The True Cost of Powering an Electric Car

Cost to Charge

You might occasionally be able to charge for free at a public station, but that’s not something you can count on. Most electric-car owners charge at home, and so you’ll need to know what it costs to charge there.

The cost of electricity is much more stable than the cost of gasoline, but it varies tremendously in the U.S. The residential average per kilowatt-hour currently ranges from 9.3 cents in Louisiana to 28.9 cents in Hawaii. The national average is 13.3 cents, which is only about 2 cents more than it was a decade ago. In California, which leads the nation in electric car sales, the residential average cost per kilowatt hour is 20.1 cents. To find your state’s average, check this state-by-state list of the average cost per kilowatt-hour.

Your state’s average is just that, however. What you pay is determined by your utility company and

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2022 Audi A3 Sportback plug-in hybrid revealed with 13-kwh battery

Audi has a new generation of the A3 headed to showrooms in late 2021 as a 2022 model.

The new compact is already on sale overseas though, and it’s just spawned a plug-in hybrid option.

The electrified option is classified as a 40 TFSI e, and right now it’s only been announced for the A3 Sportback body style which we might not see in the United States. It’s still possible the option will be offered in the A3 sedan, however.

The powertrain of the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e combines a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 with an electric motor integrated in the housing of a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The system develops a peak 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and sends drive to the front wheels only. Audi quotes a 0-62 mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 141 mph.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e

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I Finally Understand It, but I Still Don’t Get It

LOS ANGELES-As odd a duck as I am, I’m even weirder amongst people who write about cars in one particular respect: I’ve never liked the Porsche 911 Targa. So, relatively speaking, I wasn’t over the moon when I was assigned a test drive of the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa. Regardless of model year, I think the Targa looks silly, especially when the bizarre crossbar is finished in silvery shades, as it just looks like a big grab-handle for a giant’s toy car. Worse, the Targa-fication of the 911 makes essentially the same tradeoffs of the coupe’s nimbler, sleeker form as does the true convertible 911, the Cabriolet, without offering any substantial advantage aside from a rigid top. Basically, I’ve always said it’s a worse coupe and a worse convertible at the same time.

But finally, after decades of wondering just why anyone would choose a Targa over an

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Korean BMW X3 rival on the way

Genesis on Tuesday released the first photos of a new crossover SUV to be called the GV70.

It’s expected to hit the market in 2021, likely as a 2022 model, and is the second of three SUVs the Korean luxury brand has announced. It’s a small offering that will challenge the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Genesis’ first SUV was the mid-size GV80 which will now reach showrooms later this fall after coronavirus delays quashed the originally planned summer release. The third SUV is expected to be a compact offering.

Prototypes for the GV70 have been spotted for over a year. They hint at yet another handsome design from Genesis, albeit one that’s more dynamic than the big and burly GV80. This is emphasized by the more dramatic slope of the roof toward the rear, compared to the flatter roof of the GV80.

2022 Genesis GV70 spy shots – Photo

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The Audi A4: History, Generations, Specifications

Audi A4 Essential History 

B5 (1996-2001)

The first-generation Audi A4 was a response to an unhealthy brand reputation and an aging product lineup. The A4 represented a clean-sheet redesign of the brand’s compact premium sedan from the previous Audi 80, and while production began in 1994, the car wouldn’t arrive in the U.S. until the 1996 model year. Based on the Volkswagen B5 platform, the first-generation Audi A4 carried a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive as standard, with a 2.8-liter V-6 and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system as optional upgrades. A five-speed manual transmission was also standard, while a Tiptronic manually-shiftable automatic, based on Porsche technology, was also available. A 1999 refresh brought small cosmetic changes, along with a new 30-valve 2.8-liter V-6 and more power from the base 1.8T engine. An S4 performance model was sold in the U.S. with a twin-turbocharged version of the 30-valve 2.8-liter V-6 making

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