US EV SALES PASS 1 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 50.7% YEAR-OVER-YEAR
Year-to-date US EV sales have surpassed 1 million – the first time EV sales exceeded that threshold in a single sales year. The National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) reports that through 11 months of 2023, BEV sales totaled 1,007,984 – an increase of 50.7% year-over-year.
USED EVS ARE FACING 33% PRICE DROP, LONGER SELLING TIMES: REPORT
Electric vehicle sales are growing year-over-year, but monthly and quarterly trends often ebb and flow, causing uncertainty about what’s actually happening. A new report from car buying and research firm iSeeCars emphasizes these fluctuating sales patterns, especially with regard to used EVs.
IN A FIRST, EV NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS SURPASS DIESEL IN EUROPE
Here’s a breath of fresh air, literally. In a new milestone, the number of new electric car registrations has exceeded those of diesel-powered vehicles in Europe for the first time, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
Just two weeks after launch, GreenPower says it’s received orders from its exclusive California dealer Model 1 for 25 of the Mega BEAST school buses for the Montebello School District in Los Angeles County, and 10 BEAST school buses for the Garden Grove school district in northern Orange County.
AND JUST LIKE THAT, ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE LOOKING MORE AFFORDABLE
A year or two ago, amid supply-chain shortages, you had to get on a waiting list for most EV models. Now there’s an oversupply, and competition is driving prices downwards. The auto industry might be having heartburn, but it’s good news for consumers.
Written by Dave Reed, Opinion Piece for The Post Independant
FORD IS ADDING AN EXTRA 3K TESLA EV CHARGERS, BRINGING ITS NETWORK TOTAL TO OVER 100,000
Ford EV drivers will have access to 15,000 Tesla Superchargers, higher than initially expected. The company announced Monday it will add an extra 3,000 Tesla chargers as its network grows to over 106,000 stations.
HYUNDAI IS SWITCHING TO TESLA-STYLE NACS PLUGS FOR ITS EVs IN LATE 2024
Hyundai announced that it's the latest automaker to adopt the North American Charging Standard for its battery electric vehicles. Developed by Tesla, NACS was opened up late last year and, since this May, has seen a flurry of automakers pledge to drop the existing Combined Charging Standard plug...
MANY COLORADO HOMES AND POWER GRIDS AREN'T READY FOR MORE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING. HERE'S WHAT EXPERTS SAY NEEDS TO BE DONE.
With hundreds of thousands more electric vehicles expected on Colorado highways in the next few years, CBS News Colorado has learned many power grids aren't yet ready to handle the added power demands to charge those vehicles.
HONDA NOW BUILDING THESE TINY ELECTRIC CARS FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS
Honda has partnered up with its local dealer associations to start production of the Honda Shogo, an electric ride-on vehicle that will transport young patients at children’s hospitals across the US.
BMW, MERCEDES LAUNCH BIGGEST EV PUSH YET TO CATCH TESLA WITH NEW MODELS
European carmakers, which have been perceived to be behind Chinese companies like Warren Buffett-backed BYD and Elon Musk’s Tesla, have had to move quickly to show the market they’re ready to be major players in the electric era.
Ford Motor Company has announced that Germany is the next market where customers will gain access to its BlueCruise driver assistance technology. Following approval, Ford drivers in Germany can now take advantage of true hands-free driving on certain roadways.
SMOOTH TRAVELS WITH EV RENTAL CARS: NAVIGATING THE ELECTRIC JOURNEY
As an avid EV enthusiast and ambassador, I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to drive electric whenever I can. So, when I embarked on a journey back to the Netherlands, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only Sixt but also Hertz had embraced the electric revolution by offering electric vehicle (EV) rental options. While the road to electric mobility is undeniably exciting, it's important to acknowledge that a few bumps along the way can still exist.
Written by Paul Nijssen, Founder and President of EVCharge4U Inc.
CHEVY BOLT IS RETURNING TO MARKET, MONTHS AFTER GM SCRAPPED IT
General Motors said it will bring a new model of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle to market on an undisclosed date, reversing its decision three months ago to scrap the company’s most popular and affordable EV.
