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Dec 4, 2013
Karen Cook
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Low EV Sales Prompt Survey


Electric vehicle options are ever expanding. More and more manufacturers are producing them. The public is increasingly aware of the damage gasoline powered vehicles are doing to the environment. So why aren’t more EVs being sold? Recently a couple of surveys were done by Navigant Research in an effort to answer this question.

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Nov 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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Ford Fusion Named 2013 ‘Green Car of the Year’

The Ford Fusion was awarded the title of ‘Green Car of the Year’ by Green Car Journal today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. I sense that you’re surprised. “The Ford Fusion? … an American midsize sedan?” That’s right. Considering that previous winners include the Chevy Volt (a plug-in hybrid) and Honda Civic CNG (a natural gas-powered compact car), you’re probably not the only person left scratching their head. So what was it that made Ford’s new midsize sedan stand above other notable contenders (such as the all-electric Nissan LEAF)?

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Sep 19, 2012
Andrew Davis

RM’s St. John’s Sale Shows That “Pure Electrics” Aren’t the Future; They’ve Been Around For Over a Century

You stand there in front of your open garage, staring at your 2012 Leaf or Prius or Volt, trying to think of any way you can possibly pay for your kids’ educations without parting with your dear old spark-fed friend.

But this is 2112, and Space College is expensive. The Jupiter commute alone costs so many credits that you had to pawn your grandma’s good nuclear reactor just to get your progeny home for last year’s Nondenominational Wintertime Visitation Period.

Will auctioning your hundred-year-old electric/hybrid/whatzis bring the kind of EarthBux you need for their education? Well, I’m not sure about that car, but thanks to RM’s St. John auction on July 28 in Plymouth, Michigan we have some idea of what a hundred-year-old electric car’s worth.

[In fact, they had four of them…]

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Jun 29, 2012
Chris Salamone

Cadillac ELR Details (And Weight) Add Up

The journalistic wizards at Car and Driver have uncovered a motherload of new details regarding the incoming Cadillac ELR, based on the current Chevy Volt. Originally billed as the Cadillac Converj Concept, at Detroit’s 2009 Auto Show, the Cadillac ELR has been the focus of rumors all over the blogosphere for years. ELR-related conversations have mostly involved concern that the Volt is already priced like a Cadillac – and already appeals to Cadillac’s consumer market.

But another potential issue has arisen as well. Cadillacs must be powerful, quiet, luxurious, and a long list of other features – which, in sum, amount to a heavy vehicle. The Volt’s mechanical guts, rated at 94 MPGe and powered by an uninspiring 1.4 liter engine plus 16.5 kWh battery, are simply not strong enough to accommodate the extra weight.

That’s why Cadillac will be adding a little fuel to the fire.

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May 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Honda Seeks “Harmonious” Mobility Device

Beginning in June 2012, Honda will start testing the company’s latest electric personal mobility device. UNI-CUB, a seated electric chair, stems from Honda’s originally famous ASIMO robot. But UNI-CUB is a whole different animal…er machine.

For starters, UNI-CUB is a balance controlled vehicle which relies on some fancy multi-directional hoodoo. Drivers can lean in any direction, while plopped down on UNI-CUB’s English-style saddle, and expect the wheels underneath to respond in an appropriately futuristic manner. Honda has pioneered a steering technology called Omni Traction Drive System which allows riders to travel forward, backward, side to side, and diagonally – instead of traditional forward/backward wheels. The system relies on rear wheels which move laterally to facilitate turning and front/rear wheel treads that are capable of different rotational speeds and directions.

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May 11, 2012
Chris Salamone

Subaru’s Rumored WRX Electric Turbo

Ever since the most recent generation Impreza rolled onto lots, buyers have wondered what the incoming WRX might look like. While we still have no idea what shape the next WRX will take, partly because Subaru refused to showcase a new design during last year’s Tokyo Auto Show, a recent article from Brisbane Times speculates that the vehicle’s turbocharger will have some pretty nifty technology.

For the time being, WRX enthusiasts will have to remain ‘enthused’ by imagining the improved fuel efficiency and reduced turbo lag associated with an electrically-powered turbocharger.

And although no official comment has affirmed the rumor, Brisbane Times cites an “unnamed source” and’s eagle eyes’ find of a Fuji Heavy Industries patent, taken out in 2007, on… you guessed it… an electric turbo.

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Apr 23, 2012
Chris Salamone

MotoEnvy, Electric Style

If you didn’t want a motorcycle before, you’ll want one now. Brammo, the company responsible for dominating the Isle of Man electric motorcycle race, has officially unveiled their latest close-to-production version super bike – the Empulse. Until recently, electric motorcycles seemed like an impossible dream. Subsequent battery technology just couldn’t handle the high speeds or minimum storage space commonly associated with bikes.

That is, until now. On May 8, Brammo will officially debut the company’s latest electric sensation. One quick look at the vehicle’s specs and you’ll become an electric motorcycle believer.

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Mar 30, 2012
Chris Salamone

Spark EV Hits Pavement, Closer To Production

Back in October, General Motors made some big electric vehicle predictions. Among them, the good General believed the company’s soon-to-be megahit Chevy Volt would start to sell big volumes. While many spectators rationally dismissed the Volt’s projected sales target, some were eager to learn more about GM’s future production of an electrified Chevy Spark – the traditionally petrol powered sub-subcompact.

Count your lucky stars, because the Spark EV has mobilized for a 65% development drive. Whatever that means.

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Mar 22, 2012
Chris Salamone

Sweden Considers Electrifying Highway

From a global perspective, the concept of electrifying a road, instead of each individual car, is well known. After successful applications in San Francisco and other major city centers, there can be no doubt that overhead electric cables are an efficient way to operate public transit. But little and less is understood about how the public, or industry, might benefit from a similar system. Volvo and Sweden hope to change all that.

In June, the Swedish Traffic Administration will consider a proposal to build a fast-track electrification project near the country’s northern perimeter. The plan aims to boost a 62 mile segment of road which connects a new mine and train depot – streamlining the shuttling of iron ore.

We shouldn’t be too surprised though. As a matter of policy, Sweden intends to become fossil fuel free by 2030.

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Feb 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Obama Budget Throws Giant EV Bone

Say what you will about our President, but the man knows his logical reasoning. The big problem with EV sales is that only America’s financial elite can afford to go electric and take advantage of the $7,500 tax credit. In point of fact, GM recently came out and admitted that Chevy Volt buyers are some of the company’s most wealthy customers, averaging about $170,000 in income per year.  And since Obama has a goal of having one million “advanced technology vehicles” on the road by 2015, clearly the President cannot rely on an exclusive class of citizenry.

In an effort to make electric vehicles more attainable for your average Joe, President Obama’s federal budget will include a provision to change the EV tax incentive from a credit to a rebate and increase the dollar amount from $7,500 to $10,000.

While a credit can be very useful for high income earners, as a method of deducting total taxable income, a rebate will function as an immediate incentive for all consumers to go electric. Thus, $10,000 would be chopped off that Chevy Volt’s sticker price at the point of purchase, not during next year’s tax season as a deduction. Suddenly EVs could look at lot more affordable.

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