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Used Car Buyers Charged Up about EVs and Hybrids

Top three fastest selling used cars in U.S. are electrics.

by on Jul.22, 2016

The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is the fastest-selling used car in America through May.

Looking for a good used car? Well, if you find a hybrid or an EV you like, don’t dawdle on buying it because it’ll be off the lot before you know it.

According to, five of the top 10 fastest selling used cars in the U.S. in the first half of this year were hybrids or full electrics, including the top three movers. Perhaps even more astonishing, only one of the top 10 is an American car.

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Overall, found that one- to three-year-old used cars took an average of 42.4 days to sell. The top 10 fastest selling cars, however, were much faster—ranging from just 19.7 days on the market to 29.4 days. (more…)

New Zealand Spending $4M to Foster EV Use

Government hopes to double EV purchases annually.

by on May.24, 2016

The Nissan Leaf is currently the world's best-selling battery-electric vehicle and there may be more going to New Zealand.

The government of New Zealand has announced plans to double the number of electric vehicles in the country every year in an ambitious and wide-ranging package of measures to increase the uptake of EVs, according to an article in the International Transport Society International newsletter.

The ITS report said the package includes extending the road user charges exemption on light electric vehicles until they make up 2% of the light vehicle fleet and a new road user charges exemption for heavy electric vehicles until they make up two percent of the heavy vehicle fleet.

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The population of New Zealand is 4.4 million people, or roughly equal to the population of the Detroit metropolitan area, and the market for new vehicles is tiny by global standards. Slightly more than 71,000 vehicles were sold in 2015, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, and the market is divided among more than 40 brands, ranging from Alfa Romeo to Subaru.  (more…)

Israeli Start-Up Developing Battery You Can Refill at a Gas Station

"Alunergy" battery could "imitate the experience" of gassing up.

by on May.19, 2016

Phinergy CEO Aviv Tzidon shows off the basic battery design of the company's Alunergy technology.

When the lithium-ion battery in a car like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S runs down you have to find a charger to plug into, a process that can take 10 hours or more. But a new Israeli start-up hopes to market an entirely new type of battery that you’d “charge up” or, more accurately, refill at a conventional service station.

And while the “Alunergy” battery would create no CO2 or other harmful emissions, it does produce a high-demand chemical byproduct that can be ready resold – meaning users could wind up actually getting paid back for using it, according to the inventor who hopes to commercialize the concept in the next couple years.

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“We want you to feel smart by seeing how much money you’ve saved,” said Aviv Tzidon, the CEO of Phinergy, which is based in a suburb of sprawling Tel Aviv.


Tesla Boosts Range of Model X SUV Ahead of Launch

But buyers will pay dearly.

by on Sep.21, 2015

Tesla's Model X is already getting a boost in its range as the competition nips at its heels.

Facing an onslaught of new, high-mileage competitors, Tesla Motors is suddenly having to boost its own range to stay competitive. And that includes not only the familiar Model S sedan, but also the upcoming Model X, as well.

Until recently, the top-range version of the long-delayed battery-electric SUV was expected to deliver about 240 miles on a charge. But a quick check of the configurator page reveals that the carmaker has up that number by about 4%, the Tesla Model S now expected to top out at 250 miles using the optional 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

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But expect to pay dearly for the chance to keep rolling more than halfway from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The P90D, twin-motor version of the new Tesla Model X will start at $132,000. That’s about $5,000 more than a Model S P90D. (more…)

Electric Vehicle Sales Hit 1 Mil Mark: Globally

U.S. biggest market for EVs with China, Japan in top three.

by on Sep.21, 2015

The Nissan Leaf is the world's best-selling electric vehicle with more than 200,000 units sold.

In 2011, President Barack Obama predicted there would be 1 million EVs sold in the U.S. by 2015. He would have been correct if only he had expanded the scope a bit … to the world.

More than just a call to action as part of that year’s State of the Union speech, the administration implemented several federal policies aimed at trying to make that happen, including a $7,500 tax credit toward the purchase of an EV.

