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July’s Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales: Volt Triumphs

Chevrolet_Volt_2nd_201606_02A major milestone was marked in the United States last month with respect to plug-in electric vehicle sales. The milestone in question is the delivery of the 100,000th Chevy Volt. Volt became the first plug-in model to hit the 100,000th mark. The automaker celebrated this achievement with some fanfare and a press release. Both Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt were officially put on sale in late 2010, and for the most of five years, the Leaf surpassed the Volt in terms of total sales.

The second-generation Chevy Volt plug-in has been a well-received car and emerged the winner in 2016 Green Car Reports on the best cars to purchase. It topped the Leaf and has continued to flourish for ten consecutive months. In July, the sales of Volts reached 2,406, one of its best months since 2014 August. The total units sold for the seven months in 2016 are 12,214 and since 2010 December the grand total sales amount to 100,964. On the other hand, the Nissan Leaf made deliveries amounting to 1,063.

Since its launch, the Leaf has sold 96,447 units, implying that if it continues with the same pace it would cross the one hundred thousand line in October. Tesla’s Model S emerged as the third ranked selling electric vehicle in the Unites States. However, its manufacturer didn’t give details of the monthly sales. The quarterly sales breakdown details are also not available. The fourth-best is Toyota’s Prius plug-in with sales total exceeding 42,300. This plug-in car’s replacement is Prius Prime, scheduled to officially enter the market at the end of this year.

In the plug-in hybrid sector, Ford recorded the highest sales with its Energi versions. The Fusion and C-Max Energi have recorded higher sales compared to Nissan for several months. Contrary to the usual pattern, the sales of Fusion Energi dropped to 1,341 units, while those of C-Max were 755 deliveries. Both of the cars collectively recorded total sales amounting to 2,096. Ford and Chevy seem to have exchanged the lead with respect to plug-in vehicle sales this year for some time. Nissan has lagged behind.

BMW’s i3, planned for an update in 2017 recorded remarkable sales amounting to 1,479 units. This marked the highest sales in a month since July last year. Since its launch in the United States, i3 has sold 21,475 units. Volkswagen’s e-Golf made deliveries of 344 units in July, with a total of 1,799 units for seven months. Lower-volume cars include Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV and Mercedes’ 250e.

 

Leave a Comment August 12, 2016

Developments that Favor Electric Car Sales

Bolt_EV_2015_NAIASThe push by federal regulations has forced automakers to focus more on the manufacture of new fully-electric cars. Unfortunately, consumers are still reluctant to buy electric car offerings because the prices of gas have remained fairly low. With the exception of Tesla’s Model S, the sales of electric car have gone down by eleven percent in 2016’s first half. Limited charging stations and range issues are the major demerits for electric car ownership. Despite the mentioned drawbacks, there are planned developments that would totally change the situation for the better.

One of the key developments is a federal initiative. The Transportation Department made an announcement about its plan to use about $4.5 billion to guarantee loans to create fast-charging stations across the nation. The plan also includes the creation of an automakers’ coalition, as well as the utilities to oversee this effort. This will allow for the incorporation of both local and state governments.

Another development that could spur electric car sales is the plan to produce long-range electrics that will be affordable to consumers. A perfect example is the Chevy Bolt, which will have an approximate range of 200 miles on full charge. Tesla’s Model S is the sole electric vehicle meeting the standard range mentioned, and it currently sells for $70,000. There is a high likelihood that the retail price of Chevy Bolt will be less than $40,000. In some regions, there will be $7,500 in the form of federal tax credit, as well as incentives from both the local and state governments. Tesla is set to begin the sale of Model 3 late next year at about a similar cost with a range of 215 miles. Extra range can be a great motivation for consumers, with a good example being the revamped 2016 Chevy Volt. This electric car that also features a gasoline engine as backup can cover approximately 53 miles before recharging.

Availability of used electric cars at a cheaper cost will also spark electric car sales. As the sales of new electric cars go down, those of used electric vehicles have gone up. A survey by iSeeCars.com revealed that a Nissan Leaf that is 1-3 years old retails at only $12,533 with a new one costing about $30,000. Proper computation of daily mileage requirement and buying a home charger will go a long way in ensuring that you save more on used electric cars. It is also advisable to reserve gasoline cars for long-distance trips.

