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America Records the Best Plug-in Car Sales

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The first plug-in car was introduced in the United States six year ago and since their introduction, the 2016 sales were the highest. At the top of the list of the achievements, plug-in electric car sales totaled 157,181 last year. This was an all-time high, a figure that went up by 37.6% from 2015s sales that were 114,248. Sales for 2014 were 123,347, 24.7% less than the 2016 sales. The previous highest sales records had been those of 2014. Hence, 157,181 is such a healthy number to add to 570,187 cumulative total number of plug-in electric cars sold in the United States since 2008.

Monthly Breakdown

Monthly analysis shows that the strong results were largely contributed by December sales. The month recorded an all-time highest of 23,288 plug-in electric car sales. This was up from the former record held by September 2016 of 16,069 sales. Consequently, the market share for 2016 rose to 0.90%, with battery electric comprising of 0.48% and plug-in hybrids contributing to 0.42%. This was a huge improvement from the year 2015 where the market share for plug-in electric vehicle was 0.66% and 0.75% in 2014. As predicted, the market share for December 2016 hit the highest record of 1.39%. Plug-in hybrid comprised of 0.78%, while the battery electrics contributed to 0.61%. September, the prior-record month had 1.12% market share for plug-in electric vehicles.

What’s Selling?

Regarding the best sellers, Tesla’s Model S was at the top of the list for a second consecutive year. There were 29,156 units of Model S delivered, with about 5,300 accounting for December only. The model outdid the revamped Chevrolet Volt, whose December sales were 3,691 adding up to a total of 24,739 units for 2016. At the third place was Tesla’s Model X, which recorded 18,028 sales, with December sales being about 3,300 units. This clearly shows the strength that Tesla has, regardless of having higher prices for its vehicles in comparison to other models. Ford’s Fusion Energi took the fourth place with its yearly sales totaling 15,938 units. Nissan Leaf recorded 14,006 sales. Overall cumulative figures show that Chevy Volt is at the top with a total of 113,489 units. These units are close to 10,000 more compared to the Leaf, with both cars introduced in 2010. Currently, there are 17 plug-in hybrid and 13 battery electric cars sold in the United States. This is in comparison to hybrid electric cars, which are 33. The year 2016 also saw remarkable sales in conventional crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.

Leave a Comment January 20, 2017

Motor Trend Awards Chevrolet Bolt the Car of the Year Title

chevrolet_bolt_concept_front_naias_2015Despite the fact that there are a few weeks remaining before Chevrolet Bolt enters dealerships, Motor Trend announced that it was the ultimate winner for the Vehicle of the Year Award. This is the first time a fully electric car has won the prestigious award. The ceremony marked the beginning of the yearly LA Auto Show held in Los Angeles. The award was received by the Electric Vehicle Chief of General Motors, Pam Fletcher, and Alan Batey, the North American Toyota president. Other finalists acknowledged during the 2017 awards include Cadillac CT6, Audi A4, Jaguar XE, Genesis G90, Chrysler Pacifica, Tesla’s Model S 60/75, Volvo S90 and Porsche 91.

Motor Trend recognized the Bolt because of a number of features offered by the model. One of the key aspects is the car’s EPA rating that has been confirmed to be 238 miles/charge. This is close to triple the range offered by the majority of pure electric cars currently on the market, with the exception of Tesla’s Model X and Model S. These two models have longer ranges, however, Model 3, which isn’t set to hit the market for a year, and will be considerably more expensive than the Bolt. The Bolt was also recognized because of its low retail price, considering its good range. Its base price is $37,495 excluding a federal tax credit of $7,500, as well as the numerous state incentives available, bringing the drive off cost to an affordable $30,000 or less.

Even if the Bolt did not have a battery propulsion system giving a long range, it would still be a great contender for the award. This is according to the jury of Motor Trend, which claims that this world-class small vehicle offers quietness, smoothness, and an electric motor that offers an instant-on torque. The ride is not only sporty and firm, but the road noise transmitted is well damped.

In other categories of the award, the new model of Mercedes-Benz, GLC, was named as the sports utility vehicle of the year. The winning truck per Motor Trend was the newly revamped Ford’s Super Duty.  Motor Trend has also acknowledged plug-in car winners in the past, with Tesla’s Model S taking the vehicle of the year trophy three years ago (2013). The top honor was given to Chevrolet Volt in the year 2011.

