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Nissan Leaf & Tesla Model S Hold #1 & #2 Spots In US Electric Car Sales

As far as the overall electric car sales rankings go, not much changed in the US last month. The Nissan Leaf took the #1 spot again thanks to a low price and good value, and the fact that its parent company actually wants to sell electric cars. The #2 spot went to the world’s best mass-manufactured car, the Tesla Model S. The 2013 sales leader, the Chevy Volt, remained at #3 for the third strai More

As far as the overall electric car sales rankings go, not much changed in the US last month. The Nissan Leaf took the #1 spot again thanks to a low price and good value, and the fact that its parent company actually wants to sell electric cars. The #2 spot went to the world’s best mass-manufactured car, the Tesla Model S. The 2013 sales leader, the Chevy Volt, remained at #3 for the third strai More

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Nissan Leaf Dominates In January 2014 Electric Car Sales (Charts)

Electric car sales numbers are in for the US! I’ve created a few charts below to share the big picture for January 2014 versus January 2013. However, I’m changing one huge thing this year with these monthly electric car sales updates — I’m dropping the conventional hybrids. Frankly, I just don’t care about them, since they don’t have any of the benefits of 100% electric and even plug-i More

Electric car sales numbers are in for the US! I’ve created a few charts below to share the big picture for January 2014 versus January 2013. However, I’m changing one huge thing this year with these monthly electric car sales updates — I’m dropping the conventional hybrids. Frankly, I just don’t care about them, since they don’t have any of the benefits of 100% electric and even plug-i More

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In 2012, China Was Home to 13,300 BEVs and 1,000 PHEVs

From the recent Research and Markets report titled “China Electric Vehicle Industry Report 2013″ we learn that China is actually home to a fair amount of plug-in vehicles, despite reports suggesting the nation doesn’t buy into EVs.
The 60-mile, Extended Range BYD F3DM Makes Up a Small Portion of the PHEVs on Chinese Roads

The 60-mile, Extended Range BYD F3DM Makes Up a Small Por More

From the recent Research and Markets report titled “China Electric Vehicle Industry Report 2013″ we learn that China is actually home to a fair amount of plug-in vehicles, despite reports suggesting the nation doesn’t buy into EVs.
The 60-mile, Extended Range BYD F3DM Makes Up a Small Portion of the PHEVs on Chinese Roads

The 60-mile, Extended Range BYD F3DM Makes Up a Small Por More

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Ford bids to be leader of plug-in vehicle sales

Ford Energi line joins Toyota Prius plug-in, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf in nationwide sales of electrified cars.
A Tesla Model S P85+ chargers at the supercharger in a parking garage in downtown Normal, Ill. (Robert Duffer)
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Nov. 6, 2013, 12:12 p.m.

By Robert Duffer, Chicago Tribune

There’s a new prominent player in the growing plug-in vehicle market: Ford. More

Ford Energi line joins Toyota Prius plug-in, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf in nationwide sales of electrified cars.
A Tesla Model S P85+ chargers at the supercharger in a parking garage in downtown Normal, Ill. (Robert Duffer)
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Nov. 6, 2013, 12:12 p.m.

By Robert Duffer, Chicago Tribune

There’s a new prominent player in the growing plug-in vehicle market: Ford. More

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Data Shows 93 Percent of Those Who Obtained an Electric Vehicle in Late 2012 Choose to Lease Rather Than to Buy

It’s no secret that there are some smoking hot lease deals out there for electric vehicles. In fact, $199 per month seems to be the target right now, but is there any evidence out there that proves these lease specials work?
Honda Released This Graphic On The Competition And Leases

Honda Released This Graphic On The Competition And Leases (Click to Enlarge)

Why yes…yes the More

It’s no secret that there are some smoking hot lease deals out there for electric vehicles. In fact, $199 per month seems to be the target right now, but is there any evidence out there that proves these lease specials work?
Honda Released This Graphic On The Competition And Leases

Honda Released This Graphic On The Competition And Leases (Click to Enlarge)

Why yes…yes the More

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Dethroned: Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in Outsell Nissan Leaf in 2012

The Nissan Leaf was outsold globally by the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in in 2012, according to a Bloomberg report. The Leaf, which led plug-in and electric vehicle global sales in 2011, sold 25,435 units in 2012, compared to 30,090 units for the Volt and 27,181 for the Prius PHEV.

