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Once generating more tentative curiosity than actual buyers, electric vehicles seem at last to be approaching mainstream acceptance, with sales increasing steeply (percentage-wise, if not in raw numbers) as mileage ranges increase and automakers’ lineups sprout more plugs. Shoppers are taking notice, if the dominance of EVs among Cars.com’s countdown of most popular news articles in the past month is any indicator. Stories about EVs occupy fully half of the top 10 spots on our January countdown.

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The highest ranking among them is a roundup of every EV and plug-in hybrid still eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit — unsurprising, considering the massive potential savings the credit represents when you sign on the dotted line. The list contains nearly three dozen models from some 21 brands that have yet to surpass the credit’s phase-out threshold. The credit reduces the buyer’s tax liability dollar-for-dollar up to $7,500, though you should consult a tax professional before buying to ensure eligibility.

For the full list of fully eligible electrified vehicles — as well as an easy-to-understand breakdown of how the tax credit works in reducing your debt — follow the link below to the No. 2 news articles of the month.

Now that you know how to make your money go further, you may want to know how to make your EV go farthest. Well, by purchasing one of the models on our roundup of EVs with the longest range, of course. Ranges for these 2022 models range from a high of 520 miles to a “low” of 303 miles — all on a single electric “tank” — and their prices from a high of $169,000 down to $44,875, including destination. They include variants of the Lucid Air; Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y; Mercedes Benz EQS; Rivian R1S and R1T; Kia EV6; Ford Mustang Mach-E; and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

For a breakdown on each model, including their respective ranges and prices, follow the link below to our No. 3 news stories of the week.

But perhaps it’s not deep discounts or gasoline-rivaling ranges that gets you charged up about EVs. Maybe you’re interested in the latest stuff to come in. Then you’ll definitely want to consult our fifth-place-finishing piece, a roundup of every redesigned or all-new EV model arriving for the 2022 model year. Corresponding to the SUV-obsessed era we live in, nearly half of the 15 models listed are SUVs. And further challenging the notion that an all-electric powertrain must be relegated to a snoozy, uncool hatchback or compact sedan, four of the new models on our list are luxury and/or high-performance sedans, while three others are pickup trucks.

For the full rundown on these all-new EVs, follow the link below to our No. 5 news stories from January.

Beyond that, we have headlines on two more all-new electrics in the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition and 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge, in addition to the 2021 and 2022 Toyota RAV4, 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:

1. Inventory Shortage Update: Should You Wait to Buy a Car?

2. Which Electric Cars Are Still Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?

3. Electric Cars With the Longest Range

4. What’s the Best New Car Deal for January 2022?

5. What’s New With Electric Vehicles for 2022?

6. Here Are the 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy Right Now

7. Up Close With the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition

8th. 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Review: A Ravenous Rocket

9. Toyota RAV4: Which Should You Buy, 2021 or 2022?

10 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: Could This Be the Perfect Raptor?

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