Similar awards to be held in North America named the Bolt as one of the three finalists. Trophies for the award in question will be given in January. An award organized by Green Car Journal named 2017 Bolt Green Car of the Year. Hence, Chevy Bolt is clearly a new winning entrant.


Leave a Comment November 25, 2016

Cool Aspects about 2017’s Toyota Prius Prime

toyota_prius_iv_-_frontansicht_19-_september_2015_frankfurtThe Prius Prime by Toyota is set to enter the dealership market next month as one of the premier products within the Prius line. This car will be an upgrade of the 2012-2015 plug-in hybrids, with an all-electric capability and a battery of 8.8 kWh. The original plugin in question garnered mixed reviews since its electric range was quite short. While the vehicle was only sold in about fifteen states in the U.S., it was still able to rise as the third best seller worldwide. Toyota established its reputation when it launched the Prius in Japan 1997 and then in the United States in 2000.

One of the key merits of the new Prius Prime is its likelihood of having the highest energy efficiency available. Toyota has maximized the Prime’s electrical energy efficiency, which happens to be higher than other all-electric and plug-in hybrids in the U.S. market. It will have a rating of 133 MPGe, which is much higher than that of its predecessor at 95 MPGe. Currently, the highest rated pure electric car is the much anticipated Hyundai Ioniq. The Ioniq electric car has been projected to have 125 MPGe, just a little higher than BMW i3’s 124 MPGe.

Another aspect concerning the new Prius Prime is that its electric range is better than promised. When Toyota confirmed the production of Prime, it said that the expected electric-only range was 22 miles. However, it has been confirmed that the rating given by the EPA for the vehicle is 25 miles. The high range is accounted for by its efficient MPGe powertrain. In the plug-in hybrid sphere, Ford energies have an electric range of 19-20 miles, while Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata have an average range of 27 miles. This clearly shows that every additional mile matters. Among the gas-electric vehicles, only the Chevrolet Volt outdoes the Prius Prime with a range of 53 miles.

It is exciting that the new Toyota Prius comes with a new design with a refined formula. The new car’s length has been increased by 6.5 inches and its width by 0.6 inches. The interior is also roomier compared to the previous Prius. The Prime’s handling will also be superior, thanks to the new architecture utilized to include two wishbone rear suspensions. Finally, the Prius Prime has a standard starting price. According to Toyota, the price falls within the normal Prius range. Plug-in car buyers can also enjoy a federal tax credit of $4,500, in addition to possible state subsidies.


Leave a Comment October 28, 2016

Toyota Prius Prime on Gas Savings

toyota_prius_hybridFirst of all, the Prius Prime has proven to achieve impressive mileage figures very easily. This new plug-in model of Prius has been projected to cover up to 25 miles using battery energy only. This exceeds two times the electric power range of the previous Prius plug-in.  In addition, the Prime will remain in electric power mode at 84 mph. These are the numbers Toyota has released.

Toyota also revealed that Prius Prime will have the highest miles-per gallon rating at 133 MPGe. This rating is given by the government in an effort to help customers to know the amount of energy consumed by an electric or hybrid car. Chevrolet Volt hybrid has been given a rating of 106 MPGe, BMW i3 electric car at 111 MPGe, while Tesla’s Model S has a rating of 99 MPGe. Whichever way you view it, the fact is that the owners of Prius Prime will visit gas stations less often. Regardless of whether you choose to plug in the car at night or not to plug in, Prius Prime’s highway range is at 53 mpg, while its city driving rate is at 55 mpg. The overall range while driving in the hybrid mode is 54 mpg.

It is quite clear that the numbers are by far exemplary, which makes Prius Prime a great alternative to other models such as Tesla’s fully electric car for people intending to be ecological. Another advantage is that the Prius Prime is cheaper with respect to its purchase price and the cost of gas. Estimates provided by Toyota show that this new plug-in car will cover 640 miles in between fill ups. This is quite impressive for a vehicle that has a gas tank with a capacity of only 11.3 gallons.

For now, the major competitor of Prius Prime will not be Tesla, but rather the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid vehicle as well. At a starting cost of $27,100, the Prime’s price is significantly lower that Chevrolet’s $33,320. However, the Volt clearly outshines the Prime with its electric-only range of 53. The extra high-tech touches that Prius Prime has are worth noting. These include an 11-inch centrally placed screen, with a vertical orientation resembling a tablet computer. This screen is the same as that present in a Tesla. In a nutshell the Prius Prime is a car worth purchasing if you consider its reliable nameplate, impressive gas mileage and not forgetting its respectable starting price.


