Originally published on EV Obsession. Electric car forecasts are a dime a dozen (actually, they cost a lot more than that, but they’re probably worth a dime a dozen). They often don’t account for the exponential growth that comes from disruptive technology. Some studies base growth on broad surveys of potential buyers… despite the fact that most people know very […]
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Originally published on EV Obsession. Pulling more fun charts from a recent UK study (h/t Herman Trabish) as well as a chart from our recent EV owner & lessee survey, I wanted to spend a few minutes busting the myth that “electric cars don’t work as primary cars” — and the even more ridiculous one, that you can’t […]
Originally published on EV Obsession. Incentives are an interesting thing. Sometimes, the ones you think will work the best don’t work too well. Sometimes, ones you don’t think will have as much effect end up having a huge effect. Sometimes, incentives work great with one population but don’t work so well with another population. Electric car […]
Originally published on EV Obsession. Following up on the slew of EV survey results I’ve been sharing, this article focuses on the question of why people buy electric cars. However, I think it’s very important to remember that the data presented are from early “pioneer” buyers. Their primary reasons for buying EVs are not the same as what […]
Originally published on EV Obsession. I often write about the many advantages of electric cars over gasmobiles for consumers, but perhaps the best argument for their superiority simply lies in how satisfied owners are with their cars. Survey after survey finds that electric car owners are very happy with their cars. In fact, Chevy Volt […]
Though it has long offered diesel engines in Europe, Jaguar has denied Americans these motors for just as long, but that all changes with the new Jaguar XE.
What you see above is a group of high-risk teens that built a fully electric Lotus Esprit and drove it all the way across these great United States. It’s pretty awesome. The Lotus Esprit is a classic of wedge-shaped, 70s glory. Owning one today, in the 21st century, marks you as either an automotive aficionado […]
Over in Europe, more than half of all new cars are powered by diesel motors. Why? Quite simply because automakers are getting better and better efficiency out of these oil-burners. And when gas costs an average of $8 a gallon, like it does across most of Europe, every MPG counts. In America, things are different, […]
Is this a case of the grass is always greener, or is GM cutting the U.S. market out of one of the Chevy Volt’s coolest tricks? Over in Europe, the Chevy Volt will get a selectable EV-mode button that will allow drivers to choose if they want to run the gas-engine, or drive in EV-only mode.
With looming fuel efficiency standards dictating future car products, major automakers are investing a lot of time and money into developing EV’s and hybrid cars. Well…except for Chrysler. Instead, the Pentastar brand has announced that the Jeep Grand Cherokee will offer a diesel engine option in 2013, with other models to follow.
1983 is the year Fiat pulled out of the U.S. market, many speculating it would never return. Well Fiat is coming back…in a little way. Next year the much ballyhooed Fiat 500 goes on sale here, and is priced at a wallet-friendly $15,500.