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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

The Growing Popularity of Hybrid Cars Boosts Sales

2012_Toyota_Prius_v_--_03-21-2012It seems the automotive companies are going greener now more than ever following the recent release of Tesla Model X and the plans to produce Model 3, and not forgetting Chevrolet’s announcement of Bolt hatchback production. Although there have been setbacks in the production and marketing of fully electric cars, the industry has a wide range of SUVs, crossovers and hybrid cars. The hybrid family further extends with Chrysler’s announcement of its plan to produce the Pacifica Hybrid. These half-electric, half-gas category of vehicles have been known to have high mileage. Additionally, the cost of operating and maintaining them is relatively low.

The primary demerit associated with fully electric cars is that they are relatively costly. For instance, the models present in the United States market cost between $23,800 to $80,000. For this reason, there has been a biased preference towards hybrid cars. One of the cheapest hybrids to operate is Toyota’s Prius Eco. The starting price for this Toyota model is about $24,700, a cost that is slightly more than Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, the cheapest fully electric car. The range of Prius Eco in the city is 58 mpg while the range for the highway is 53 mpg. This implies that the average range is 56 mpg. The cost of running the Prius is about $500 on an annual basis, undercutting electric car cost by $100. Contrary to electric car owners, Prius owners and other hybrid car owners do not stress about looking for a place for charging their cars. This is because hybrid cars also have a gasoline engine in addition to electric motors.

The technology behind hybrid cars will continue advancing just like electric car technology. Electric cars are deemed to be fun and comfortable just like their gasoline-powered counterparts. It has been proven by Tesla’s P90D that has a torque of 713 lb-ft and a horsepower of 762. Electric cars will be available and affordable to the common man when the Chevrolet Bolt and Model 3 enter the market. The practicability of electric car ownership will increase with a close to $30,000 price tag and a range of 200 miles on a charge. Currently, Nissan Leaf is the market leader with a starting price of less than $30,000 and a range of 107 miles when fully charged. The range of a standard gasoline-fueled vehicle is approximately 300 miles. Hence, although electric cars are clearly the cars of the future, hybrids are currently leading the park in terms of sales.


Leave a Comment February 12, 2016

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Expected in 2016

Chevrolet_Bolt_Concept_(front)_NAIAS_2015The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt entered the plug-in vehicle market almost six years ago, and other cars have followed suit while others are yet to enter the market. According to the current alternative energy cars’ list published in HybridCars.com, the total number of battery electric cars is 12, while hybrid electric cars are 11. The numbers are slightly differed from those reported last year where there were 9 plug-in electric cars and 13 battery electric cars. The current market share for plug-in hybrid electric cars is approximately 0.24% in comparison to last year’s 0.34%. Battery electric cars current market share is 0.41% while for the previous year was 0.39%.

One of the vehicles to expect this coming year is Kia’s 2016 Optima plug-in, which has some clear similarities to Hyundai’s Sonata plug-in. It is basically, a plug-in form of the recently redesigned Kia Optima hybrid. Kia’s Optima plug-in car’s battery is the same as that of Hyundai’s and has a capacity of 9.8 kwh. This implies that its electric vehicle range of 27 miles is the second highest. This vehicle has been said to enter the market mid next year to aim towards Kia’s plan of becoming one of the leading manufacturers of hydrogen fuel, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars. Its powertrain of 2.0 liters is also similar to Hyundai’s.

2017’s Chevrolet Bolt is another vehicle to expect this coming year. This vehicle will have a range of about 200 miles and its price will be around 30,000 dollars. The price of this vehicle coupled with its specifications makes it a significant plug-in vehicle to look forward to. To address the issue of range, the Chevy Bolt gives a range that is two times that of other electric vehicles within the same price range. Its major competitor is Tesla Model S with 70 kwh. Bolt evidently presents a major leap forward, regardless of the fact that it may not be fully satisfactory to those demanding more. Automakers are using plug-in electrification as a way of improving the emission scores and mpg of their fleet. Some of the honorable mentions that are likely to enter this market include BMW’s 3 and 7 series, Audi’s A4 plug-in hybrid electric car, Volkswagen’s Passat and Mercedes’ E-Class. Although Ford is already through with the production of its Fusion Energi, it has announced its intention to release the plug-in hybrid car’s next generation. Tesla’s Model X is also worth mentioning, with bulk deliveries expect to begin in 2016.


