Car and oil companies are both slow-rolling electrification


In just three years, many electric cars will sport the same sticker price as their gas-powered counterparts, according to a recent analysis.

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The nimble startups at the vanguard of this technological shift are celebrating the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs), while big U.S. automakers, though still firmly committed to trucks and SUVs, are grudgingly starting to build electric cars’a fact that was evident at the New York International Auto Show last week. The oil majors, who have the most to lose from the rise of plug-in vehicles, are dipping their toes into the charging station business, though none have jumped into the deep end.

At the New York Auto Show, small companies were the biggest champions of next-generation transport. Luxury automaker Rivian made a splash showing off its high-end pickup truck and SUV, all-electric vehicles that promise a range upwards of 400 miles. The ‘outdoor adventure’ brand is filling in a gap left by Tesla, producing EVs that can go off-road and have enough trunk space to fit backpacks, tents, coolers, and climbing gear. Like Tesla, Rivian plans to sell directly to the customer, circumventing dealers.


Publisher: Fast Company
Date: 2019-04-24T16:00:28
Author: Jeremy Deaton
Twitter: @fastcompany
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2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards – Car of the Year


Publisher: Popular Mechanics
Date: 2019-04-16 03:15:00
Twitter: @PopMech
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50 Ways To Slow The Electric Vehicle Revolution ‘ A Complete Idiot’s Guide

Nearly 2′ years ago, I wrote an article titled ‘22 Ways To Delay The Electric Car Revolution.’ It was hugely popular and led to numerous suggestions for additional methods of delay, so I ended up turning it into a list of 50 ‘tips’ for slowing down the electric car revolution.

What has changed since then? Well, read on and see which of these approaches is still relevant. I’m republishing the article as written in the middle of 2016, only changing the intro.

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Publisher: CleanTechnica
Date: 2019-01-06T06:10:48+00:00
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Twitter: @cleantechnica
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Internal combustion engine keeps improving as EV hype grows

This may be the dawn of the electric vehicle era, but 2018 has been a phenomenal year for the humble internal combustion engine.

Among the most notable advancements: General Motors launched full-size pickups that can run on just two cylinders, Mercedes-Benz introduced its first new inline six-cylinder in more than 20 years, and Nissan Motor Co. brought out the industry’s first variable-compression engine, which uniquely balances fuel economy and power. Meanwhile, suppliers have been pumping out fuel-saving technologies at a furious pace.

“Gasoline engines are going to remain very, very relevant for a long time,” said Ed Kim, vice president for industry analysis at AutoPacific. “Because even with this push towards electrification, the point where we get to a full battery-electric fleet across the country is very far away.”

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EV Sales: Waiting for the Inflection – The Fuse

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States grew impressively in 2018. National data for the full 12 months ending in December show automakers sold more than 362,000 units, an 83 percent increase over 2017. This exceptional rate of growth was largely driven by one automaker, Tesla, which significantly ramped up its production capabilities in the third quarter and completed deliveries on its mass-market Model 3 sedan. More than half of all EV sales in 2018 were Teslas (52 percent) with the Model 3 capturing more than 38 percent of sales alone.

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More than any other currently available battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Model 3’s success shows there is tremendous pent-up demand for more affordable all-electric cars. Consumers also demand choice, as evidenced by the growing number of models currently available in the national market and automaker announcements of new MY 2019 and 2020 rollouts. This year and next, automakers will release at least a dozen new BEVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and a growing share of those additions will fulfill popular consumer interests, such as sports cars and sports-utility vehicles. There are now more than 16 BEV models available to consumers nationwide and 29 PHEVs. As battery costs continue to decline, analysts project a growing number of these cars will go further on a single charge and at a lower cost.

Publisher: The Fuse
Date: 2019-01-15T16:40:36+00:00
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