017 model that we’ve already reviewed. So instead of just going through the motions of a car that’s virtually identical to the previous model year, we thought we’d do something a little bit different. Let’s see if the car is viable outside of a big city center as an everyday car. With 238 miles of range, the Bolt EV could conceivably be someone’s only … [Read more...] about 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: Is it Viable if You Don’t Live in the City?
0 Comments Review: Nissan Leaf - 'composed, refined and impressive - expect its domination' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk This is the new Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the bestselling electric vehicle, which accounted for nearly half of all pure electric car sales in the UK last year. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/review-nissan-leaf-composed-refined-and-impressive-expect-its-domination-36548297.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36568698.ece/75c52/AUTOCROP/h342/17531330-1%202.jpg Email This is the new Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the bestselling electric vehicle, which accounted for nearly half of all pure electric car sales in the UK last year. It's loaded with advanced technology, has a new look and a longer range. Nissan says 12,000 orders have been taken since it was revealed three months ago, with 7,000 of those being from previous Leaf owners. It's also the poster child for Nissan's Intelligent Mobility ecosystem. The Japanese … [Read more...] about Review: Nissan Leaf
Full Car Details More Reviews Technology moves fast. What’s new today is, almost literally, old tomorrow. Take, for example, my iPhone 6. It seems like an antique after just a few years. Yet, I’m not compelled to upgrade to the 8 or X because I don’t feel like Apple has pushed the envelope far enough with the latest versions of the iPhone. I’ve even thought about switching to Android in search of greater sophistication. Existing Nissan Leaf owners might feel the same way now that the redesigned 2018 model has gone on sale. Absolutely, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf is better than the car it replaces. But is it better enough? And now that its here, offering approximately 151 miles of driving range, might some Nissan owners think about switching to Chevrolet, where the more expensive Bolt EV supplies 238 miles of range? Curious to judge for myself, I spent several days living with the new Leaf. Arriving in SL trim, my test car’s price came … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: Dripping in value, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a one-trick electrified ride
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is objectively a good car. Its 238 miles of EPA-estimated range combined with a usable interior make it a great family car. But does that mean that electric vehicle transportation is ready for prime time? Changes for the 2018 model year are scant. An automatically heated steering wheel comes standard on the Premier trim, and optional on the LT trim with the Comfort and Convenience Package. The sun visor in the 2018 version is sliding, which is nice. Both of these new features were actually quite useful during the review, but generally speaking, nothing has really changed from the 2017 model that we’ve already reviewed. So instead of just going through the motions of a car that’s virtually identical to the previous model year, we thought we’d do something a little bit different. Let’s see if the car is viable outside of a big city center as an everyday car. With 238 miles of range, the Bolt EV could conceivably be someone’s only … [Read more...] about 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: How Good is it in the Burbs?
The Malaysian car market is fairly predictable, but every once in a blue moon, someone will spring a surprise. And as surprises go, the introduction of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid late last year (yes, we’re in 2017!) was a huge one. It’s not just the availability of the Korean green car here either – the timing, the fact that it’s locally assembled, the pricing; everything was scarcely believable to pundits and competitor brands alike. It has been awhile since a regular, non-plug-in hybrid car was launched in Malaysia. Ever since the tax-free window of opportunity for CBU hybrids (and electric vehicles) ended in 2013, the two Japanese companies that profited the most from the battery rush have stopped promoting the genre. Understandably so, as without government incentives, prices ballooned to the usual high levels that we pay for imported cars. Hybrid cars made a recent comeback, but the proponents this time are premium brands pushing plug-in hybrids. The small … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid review