Why The Ford F-150 Lightning Is The Most Important EV Ever

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When the Ford F-150 Lightning BEV reaches dealers in the spring or summer of 2022, it will wear the mantle as the most important electric vehicle introduced to date in America. Wait, you might be thinking to yourself, what about the Tesla Model S which single-handedly changed the image of EVs from glorified golf carts […]

Reducing Carbon Emissions Quickly Is the Goal – Not Quarter-Mile Times

Last week Tesla revealed that its new Model S Plaid EV could reach a speed of near 200 MPH and reach 0 to 60 MPH in 1.99 seconds. While this performance feat is certainly impressive, it detracts from the primary goal of electric vehicles which is to help reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector as quickly as possible.

Are EVs Charged Mostly By Coal Power in the US?

15 states with renewable energy sources of 25% or more combined for 53.5% of US EV sales in 2020. More impressively, 4 of these states (California, New York, Washington, and Oregon) accounted for 50.8% of EVs sold in the US in 2020.

2030: 20 Million More ICE Vehicles Will Be on the Roads in the US Than in 2021

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US sales of electric vehicles are expected to increase significantly this decade, however, by the end of 2030 EVs will still comprise only a tiny percentage of vehicles in operation (VIO) and the number of internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) will actually increase by 20 million. These are the findings of new EVAdoption analysis. To […]

Fixing the Federal EV Tax Credit Flaws: Redesigning the Vehicle Credit Formula

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The federal EV tax credit has a number of flaws, but one of the biggest is the poorly-designed formula that determines the amount of the tax credit available for each BEV and PHEV sold in the US. The formula, which is based on the size of an EV’s battery pack, rewards OEMs (and their buying consumers) for using larger batteries with no consideration to efficiency (EPA range/kWh) and price.

VW Joke, Kia EV6 Details – EV Week in Review: March 23-30

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This past week not only had the usual automaker electrification declarations and teases of EVs to come such as the Kia EV6 and Lexus LF-Z concept EV, but we had a huge April Fools’ joke from Volkswagen. In addition DHL adds to its electric delivery van fleet in the US, Jeep announces plans for a Level 2 charging network and solid article was published about the current poor experience facing EV drivers at the various EV charging networks.

VW and BMW EV Plans, Rivian Charging Networks – EV Week in Review: March 16-22

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Another week with automakers sharing plans to either curtail development of internal combustion engines or share their EV sales goals, in this case German luxury OEMs, Audi and BMW. We see images of the upcoming BMW i4 BEV, Jeep Wrangler Magneto BEV concept, Rivian announces their new charging networks, and much, much, more.

Legacy Automakers and the Tesla EV Narrative

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While EVs from the legacy automakers as of yet don’t match the range and performance of those from Tesla, those and other advantages from Tesla are simply not as important to huge segments of car buyers. Following are a few steps legacy automakers and dealers (that are actually trying to sell EVs) need to do to help counter the Tesla narrative that has created various expectations by consumers when considering an EV.

Canoo Pickup, Kia EV6, Honda and Mini EV Plans: EV Week in Review – Mar 9-15

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Another crazy week in the world of EVs, with lots of announcements on the automaker and battery front. The reveals of the Canoo pickup and Kia EV6 have heads turning and yet another automaker, BMW-owned Mini this time announced plans that it would only produce battery-electric vehicles from 2030. And EV straggler Honda shed a bit more light on its upcoming EVs built on GM’s Ultium battery and powertrain platform.

Price Parity is Not the Key to EV Adoption in the US

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Lower battery prices and electric vehicles reaching price parity will be key enablers to driving mass adoption of EVs in the US. But battery and model supply along with ubiquitous charging and consumer comfort with electric refueling are bigger factors that will limit growth in EV sales in the US in the near term.