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March was another good month for U.S. sales of the Nissan Leaf, the best-selling electric car in the world.
In fact, March was a good month for several plug-in electric cars, with monthly sales up for many models, and new monthly records for a few.
Roughly 9,000 electric cars were sold in March, against about [...]
Plug-in cars, which is to battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, make up a tiny percentage of the new cars sold in the US every year, but they’re already having a big impact.
According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), plug-ins are already saving 45 million gallons of gasoline in the [...]
On March 28, 2014
Electric cars may still seem futuristic, but there are actually 16 different plug-in models you can buy today.
Availability depends a lot on where you live, though. Several of them are so-called compliance cars, offered only in California and a handful of other locations to meet that state’s requirements for sales of zero-emission vehicles.
Analysts worried that winter weather would put a crimp in U.S. new-car sales last month, but one electric car racked up record February sales: the Nissan Leaf.
Leaf sales of 1,425 cars in February were a record for the month, more than double the 2013 total of 653 February sales (the numbers for 2012 [...]
What motivates someone to buy one type of electric car instead of another?
A new survey from the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy suggests owners of three of the most popular plug-in electric vehicles in the market have three different main reasons for plunging into the market for cars that are plugged into domestic wall outlets, [...]
Within two or three months, there will be more than 200,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads–and we’re learning more about who buys them, and why.
California’s Center for Sustainable Energy released a new report this month that depicts the owners of different models having different reasons for their purchases.
As neatly summarized in [...]
On February 19, 2014
Eager to reduce energy use, German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto, Calif., campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles.
Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies — far more electric cars than chargers. [...]
On January 14, 2014
Toyota, Hyundai and Honda have unveiled plans to debut hydrogen fuel cell cars for 2015 at a time when plug-in cars are gaining a degree of acceptance.
While the Japanese automakers may be better known in the U.S. for the hybrid technology that pairs a gas engine with an electric motor, all three think hydrogen [...]
On December 6, 2013
By Curt Volkmann, ELPC Senior Clean Energy Finance Specialist
In just a few short years, electric vehicles, or EVs, have moved from a novelty to near-mainstream. We have robust competition from major auto makers, federal investments are working, public charging infrastructure is taking off, supportive local and state policies are helping in the right [...]
On December 5, 2013
Assuming the counter on the Plug In America web site actually reflects reality, Americans have now acquired, either by purchase or lease, more than 150,000 plug-in automobiles, with the wager being it’ll hit the 200,000 point by sometime in early Q2 of 2014.
Just to be clear, plug-in electric vehicles as a category encompass battery [...]
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