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There are a lot of misconceptions about EVs out there. Here are 3 we see circulating most often.
MYTH 1: EVs don’t have enough range
- Reality: EVs don't go as long between charges as gas cars go between fill-ups, but they don’t have to. The average U.S. driver travels only 30 miles a day, well within the range of any EV, and those with long-range driving needs have their pick of EVs with 125+ miles of range.
MYTH 2: EVs aren't environmentally friendly because electricity comes from coal
- Reality: EVs cut greenhouse gas emissions in half, no matter how the energy used to charge them is produced. If you live in a state that produces most of its energy from renewable sources, you can reduce your emissions even more. EVs waste less of the energy they consume.
MYTH 3: It takes too long to charge
- Reality: Charging an EV takes only a few seconds: the time it takes to plug the car in before you go do...
Another excellent Dashboard report by Jeff Cobb's Hybridcars:
model 06/15/18 05/15/18 04/15/18 03/15/18 1 Model 3 5500 6300 3800 3680 2 Prius Liftback 4786 4760 3830 4064 3 Transit Diesel 4737 5430 4205 4611 4 Fusion Hybrid 4683 4597 3120 4646 5 RAV4 3866 4268 3790 4128 6 Niro Hybrid 2439 2590 2220 2251 7 Prius Prime 2237 2924 2626 2922 8 Accord Hybrid 2206 2591 626 135 9 Camry Hybrid 2040 2001 1809 2125 10 Volt 1601 1675 1400 1782 11 Clarity Plug In 1445 1639 1049 1061 12 RX 400 / 450 h 1392 1359 832 965 13 Leaf 1367 1576 1171 1500 14 Highlander Hybrid 1361 1687 1373 1401 15 Ioniq Hybrid 1316 1257 1568 1391 16 Bolt EV 1313 1125 1300 1774 17 Ram Pickup Diesel 1311 2710 3043 2381 18 Model X 1300 1500 1000 2500 19 Model S 1000 1500 1200 3200 20 5-Series Plug in 942 729 518 689 21 Avalon Hybrid 872 698 677 828 22 C-Max Hybrid 831 973 727 890 23 NX Hybrid 826 762 604 735 24 Sierra...
Wow an important milestone, also reduces Fed tax credit
Tesla hits 200,000 cars, meaning lower tax credit for buyers
"(Reuters) - Tesla Inc has delivered 200,000 electric cars to buyers in the United States, a spokesperson said on Thursday, meaning tax credits will now begin to be lowered, while rivals such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW AG and Audi AG will bring electric models to the market with a full tax credit in place.
Both GM and Tesla have been lobbying Congress since last year, hoping to win changes to tax law that would allow them to continue to collect the tax credit, but have been unsuccessful to date."
On July 3, 2018, Ontario cancelled the cap and trade program as part of its commitment to bring gas prices down by 10 cents a litre and help reduce costs for Ontario families and businesses by $1.9 billion dollars per year.
Given the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program and the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Programs are funded through cap-and-trade proceeds, these programs are cancelled.
Applications will be accepted from dealerships, car owners or prospective car owners only if one of the following conditions has been met:
- Eligible vehicles that have been delivered to consumers, registered, and plated on or before July 11 will receive the incentive.
- Inventory that dealers have on lots or orders made by dealerships with manufacturers on or before July 11, will also be honoured for the incentive provided that the vehicle is delivered to consumers, registered, and plated by September 10.
I have not found J.D. Power surveys to be great but nevertheless:
Toyota and Prius Score Surprisingly Low On 2018 Initial Quality Study | Torque News
Subaru, which seems like the most loved brand here in Colorado, scored extremely low.
How the 2018 Toyota Prius Lost Its IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Rating | Torque News
Source: BOSS Magazine | Fisker Orbit, New Partnership Announced by Fisker Inc.
This is supposed to be a shuttle vehicle.
