What is it going to take for electric vehicles (EVs) to reach mainstream consumer adoption in the US? Here are the 6 most important factors from the perspective of the car-buyer consumer.
Range, cost competitiveness and availability of charging stations remain the top barriers to EV adoption, according to recently released survey results from Volvo Car USA/The Harris Poll. As the average range of US available BEVs heads toward 250 miles, automakers will need to focus significant resources on EV charging infrastructure.
Ford executive Jim Farley recently announced some somewhat vague electrification plans for the company’s iconic F-150 pickup, with most people interpreting the statements as to include both some form of a regular hybrid or perhaps plug-in hybrid and a pure electric BEV version. Ford has said the hybrid will reach market in 2020, but did […]
15 Shifts: How The Transition to Electric Vehicles Will Transform Industries, Jobs and the Environment
The transition to electric vehicles is poised to reshape many industries, jobs, economies and the environment. Most of these shifts will be positive in the long run, but some will create disruption and pain during the transition off of fossil fuels.
The last several weeks have been a great reminder for me of the “EV bubble” that I and many people steeped in the world of electric vehicles actually live in. In the past few months I’ve traveled from my suburban location in Northern California to Italy, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Madison (Wisconsin), Boston, Toronto, Las Vegas, […]
Road trips are a make or break factor for mass adoption of electric vehicles in the US. Unlike much of Europe and many other parts of the world, the US does not have a train system that connects most cities in the country. As such, most Americans either fly or rely on their cars when […]
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 […]
Read just about any article on electric vehicles in the US and the reporter will use some variation of this phrase: “ … but electric vehicle sales are only 1% of overall auto sales in the US (or world).” (Los Angeles Times) While US EV sales have been hovering in the 1% neighborhood for about […]
In parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part series I outlined the first 16 of 24 factors that I believe will (or could) impact sales of electric vehicles. These 16 factors included everything from range, model availability, gas prices, charging infrastructure, to economic conditions and government incentives and regulations. In this final part-3 article, I […]
In part 1 of this 3-part series I outlined the first 8 of 24 factors that will (or could) impact sales of electric vehicles. Those 8 factors were generally rather obvious to EV observers: range, model availability, gas prices, EV cost competitiveness, charging infrastructure, charging speed, battery supply and battery technology breakthroughs. In this part […]