Leave a Comment October 21, 2016

Electric Car Sales Increase Strongly in August

2013_Tesla_Model_S_(11322176214)_croppedThe official electric car sales guardian, Inside EVs, goes on monthly sales both in the United States and across the world. According to the August report, the sales of electric cars were higher compared to the previous year. The report indicates that last month a total of 14,882 electric vehicles were sold in U.S. This figure was close to six thousand more compared to last year the same month. In terms of percentage, the increase was 66 percent. This is a clear indication that people are beginning to incline to electric and green cars.

The electric car sales in the Unites States are still lower than expectations. However, the trend line shows the start of an exponential growth. Since their inception, a total of 93,197 plugin vehicles have been purchased. This figure is 29 percent more in comparison to last year’s numbers. Tesla’s Model S, the most costly electric vehicle in the United States market topped the sales chart. Approximately 3,125 cars were sold last month. Contrary to other car manufacturers, Tesla doesn’t give information concerning its monthly sales figures. Additionally, it does not give sales reports by region.

Coming second is the 2nd generation Chevrolet Volt with a total of 2,081 vehicles delivered. Ford’s Energi Fusion came third with a total of 1, 422 vehicles sold. The actual star in the latest report given by Inside EVs is BMW’s X5 xDrive with approximately 876 vehicles delivered in August. This BMW model came as a shock just behind the Nissan Leaf by a few hundred. Other notable electric cars that appeared in the report include Chevy Spark electric vehicle, Volkswagen e-Golf, Hyundai’s Sonata plug-in, Porsche Cayenne, Kia Soul electric vehicle, and many more. BMW 740e and Mercedes C350e were last on the list. The message seems to imply that consumers are thirsty for plug-in SUVs. Although this was clear about a year ago, the industry has taken quite some time to respond to customer demands.

There are quite a good number of new electric vehicles yet to be produced. Luckily, we are beginning to witness the move from conventional gasoline powered vehicles to electric cars. Consumers are beginning to shift their focus on environment friendly vehicles such as electrified ones. Once there has been full adoption, the increase rate should be geometric rather than arithmetic. This rate of increase has to follow this trend if at all electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing the rate of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation industry.


Leave a Comment September 9, 2016

The 2017 Ford’s Focus Electric to Cover 110 Miles on a Single Charge

640px-Ford_Focus_Electric_WAS_2011_878While it has not been confirmed yet, preliminary reports indicate that Ford’s fully electric 2017’s Focus will have a higher mileage. Increasing the battery size translates to an increase in range by up to one hundred miles per charge. The specification sheet shows that the new battery will be a lithium ion pack of 33.5 kWh from the previous version of 23 kWh. This means that the energy storage capacity will increase by 46 percent. Although the range figure has not yet been issued by Ford concerning its Focus Electric, the EPA rating for the 2016 version is 76 miles with a battery of 23 kWh. Considering the increase in battery size percentage, it is highly likely that the 2017 version will go up to a range of 110 miles per charge.

With the range in question, the new Focus Electric car will directly compete with same-sized fully electric models. It will however be clearly below 2017’s Chevrolet Volt and the yet to be released Tesla’s Model 3. Hyundai’s Ioniq electric car has been projected to go for approximately 110 miles on a single charge. The SV and SL versions of Nissan Leaf have a rating of 107 miles on a single charge. This is the least range for now since Nissan has reported that a new model with a substantially higher range will be released soon. Ford has also hinted about its plan to increase the fast charging capacity of its Focus Electric.

According to Inside EVs, additional changes will be implemented in Ford’s 2017 C-Max plug-in hybrid car. It seems the car will get some amendments similar to those applied to Fusion Energi in the United States. It appears the car’s exterior design will be similar to that of the current version in North America. The front fascia will be slightly refreshed and this will give it a look that is slightly different from that in European market versions. The trim edition dubbed as “SEL” will now be replaced with “SE” as the base level. The sticker price for the SE level may be lower compared to that of SEL edition.

A few tech and exterior changes will also be made for C-Max Energi. The plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions of C-Max have reported low sales over the past few years. Ford plans to increase electric car production in future, and these cars may serve as a perfect replacement. A good example is Model E, which will be available in both compact utility vehicle and car versions.


