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US Electric Car Sales Up 15% In January, Tesla = 38% of Market

Based on the latest electric car sales numbers from auto manufacturers, as well as estimates for Tesla and Fiat electric car sales, plug-in electric car sales in the US seem to have increased 15% in January 2016 compared to January 2015. However, most manufacturers have nothing to cheer about. Sales were down for the following models: […]

February 5th

Top Electric Car Models & Top Electric Car Companies

In our 4th article pulled from Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want — a new report from CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, and GAS2 — I’m jumping into which electric car models respondents were most likely to buy and most excited, as well as some implications regarding certain car companies. Without surprise, current EV ownership matched historical EV sales fairly well — 33.9% […]

January 26th

US Electric Car Sales Report: Tesla & BMW Have A Big Month

Following my slightly premature highlighting of Tesla crushing the electric car competition, here’s my full electric car sales report for December and 2015 as a whole. There’s not a whole lot more to add. However, aside from Tesla having a stellar month and year, BMW also stood out as a shining example of electric car […]

January 6th

Tesla Crushes Nissan & GM In 2015 Electric Car Sales

I’m still waiting for all of the 2015 automotive sales numbers to roll in before publishing my monthly electric car sales report, but the numbers from most of the big players are in, so I thought it would be worth highlighting the main story. Nissan sold 17,269 LEAFs in 2015 (including one to CleanTechnica/EV Obsession). GM […]

January 5th

Tanking Nissan LEAF Takes US Electric Car Market With It

US electric car sales are in, and they aren’t particularly uplifting. The big deal hitting sales seems to be that people are waiting for a longer-range Nissan LEAF (or a much longer-range LEAF), a longer-range BMW i3, and the 200-mile Chevy Bolt (hitting the market ~1 year from now), and this has been killing sales of the Nissan LEAF, […]

December 3rd

Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, & Nissan LEAF Take Gold, Silver, Bronze (US EV Sales Report)

Given that the Tesla Model S has risen to the clear #1 position in my sales reports, I think it’s important to reiterate that Model S sales are estimated. The estimates are based on many statements and data points, such as official total sales numbers from Tesla, approximate US sales numbers based on a handful of statements by […]

November 5th

No Such Thing As A “No-Compromise Car”

People (especially advertisers) are fond of calling plug-in hybrid and long-range, fully electric cars “no-compromise cars.” In fact, there’s no such thing as a no-compromise car… and I’m a little tired of hearing the nonsensical term. The compromises of short-range electric cars are obvious: driving over 60 or so miles in a day becomes more […]

November 1st

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Review (Exclusive)

The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid was the third high-end, high-performance electric car I drove in Florida last week. I drove the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid almost immediately after the Tesla Model S 70D, a day after the BMW i8, and two days before the Cadillac ELR. Being a Porsche, expectations were high. Being a PHEV, they weren’t that high. […]

October 26th

BMW i8 Review (Exclusive)

I test drove several high-end, high-performance cars while in Florida last week. Of all the vehicles I test drove, I was perhaps most interested in testing out the BMW i8. The i8 is a stunning vehicle, imho. And knowing how wicked the i3 is to drive, I was drooling at the opportunity for even greater acceleration. […]

October 26th

Odd Mix Of 100% Electrics Up Big In September (US Electric Car Sales)

The wait for the longer-range 2016 Nissan LEAF and 2016 Chevy Volt continues to stunt plug-in car sales growth in the US. Just about every car within the price vicinity (and especially the historically leading LEAF & Volt) saw September 2015 sales drop compared to September 2014. On the other hand, higher-priced BMW i3, Mercedes B-Class, […]

October 3rd

Electric Car Charging 101 — Types of Charging, Charging Networks, Apps, & More!

There’s no doubt about it — electric car charging is different from fueling a car with gasoline. On the whole, it’s much more convenient to charge an electric car — you get home, you spend 2–3 seconds plugging in, you go on with your day or night, and you spend 2–3 seconds unplugging when you are […]

September 10th

Canadian EV Sales For August 2015 See Chevy Volt Continuing To Go Strong

Despite the ongoing economic troubles of Canada (and the falling gas prices), sales of the Chevrolet Volt are continuing to go strong there — based on the recently aggregated sales figures for the US’s northern neighbor during August 2015. Altogether, there were 167 Chevy Volts sold during August 2015 in Canada — somewhat under the 186 Volts […]

September 10th

Electric Car Charging Capabilities — Comparison of 27 Models

Something not often recognized by non-EV drivers is that the charging capabilities of current electric cars vary greatly. Numerous models are simply not capable of charging on “fast chargers,” which greatly limits their use on long-distance trips and, depending on your circumstances, perhaps even for regular use. Furthermore, the importance of fast charging is only one […]

September 8th

BMW i8 US Sales Up 2233% (August US EV Sales Report)

Well, let’s be honest, August was a lame sales month for electric car lovers. There are clear reasons for this. Historically, the two highest-selling electric cars in the US have been the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt. The 2nd-generation Chevy Volt, much improved and even a little cheaper, is just hitting the market, and many […]

September 3rd