2013 Nissan Leaf front three quarter motion 300×187 imageThough the Leaf fell short of its riva More

The Nissan Leaf was outsold globally by the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in in 2012, according to a Bloomberg report. The Leaf, which led plug-in and electric vehicle global sales in 2011, sold 25,435 units in 2012, compared to 30,090 units for the Volt and 27,181 for the Prius PHEV.

2013 Nissan Leaf front three quarter motion 300×187 imageThough the Leaf fell short of its riva More

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Actual Owner’s 2012 Nissan Leaf Review

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Canada: A 2012 Review

We’ve covered U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars–which tripled last year.

Now, as the puck drops on a new hockey season, readers’ thoughts might turn to our northern neighbor–and wonder whether Canadians lead or lag their American cousins when it comes to buying plug-in cars.

Canada: One-third the U.S. rate

As in the U.S., exact numbers are hard to get More

We’ve covered U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars–which tripled last year.

Now, as the puck drops on a new hockey season, readers’ thoughts might turn to our northern neighbor–and wonder whether Canadians lead or lag their American cousins when it comes to buying plug-in cars.

Canada: One-third the U.S. rate

As in the U.S., exact numbers are hard to get More

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EVs in Europe: 2012 Winners and 2013 Forecasts

There were less than 20,000 electric cars sold in the whole European Union in 2012. That is much less than anticipated, but sales data are nonetheless revealing. Surprise: the best selling EV in Europe is not really a car. It’s the Renault Twizy. Renault delivered more than 6,783 of the little bug last year. It’s well known that some customers bought one as a fashion statement, so nobo More

There were less than 20,000 electric cars sold in the whole European Union in 2012. That is much less than anticipated, but sales data are nonetheless revealing. Surprise: the best selling EV in Europe is not really a car. It’s the Renault Twizy. Renault delivered more than 6,783 of the little bug last year. It’s well known that some customers bought one as a fashion statement, so nobo More

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Best electric cars of 2012


The past 12 months saw the EV field expand in breadth and depth, with new models in new categories taking to the road.

This past year saw the electric car inch closer to being a practical vehicle instead of a curiosity. The Nissan Leaf cra More


The past 12 months saw the EV field expand in breadth and depth, with new models in new categories taking to the road.

This past year saw the electric car inch closer to being a practical vehicle instead of a curiosity. The Nissan Leaf cra More

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Plug-in electric car sales triple in 2012

As this eventful year nears its end, let it be remembered for the rise of the electric car.

Sales of plug-in electric cars — both hybrids and battery electrics — tripled in model year 2012, their second year on the market.

Plug-in hybrid sales have surpassed the sales of conventional hybrids in 2001, which was their second year on the market.

Despite the political More

As this eventful year nears its end, let it be remembered for the rise of the electric car.

Sales of plug-in electric cars — both hybrids and battery electrics — tripled in model year 2012, their second year on the market.

Plug-in hybrid sales have surpassed the sales of conventional hybrids in 2001, which was their second year on the market.

Despite the political More

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Roewe 50 Electric Urban Commuter Car Debuts In China

SAIC Motor is known in China as one of the “Big Four” Chinese automakers. In 2011 alone, for example, it produced 3.97 million vehicles. Through its luxury brand Roewe it is now getting into electric cars, unveiling earlier this week the Roewe 50 at the China Industrial Fair.