Leave a Comment August 26, 2016

Excellent Choices in Plug-in Hybrid or Electric Cars

Candy_Red_Tesla_Model_3_trimmed_2Have you finally decided to switch from a gasoline-powered to a plug-in hybrid or electric car? Over the past few years, green cars have seen an increase in popularity as more people are realizing their numerous benefits. Each model year, car manufacturers have been increasing their offerings of cost-friendly and fun electric and plug-in hybrid cars. While buyers are clearly interested in the new vehicles, the new fuel efficacy regulations set under the leadership of President Obama have had a major impact in the industry. The rules have given automakers a basis for stepping up the production of less consumptive cars that can compete in cost with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles.

Additionally, consumers can save almost $8,000 in tax incentives, and probably a much higher figure from their state. The availability of such incentives has substantially lowered the costs involved in purchasing a plug-in hybrid or electric car. It means that it is extremely easy to opt out of gasoline and go for an electric car. A perfect case is Ford’s revamped C-Max Energi, a popular plug-in hybrid car with a range of about 500 miles and a 19-mile range when driving in a fully electric mode. This car’s retail price doesn’t exceed $28,000.

Not to be left behind, GM’s Chevrolet is also releasing several plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles that will be sold to consumers at reasonable prices. Chevy’s Spark electric has a range exceeding eighty miles per charge and its retail price is $19,000 dollars. The enthusiasts of the Chevrolet brand interested in a ride with more torque and engine power can settle for the Volt with a gasoline driving range of approximately 380 miles and 38 miles on all-electric driving. Its price tag has been estimated to not exceed $27,000.

Meanwhile, German car manufacturers continue to showcase their creativity in the electric vehicle sphere. The fully electric BMW i3 electric vehicle shoots from 0 to 60 within seven seconds, despite its not-so-attractive look. The fully electric i3 version retails for approximately $35,000 and its range is 81 miles per charge. However, owners have the option of adding a small-sized back up engine for an extra cost of $4,000, which would transform the car to a plug-in hybrid and give it a range of 150 miles. Let’s not forget Tesla’s Model 3 that is yet to be launched next year with its impressive range of 215 miles.

Hence, plug-in hybrid and electric cars are the future cars that should be embraced widely.


Leave a Comment May 27, 2016

An Easy Guide to Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid_modesBy now, virtually everyone knows that hybrid cars achieve exemplary gas mileage using electric energy. However, only a few understand how the advanced powertrains of these cars work and whether they save costs. Well, it is important to know that hybrids differ from standard cars in that they utilize two powertrains; one is a gasoline engine and one is an electric motor. The power of the electric motor is provided by a battery pack. For several decades, cars powered by electricity have been the future’s vision. In the 1990s, the development of electrically powered vehicles stopped and then hybrid cars emerged. The hybrid cars promised a compromise between the pros and cons of both gasoline and electric powertrains.

Electric motors have a high efficiency when it comes to acceleration, contrary to the internal-combustion engine cars, and contrary to popular belief. Hence, they produce maximum power. However, batteries that have sufficient energy to provide power for long-distance driving are heavy, bulky and expensive. Recent advancements in battery technology have led to the introduction of new electric vehicles to the market. Unfortunately, electric products are of limited range, and currently, hybrid cars are the best deal for both electric and gasoline cars.

Regarding the hybrid technologies, there is a blend of the power originating from the gas engine and that of the batteries and the electric motor. The two powertrains are combined in various ways to determine the car’s efficiency. Full hybrids tend to be the best in terms of gas mileage. The newer plug-in cars allow the driver to use even less gas by driving solely as electric vehicles for a limited distance.

A majority of the full hybrids make use of parallel designs whereby either an electric motor or gas engine alone is used for driving the wheels. Alternatively, the two can work together. Hybrids can also be associated with series configurations, which mean that the wheels are solely driven by the electric motor with the gas engine serving simply as the generator to give electric power when the battery is exhausted. Examples of hybrid cars that use this system include the Chevrolet Volt and BMW i3.

Another type of hybrid car is the plug-in hybrid, which can easily be recharged to operate as an electric car for a while. They usually have an initial electric range of 10-35 before they can switch to standard hybrid operation. These cars are either series or full hybrid versions, with some parallel versions acting as series versions under specific conditions or when it is beneficial.


