November 10, 2014
photo: David Noland, Tom Moloughney
Green Car Reports grouped the cars by maker so that, for instance, General Motors includes both Chevrolet and Cadillac plug-in sales.
And they included compliance cars; even if they’re limited in volume, they do have plugs.
Here are the percentages of a carmaker’s total U.S. sales this year that are made up of battery-electric, range-extended electric, and plug-in hybrid sales:
- Tesla: 100 percent
- BMW: 2.3 percent (4,534 of 201,000)
- Nissan: 2.1 percent (24,411 of 1.17 million)
- Ford: 0.9 percent (18,859 of 2.07 million)
- GM: 0.7 percent (17,969 of 2.43 million)
- Toyota: 0.6 percent (12,321 of 1.98 million)
A couple of things stand out.
November 3, 2014
2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Courtesy of Toyota
Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.
The research firm studied the total cost of owning a hybrid, and found that 10 of the 31 hybrids included in the research were more cost-effective to own that their gasoline counterpart. The percentage of cost-effective hybrids has fallen to 32 percent from 39 percent in the 2013 study and 44 percent in the 2012 study.
The Lexus CT200h and the Toyota Avalon Hybrid returned impressive lower ownership costs with savings of over $7,600 and $3,200 respectively. Additional hybrids from Acura, Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, and Toyota also showed cost advantages, according to Vincentric.
However, when the costs to own and operate all 31 hybrid vehicles were taken into account, the average five-year cost-of-ownership for hybrids was $1,339 more than their gasoline-powered counterparts.
November 2, 2014
Jeff Willhelm/Charlotte Observer
Agnew, 60, recently debuted the Condor 2015, an all-electric pickup designed for fleet service and deliveries, that conserves energy and saves buyers thousands in fuel costs. Capable of hauling 1,000 pounds and reaching up to 80 mph, the truck was produced in Charlotte, N.C., by EV Fleet Inc., a manufacturing startup Agnew formed this year to assemble and sell electric pickups.
The Condor is a strategic response to what Agnew said he didn’t see on the market — pickups built with motors that ran on energy stored in batteries and no gas components. Yet the Condor’s creation comes just as analysts question the long-term viability of the nascent electric vehicle industry.
October 30, 2014
How does the federal plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) tax credit phase-out work, and has it begun for any vehicle manufacturers? What is the status of other federal alternative fuel tax credits?
October 27, 2014
Brent Belcher, Toyota of Albany , left, instructs Jason Ribolla (white shirt) and other firefighters on Toyota hybrid cars. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — In the event of a vehicle emergency, firefighters are trained on how to safely enter a disabled vehicle and free its occupants. But times are changing and not all vehicles operate with standard internal combustion engines. Responders could face unfamiliar dangers in the form of extremely high voltage.
That’s why a dozen or so members of the Albany Fire Department were at Toyota of Albany on Ledo Road this past week, poking around the innards of some high-tech hybrid cars. “It a whole different thing with a hybrid,” said Jason Ribolla, training officer at the AFD. “These cars are silent when they’re running on electricity and if you don’t know what you’re doing, power goes to the wheels and the vehicle starts to move.”
October 14, 2014
Despite the terrible weather in the morning and the cancellation of the band and Farmer’s Market the electric car movement is very strong in Central Florida. We had about 300 participants with 52 EV’s showcased and at least 5 Ride and Drive vehicles taking people around the property and along Lake Concord. We had two food vendors and the event was covered by at least three news agencies. Fox 35, News 13 and the Orlando Sentinel. Here is a link to the Sentinel story:
Casselberry hosts Drive Electric event featuring electric vehicle enthusiasts and dealers
October 3, 2014
Set for May 4-7 in Dallas, the 2015 ACT Expo will bring together conference attendees, exhibitors and experts to examine the latest alternative-fuel and clean vehicle technologies for all weight classes, from electric drive to hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, renewables and efficiency technologies.
Emphasizing ACT Expo’s fuel-neutral stance, organizers said this alliance will focus on delivering an expanded electric-drive agenda component to show how the industry is meeting the growing demand for charging infrastructure while showcasing various hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicle technologies on the exhibit hall floor.
October 3, 2014
image via Nissan LEAF Facebook
For September, Nissan sold 2,881 LEAFs, an 48% improvement over the 1,953 sold last year.
And for those who are thinking, “It seems like the LEAF is setting new monthly records a lot”, you would be right – as this is the 19th consecutive record month the company has raised the bar.
This strong result is also on the heels of August, when Nissan set a new all-time record for fully electric sales in the US (and the world) by selling 3,186 copies, while bringing its share of the plug-in space in America up to almost 25%.
Overall for the year to date, Nissan has sold 21,822 LEAFs, an improvement of 36% over 2013 when 15,896 were moved.