 

Leave a Comment August 5, 2016

Developments that are Pushing Forward the Plug-in Vehicle Market

chevrolet-volt_100539504_mMore and more automakers are gearing toward an electrified future, with 2016 having its fair share. The plug-in electric car market in the United States essentially began in 2008 when Tesla produced its Roadster. Almost half a million plug-in electrics have been sold since 2008, with the U.S being the global market leader. There are developments and news that emerged this year that promise to speed up the transition to plug-in electric vehicles.

A key development is the nationwide Volt rollout for the year 2016/2017. Although the Chevy Volt was completely redesigned last year and launched in late 2015, earlier this year saw its nationwide rollout. This pioneer is clearly a unique invention that achieved the highest total national sales. It has an EV range of 53 miles, which is much higher compared to that of a standard plug-in hybrid. The new Volt also has a revamped powertrain architecture that is adds to the model’s relevancy. The architecture serves as the basis for development of more plug-in hybrids.

The unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 is a significant event that has a positive impact on the plug-in electric market. There was a pile-up of at least 400,000 pre-orders for this 3rd generation Tesla model. While some people are skeptical and have raised concerns on how the car will fit the budget of many buyers, the proponents have argued that the model marks the beginning of battery electrification. The base price is $35,000 with the car promising a range of more than 215 miles.

Another development worth noting is the grand opening of the Gigafactory, which is scheduled for later this week. The factory was set up for the sole purpose of building batteries for Tesla’s Model 3. Currently, the structure will be used by test mules considering the fact that the official production of Model 3 is planned for late next year.

The rules of CAFE and their review have also sparked the plug-in market. It is now obligatory for United States car manufacturers to follow the stringent CO2 and mpg guidelines set under the law of Corporate Average Fuel Economy. The federal rules, in addition to California’s ZEV rules have pushed automakers into opting for plug-in cars to increase their product portfolio. Finally, the aftermath of Volkswagen diesel scandal also had an impact on the plug-in market. The automaker has promised to come clean and focus more on green car manufacture. Volkswagen has a plan of introducing three novel battery electric vehicles each year through the year 2025.

 

Leave a Comment August 5, 2016

Are Hybrid Cars Financially Sensible?

512px-Toyota_PriusThere are several types of hybrid cars available in the current market, in different body styles. These vehicles are a popular choice because of their fuel efficiency, coupled with low emissions. So, are hybrid cars a perfect option for you? For you to answer this question, you’ll need to consider a number of factors such as your financial situation, environmental priorities, and driving habits. Although the prices of gas are low today, they are subject to changing fast. Owning a hybrid car somewhat protects you from unexpected hikes in the prices of gas. This is a good reason to purchase a hybrid car when on a stringent budget.

Even in a scenario where the prices of gas don’t increase abruptly, you still manage to make savings on the costs of fuel when you drive a hybrid car. Your total gas savings increase when you drive for longer distances. The cost of the hybrid car itself is another factor to consider. For most hybrid cars, there is a premium that customers are required to pay, regardless of whether they are purchasing a compact vehicle or a large-sized SUV. This implies that you will need to save more money for the initial down payment. There is a possibility of facing huge monthly payments, as well as registration and insurance fees. It is therefore advisable to check and confirm these figures before purchasing a hybrid car.

Depending on your residence, governmental incentives are available for hybrid cars. This differs from one state to the other, as well as in various countries. Hence, you need to get accurate information from governmental offices concerning the incentives offered. Remember to also check the hybrid’s warranty and its relationship to the battery life. While some companies give lifetime warranties, others offer limited ones. If a battery fails after warranty period, clients will incur huge costs for replacement.

Another great reason for purchasing a hybrid car isn’t related to saving money. Rather, this car will help you to save time. In many regions, electric and hybrid car owners are allowed to utilize the carpool lane, regardless of the number of drivers. This is greatly beneficial to those with a rough commute. This saves time, a valuable asset in the current busy world. Purchasing a plug-in hybrid car means that you will get a parking space close to doors of office buildings, airports, and even malls. With a plug-in hybrid, you depend less on gasoline engine since the battery can be recharged from a station using electricity.

 

Leave a Comment July 29, 2016

Volkswagen to Produce Electric Cars by 2020 in North America

IAA_2013_Volkswagen_e-Golf_(9834814356)The reputation of Volkswagen has been compromised in the last few months. As an attempt to redeem itself, the automaker has announced its plan to produce electric vehicles by the year 2020 in North America. The newly appointed Volkswagen AG’s U.S. head of operations, Hinrich Woebcken officially confirmed that the automaker’s Chattanooga, Tennessee-based plant, as well as a Mexico-based facility may be utilized for production purposes. Although Woebcken didn’t give in-depth details, he confirmed that the car manufacturer plans to build multiple models.

