Will the Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV Become the “New Prius”?

Toyota RAV4 PHEV

With crossovers and SUVs dominating sales and plug-in hybrids also seeming to be on the rise, the RAV4 Prime could be the dominant selling plug-in hybrid in the US for the next several years. In essence, both its plug in aspect and being an SUV makes it the “new Prius.”

PHEVs Are Not Dead (Yet): 10 Reasons Why

Honda Clarity PHEV

GM’s November 2018 announcement that they would end production of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and the made in China Cadillac CT6 PHEV (at least for the US market), generated a firestorm of articles, speculation and comments around the future of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. EV owners, advocates and analysts tend to be […]

Toyota USA Perplexed On What To Do With the Prius

Toyota Prius vs Prius PHV-Prime US Sales

Sometimes the answer is so simple. It might even be sitting right in front of you so that you can’t seem to see it. Such seems to be the case with executives at Toyota USA. In the December 16 CNBC article, Toyota struggles to save breakthrough Prius hybrid, a Toyota executive admits to not knowing […]

California EV Sales Market Share Reaches 9.90% in August

Jan-Aug EV Sales Market Share - California

In August 1 out of 10 (9.90%) new vehicles purchased in the state of California were EVs (PHEVs + BEVs), according to the latest numbers from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Advanced Technology Vehicle Sales Dashboard (information provided by IHS Market). While this is the highest market share for EVs ever in California, the month […]

Honda and Hyundai: Time to Prune Your Poor-Selling IONIQ and Clarity BEVs

Hyundai IONIQ-Honda Clarity PHEV vs. BEV US Sales-Jan-Sep 2018-EVAoption.com

Sales of electric vehicles in the US have tended to be a fairly equal mishmash of BEV‘s versus PHEV‘s with neither powertrain dominating the sales charts – until deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 started to scale in Q2 of 2018. In January 2018 the mix of BEV versus PHEV sales was split at almost […]

A Framework for Predicting Sales of New EV Models

Jaguar I-PACE - side-rear

By my analysis and tracking, more than 60 new electric vehicles are expected to be available in the US between now and 2023. But which, if any of these, will sell in significant volumes, which I defined as 5,000 units or more per month in the article The Next High-Volume Selling EVs: Ford Escape PHEV […]