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Most Fuel Efficient Cars In 2015 (USA)

Our “most fuel efficient cars in 2014” article was one of the most popular articles on the site for a long time… and now it’s time for an update. Of course, US cars just keep getting more and more efficient, especially electric cars, which lead the pack. The most efficient cars on the market are all electric […]

January 5th

Nissan LEAF Crushes Competition In March Electrified Vehicle Sales

The Nissan LEAF almost set a new monthly sales record in March, ending just 22 sales short of its December sales total at 2,507. Nonetheless, it was enough to crush the competition. The Chevy Volt ended the month with 1,478 sales, which happens to be the exact same number as it had in March 2013. […]

April 3rd

US Nissan LEAF Sales Increase 118%, LEAF Holds #1 Spot In US Electric Car Sales

Following its market-leading position in January US electric car sales, the Nissan LEAF took #1 again in February. (Though, it was just a little above our estimate for Tesla Model S deliveries*, and if Tesla wasn’t supply-limited and shipping cars to Europe, it would likely have landed at #1.) The top 6 models were actually […]

March 4th

Nissan Leaf Dominates In January 2014 Electric Car Sales (Charts)

Electric car sales numbers are in for the US! I’ve created a few charts below to share the big picture for January 2014 versus January 2013. However, I’m changing one huge thing this year with these monthly electric car sales updates — I’m dropping the conventional hybrids. Frankly, I just don’t care about them, since […]

February 4th

Electric Car Sales Increased 228.88% In 2013 (US EV & Hybrid Sales Update)

Hybrid and electric car sales for December and 2013 as a whole have all finally come in. You can see the specific numbers above, as well as a chart showing the leading models (for Dec 2013, Dec 2012, all of 2013, and all of 2012). When you’re done having fun with the interactive chart above, […]

January 7th

11 Electric Cars Cost Less Than Average New Car In US

There’s a somewhat odd meme still going around that claims that electric cars are expensive. A little bit of research quickly debunks that. The average price for a new car in November 2013 (in the US) was $32,769, according to Kelley Blue Book. After the federal tax rebate of $7,500 (yes, it makes complete sense to […]

December 6th

Electric Car Sales Up 300% In 2013

100% electric car sales are up about 300% in 2013 so far, while plug-in hybrid electric car sales are up about 31% for the same period. Note that Tesla doesn’t report its sales on a monthly basis — only on a quarterly basis — so my numbers for its sales are an estimate (but a […]

December 6th

Most Fuel Efficient Cars In 2014

Update January 5, 2015: a new list and article has been published of the “Most Fuel Efficient Cars In 2015 (USA).” It’s quite similar, but there are a few changes in the cars on the list. The most “fuel efficient” cars in the US are all plug-in cars, of course. The top 11 are 100% electric cars, […]

December 4th

100% Electric Car Sales Grow 361% In 2013 (YTD)

I would say that the strong growth of 100% electric car and plug-in hybrid electric car US sales is really no longer a story — they’ve been growing strongly month after month without a break. However, the odd thing is that there’s still all kinds of anti-hype. There are a lot of people in the […]

November 7th

100% Electric Car Sales Up 447.95% In US In 2013

August and September 2013 were funky months in the US auto industry. Basically, the reason for this is the auto industry’s funky calendar. The “last day” of the previous month on the auto industry’s calendar is actually the first weekday of the next calendar month. Because that “last day of the month of August” happened […]

October 4th

Electric Car Sales & Hybrid Car Sales (August 2013 US Sales Summary)

As you can see in the table above, 100% electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric cars (PHEVs), and conventional hybrid electric cars continue to do better and better. 100% electrics were up 457.48% in August 2013 compared to August 2012. And they were up 515.51% January through August 2013 compared to January through August 2012. PHEVs are […]

September 7th

Fiat Selects AeroVironment For Home EV Charging Partnership For Fiat 500e Owners

For Fiat 500e owners who decide to purchase a home EV charger (faster than their own electrical outlets) when they purchase the 500e, they will apparently be getting an AeroVironment charger. AeroVironment is happy to note that this is the 5th major car manufacturer to choose it for such a partnership. AeroVironment claims that its charger “will charge the Fiat […]

August 22nd

The Good Things About Compliance Cars

I recently called out Honda and Fiat for making their first electric cars — the Honda Fit EV and the Fiat 500e — compliance cars. Basically, I was critical of Honda and Fiat for taking that path. However, many people consider compliance cars to be the result of bad policy. I don’t subscribe to that view, […]

August 11th

EV & Hybrid Sales Are Up 80,000 Cars In 2013 (August US Sales Update)

The numbers are in for “mass-market” 100% electric vehicle (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and conventional hybrid electric vehicle sales. Well, the numbers are in from everyone but Tesla and Fiat. (The Tesla Model S total in the colorful spreadsheet below is an estimate based on quarterly sales updates, since the rockstar EV company […]

August 3rd

Honda Fit EV & Fiat 500e Are 100% Compliance Cars

Something that I think not many people are aware of is that some green cars are only produced because of California’s strict laws aimed at greening the automobile industry. Unfortunately, while some automakers get the underlying point of it all and eager to lead the way into the automobile market of the future (i.e., the […]

July 20th