Continuing a brief series on change…
Kia has entered a new realm with the 2015 Kia Soul EV, one of all electric vehicles, great for the environment Washingtonians love.
Starting at $35,700, or $36,625 fully optioned, however, there’s also the $7,500 federal tax credit for buying electric vehicles, making final prices between $26,200 to $29,125.
While having an Electric Vehicle (EV) is a great eco-friendly alternative to using gas or diesel power there are a few precautions you’ll want to read about before you pick up your personal EV.
This article has been updated.
Seattleites, and those in the surrounding Puget Sound and Lake Washington communities, are eco-friendly and green. (Note: This is by no means an extreme understatement…). For those who want to be green on the roads, but also keep their pocket book in mind, there is now a minicar for you.
The 2015 Mitsubishi iMiEV is a fully electric minicar with a range of around 60 miles. This 5-door hatch starts at around $23,000, but if you subtract the Federal Tax Credit for Electric Vehicles of $7,500 for the iMiEV, you’re looking at spending around $15,000 for a fully electric car.
That’s about the same price as that 15 year old Subaru Impreza you were looking at and much cheaper than any other brand new EVs – or brand new vehicle, at that price…
FROM ISSUE 1.09 | Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or can’t – you’re right.” We can take it a step further. If you think the world is getting better or going to hell in a handbasket – you’re right, too. [Read more…]
One of the things we tend to struggle with here at Gearbox Magazine is keeping up with all the stories we come across over time. It’s something we’re going to be making an effort to change, but today, we consider ourselves lucky that Richard van Wyhe of EV4U Custom Conversions – whom we spoke with back in September 2010 – thought highly enough of us to let us know about their latest creation – a Karmann Ghia. [Read more…]
“It lives! IT LIVES!” I screamed as I stood over my EV Truck, gigawatts of electrical energy snaking from the engine bay towards the garage ceiling. No, well it wasn’t like that…
We heard about this company installing hybrid conversions on heavy trucks to provide improvements in fuel economy. The more we think about it, the more we think it’s got potential in the enthusiast market. If you think you could never own a hybrid, think again.
This story is not about “peak oil” or running out of finite resources. It’s about gearheads. EV gearheads are relatively few and far between, but they are growing in numbers by the day. Whether or not we’re going to run out of oil is irrelevant. It should be painfully obvious by now that the price of fuel is only headed one direction – up. Eventually, we’ll reach a point where our thirsty playthings only come out to play on the weekend or for special occasions. But that doesn’t mean we’ll have to buy some US$50,000 EV. We’re gearheads. We can make our own. [Read more…]
The Chevy Corvette. A storied model with a legacy of high performance known worldwide. Equally at-home cruising Main Street, ripping down the quarter-mile, enduring Le Mans, and now, thanks to Keith Stegath, green as green can be in true EV style. What possesses a man to convert a Corvette to electric power? Here’s the story. [Read more…]