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Making a Shift to Electric Cars

Nissan_Leaf_(MSP15)The majority of automakers are developing or selling hybrid and electric car models. Even Ferrari’s supercar makers have a plan of fitting a hybrid power train on every new vehicle by the year 2019. The goal is to have approximately half a million electric vehicles on the roads before the end of this year. Currently, the best-selling electric vehicle in the world is the Nissan Leaf. Last year, at least 180,000 units of the model were sold. The Leaf is a fully electric car without a hybrid gas engine and range-extender. There are several variations of the model with the costs ranging from $26,000 to $33,000, before receiving a governmental rebate.

Several prospective customers considering a move to the electric vehicle market usually have worries of the battery not carrying them far enough. However, this should not be an issue. Most of the current electric car owners have reported not suffering from range anxiety since they started using their vehicles. One of the questions that most people ask themselves is why they should move to electric vehicles. An excellent response is that electric cars are undoubtedly the vehicles of the future. Fully electric cars offer a green solution to driving around town as they have no greenhouse emissions. Operating an electric car is not only cheaper, but also quieter in comparison to other vehicles on the road. Most drivers find driving an electric vehicle to be easier in comparison to other options. There is instant power regardless of whether one is from a standstill or in motion.

A great option to consider when shifting to electric cars is the Nissan Leaf. This model is not only affordable, but it has great technology. An especially useful feature is a smart phone application connected to the vehicle to give stats, efficiency, as well as driving information. This application is a perfect example of the Leaf’s advanced technology. The model also had a wide range of optional extras to take advantage of. For instance, there is a feature for preheating the vehicle during cold periods. Hence, while other drivers are busy getting rid of frost from the windshield, a Nissan Leaf driver can just begin driving the car.

Although there are several electric vehicles currently sold, the Nissan Leaf is clearly the most appropriate and affordable option for most people. The driving style of this model is smooth and fun. It is clearly a perfect car for city driving and range is not an issue of concern. Hence, people exploring the electric market should consider this great model. Other cars to consider in the electric car market is the BMW i3, Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Ford Focus electric, and several others.


Leave a Comment February 3, 2017

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

The Next Leaf Confirmed at CES by Nissan’s CEO

'16_Nissan_Leaf_(MIAS_'16)According to a statement made by Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO, a second-generation Nissan Leaf is set to be produced in the next few years. He however, did not give additional information about the date, driving range or model year. Nissan managed to develop a lithium-ion battery of 60-kWh as per the suggestions made during 2015’s Tokyo Motor Show regarding the concept vehicle reveal. In January 2015, Ghosn further stated that the automaker was developing a battery with a range of 200 miles. Recently, a Renault electric vehicle, ZOE, was introduced and stated to have a 186 mile range.

Shortly before Ghosn’s speech, Nissan’s Vice-President of Advanced Engineering and Research, Takao Asami said told reporters that the next Nissan Leaf would have a range of more than 200 miles. He further added that the automaker had the plans of introducing a charge rate of 150 kilowatts. Asami noted that Nissan was considering developing batteries of different sizes and different driving ranges for North America, Europe and Asia. The keynote address by Ghosn revolved around the upcoming connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The model is set to have the ProPilot technology that enables the functionality of an autonomous drive for highway driving. For the connected vehicles, Ghosn said that NASA introduced the artificial intelligent technology that is currently referred to as Seamless Autonomous Mobility.

The technology in question plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between the roads populated by human drivers and those filled with autonomous traffic. Ghosn also noted that Nissan has diverse types of electrified technology that includes a series hybrid, the e-Power. The power required by the e-Note’s wheels is provided by an electric motor, which generates electricity from a battery pack. A gasoline engine is used for charging the battery pack. Hence, the car’s fuel economy is comparable to that of hybrid vehicles, though the driving is similar to that of electric cars. The big question is regarding the exact date that the new Nissan Leaf is set to be revealed to the general public. Reports indicate that this new vehicle may be available as early as this coming week. Consumers may get the opportunity to see the car for the very first time during Detroit’s auto show. Alternatively, the waiting period may extend till Tokyo’s Motor show that is scheduled for October. Regardless of this uncertainty regarding the actual release date, the full details of the car should be expected any time from now.

Leave a Comment January 13, 2017

A Review of Hyundai Ioniq Electric Vehicle

20160317_hyundai_ioniq_1Having enjoyed the hybrid version of Ioniq, it makes sense to test-drive the electric model. The Ioniq electric version completely eliminates the gas engine. While Ioniq hybrid directly competes with Toyota Prius, the competitors of the electric version include models such as BMW i3, Kia Soul and Nissan Leaf. Buyers interested in an electric vehicle will consider all the mentioned models including the newest one in the list. Luckily, Ioniq happens to be among the best electric cars in the market. While it has its limitations, it has a high capability of outshining its main competitors.