The original Fisker appealed to Bob Lutz enough that he bought some gliders to install Corvette drivetrains. It never really appealed to me because of the faux engine compartment but here it is:
I can't explain why but the Fisker shuttle really looks bad to me and I'm not particularly interested in 'sheet metal art.' It would be kind to call it bullet shaped but more accurate to call it a 'Vitamin E' or some sort of suppository. All I can say for me is UGH!
I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:
Electric car buyers claim they were misled by Nissan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44575399
With all the news about Tesla, you would think they are the number one in EV manufacture and sales in the world. But this is not the case at all. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is still the biggest EV car maker. Then you have many Chinese brands that are selling lots in China.
First Royal Dutch Shell, now BP.
What do they see in the future?
BP to acquire the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging company - Green Car Congress
BP buys UK's biggest electric car charger network for £130m | Business | The Guardian
A quick look a what's new in e-mobility other than traditional EV's!
The Evolve electric skateboard weighs 13 pounds and can go 11 miles on a charge. Check it out for your e-ollies and e-grabs.
The LAPD keeps electrifying with a new fleet of custom electric bikes, following its adoption of 100+ EVs and some electric motorcycles. The e-bikes can go up to 28 mph, faster than even Usain Bolt, so nobody's getting away from them on foot.
For short distances:
Building on the success of the Gogoro electric scooter comes a new EV option: Kymco, a scooter-maker in Japan, is introducing two electric scooters with swappable batteries for city...
Toyota Rolls Out Completely Redesigned Crown | TOYOTA | TOYOTA Global Newsroom
Source: AD #2383 – Volvo Predicts Shorter Range EVs, Pratt & Miller Develops Extreme Suspension, Next-Gen Malibu Details – Autoline Daily
VOLVO PREDICTS SHORTER RANGE EVs
Volvo predicts that we’re soon going to see electric cars with shorter driving ranges, not longer ones. Volvo’s head of R&D, Henrik Green, says people have range anxiety today because there are not enough public fast-charging stations. That’s why they want EVs with longer range. He says once fast-charging stations become common, car buyers will wonder why they’re spending so much money on bigger batteries and lugging all that extra weight around all the time. He says a 50 kilowatt-hour battery will be ideal. That would provide around 200 miles of range. Henrik Green says EV owners do 95% of their charging at home so they start out every morning with their maximum range available.
Strangely I can agree...
Here is the link: (apparently PC doesn't know how to handle links all of a sudden)
No Tesla in the race this year. Was hoping someone would enter their stock Model 3. Someone did enter a 2018 Leaf (2nd Gen), although it does look a bit modified for the run. Yet to see a time on that.
cue the VW hate.....
Apparently the news embargo is over: Try and Try Again: Honda Finally Nails it With 2019 Insight | TheDetroitBureau.com
It was quite literally another century when the first Honda Insight came to the U.S. market. Beating the now familiar Toyota Prius by several months, Honda’s originally hybrid was a quirky little two-seater that, in one configuration, delivered more than 70 miles per gallon.
But its trade-offs were many and, unlike its HEV rival, sales of the original Insight tanked, Honda soon pulling it from the market. But the Japanese automaker brought the nameplate back in 2008, this time as a five-door hatchback promoted as the lowest-priced hybrid available in the U.S. It didn’t fare any better and was culled from the line-up in 2014.
Now, Honda is back with a third-generation Insight and, if our initial drive is any indication, three’s a real...
They aren't ending fuel cell studies, but are stopping the development of a hydrogen FCEV for the public.
I suspect any research they continue doing will be focused more on their ethanol fueled solid oxide fuel cell
Source: Elon Musk email: Employee conducted 'extensive and damaging sabotage'
I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations. This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.
The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad. His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move.
. . .
Even paranoids have enemies.
Mighty nice of them.
It's on Jalopnik, so do a search.
Here's the original story.
Director's Tesla Model S catches fire in L.A.
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