GM ACQUIRES SOFTWARE STARTUP TO HELP MAINTAIN EV BATTERY HEALTH
General Motors (GM) has acquired “substantially all the assets” of ALGOLiON Ltd, an Israel-based battery software startup, the company announced on Friday. The company’s technology helps detect irregularities in cell performance that will be used to maintain battery health in GM’s EVs.
GM CEO DISCUSSES CATCHING UP TO TESLA, ADOPTING NACS, HINTS AT BOLT SUCCESSOR
General Motors (GM) is going all-electric, but the transition hasn’t happened as quickly as many anticipated. The automaker is overcoming supply chain hurdles as it ramps up EV production. With several high-volume EVs launching, GM’s CEO Mary Barra believes “it will be dramatically different” next year. But will it be enough to surpass Tesla?
RIVIAN LATEST TO CLIMB ABOARD THE NACS HYPE TRAIN, WILL OFFER TESLA SUPERCHARGER ACCESS TO DRIVERS
American EV automaker Rivian Automotive announced it is embracing the North American Charging Standard (NACS) originally developed and implemented by rival Tesla. Rivian is the latest automaker to embrace the charging standard, joining an ever-growing list OEMs.
The automobile industry has decades of commercials to look back on, ranging from the serious to the silly. More and more are for electric cars, and we had a whale of a time looking through them and picking our most cherished ones.
STAFF EDITORIAL: MY NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE RENTING A TESLA
Renting a Tesla can seem like an exciting and eco-friendly option for a road trip or a special occasion. However, my recent experience with a well-known rental service and their Tesla Model 3 rental turned into a nightmare.
Written by Paul Nijssen, Founder and President of EVCharge4U Inc. & John King
AUTOMAKERS ARE ROLLING OUT MORE AFFORDABLE EV MODELS. WHY?
After years of catering to the luxury market, the floodgates have opened – quite suddenly, across all major brands. Promises of budget-friendly models are everywhere, making EVs a serious contender for many Americans in the market for a new car.
POLESTAR LOOKS FOR PARTNERS TO PROPEL THE SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Polestar is emerging as a pioneer in the fight against climate change. After delivering over 51,000 vehicles last year, Polestar looks to keep the momentum going, forecasting between 16% to 46% YOY growth in 2023.
TO GET THE EV TAX CREDIT, YOU WILL NOW HAVE TO BUY AN AMERICAN BRAND
New restrictions on qualifying for the up to $7,500 credit mean that only U.S. brands currently qualify. Car buyers looking to get a tax break on a new electric vehicle will now confront an even narrower set of options and have to buy from a U.S. brand.
Written by Sean McLain and Andrew Duehren for The WSJ
EV MODELS OUTNUMBER PHEV CHOICES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2014
Plug-in hybrid tech continues to be something that neither automakers nor regulators can completely agree on. Some, like Toyota, Volvo, BMW, and others see them as a smart, effective bridge technology to EVs while others, including GM and Honda see them, at least for now in the U.S., as an unnecessary complication in the shift to EVs.
CLEAN VEHICLE TAX CREDITS: THE NEW 2023 RULES IN A NUTSHELL
The new 2023 rules for getting EV tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act come into effect today, reducing the number of car models that qualify for the full federal tax credit. We’ll explain why that is, what the new rules are and how you can make sure your clean vehicle is eligible for the full tax credit of $7,500.
