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.
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.
One of the behavioral challenges that electric vehicles present to consumers is that buying an EV requires them to consider entirely new factors and questions. Say you are in your 40s and you’ve been driving and buying cars since your teens. According to various research on what factors consumers consider when buying a car, things […]
What does the rest of 2018 hold in store for electric vehicles? My December CleanTechnica predictions article, “2 Dozen Electric Vehicle Predictions For 2018,” generated hundreds of comments and some great conversation about likely EV trends happening in 2018. That engagement inspired me to then seek out predictions from several industry experts. So, to explore […]
The Chevrolet Bolt is an impressive car and in several ways a breakthrough electric vehicle (EV). So why aren’t Bolts flying off dealer lots and shattering EV sales records as many industry observers had expected? After the first 4 months of 2017, the Chevrolet Bolt has climbed into 5th place in total US BEV/PHEV sales, […]
On Tuesday April 12 I had the honor of being a guest expert on the San Francisco NPR radio station talk show KQED Forum to discuss the future of electric vehicles (EVs). The show, Wall Street Embraces Tesla — But Will American Drivers Follow?, covered a wide swath of topics – from “How the Trump administration […]
Remember a few short years ago when the hot debate was whether cars in the future would be predominantly powered by fuel-cells versus batteries? And even more fundamentally, if electric vehicles (EVs) would ever move beyond the niche “green” and luxury-performance buying market? My how sentiment seems to have changed recently. Today, there is growing […]