The Morning Briefing: Electric vehicles

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about electric vehicles.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about electric vehicles.

1.) Electric mini-car synced with tablet being tested by Honda. Honda will begin tests next year of a small electric vehicle that uses a driver's tablet for displaying dashboard readings, audio, navigation and images from its rearview camera.

2.) BMW reveals more details of i3 and i8 electric concepts. The i3 and i8 are set to become the first purpose-built electric and hybrid electric vehicles to be made primarily from carbon fibre when they reach the market in 2013 and 2014.

3.) Home Depot now offering 30 different electric vehicle chargers. Shopping for a 240-volt, Level 2 wall-mounted electric car charging unit? Then check out Home Depot's online shopping site, where consumers get to choose a variety of units with prices that start at $749 and top off at $9,815.

4.) Electric vehicles make the grade in consumer reports. Consumer Reports' 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey has given hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs) a "good" score for reliability.

5.) Price is major factor for electric vehicles, study says. Money talks. And unless automakers can make a better economic case to consumers who are considering an all-electric vehicle, like the Nissan Leaf, or a plug-in electric, like the Chevrolet Volt, these alternative-fuel vehicles will remain a very small part of the market in the United States.

Image credit: Toyota

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