From a political point of view, it would be wise to use the factory at Chattanooga considering the fact that Unites States regulators have been pushing for the manufacture of more electric cars. Woebcken said to the Wall Street Journal that they all believed that United States, particularly its urban mobility is likely to shift to electric and hybrid cars from petrol engines. A heavy investment has been made to enable the shift in question, and this is inclusive of the planned production in the North American region.

The intent of Volkswagen to produce electric cars is not really news. Prior to the scandal of Dieselgate, the automaker already had plans for introducing twenty plug-in hybrids and all-electric car by 2020. The automaker claimed that the planned vehicles would be dubbed “smartphones on wheels.” The announcement was then followed by CEO Matthias Muller’s notice last month that the company planned to launch at least thirty fully electric new cars by the year 2025. Currently, there are only three battery-electric vehicles offered by Volkswagen. These cars are Audi’s R8 e-tron, e-Golf and VW e-Up. Introducing thirty different models within a time span of ten years would seem a virtually impossible challenge for the automaker.

Efforts to minimize greenhouse gas emissions should begin with increasing the efficiency of transportation. Electric vehicles have overwhelming advantages over gasoline cars. Therefore the move by Volkswagen to increase electric car production will result in significant savings in terms of costs and environment. The use of all-electric power to drive short distances plays a significant role in reducing gasoline consumption. Electric vehicles don’t utilize gasoline whatsoever and they also release zero emissions when renewable sources of energy are used for recharging.

Whatever the actual figure is, producing electric cars on the mentioned Atlantic side of America will play a vital role in clearing the air for Volkswagen to progress. It would also be a great addition to the e-Golf, Volkswagen’s only electric car currently sold in the United States.

 

Leave a Comment July 29, 2016

Lesser Known Truths about Hybrid and Electric Car Myths

'12_Mitsubishi_i_MiEV_(MIAS_'12)Currently, the range of powertrains available for buyers in the market is quite wide. There are plug-in hybrids, gas-electric, pure electrics, hybrids, as well as fuel-cell cars such as the Toyota Mirai. Every purchaser has the freedom of choosing a car that suits them and their families. However, statistics have shown that Toyota Prius leads the pack as the model that is most preferred by consumers. There are some misconceptions that usually hold back some consumers from purchasing electric or hybrid vehicles.

The first one is that electric and hybrid cars are more costly in comparison to gasoline-powered vehicles. This isn’t true because there are some electric cars that do not fall within the premium-price range. For instance, Mitsubishi’s Smart For Two and iMiEV have a price range that falls within the mid-twenty thousands. It has also been noted that the cost difference between internal combustion and electric vehicles is going down gradually with that of gas-fueled models rising.

Another myth that has misled many consumers is that the batteries for hybrids and electric cars don’t last for more than three years. This is a false assumption since the electric and hybrid car batteries are made to last an equal time as the vehicles themselves, with some even lasting longer. Another myth to take note of is that hybrids and other green cars are only suitable for cities and for summers. Despite the fact that electric cars tend take a range hit during the winter season when the battery capacity is reduced by low temperatures, they remain a great option for customers or drivers residing in colder regions. It has been reported that electric vehicles utilize their energy better that gasoline-fueled cars.

Most people also hold the misconception that they can’t drive these cars for a distance exceeding 60 miles without having to plug them in. This is a fallacy since improvements that have been made in the battery technology have played a key role in improving electric car performance. An increasing number of electric vehicles can go for even up to 186 miles in poor conditions. Another misconception people should be aware of is that hybrids and electrics cause more pollution. One of the most controversial topics has been regarding the greenness of the plug-in cars. The fact is that all electric cars are more environmental friendly compared to their internal combustion counterparts. From the pollution reduction point of view, plug-in cars are still at the forefront. Finally, while most people assume that green cars are poor performers, this isn’t factual.