Most buyers in the United States and even the UK market have not yet fully embraced electric vehicles. The electric range of cars such as the Ioniq is still meager, which gives drivers the feeling of driving on an almost empty fuel tank all the time. This short range works only when commuting for short distances with charging along the way. In such a case, the vehicle’s range of 174 miles should be sufficient. This range is slightly higher than that of the Nissan Leaf, which offers 155 miles. With a lithium-ion polymer battery, the Ioniq’s electric motor has the ability to generate a torque of 295 Nm, which is present in the Sport mode. The Eco and Normal modes help in reserving torque, consequently boosting the range. Other tricks that drivers can enjoy include regenerative braking, an aerodynamic body and a unique system for climate control.

The electric model of Ioniq slightly differs from the hybrid version. In the place of a grille, there is a large plastic panel that aids circulating air in a more efficient manner. The same function is also achieved by the car’s odd-looking wheels. Unluckily, Ioniq doesn’t have the same quirkiness as that of Toyota’s Prius. Instead, it has the look of a traditional petrol vehicle, though it isn’t offensive. It is more impressive on the inside with materials that have a good feel. Its cabin has copper-colored accents to give a fresh appeal. The inside is more upmarket in comparison to the Leaf. Driving it is more like the Leaf, with the electric motor providing an instant response. Off the line, the car is less aggressive compared to other electric vehicles, though it is more powerful when starting off. At minimal speeds, Ioniq electric car is just the best, with a sense of refinement and ease of driving in the city. Hence, the Ioniq appears to be better than its competitors in terms of range and a more mature feel.


Leave a Comment October 14, 2016

It May Cost you Less to Drive a Climate-Friendly Vehicle

14_chevrolet_volt_mias_14Several people believe that low-emission cars such as electric and hybrid vehicles are more costly compared to other alternatives. However, a novel study proved that green cars are actually a better option when the costs of maintenance and operation are added to a car’s buying price. The trucks and cars usually driven account for at least 20 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions countrywide. The worrying rates of environmental pollution prompted an energy scientist, Jessika Trancik, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to investigate the issue of vehicle emissions. The first question asked during the investigation was how cars and personal vehicles related to climate targets.

Trancik and her colleagues were interested in finding out the number and type of cars in the United States that are both climate-friendly and cost-efficient. The findings of their study were published online this week accompanied with a paper in Environmental Science and Technology journal. The results were interesting concerning the ultimate cost of green cars. Trancik said that consumers don’t have to spend a lot for green cars or lowest-emitting cars. The findings further revealed that some vehicles currently on the market, a majority of battery electric and hybrids already comply with the world emission goals that the United States has promised to meet within in the next 14 years. The cars in questions include models such as Chevy Volt, Ford’s Focus Electric, Toyota Prius, BMW i3, Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf.

The study showed that a standard vehicle sold has more emissions than the 2030 target by about 50 percent. This means that there is evidently a disconnection between the type of vehicles bought and where we hope to be by 2030. For instance, falling at the other side of the chart is the Chevy Suburban, whose lifetime costs are high, while its emissions are more than the American average. There is also a wide gap with respect to the 2050 goals. This is according to Chris Gearhart, who plays the role of directing transportation research in Colorado’s Laboratory for National Renewable Energy. Chris says that his motivation is the belief that eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation industry is a key priority. He further added that Trancik’s study is interesting since it clearly illustrates the impact that individual choices have. He believes that even an average person can afford or own a Tesla. Currently, United States’ vehicles emit greenhouse gases that are sufficient to fill at least seven hundred thousand Empire State Buildings. This situation can change if people embrace green cars such as electric and hybrid vehicles.

Leave a Comment October 7, 2016

The Merits of Electric Vehicles over Gas Vehicles

15_nissan_leaf_galeries_danjou1Electric cars have been widespread in the United States’ market for seven years and this is partly because they have specific advantages. To date, over 500,000 electric cars have been sold with virtually all manufacturers planning to produce more. The value of these vehicles is being recognized considering the high range models such as Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt and the upcoming Nissan Leaf. One of the key merits of electric cars is their zero tailpipe emissions. This means that there is no exhaust, which is beneficial to the environment and health. On the other side, gas cars in the United States offer an average range of 26 mpg and release emissions. Policymakers still prefer electric cars since managing power plant emissions is easier in comparison to the management of individual fuel-emitting car engines.

Another advantage of electric cars is their minimal maintenance. These cars have powertrains with fewer moving parts. Maintenance of such vehicles doesn’t require services such as spark plug replacement and oil changes. Additionally, there is regenerative braking where energy is returned to the battery. The most costly electric car component is the battery. Although engines and batteries wear out with time, electric car batteries are designed in such a way that they will last as long as the car’s service life. Electric cars offer instant torque and quiet drive, which are also key upsides. By owning an electric car, you get a nice quiet drive. Moreover, the power in such vehicles is delivered in a satisfying manner. Their motors offer 100 percent torque, which refers to the work energy necessary to jump start from zero rpm.