E.P.A. IS SAID TO PROPOSE RULES MEANT TO DRIVE ELECTRIC CAR SALES TENFOLD
In what would be the nation’s most ambitious climate regulation, the proposal is designed to ensure that electric cars make up the majority of new U.S. auto sales by 2032. Written By Coral Davenport for The New York Times
Most EVs are decked out with high-performance lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. These are the kind of batteries you'll already have lying around the house - in your laptop, mobile phone, cordless drill - only bigger. Your car will have a whole host of Li-ion batteries, bundled together in a neat, lightweight package, making it possible to power a whole car over hundreds of miles. Written By Suzanne Stougie
NEW HYUNDAI IONIQ 6 OWNERS WILL RECEIVE TWO YEARS OF FREE CHARGING FROM ELECTRIFY AMERICA
DC fast charging network Electrify America announced its latest complimentary charging program available for EV owners today. Looking ahead, future owners of the upcoming Hyundai IONIQ 6 will receive two years of free 30-minute charging sessions on its network, offering speeds up to 350 kW – perfect for the electric streamliner’s 800V e-GMP platform. Written By Scooter Doll for electrek
VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES FIVE-YEAR $193 BILLION INVESTMENT AS ELECTRIFICATION GATHERS PACE
Volkswagen on Tuesday announced plans to invest 180 billion euros ($192.6 billion) between 2023 and 2027, with more than two thirds targeting “electrification and digitalization.” Written By Elliot Smith for CNBC
FORD TRIPLING F-150 LIGHTNING, DOUBLING MACH E PRODUCTION IN 2023
Despite an ongoing pause in F-150 Lightning production, Ford says it will boost output this year in response to overwhelming demand. Ford aims to triple Lightning and double Mach-E production as consumers continue gravitating toward its popular EVs. Written By Peter Johnson for electrek
THE GREAT AND GOOD OF BANNING NEW ICE CARS IN 2035
Internal combustion engine (ICE) cars are notorious carbon emitters, causing global temperatures to rise, that much we know. By adopting EVs wholeheartedly, we have a chance to reduce carbon emissions and avoid climate catastrophe. It’s the main reason why governments the world over are pledging to stop selling new gas-powered cars by 2035. Written By Suzanne Stougie
EUROPE IS GOING 100% ELECTRIC IN 2035 - HERE'S HOW TO GET IT DONE!
First the European Union, now New Jersey… The world is swiftly following California’s lead, aiming for zero emissions from new cars and vans by 2035. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the latest headlines, heralding the end of combustion engines the world over. And what’s needed to actually get us there. Written By Suzanne Stougie
ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES TOP $1 TRILLION IN WAKE-UP CALL FOR CARMAKERS
Global spending on electric vehicles is surging. According a new report published by BloombergNEF on investment in the energy transition, annual spending on passenger EVs hit $388 billion in 2022, up 53% from the year before. Written By Colin McKerracher for Bloomberg
ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES GET A SECOND LIFE STORING SOLAR POWER
A California energy startup has turned more than a thousand electric vehicle (EV) batteries into solar power storage capsules, in an intriguing effort to prove out an alternative to traditional recycling. Written By Alex Fitzpatrick from Axios
It's been called 'one of the major psychological barriers preventing many people from getting an EV', making it an important concern to tackle in our quest to go electric. Range anxiety, or the worry that you won't make it to your destination (or the next available charging unit) before your EV's battery runs out, is a barrier for many drivers when seriously considering an electric car. Written By Suzanne Stougie
We are all creatures of habit – it’s in our genes. Sticking to what we know makes us feel good and secure. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that the e-revolution is filling a lot of us with dread. One of America’s main worries about electric cars (besides a higher sales price) has been a lack of safety. Scaremongering news reports of the past have focused on exploding batteries, first responders getting electric shocks after EV accidents and the dangers of the ‘quiet car’ to pedestrians. Written By Suzanne Stougie
When it comes to the health of our planet, ordinary, gas-fueled cars are bad news. They give off greenhouse gases (GhGs), warming up the earth and causing human-made climate change. They damage our food crops ad threaten our health and livelihoods. According to the UN, in the years from 2010 to 2019, an estimated 23.1 million people worldwide were displaced each year due to weather related events. It's a pretty dire situation. Written By Suzanne Stougie
CEC APPROVES $2.9 BILLION INVESTMENT FOR ZERO-EMISSION TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
The California Energy Commission (CEC) today approved an unprecedented $2.9 billion investment plan that accelerates California’s 2025 electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling goals. The funds will support the deployment of thousands of zero-emission trucks, school buses and transit buses to deliver clean air benefits to communities hit hardest by the impacts of pollution from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. News release from energy.ca.gov