 

 

Leave a Comment July 22, 2016

Auto Insurance Available for Hybrid Vehicles at Low Costs Online

car-insurance-keyboard-crop-600x338A blog post had been released by the website, lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com giving an explanation on how to purchase hybrid vehicles’ auto insurance cheaply. The general popularity of hybrid cars is increasing, pushing for the need to have affordable insurance rates. Although it can be expensive to insure a hybrid car, the car’s high safety rating, fuel efficiency, and general functionality offer great compensation. Even when the prices are quite steep, purchasing a hybrid vehicle helps the environment, as well as other numerous advantages. This information was presented in a newly revealed blog post. One of the merits of a hybrid car is that of having high cost efficiency. This is most likely a key attractive feature of these cars. A hybrid vehicle can help drivers to save on the cost of fuel, since it can operate on both electricity and gasoline. This feature is also particularly beneficial for long-distance drivers.

Instant torque, regenerative braking system and availability of tax incentives are other noteworthy advantages. You must be wondering how to get yourself low priced auto insurance for your hybrid car. You can easily find one by visiting insurance websites that provide several insurance offers that you can use for your hybrid cars. Some insurance websites give several auto insurance quotes from different insurance companies. These websites are insurance brokers who send the information you provide to several different insurance companies and then give you the results. This can be a beneficial and easy way to get many quotes without having to go to the separate websites such as Farmers, Allstate, GEICO, etc.

Drivers who make comparisons of various auto insurance quotes are highly likely to get reduced coverage expenses. It has been found that exploring different coverage can help you save up to twenty-five percent on premiums. According to the Internet Marketing Company’s Marketing Director, Rusell Rabichev, hybrid vehicles are currently more popular compared to gasoline cars. If you have a plan on purchasing one, ensure that you’ve compared different auto insurance quotes that you can get from websites. This will help you land on offers that are advantageous to your budget.

Lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com and websites like them play the role of providing home, life, auto insurance, and health quotes. These websites are extraordinary since they doesn’t rely on a single type of insurance provider. Rather, it gives customers the best deals from several insurance carriers. This allows clients to access offers available from multiple carriers within a similar location. On the site, clients can access insurance plan quotes from different agencies including nationwide or local agencies as well as insurance company brand names.

 

Leave a Comment July 15, 2016

Quick Sales for Used Electric Cars

While new electric car sales have remained relatively stagnant, the sale of used electric vehicles are gradually increasing. The lowered prices of such cars account for the increased attractiveness to consumers. Used electric vehicles are clearly moving much faster compared to the standard gasoline-fueled vehicles. These findings were obtained from a study highlighted at iSeeCars.com website. This study considered the time that these used cars remained on dealer lots. About 2.2 million used vehicles were included in this study. The vehicles were less than 3-years old with the sale period being January to May, 2016. Among the ten top-selling used vehicles, two of them were hybrids, two battery-electric cars, and a plug-in vehicle.

Also, the average costs of these vehicles reduced faster compared to the prices of gasoline-fueled vehicles. Over the study period, the average time that electric cars remained on market was 29.2 days with the price dropping by 15.2 percent in comparison to the same time in 2015. Comparatively, gasoline-fueled cars remained on dealership lots for approximately 42.5 days with the prices dropping by only one percent. For plug-in hybrids, the price decrease was 5.1 percent with the average time they remained on the market being 40.7 days. Hybrid cars stayed on market for an average of 38.2 sales and their prices went down by 3.7 percent compared to last year.

The fastest used-car seller was Toyota’s Prius plug in, which stayed on market for an average of 19.7 days. Within the same period last year, the Prius remained under dealership for approximately 38.1 days. This is a clear indication that the demand of the car has increased. Most of Prius sales were recorded in California, despite the fact that it no longer distributes green stickers granting authorization for solo carpool-lane use to plug-ins or hybrids. This information was confirmed by Phong Ly, the CEO of iSeeCars.com. The access to high-occupancy car lane has for a long time attracted California residents who have to tolerate jammed rush-hour highways.

Several years down the line, a study conducted to investigate the importance of carpool-lane stickers on used hybrids indicated that around $1,500 was added to the sticker alone to the car’s overall value. A comparable second-hand model that lacked this sticker was cheaper. The second and third best second-hand car sellers were Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla’s Model S, which stayed for about 24.3 days and 26.1 days respectively on market. The 7th and 8th fastest sellers were Lexus’ CT 200h and Toyota’s Highlander. The lower costs of these cars indicate that it is the best time to purchased used hybrid, electric or plug-in hybrids.

