Tesla Motors – I Love You, But What the Hell?

On August 28, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I do like the Model S.  I think Tesla is doing terrific things to the car industry, direct to consumer, aggressive EV range, great looking car.  My friends who have one love it.  The company is proving it has legs.  But, as to the recent market run-up, not to be catty, but are you SERIOUS? […]

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Tesla, First Solar, Better Place and Comments on a Weird Quarter in Cleantech

On May 31, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Wow.  This has been a really interesting few months in cleantech. First Solar announced a $0.99 cent/Wp target within 4 years for installed with trackers utility scale in its investor deck.  That equates to around $4-5 henry hub gas price in a new combined cycle gas plant. The scary thing is that best utility scale […]

California Gains 10,000 EV Charge Points in NRG Agreement

On March 26, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report California already has over 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road and 2,000 public charge points. Over 10,000 new electric charge points will be added to give EV drivers added range. The charge stations will be built by NRG with private money, not public funds. This […]

Ten Ways to Reduce U.S. Dependency on Oil

On February 28, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report Iran stopped shipping oil to the United Kingdom and to France. Global oil prices shot-up and we pay more at the pump. With the threat of oil shipment disruption in the Strait of Hormuz, prices are likely to stay high. In the USA, over 96 percent of our […]

Coal Powered Electric Cars – Fact and Fiction

On February 21, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original article by John Addison at Clean Fleet Report “The electric car doesn’t do any good because it’s just powered by coal” gets repeated by the oil industry, by news pundits who ignore fact checking, and even by some environmentalists. In the past three years of writing about electric cars, I have yet to […]

Gartner Forecasts 100,000 Electric Car Sales for 2012

On January 24, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report Gartner, the largest technology market research firm, is forecasting 100,000 electric car sales in 2012 in the United States. Yesterday, I took in the presentation at the SV Forum and then talked with Thilo Koslowski, Vice President of Gartner’s Automotive and Vehicle Practice. He acknowledged that 100,000 is […]

Chevrolet Spark EV with A123 Nanophosphate Lithium-ion Batteries

On October 12, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

The 2013 Spark EV is Chevrolet’s new 100% battery-electric car. It is GM’s fourth electric car model that includes the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera, and the Cadillac ELR. GM needs a pure-electric offering; Nissan Leaf is dominating the early adopter market. Reuters reports that Nissan LEAF’s U.S. sales through September were about 27,500 — […]

The Networked Electric Vehicle

On September 20, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Thousands of electric cars are now communicating with owner’s smart phones, charging stations, and service networks. These EVs are plugging into smart grids that use network communications to charge off-peak, monitor and improve reliablity. When I use my Blink EVSE to charge my Nissan Leaf, the charger sends a packet of info to the charging […]

54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standard will save U.S. drivers $1.7 trillion by 2025

On August 2, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

The new debt-limit agreement with Congress has been the big news. Big enough for Fitch to keep U.S. Treasuries at AAA for the time being. Last week another major agreement was reached. President Obama announced a historic agreement with thirteen major automakers to increasing fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty […]

Tesla’s Progress with a 300-Mile Electric Car Range

On May 10, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Tesla recent quarterly financial results show progress on several fronts. Over 1,650 customers are now driving the Tesla Roadster, the impressive electric car with a 240-mile range per charge. Customers have driven these 100-percent electric cars more than 11 million miles. Tesla will soon have over 2,000 customers who have paid over $100,000 for their […]

Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF Electric Cars Earn Highest Safety Ratings

On May 2, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf earn the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the first-ever U.S. crash test evaluations of plug-in electric cars. The milestone demonstrates that automakers are using the same safety engineering in new electric cars as they do in gasoline-powered vehicles. The Volt and Leaf earn […]

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Japan’s Crisis Hurts Sales of Hybrid Cars and EVs

On March 29, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

The people of Japan are courageously moving forward after the devastation of a 9.0 earthquake, a tsunami that ripped apart buildings and roads, and a nuclear crisis that now threatens their food and water. The Japanese economy depends in no small measure on the success of its automotive industry and its complex eco-system of component […]

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Cleantech and the Future of GM

On February 8, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

GM Ventures is focused on investing in innovative and early stage companies. Jon Lauckner, President GM Ventures, has been busy since GM Ventures was established last June and he was promoted from head of GM global product planning. GM Ventures has invested in Bright Automotive, which has designed an advanced plug-in hybrid delivery van with much greater cargo space than Ford’s Transit Connect Electric. GM has invested in two advanced next generation biofuel corporations – Mascoma and Coskata. Given the success of the Amyris IPO, these investments could should a high return for GM.

Ford Focus Electric takes on Nissan LEAF

On January 11, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Ford has officially announced the Ford Focus Electric, a new aerodynamic 5-door hatchback with an expected range of 100 miles per charge. This 5-seat car matches the specs that I published after my test drive of the Focus Electric in May 2010. First consumer deliveries of the all-new Focus Electric will start towards the end of this year. At that point Ford will have solid EV experience and probably have delivered thousands of Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans to delivery and service fleets.

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New Honda Fit EV likely to cost less than Nissan LEAF

On November 30, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

The New Honda Fit EV will go on sale for U.S. customers in 2012. By using the lighter Honda Fit platform, already in volume manufacturing, Honda could price the Fit EV at $29,900, less than the Nissan LEAF with a minimum price of $32,780. This new battery-electric car will be popular with current drivers of hot compact hatchbacks such as the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, Chevy Cruze, and Mini-Cooper.

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What’s Beyond Zero Emissions Vehicles?

On November 29, 2010, in Blog, by admin

by Paul Hirsch The automotive industry has invested billions in alternative fuel technology since that first Prius rolled off its assembly line. And these days a growing portion of that investment has been focused on zero emission technologies, such as battery electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel cells. Yet as a professional tasked with commercializing […]

Nissan LEAF with Baby Car Seats

On November 9, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

Keo, at age 3 months, started his Nissan LEAF test ride with a yawn, gurgled his approval during the ride, then wisely left the car buying decision to his parents.  Grace and Susan Stanat brought their son along for the test drive. They arrived with Keo, baby seat, and stroller. Although three adults can squeeze into […]

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Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt Test Drive Comparisons

On August 3, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/3/10) Chevrolet Volt – Test Drive of an Extended Range Electric Vehicle My test drive of the Volt demonstrates that Chevy is ready to take orders. I settle behind the steering wheel, feel comfortable in the bucket seat, and am impressed with the display behind the wheel, and the 7-inch navigation screen. […]

All Electric Cars – The Impact of the Little Guys

On March 2, 2010, in Blog, by John Voltz

This post sponsored by Gumtree.com.au, Australia’s largest Classified Service. by John Voltz Recently, I made a small diversion from my walk to the office in San Francisco and took a ride in a Wheego. The Wheego was being showcased at Justin Herman Plaza right across from the Ferry Building not far from my office in […]

Top Electric Car Makers for the United States Market

On December 29, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (original post at Clean Fleet Report) By 2011 year end, competition will be intense for electric car leadership. The Clean Fleet Report Top 10 Electric Car Makers describes our best guess about the market share leaders for delivered plug-in vehicles on the United States roads in 2011, although not necessarily in order […]

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