In our 4th article pulled from Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want — a new report from CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, and GAS2 — I’m jumping into which electric car models respondents were most likely to buy and most excited, as well as some implications regarding certain car companies. Without surprise, current EV ownership matched historical EV sales fairly well — 33.9% […]
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Via EV Obsession: Well, let’s be honest, August was a lame sales month for electric car lovers. There are clear reasons for this. Historically, the two highest-selling electric cars in the US have been the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt. The 2nd-generation Chevy Volt, much improved and even a little cheaper, is just hitting the […]
Originally published on EV Obsession. Well, that was a crappy month… if you’re an electric car fan. Almost across the board, US electric car sales were down in July 2015 compared to July 2014. However, three models were up — the Tesla Model S ($75,000), the Mercedes B-Class Electric ($41,450), and the BMW i3 (42,400). […]
I’ve been long planning to do an EV owner and lessee survey like this, so I am super eager to see the results. (I’m going to have a hard time not watching them obsessively as they come in.) But the key, of course, is getting EV owners and lessees to complete the survey. If you drive […]
More than 118,000 electrified vehicles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, a 27% increase over 2013 and the first time sales of plug-ins have hit six-figures.
Three years ago, Tesla and Toyota struck a deal to produce 2,600 battery-powered RAV4 EVs, and the last of those just arrived in California.
Toyota and Tesla Motors signed a big-dollar battery contract in 2011, but earlier this year the two companies announced plans to part ways once the current deal ran its course. Toyota is currently focusing its efforts on hydrogen vehicles, while Tesla remains committed to a pure electric vision. But that doesn’t mean the two companies […]
The Toyota RAV4 EV was always meant to be a placeholder, and looking back it’s clear Toyota has no intention of committing to pure electric vehicles.
By the end of the year, Tesla’s contract to supply battery packs for the Toyota RAV4 EV will come to an end, and Tesla won’t seek its renewal.
After nearly a decade without a pure electric vehicle in its lineup, Toyota rolled out the RAV4 EV in 2012. With battery and electric powertrain supplied by Tesla Motors, the RAV4 EV has the makings of a hit. The New York Times described the drive as “transformational.” Southern California AAA ranked it the Top Green Car in […]
Nobody seems overly-impressed with the new Toyota RAV4 EV. With a price tag similar to the Tesla Model S, but less than half the range, and sales limited to just California, calls of “compliance car” were shouted by many a blog. But in an interesting twist, Toyota is offering buyers a chance to cut the RAV4 EV’s price down to a much more acceptable level.
I managed to catch Toyota’s Environmental Communications Manager while her Rav4 EV was out being tested, and we had a lovely chat about Toyota’s plans for the future.
For more than a decade, Toyota did not have a single legitimate sports car in its lineup after the Supra was discontinued. Since the late 1990s, journalists have speculated about the return of a Supra, and now that talk is starting to bubble to the surface again. And this time the talk includes an all-electric Toyota Supra that could have Tesla roots.
A couple of years ago when Toyota announced it was working on an all-electric version of its iQ microcar, EV enthusiasts were excited. But last month Toyota backtracked, saying it would launch just a small fleet of the tiny iQ EV. The Japanese automaker has now released details on where those few EVs are going, and it is mostly to college campuses and car-sharing services.
Electric cars are having a hard time reaching massive acceptance among the car-buying public, and it isn’t just consumers who are concerned. A new study shows that Toyota’s own dealers prefer selling hybrid models like the Prius to pure electric vehicles. Just one more roadblock to EV acceptance.
The world has not embraced fully electric vehicles the way many analsyts have predicted, and it is causing quite a star in the auto industry. With Toyota’s announcement to severely curtail development of an electric version of the iQ microcar, the EV industry seems to be in dire straits indeed.
Toyota has taken a lot of flack for producing what many are calling a “compliance car” in the Toyota Rav4 EV. With a $49,800 price tag and production initially limited to just 2,600 units, the Rav4 EV isn’t what one would call “affordable.” However, leasing options may make it slightly more attractive for the well-heeled EV enthusiast.
After a brief scare regarding whether or not the Toyota RAV4 EV would be sold to the public, news has emerged that Toyota has awarded its partner, Tesla Motors, $100 million to provide EV powertrain parts for the RAV4 EV. And yes, you will be able to buy it. Toyota had previously paid Tesla Motors […]
There’s been a bit of a dust-up in recent days concerning the Scion iQ EV and the Toyota RAV4 EV regarding which will be sold to the public, and which won’t. Well the facts have finally emerged…but there’s still disappointment to go around.