Leave a Comment April 29, 2016

The Reason 2016’s Toyota Prius Deserves to be the Globe’s Most Attractive Energy Vehicle

Toyota_Prius_(IV)_–_Heckansicht,_19._September_2015,_FrankfurtLast fall, photos of the 4th generation Toyota Prius Liftback started appearing online. Based on a highly relevant criteria, this car could be one of the globe’s most attractive vehicles. Many are wondering how attractive this car is. The attractiveness is with respect to being pocket-friendly. Critics have often raised concerns regarding the aesthetics of the Prius. Most find its look to be quite plain. Regardless of this fact, it has been projected that more people would purchase this car in comparison to any other.

So many people buy a Toyota Prius in fact, it has recently been considered an independent sub-brand. Since the new model officially entered the market in January, already 18,600 Prius sales have been booked by Toyota. These bookings are inclusive of leftovers, as well as the 2016 model. These units are 3,000 more than those recorded by Chevrolet for its Volt last year in all 12 months. By March, Toyota would have surpassed the sales predicted by Chevy for the whole year.

Volt is not the only car surpassed by Toyota. Every green car out there has been crushed by Toyota with respect to market acceptance. The Prius beats virtually all green cars manufactured by companies like Ford, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Volkswagen, Lexus, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Nissan, Volbo, Tesla, Nissan, and others. Last year, 114,000 Prius Liftback units were sold in the United States. This year, it is expected that 130,000 units will be sold, and 143,000 units in 2017. These projections were given by an analyst, Alan Baum. Since its launch in Japan in 1997, Toyota Prius has sold approximately 3.5 million units across the world in about 90 markets. Considering its proven record and the present rate of plug-in car growth, Prius’ dominance may continue a bit longer.

Generally, the design of the 2016 Prius is a slight improvement from the previous Liftback version. Some of the design inspirations are from Mirai’s Fuel Cell car. The aerodynamic coefficient of the new Prius is comparable to that of Tesla’s Model S, which equals 0.24. The vehicle is also based on the New Global Architecture by Toyota. This technology increases the chassis stiffness in addition to making it sportier. The total MPG for a combination of five trims is 52, while for Eco trim it offers 56 mpg. Based on this information, it is evident that the Toyota Prius is a car of the people and its sales will continue increasing.



Leave a Comment March 11, 2016

Toyota’s Legacy of the Prius Being the World’s Most Successful Line of Hybrid Car

Marché_Saint-Quentin_à_Paris_le_17_juillet_2015_-_16The newest entrant into the list of most successful hybrid car line is 2016 Toyota Prius. Contrary to its predecessors, the 2016 Prius happens to be quite attractive looking. The car has the appearance of a standard sedan rather than a mere scientific experiment. This is according to a Los Angeles Times’ report. Recently, the 2016’s Toyota Prius Four was launched, making things much better. The global roads are now filled with non-traditional powetrain cars since the official launch of Toyota’s original Prius.

Virtually all popular car manufacturers have at least one type of hybrid car line in the market. These hybrid car lines include plug-in Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs, battery-electric Tesla, as well as hydrogen fuel powered Mirai, just to mention but a few. Similar to the predecessors, the Prius Four has been linked with slight visibility issues. The topmost line of model has features and amenities to account for the price variations between Prius Four’s $30,000 price tag and Prius Two’s price tag of $24,000.

Despite some unfavorable comments from a few critics, it is clear that the Prius Four has become by far one of the most successful lines of hybrid vehicles. Although it might not be the cutting-edge or chic car it was at some point, it is definitely a hybrid car with the most road tests. People who have had a chance to test-drive the Prius have found it to be extremely engaging with respect to the driving dynamics. This 2016 Prius version has already entered the United States and Japanese markets. Its development was based on Toyota News Global Architecture, which is a platform that features a lowered gravity center and stiffer torsion rigidity. The brake feel is also greatly improved, thanks to a novel hydraulic booster and a new rear suspension.

Toyota’s main objective was for the general population to have the feel of a redesigned fuel-sipper in the 2016 Toyota Prius. A commercial dabbed as ‘Heck on Wheels’ featured during the Super Bowl clearly illustrating the high-efficiency metal of the new Toyota Prius. A guy named Todd was also featured in the commercial and he was shown driving through hard rock using the 2016 Toyota Prius. It is also worth noting that there is a re-engineered horsepower for the 2016 Prius with an Atkinson-cycle of 1.8 liter capacity. At the mills, there is a pair of electric motors to give a total of 71 horsepower. The fuel efficiency of this hybrid car is also substantial.


Leave a Comment February 19, 2016

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