Electric cars are sold at subsidized prices depending on the state that one resides in. In some regions federal and state subsidies may underwrite as much as 33 percent of a $30,000 electric car. Every electric car is currently allowed a one-time tax credit of $7,500 from the federal government. Assuming your current tax situation allows, several states give at least $2,500 in addition to the mentioned $7,500 in terms of federal subsidies. The bottom line is that numerous electric vehicles can be bought at prices that are comparable to that of a hybrid Toyota Prius. Policymakers are also in support of zero-emission electric cars because they do not have to import energy from outside interests. A standard electric car operates on energy that is 100 percent domestically sourced. It is evident that green cars contribute significantly towards energy security and fuel diversity.

Leave a Comment September 30, 2016

Cool Facts about Chevrolet’s 2017 Bolt Electric Car

urlAs the production and on-sale date of 2017 Bolt nears, more information has been released concerning this model. General Motors has made it a priority to produce electric cars having more than 200 miles in range. Consumers are looking forward to the day Chevy will allow ordering via its numerous dealers. There are some cool facts that buyers and other interested parties need to know about the 2017 version of the Chevy Bolt. The range of this model will be 238 miles. This is a combination of both highway and city driving with a battery capacity of 60-kWh. This battery size is similar to that of the base Tesla’s S Model. This is a big change from Nissan’s first 2011 Leaf that had a range of 73 miles with a battery capacity of 24-kWh. Nissan then increased the range in 2013 by 11 miles and in 2016 by 23 miles, giving the Chevy Bolt a decided advantage.

Another cool thing about the Chevy Bolt is its stupendous energy efficiency. The General Motors engineers earlier this year said that their powertrain was highly efficient. This week, further information revealed that the approximate EPA ratings are 110 and 128 for city driving. The Chevrolet Bolt claims to be the best model in terms of a highway MPGe of all the electric vehicles with a range of more than 81 miles. Its major competitor is BMW’s i3 with a battery capacity of 22-Kwh and 111 MPGe. The highway rating of this model lowers to 106. The Bolt’s range may be surpassed by Model S, which has superior aerodynamics particularly at a higher speed.

Chevrolet Bolt for 2017 also has respectable performance and speed. Although a Prius may seem a gas guzzler at city or suburban driving, the Bolt can handle the road in a satisfactory manner. Furthermore, its acceleration, especially from a stoplight is spritely. It can jump from zero to 30 mph in about 2.9 seconds with its single-speed transmission, 294-pounds-feet motor, and 200 horsepower. It has been reported that the Bolt can jump from zero to 60 mph within 6.5 seconds while its passing power speed at 50-75 mph is 4.5 seconds.  With the highest speed being 91 mph, it seems that GM’s emphasized the car’s legal performance, translating to the utilizable get-up-and-go power. Another remarkable fact concerning the Bolt is excellent space use. Details such as thin-frame seats contribute to the car’s roominess in the interior. General Motors further adds that this model’s interior is twice as large as the exterior.

Leave a Comment September 23, 2016

The Best Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel-efficient Vehicles for September 2016

16_hyundai_sonata_hybrid1Surveying the best deals out there on electric, hybrid, fuel-efficient and diesel cars is a necessity. Car dealers and makers are looking forward to moving the inventory of the remaining 2016 cars considering the fact that 2017 versions are entering the market in large numbers. Starting with the hybrid cars, Toyota’s 2016 Prius has had several incentives since its entry into the market. With 2017 models entering dealerships, Toyota has decided to cuts the rates of lease on 2016 Prius by twenty percent. This information was given by CarsDirect. The cut lowers the lease to about $199 per month for three years. The offer’s expiry date is 3rd October. The 2017 models are also displacing Hyundai’s 2016 Sonata hybrid.

For plug-in hybrid models, Hyundai’s 2016 Sonata has also received increased incentives. Hyundai is giving a bonus of $3,500, as well as a conquest bonus of $1,500 through 30th September. These bonuses translate to $2,500 and $1,500 increase, respectively. Ford’s 2017 Fusion Energi has undergone a fresh transformation and update, with numerous changes including an increased electric range. The range went up to 22 miles from 20 miles. The refurbished model is also a wonderful deal, with a lease rate being $219 per month for a period of three years. This offer is there until 3rd October and is inclusive of $1,999 as the down payment, as well as 10,500 miles annual mileage allowance.

Regarding the electric cars, Nissan’s 2016 Leaf has significant incentives that were introduced two months ago extending to September. Hence, you can still lease this model for $199 per month for a period of 36 months including 12,000 miles per annum. Additionally, the base S model doesn’t require a down payment. The Leaf S also utilizes a battery pack of 24-kilowatt-hour with a range of 84 miles. The offer is also valid until 3rd October. Chevy Spark electric vehicle is yet another great deal for September. Buyers can lease it for $139 a month for three years.  They don’t have to give a down payment for this model with the offer including a 10,000 miles yearly allowance. This offer’s expiry date is 30th September. Some of the best fuel-efficient gasoline vehicles for this month include Honda’s Fit hatchback, which had 0.9% APR financing for three years. According to CarsDirect, dealers in some regions are also offering discounts. Another heavily discounted model that buyers should consider is Chevrolet’s 2016 Sonic.

Leave a Comment September 23, 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

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