Leave a Comment December 31, 2015

The New Electric Vehicle by Audi to Compete with Tesla’s Model X

Standaufnahme    Farbe: Misanorot    Verbrauchsangaben Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert in l/100 km: 1,5; CO2-Emission kombiniert in g/km: 35

The variety of electric cars available to consumers had been expanding as manufacturers continue launching new models. This week, Audi announced that its concept, the e-Tron Quattro car, a sport SUV that is all-electric, will be among the cars to debut in Frankfurt’s 2015 International Motor Show. The show in question is set to open September 17. The range of the car on full charge is expected to exceed 500 kilometers, which is equivalent to 310 miles. Audi states that 2018 as the year the vehicle is set to enter the production stage. The Quattro’s battery cells will be from Samsung SDI and LG Chem.

The driving range of Quattro will almost be the same as that of electric vehicles manufactured by Tesla. There is also an electric vehicle by GM, the Chevrolet Volt, with a range is about 200 miles. The shipment for Model X by Tesla is anticipated to start in the next coming weeks. It has been reported that there are already 20,000 pre-orders from people who paid $5,000 as a reserve fee. It was originally expected that the X model would be shipped in 2012. To increase the practicality of all-electric cars, it is critical for them to gain high driving ranges when charged. To cover 15,600 miles annually, it would be necessary to charge the car once a week and go for 300-mile range. For the car to cover 24,000 miles per annum, it would necessitate charging the car at an interval of every 4-5 days.

Audi utilizes 3 electric motors; two motors are situated in the car’s rear end, while one electric motor is situated at the car’s front axle. The car also makes use of mobile elements of aerodynamics and an underbody that is closed so that there is improvement of airflow and reduction of drag. This in turn helps in extension of the car’s range. Consumers have mixed feelings on the overall short range associated with electric vehicles. Drivers have raised concerns that they could get stuck at a strange place without a means of charging their cars. The success of sales will ultimately be affected by charging stations’ availability.

IHS Automotive, an analyst firm, has predicted that the market for electric vehicles chargers will rapidly grow across the globe. The market will rise to $12.7 million in the year 2020, from 1 million in the year 2014. Audi further added that chargers are important for long-term success of electric cars, even with an increase in driving ranges.


Leave a Comment September 4, 2015

Tesla’s Model X Expected to Increase Company Sales

Tesla_Model_X_(8403033571)According to Tesla Motors’ CEO, Elon Musk, the next leg of growth for the company will be driven by the help of the Model X sports utility vehicle (SUV). He hopes and believes that the sales volume of the electric car manufacturering will be doubled by Model X. Musk said during an interview with CNBC that Tesla’s volume is likely to double because there is an almost equal demand for SUV’s and sedans. This would imply that Tesla’s volume would be doubling, if the Model X is well received. Previously, James Albertine, Stifel Nocolaus analyst had suggested that the stock price of Tesla Motors could be boosted by Model X to as high as 400 dollars per share. The analyst was positive that the electric car manufacturer would enjoy a huge success with the Model X.

With respect to Model X’s production, Musk said that nothing had changed since Tesla’s shareholder conference. He further said that by the end of summer, Tesla Motors might ship Model X. According to Musk, there was uncertainty as to the period the company would take for its production of the electric SUV to be ramped up. Since Tesla’s initial announcement in 2012, Model X launching has been delayed for more than a year now. The company’s production facility in Fremont was recently visited by some Wall Street analysts who strongly believe that Model X will be launched on its target schedule.

Estimates by Morgan Stanley show that less than 100 Model X units will be rolled out by Tesla Motors in the 3rd quarter and by the end of the year, around 3,000 units will be rolled out. Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts on the other hand projected that around 5,000 Model S units will be shipped by Tesla Motors this year. Twenty-thousand pre-orders for Model X have already been received. The sales target for Tesla Motors are around 55,000 vehicle units this year. To achieve its target sales volume, the company is dependent of the Model X. Tesla Motors reported earlier this month that its deliveries for Model S had increased by 52 % during the second quarter, which translated to 11,507 units. A total of 21,522 Model S units had already been delivered by the electric car manufacturer between January and June. This translated to about 40% of the target sales volume of Tesla for 2015. Last week, an analyst of Jefferies LLC, Dan Doley, said that the demand for new vehicles was high.





Leave a Comment July 17, 2015

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