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2014 Fiat 500e Includes Rental Car?


So the biggest hurdle currently facing electric vehicles with a limited range like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Spark EV is that the owners will occasionally want to have a vehicle that can go on those out of town trips to Vegas or take a holiday visit to the in-laws without waiting 8 hours to charge the car after 80 or so miles. Cars like the Chevrolet Volt get around this dilemma by offering an alternative gas engine to extend the range.

But Fiat has a new unique solution to this common EV problem by offering a special rental program courtesy of Enerprise for purchasers of the new 2014 Fiat 500e, with an estimated 86 mile eletric range, that will be released in limited markets around California this summer. According to AutoNews:

Each 500e purchase will include a business account with Enterprise Holdings and enough points to rent a gasoline-powered standard car for up to 12 days a year. Fiat will deposit additional points on the first two anniversaries of the vehicle's purchase to extend the program through the first three years of ownership.

By using Enterprise Holdings' customer reward program, customers will have the option to use their points from Fiat to rent various vehicles, such as minivans or pickups. They also will have access to the company's 6,000 locations.

 

The pricing information for the Fiat 500e will be released on April 13th, 2013 but we expect the price to be in the $34k range before tax rebates


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The Volvo V60: The World's First Diesel Plug-in Hybrid

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Volvo's V60 Plug-in Hybrid is Volvo Car Corporation's most technically advanced model ever, and it might just change the face of hybrid technology. The V60 is the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid. It's an electric car, a hybrid car and a muscle car, all rolled into one.

Ford Shares More About Delayed 2012 Focus Electric Car

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Ford's first all-electric mass-produced car, the 2012 Ford Focus, isn't yet available to buy in the U.S., but Ford thinks the delay in bringing it to market will be well worth the wait. With what Ford claims will be a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 100 MPGe, and plenty of patented technology designed to help drivers get the best possible range out of its 23 kilowatt-hour battery pack, Ford is confident its 2012 Focus Electric will be a success. 

Honda Civic Natural Gas Named 2012 Green Car of the Year

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Green Car Journal announced the Honda Civic Natural Gas as the highly-anticipated 2012 Green Car of the Year® winner at a press conference Thursday morning during the Los Angeles Auto Show's press days. The cleanest running internal combustion vehicle certified by the EPA, the all-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas is the fifth generation of this alternative fuel vehicle and the only assembly-line produced natural gas passenger model manufactured for sale in the United States. It runs on a clean fuel that is almost exclusively domestically sourced and typically priced about 30 percent less than gasoline.

Will Electric Cars Lose Value Quickly?


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For over 80 years, the Kelley Blue Book has been valuing new and used cars for the benefit of the auto industry. Used by automakers, car dealers and consumers alike, it has become the ultimate go-to guide for realistic valuations on virtually any age or condition of car. 

But although the Kelley Blue Book is now providing valuations for all of the electric cars on the market today, it remains skeptical about just how much electric cars will be worth in a few year's time. Are the Kelley Blue Book estimates correct? Or are they ultimately hurting electric car sales and consumers?

2012 BMW 1-Series ActiveE

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BMW has announced a super-exclusive program offering its new 2012 ActiveE electric car, based on the BMW 1-Series compact luxury sedan. The ActiveE brings a true German driving dynamics, a 168-hp electric motor, a luxurious interior and a BMW-estimated 100-mile range.

GM's First New Battery Electric Car: 2013 Chevrolet Spark EV To Launch In U.S.

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GM had hoped to announce its latest green vehicle at a nice, orderly, staged press event to celebrate Chevrolet's 100th birthday. But one of its hometown papers jumped the gun and broke the news: The largest domestic car company will launch a small battery electric vehicle in the U.S. market.

Kia Launching New EV

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Kia Motors is making headlines with an all-new electric car model set to launch very, very soon: by the end of 2011, in fact, in Kia's home market of South Korea. No word yet on when the new model will come to the U.S., but we figure some time in late 2012.

Tesla Model S Quicker than Porsche 911?

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Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk is never one to shy away from the limelight. Musk has just announced a high-performance variant of the new Model S all-electric sedan, and the promising new electric car has some serious kick. Try 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. For comparison purposes, a 2011 Porsche 911 Targa 4 takes 4.9 seconds to make the same sprint.

Infiniti M35h. Fastest Hybrid in the World?

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It used to mean buying a hybrid car meant settling for slow and less-than-interesting to drive. Infiniti's 2012 M35h hybrid changes all that in dramatic fashion, recently setting the Guinness World Record for the world's fastest hybrid. How fast, do you ask? Go past the jump to see it in action.


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