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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

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

Ranking Automakers On Their Electric Commitment (Top 10 List)

This is going to be a fun one. 😀 No matter how this ranking turns out, people are going to have differing opinions, sometimes very strong ones. But that’s the nature of subjective rankings, especially about topics people are very emotional about. Considering how people name their cars, how they will buy from a single […]

September 2nd

Audi A3 e-tron & VW Golf GTE (Same Car) Lead Germany Electric Car Sales

It’s no surprise to see that German car companies continue to top the electric car sales table in Germany, but after test driving the Audi A3 e-tron myself, I have to admit that I’m surprised to see it and its almost identical cousin, the Volkswagen Golf GTE, topping the tables. The July sales (i.e., registrations) numbers come […]

August 20th

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Nearly Knocked Off The Podium In Netherlands!

Well, the Netherlands is certainly turning out to be one of the most interesting electric vehicle markets in the world. It is #2 in terms of electric cars’ percentage of total new car sales, but the cars leading the pack keep changing. The Dutch plug-in hybrid fetish is apparently as strong as ever, and some new […]

August 7th

High-End Electric Cars Up, Everything Else Down (July US Sales Update)

Well, that was a crappy month… if you’re an electric car fan. Almost across the board, US electric car sales were down in July 2015 compared to July 2014. However, three models were up — the Tesla Model S ($75,000), the Mercedes B-Class Electric ($41,450), and the BMW i3 (42,400). This actually matches fine with […]

August 5th

EV Owner & Lessee Survey

I’ve been long planning to do an EV owner and lessee survey like this, so I am super eager to see the results. (I’m going to have a hard time not watching them obsessively as they come in.) But the key, of course, is getting EV owners and lessees to complete the survey. If you drive […]

July 25th

Volkswagen Golf GTE Takes #1 From Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV In Netherlands

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) had been holding the #1 spot in electric car sales in the Netherlands for a while. It’s been doing well in other European markets as well, propelling it to #1 in Europe as a whole. But it has been kicked off its throne in the Netherlands. Another plug-in hybrid (both of which […]

July 14th

Tesla Tops German Electric Car Registrations In June, But #5 YTD

The German electric car market is a fun one. Of course, German automakers have an advantage, but they have so many models on the market that there’s quite a lot of shifting around from month to month. Sadly, Germany doesn’t really live up to its potential in this realm, though. Despite having a larger population than any […]

July 14th

Nissan LEAF & Chevy Volt Sales Down As Buyers Wait For New Models?

Unfortunately, June was a pretty poor month for US electric car sale when compared to June 2014. Of course, most electric cars on the market are compliance cars, which means that their makers don’t try all that hard to sell them (many dealers actually try to dissuade potential buyers from buying them), come at a worse […]

July 2nd

EV Buyers Are Younger, Richer, & Looking For A Deal

Electric cars are finally starting to hit something akin to critical mass thanks to a wave of early adopters not afraid to plunk down their hard-earned dollars followed by a second wave of early buyers. But who are these people, and what is driving them to buy electric cars in larger and larger numbers? TrueCar.com […]

Chevy Spark EV Shocks, Takes #3 In April US Electric Car Sales

100% electric car sales were up 31% in the USA in April 2015 compared to April 2014, and sales from January through April were up 63% (with my estimate for Tesla Model S sales included). Overall, sales of all plug-in cars were up 9% in April, and 36% for January through April. I’ll admit it, though: […]

May 5th