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Tesla Likely 1st Quarter EV Sales Leader In US

I wrote yesterday that the Nissan Leaf beat the Volt (by quite a bit) in March sales — to be specific, 2,236 to 1,478. Looking at the full quarter, however, the Volt was on top. The Volt had 4,244 sales, while the Leaf had 3,539 sales. I think the second quarter is likely to turn in favor of Nissan due […]

April 8th

Nissan Leaf vs Nissan Rogue (Cost Comparison)

Update: the 2013 MPGe rating for the Leaf is actually 116 (not 99), so the calculations below are actually heavily biased in favor of the Rogue. Feel free to play around with the spreadsheet to see more accurate comparisons. Following up on my Nissan Leaf vs Nissan Juke cost comparison, below is a cost comparison of the […]

April 5th

Nissan Leaf vs Nissan Juke (Cost Comparison)

Update: the 2013 MPGe rating for the Leaf is actually 116 (not 99), so the calculations below are actually heavily biased in favor of the Juke. Feel free to play around with the spreadsheet to see more accurate comparisons. About a month ago, I asked readers which gasoline-powered cars were most similar to some popular EVs on […]

April 5th

Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Get Technological Boost

A new lithium-sulfur battery design has been created that improves the charge cycles of lithium-sulfur batteries by a factor of seven. This significant improvement in technology means that perhaps in the near future, lithium-sulfur batteries, which are considerably more cost-effective that lithium-ion batteries, will become a viable choice for use in electric vehicles. The new […]

April 3rd

Nissan Leaf Now Being Manufactured On 3 Continents

A new version of the Nissan LEAF, featuring more than 100 updates, is now being produced at the company’s Sunderland Plant in the UK. This development means that the Leaf is now being manufactured on three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia. Among the updates present in the 2013 Nissan Leaf EV, two of the […]

April 1st

Ford Offers $50K Reward For Fuel Economy App

The Ford Motor Company has recently announced a $50,000 challenge for today’s best app developers. Looking to regain the claimed fuel economy of some of its hybrids, Ford is offering a $50,000 award to developers who can create the best mobile or web-based apps that will help customers easily access their personal fuel-economy performance data […]

March 31st

Elon Musk TED Talk (Must Watch)

Here’s Elon Musk at a February 2013 TED Talk discussing electric vehicles, the groundbreaking Tesla Model S, electric vehicle charging stations, solar power, SolarCity, SpaceX, reusable rockets, “the physics approach,” and negative feedback: I’m actually not adding commentary because I think it’s a great talk that really just deserves a watch. h/t TreeHugger

March 26th

Win A Smart Electric Car & Solar Power System! (Seriously)

Real Goods Solar, a leading solar power installer, is hosting a sweepstakes that I think you’d all like to win. The Grand Prize is: “(A) One home solar electric system from Real Goods Solar up to 1.5 kilowatts DC with standard roof installation (the “System” ARV: up to $7,500); (b) Site analysis for System and […]

March 21st

Solar + EV = Win!

Solar panels on your home combined with an electric vehicle in your garage seems like a no-brainer. A number of big companies have partnered to offer that. The latest duo is Honda–SolarCity. Check out the recent news below.

March 11th

February 2013 Green Car Sales 15% Higher Than February 2012 Green Car Sales

And that’s the bad news. Apparently, 48,364 green cars (primarily hybrid and electric vehicles, but also green-ish diesels) were sold in the US in February 2013 (est.), 15% more than the 41,933 green cars sold in February 2012. While that does obviously mean that sales increased, it also means that the growth decreased — there […]

March 11th

February Volt & Leaf Sales Up

While there are now about a dozen plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) on the market in the U.S., the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are still the clear leaders in sales. They are also sort of like the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston of EVs — they’re celebrities in the EV world, and we read and […]

March 3rd

GM: 20% More Plug-In Hybrid Production In 2013

GM, like most of us, see sales of plug-in electric vehicles increasing in the years to come. Of course, in GM’s case, its prize car is the Chevy Volt. However, it’s also rolling out the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) soon. GM recently reported that it sees its PHEV sales picking up enough […]

March 3rd

39% Of California EV Owners Have Solar Panels (Infographic)

I’ve heard higher figures quoted regarding owners of specific electric vehicles, but this is the first “official” stat I’ve seen. California has more plug-in electric vehicles sold than any other state (12,000, or 35% of nationwide sales), and it’s now adding about 1,000 plug-in electric vehicles per month. A recent survey of 1,419 of these […]

February 23rd

Wireless Power Transmission For Transit, Trains, Harbor Freight, Etc.

A completely wireless power transmission technology capable of powering high-capacity transport (such as high-speed rail, harbor freight, and airport transportation) has been developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI). It is able to supply a steady and constant 60 kHz and 180 kW of […]

February 21st

EVs Selling Well At This Stage Of Their Evolution

One of the most common myths repeated and repeated and repeated in mainstream media (and even in cleantech and EV media) is that plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) aren’t selling well. Quite to the contrary, for this stage of the technology’s evolution, they’re selling very well. The first question that probably comes to mind for you […]

February 19th

GM Opens EV Research Center In China, Unveils Sail Springo EV At China Auto Show

GM made a couple of big EV announcements in the past couple weeks. The automobile giant announced on Thursday that it had opened a global research center in China. The research center’s focus is on electric vehicles. The company “hopes to take advantage of the country’s vast supply of engineering graduates to drive its development of a new […]

December 2nd