The Roew More

SAIC Motor is known in China as one of the “Big Four” Chinese automakers. In 2011 alone, for example, it produced 3.97 million vehicles. Through its luxury brand Roewe it is now getting into electric cars, unveiling earlier this week the Roewe 50 at the China Industrial Fair.

The Roew More

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Nissan plans Leaf EV with budget trim level to spur sales

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co., looking to bolster tumbling sales of its Leaf electric car, will roll out a budget variant next year in a bid for a more-affordable sticker.

The entry trim level would be positioned below the two higher-specification grades currently offered, two people familiar with the plan said.

The lower-cost variant will be added as part of a 2013 model face-lift. More

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co., looking to bolster tumbling sales of its Leaf electric car, will roll out a budget variant next year in a bid for a more-affordable sticker.

The entry trim level would be positioned below the two higher-specification grades currently offered, two people familiar with the plan said.

The lower-cost variant will be added as part of a 2013 model face-lift. More

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USA: 2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Even Cheaper: Now, $139/Month Lease

Plug-in electric car sales are growing in the U.S., with the Chevy Volt in particular going from strength to strength.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf, however, is not doing so well. Despite being one of the earliest electric cars on the market, it’s been outsold three to two this year by the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

What is it that carmakers do to boost sales? Why, offer incentives, More

Plug-in electric car sales are growing in the U.S., with the Chevy Volt in particular going from strength to strength.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf, however, is not doing so well. Despite being one of the earliest electric cars on the market, it’s been outsold three to two this year by the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

What is it that carmakers do to boost sales? Why, offer incentives, More

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USA: Volt Sales Set Record in September 2012, While LEAF Hits 12-Month High

Sales of the Chevy Volt remain solid with General Motors reporting it sold 2,851 units in September 2012. That’s 20 units above the previous record-setting 2,831 units sold in August 2012, and significantly more than the 1,849 units sold in July. If we flip the calendar back to September 2011, we discover that General Motors sold only 723 Chevy Volts that month.

Nissan reported that s More

Sales of the Chevy Volt remain solid with General Motors reporting it sold 2,851 units in September 2012. That’s 20 units above the previous record-setting 2,831 units sold in August 2012, and significantly more than the 1,849 units sold in July. If we flip the calendar back to September 2011, we discover that General Motors sold only 723 Chevy Volts that month.

Nissan reported that s More

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Tesla CEO Musk: We’ll Build 80 Model S Electric Cars This Week

The 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sport sedan is now in a race with time.

The first production Model S was delivered in June, and Tesla has cautiously been ramping up production numbers while trying to keep initial quality high.

But the company has said repeatedly it will sell 5,000 of its new electric car by the end of this year, and indeed, its cashflow needs may require that vol More

The 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sport sedan is now in a race with time.

The first production Model S was delivered in June, and Tesla has cautiously been ramping up production numbers while trying to keep initial quality high.

But the company has said repeatedly it will sell 5,000 of its new electric car by the end of this year, and indeed, its cashflow needs may require that vol More

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USA: CODA: We Have 1,000 Reservations, And We Are Going To Take 15% Of The EV Market

CODA has been flying under the radar since it puts its 88 mile (EPA) all electric sedan on sale in May of this year, and the company says that was its plan all along. To begin with a “soft” start.

Well, no more.

Coda Dealerships – Still A Touch Small And Regional To Sell 3,0 More

CODA has been flying under the radar since it puts its 88 mile (EPA) all electric sedan on sale in May of this year, and the company says that was its plan all along. To begin with a “soft” start.

Well, no more.

Coda Dealerships – Still A Touch Small And Regional To Sell 3,0 More

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USA: So long range anxiety with an all-electric CODA

In this last part, we take a look at how it feels to drive this electric car that should once and for all change your opinion about how electric cars do work and can more than efficiently 95% of your transportation needs. Here was how the drive went. More

In this last part, we take a look at how it feels to drive this electric car that should once and for all change your opinion about how electric cars do work and can more than efficiently 95% of your transportation needs. Here was how the drive went. More

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USA: Toyota Prius Plug-in outselling both Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt first six months

The Toyota Prius Plug-in has been on sale for 6 months, and has outsold the first six months of the Leaf and Volt sales, while offering some advantages, wrapped in a car that is already familiar to many.