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In total, the government will spend $7.9 billion through 2019 trying to bolster the appeal of and raise the purchase numbers of battery electrics, plug-in hybrids, etc. Critics have been quick to call the effort a failure, and if one only takes a cursory look at the numbers, they would be correct. (more…)

Aston Martin, Audi Heating up Competition with Tesla

New vehicles means EV maker has new rivals.

by on Aug.19, 2015

The Rapide normally sports the Aston V-12, making 470 hp, but coming EV version will boast 800 hp.

The hunter is now becoming the hunted. For much of the last two years, Tesla Motors has been working its way down the pricing chain in the quest to gain customers from more traditional automakers.

Now Tesla and its Model S is in the crosshairs of Aston Martin and its battery-powered Rapide luxury sedan. Expected to hit showrooms in two years, the 800 horsepower beast has a range of 200 miles, according to Aston officials.

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Actually, the Rapide and Model S may not be in the same class as the Rapide is expected to come in between $200,000 and $250,000 and the highest priced Model S is just over $140,000, but Aston’s move shows that there isn’t just growth in the bottom end of the EV market. (more…)

Could BMW Partner With Apple on Autonomous Battery Car?

Tech giant may be looking to change course on Project Titan.

by on Aug.03, 2015

Could this be Apple's first EV? The tech giant is rumored to be talking with BMW about producing an electric autonomous vehicle version of it.

With Apple reportedly looking to bring an autonomous battery-car to market, there are growing signs the U.S. high-tech giant could pair with German automaker BMW, possibly to produce a customized version of the BMW i3 city car.

The two companies confirmed they met last year, but the discussions initially led nowhere, Apple apparently exploring the option of producing a vehicle entirely on its own. But the Silicon Valley firm has apparently decided to follow a path more like tech rival Google, which would mean partnering on a vehicle project rather than going into automotive manufacturing.

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While Google has openly discussed its automotive ambitions – the company now rolling out a fleet of prototype, so-called “Google Cars” near its California headquarters, the notoriously secret Apple has been unwilling to discuss its plans. (more…)

Consumer Report Calls its Tesla Model S “Undriveable”

Electronic door module problems reportedly widespread.

by on May.18, 2015

Consumer Reports had difficulty testing Tesla's new Model S P85 D because the door handles didn't work.

Consumer Reports, the influential non-profit publication that once called the Tesla Model S the best vehicle it ever tested, had harsher words for the latest – and fastest – version of the battery-electric sedan.

The $127,000 vehicle turned out to be “undriveable,” the magazine said in a new blog post because of problems with the automatic door handles that are supposed to extend out when someone with the keys approaches the vehicle, didn’t work. It’s an issue that others have been complaining about.

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A new car shouldn’t have problems when you’ve owned it for less than a month,” the magazine said in its posting. “Yet Consumer Reports’ brand-new $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D, with the fancy retractable door handles refused to let us in, effectively rendering the car undriveable.” (more…)

GM Ending Current Volt Production in May

Maker clearing out old models to make way for new ones.

by on Apr.09, 2015

The new Chevrolet Volt is designed to spend even more time operating in electric mode. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Due sluggish sales and a new model on the horizon, General Motors plans to end production of the Chevrolet Volt extended range EV at its plant in Detroit in May.

The car is being replaced by a newer 2016 model later this year and the maker needs to clear out the inventory of the current iteration sitting on dealer lots.

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“Halting Chevrolet Volt production in anticipation of the all-new 2016 model year is a smart move for GM, and allows for less inventory and incentives on the outgoing model,” said Akshay Anand, analyst at Kelley Blue Book’s “Hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle sales have been declining for some time now, with gas prices well below the summer prices of 2014. (more…)

Tesla Introduces Entry-Level Model S

New model costs less than $70K with incentives.

by on Apr.08, 2015

Tesla's new version of the Model S, the 70D, comes in a new color: Ocean Blue.

With a spate of commitments from automakers to churn out lower-priced electric vehicles, like the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla is making moves to provide a more affordable version of the Model S.

The maker announced its newest version is the 70D, which will cost $67,500 after applicable government incentives. It’s $75,000 before incentives. The new low-priced model comes amid a wave of other plug-ins cutting prices as well.

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BMW recently announced buyers can lease an i3 for as low as $239 a month. However, just after that, Honda put out a new $199 lease for its Fit EV subcompact. The new lease price is a $60 a month cut from its previous offer of $259 a month. (more…)