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Tesla, Chevy Volt, & Ford Energi Top US Electric Car Sales Charts

Yes, Ford Energi in the title probably comes as a little bit of a surprise, but if you add Ford’s two Energi models together, they almost tie the Chevy Volt for #2 in US electric car sales in April at 17%. This, combined with the Chevy Volt’s great sales and Tesla’s continual domination of the large […]

May 5th

Electric Car Sales Up 10% In US In 2016

Electric car sales in the US were a mixed bag again in March. Several plug-in hybrid models, led by the Chevy Volt, had a strong month and first quarter, but several fully electric models saw lower sales than in the previous year. I think these sales are still depressed by people waiting for longer-range electric vehicles […]

April 9th

German EV Sales Split For February 2016

The top position for electric vehicle sales in Germany for the month of February 2016 was, surprisingly, held by the Audi A3 e-tron, with 210 units sold during the month in the market. This was followed closely by the Renault ZOE — with 201 units moved in the country during February — according to new […]

March 25th

Comparing C-Max Energi To Nissan LEAF

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The moment I got in the spacious canopy of the LEAF, moving effortlessly with a unique and agile responsiveness, I changed. With a softer drive, the LEAF is as easy as cars get. I think it is the most naturally cooperative car to drive. Until the Model 3 or 2018 LEAF […]

March 19th

Pure Electrics Dive, Plug-In Hybrids Jump (US Electric Car Sales — February 2016)

US electric car sales (pure electrics and plug-in hybrids) rose 4.4% in February 2016 vs February 2015, but that slight change masks large variations by type of EV. 100% electric cars dove 14% (4479 sales in Feb 2016 vs 5193 in Feb 2015), while plug-in hybrids rose a dramatic 41% (3644 sales vs 2589). There are a handful […]

March 4th

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

2016 Electric Car Sales Predictions

2016 looks like it will be an interesting year for electric car sales. We have some significantly upgraded versions of the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, as well as several new entrants to the market — such as the Tesla Model X, the Chevy Bolt later this year, the Volvo XC90 T8, the Volvo S90 T8, the […]

January 10th

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

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

Electric Car Shopping: Chevy Volt vs Nissan LEAF vs Ford C-Max Energi

There was a time when I biked almost everywhere I needed to go. However, the serious lack of safe bicycle paths has me driving to work about 8 or 9 miles or 16 round trip — and jaunts to a few other places are also part of my regular schedule. After being car free for a while, […]

October 17th

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

Ford “Smartwatch” App Lets EV Owners Monitor Battery Remotely

Those who drive one of Ford’s electric vehicles and who also possess an interest in “smart watches” may be interested to hear that the company has developed a new app that allows owners to remotely control their car on a smart watch. To be more specific, users of the new app will be able to: check […]

September 27th

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

Best Electric Car For The Average American

Ah, that mythical creature — the “average person” or “average American.” What is the best electric car for the “average American?” It depends on what you consider average, but I’ll present a few scenarios below. 1 + 1 = 2 First of all, the average number of cars per household is just above 2. Generally speaking, […]

September 9th

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