In its first six months of production availability, Toyota says the Prius Plug-in has racked up some powerful statistics, and customer acceptance. The plug-in hybrid version of the popular More

The Toyota Prius Plug-in has been on sale for 6 months, and has outsold the first six months of the Leaf and Volt sales, while offering some advantages, wrapped in a car that is already familiar to many.

In its first six months of production availability, Toyota says the Prius Plug-in has racked up some powerful statistics, and customer acceptance. The plug-in hybrid version of the popular More

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Lada: 1st Russian-Built Electric Vehicle

El Lada is shown below in a video that was released by AvtoVAZ, which is also a part-owner of Lada,

The car has a 60kW (80 HP) electric motor that facilitates a top speed of up to 80 mph, and it can travel up to 100 miles after each charge.

This 5-door compact hatchbac More

El Lada is shown below in a video that was released by AvtoVAZ, which is also a part-owner of Lada,

The car has a 60kW (80 HP) electric motor that facilitates a top speed of up to 80 mph, and it can travel up to 100 miles after each charge.

This 5-door compact hatchbac More

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Asia: First Thailand Orders for Long-range BYD e6 EV

One of Thailand’s top power companies, Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), placed orders for 3 long-range, all-electric, 5-passenger BYD e6s and charging pedestals. This is BYD’s first new energy vehicle business in Thailand, opening a new country for global business expansions. MEA is one of the three largest power companies in Thailand providing power for the capital Bangkok an More

One of Thailand’s top power companies, Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), placed orders for 3 long-range, all-electric, 5-passenger BYD e6s and charging pedestals. This is BYD’s first new energy vehicle business in Thailand, opening a new country for global business expansions. MEA is one of the three largest power companies in Thailand providing power for the capital Bangkok an More

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Honda releases electric version of Fit compact

Honda Motor Co. on Aug. 31 began lease sales in Japan of an electric-powered version of its popular Fit compact vehicle.

The new Fit EV has a single-charge mileage of 225 kilometers, one of the world’s best for electric vehicles, Honda officials said.

The model is equipped with Toshiba Corp.’s lithium-ion battery. It has a greater driving range than the Leaf, Nissan Motor More

Honda Motor Co. on Aug. 31 began lease sales in Japan of an electric-powered version of its popular Fit compact vehicle.

The new Fit EV has a single-charge mileage of 225 kilometers, one of the world’s best for electric vehicles, Honda officials said.

The model is equipped with Toshiba Corp.’s lithium-ion battery. It has a greater driving range than the Leaf, Nissan Motor More

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GM said to stop production of Volt hybrid for four weeks

DETROIT — General Motors Co., the largest US automaker, is planning to stop production for about four weeks in September and October at the factory that makes Chevrolet Volt cars, two people familiar with the plan said.

Sales of the plug-in hybrid sedan have not met chief executive Dan Akerson’s projections this year. Through July, GM sold 10,666 Volts in the United States, according to More

DETROIT — General Motors Co., the largest US automaker, is planning to stop production for about four weeks in September and October at the factory that makes Chevrolet Volt cars, two people familiar with the plan said.