 

Leave a Comment July 15, 2016

Plug-in Cars as the Best Second-hand Car Bargains

640px-Toyota_PHEV_Tokyo_09_2008_(1)You have probably been eyeing a newly launched plug-in hybrid or battery electric car only to be turned off by its price. If so, it would be great to consider exploring your options in the market for used cars. The cost of electric and hybrid, as well as plug-in cars that have been used for 1-3 years has gone down over the last few years. This has made them the best and hottest selling deals around. The approximate price of a new electric vehicle goes down by $3,830 annually with a used vehicle. On the contrary, the traditional gasoline vehicles have dropped by just $242 over the same period. This figure was reported in a study conducted by iSeeCars.com, a second-hand car aggregator.

The Chief Executive Officer of iSeeCars.com said that the used vehicle market may have finally reached its sweet spot with the prices having dropped enough to increase the desirability of these cars. The general population is currently inclined towards second hand vehicles. The lease incentives given by automakers have been lucrative, which has further contributed to the rising figure of used plug-in cars. It implies that the majority of the second-hand plug-in cars in the market qualify for the used car programs offered by automakers. This further makes the deal better.

For instance, the price of a used Nissan Leaf is about half of the original retail price of $30,000. This price is inclusive of a federal rebate incentive of $7,500. A study incorporating more than 2.2 million close-to-new vehicles gave the estimate retail price of a second-hand Leaf as $12,533. The study also reported that out of the ten fastest selling second-hand cars, five of them are plug-in hybrid or electric car models. Toyota Prius was stated as the fastest mover with a sale made in less than 20 days. This is twice the selling speed of a standard second-hand vehicle.

The second fastest seller is Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle, which took around 24 days to sell. The third seller is Tesla’s Model S that took about 26 days to sell. Other notable fast movers are Lexus CT200H and Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid. The findings obtained are a clear indication that the green car market is gaining popularity. Many people are now choosing green cars instead of traditional gasoline cars. Consumers willing to jump onto the plug-in, electric or hybrid bandwagon have a chance to purchase one at an affordable cost. Used green cars are evidently a great option.

 

Leave a Comment July 8, 2016

Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu Hybrid

640px-Chevrolet_Malibu_Hybrid_DCBuyers are shifting from sedans to crossovers, a move that has dropped the market’s car share from 50 to 43 percent within only three years. If the cost of standard gasoline increases to more than $3.60 per gallon, these defectors may again settle for a family sedan that is more fuel-efficient. General Motors used its sharpest engineering tools and brightest minds to slice off close to three hundred pounds from its Malibu. This car falls in the mid-sized category with respect to space for cargo and passengers. For the hybrid model, four cubic feet of trunk space is sacrificed to create room for the battery pack and an intact interior compartment.

The Malibu hybrid will have a retail price of $28,645, with its interior having diamond-pattern upholstery. To add to modern assists and safety alerts, there is a Driver Confidence package worth $1195 as well as Technology and Convenience package costing $895. There’s a center display screen of 7.0-inch and some electric frills like 110-volt current outlet and wireless charging pad. Chipping in a red paint job of $395 dollars coupled with the sticker raises to the retail price to a reasonable $31,130.

Learning from lessons acquired, Malibu hybrid has some components similar to those of the Chevrolet Volt. General Motors incorporates a Voltec drive, a nut combining two electric generators, two clutches, a power inverter, hydraulic control system, planetary gearsets, and hydraulic control system. All these components are confined within aluminum housing. The horsepower of this hybrid car has a capacity of 1.8 liters. Although it is primarily composed of cast iron, there are modern features like variable valve timing, direct injection, as well as roller cam followers to increase the engine’s efficiency.

Driving the Malibu hybrid is a great experience. It shifts through four different hybrid modes and doesn’t use a drone or ruckus. Its execution is exemplary, giving it a feel of a third or even fourth generation drivetrain. It is quite difficult to figure out whether it is the electric motors or engine giving a large portion of propulsion torque. The fully electric range doesn’t exceed five miles using a Hitachi battery pack of 1.5-kWh. Regenerative braking can be increased by changing the transmission lever to L2 from L1 though the difference is hardly noticeable. During the shift to friction-based deceleration from electric braking, the change is insignificant. Basically, the key mission of the Malibu hybrid is fuel efficiency. Its 35 mpg still outcompeted most of the mid-sized hybrids tested.

 

Leave a Comment July 8, 2016

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