Sales of the plug-in hybrid sedan have not met chief executive Dan Akerson’s projections this year. Through July, GM sold 10,666 Volts in the United States, according to More

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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Review – Toyota pioneers the electric crossover, again

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USA: Ingram Park Nissan Offers Scheduled Test Drives for 2012 Nissan Leaf Published: August 28, 2012

All-Electric Nissan in San Antonio Available at Ingram Park Nissan

SAN ANTONIO, AUG. 28, 2012 — /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Imagine a drive with no gas or stops at a gas station. Since its launch at Ingram Park Nissan, a trusted Nissan dealer in San Antonio, TX, the 2012 Nissan Leaf has been exciting customers across the globe with its unprecedented features. Completely electric and gas-f More

All-Electric Nissan in San Antonio Available at Ingram Park Nissan

SAN ANTONIO, AUG. 28, 2012 — /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Imagine a drive with no gas or stops at a gas station. Since its launch at Ingram Park Nissan, a trusted Nissan dealer in San Antonio, TX, the 2012 Nissan Leaf has been exciting customers across the globe with its unprecedented features. Completely electric and gas-f More

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USA: Tesla Aces Edmonds’ Driving Tests

When Edmonds’ Inside Line took the Tesla Model S out for an intense spin review, the driver’s feelings going in were that the company had bragged a little on its speed from 0-60 mph.

The tricked-out, $100,000+ Model S beat its own expectations, doing 0-60 in 4.35 seconds.

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When Edmonds’ Inside Line took the Tesla Model S out for an intense spin review, the driver’s feelings going in were that the company had bragged a little on its speed from 0-60 mph.

The tricked-out, $100,000+ Model S beat its own expectations, doing 0-60 in 4.35 seconds.

Something no More

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USA: Tesla Builds 100th Model S, But Production Rate Still Far From Goals

That may not seem like a lot, but it’s an indication that the electric car company is — as it said in a blog post Tuesday announcing the milestone — starting to ramp up production.

Palo Alto-based Tesla’s last production update came about a month ago, when it announced its second quarter results. At that point, the company had made 40 cars total and had delivered none to customers o More

That may not seem like a lot, but it’s an indication that the electric car company is — as it said in a blog post Tuesday announcing the milestone — starting to ramp up production.

Palo Alto-based Tesla’s last production update came about a month ago, when it announced its second quarter results. At that point, the company had made 40 cars total and had delivered none to customers o More

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USA: Tesla Motors (TSLA) Manufactures 100th Model S

Tesla Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) said on its company blog that the company has successfully manufactured our 100th production Model S, of which 74 are for delivery to the first reservation holders. The rest are being used for test drive cars, in-store displays, engineering tests and for service team training.

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Tesla Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) said on its company blog that the company has successfully manufactured our 100th production Model S, of which 74 are for delivery to the first reservation holders. The rest are being used for test drive cars, in-store displays, engineering tests and for service team training.

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Europe: Car dealer celebrates first sale of long range electric vehicle

A Swindon man has become the first in the UK to order the eco-revolutionary Ampera, a plug-in extended range electric vehicle, from Skurrays Vauxhall.

The innovative vehicle arrived in showrooms on May 1, and Gareth Thomas was one of the first people in the UK to pick up the vehicle on the day it was launched.

The Ampera is equipped with a cutting-edge, 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, wh More

A Swindon man has become the first in the UK to order the eco-revolutionary Ampera, a plug-in extended range electric vehicle, from Skurrays Vauxhall.

The innovative vehicle arrived in showrooms on May 1, and Gareth Thomas was one of the first people in the UK to pick up the vehicle on the day it was launched.

The Ampera is equipped with a cutting-edge, 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, wh More

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The mid-range Tesla Model S with SuperCharger is Tesla’s sweet spot

The 60 kWh Tesla Model S now comes standard with support for the high power SuperCharger, and with it’s lower cost it’s a better value proposition than the 85 kWh Model S.

The Tesla Model S electric car has an EPA certified driving range of 265 miles, when outfitted with an 85 kiloWatt-hour battery pack. To match the supersized battery pack, the Model S includes a fast charging More

The 60 kWh Tesla Model S now comes standard with support for the high power SuperCharger, and with it’s lower cost it’s a better value proposition than the 85 kWh Model S.

The Tesla Model S electric car has an EPA certified driving range of 265 miles, when outfitted with an 85 kiloWatt-hour battery pack. To match the supersized battery pack, the Model S includes a fast charging More

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