Plugin Electrics vs All Electric Battery EVs, Epic Throwdown?

On September 3, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I get this every time I discuss EVs.  Something along the lines of oh, you shouldn’t be including PHEVs in with EVs, they don’t count, or are not real EVs, just a stopgap etc. I tend to think PHEVs may be better product.  At least for now.  And I follow the GM’s Chevy Volt vs […]

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 […]

Ford Expands Customer Choice – Lowers Manufacturing Cost

On January 17, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

original post at Clean Fleet Report The new Ford Fusion gives car owners unprecedented choice in powertrains and fuel economy. The Ford Fusion can be offered with an efficient EcoBoost engine or as a hybrid with better mileage than any midsized sedan or as a plug-in hybrid that allows many trips to use zero gasoline. […]

10,000 EVs for San Francisco in 2012

On November 1, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

San Francisco Bay Area may be the nation’s first region with 10,000 electric cars. It could happen in 2012 for the region with 7 million people and 5.3 million vehicles. Electric utility PG&E reports that they are now charging 1,800 Nissan LEAFs and 250 Chevrolet Volt residential owners. Add to these numbers a growing number […]

Hertz Expands Electric Car Rental in United States and China

On August 30, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Hertz (NYSE:HTZ) expands its Global EV initiative to China, making it the first global rental car company to offer electric cars on three continents. Hertz now offers the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Smart ED, Tesla Roadster and other electric cars in U.S. cities including New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Hertz is […]

GE Buys 12,000 Chevrolet Volts

On November 16, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

GE will purchase 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 for its own fleet and through its Capital Fleet Services business – the largest-ever electric car commitment. GE will convert most of its 30,000 global fleet and will partner with fleet customers to deploy a total of 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015. GE will initially purchase 12,000 GM vehicles, beginning with the Chevrolet Volt in 2011, and will add other vehicles as manufacturers expand their electric vehicle portfolios.

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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. […]

Toyota and GM Fight for Plug-in Market

On December 7, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison, original report at Clean Fleet ReportElectric cars and hybrid cars are prominent here at the LA Auto Show. GM highlighted big plans for the Chevy Volt. Toyota, owning some 65 percent of the U.S. hybrid market, displayed the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) along with a growing family Toyota and Lexus hybrids. […]

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Duke Energy’s Electric Vehicle Future

On October 20, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (Originally Posted 10/19/09 at Clean Fleet Report). Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) committed to an electric vehicle future when it committed with the FPL Group (NYSE: FPL) to buy 10,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in the coming decade, as they upgrade their fleets. The energy storage in these vehicles could eliminate the […]

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Electric Vehicle Charging Passes Inspection

On August 11, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (EV) are destined for success. Thousands of key players have converged at the Plug-in 2009 Conference in Long Beach, California. In the opening workshop they talked about giving the customer a pleasant, easy-to-use, no hassle, safe and cost effective experience. The key players included auto makers, electric utilities, […]

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Intelligent Charging Infrastructure for New Electric Vehicles

On February 19, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. Momentum continues for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. BMW is already leasing its freeway speed MiniE. Sports car lovers navigate curving mountain roads in their Tesla Roadsters. Toyota is putting 500 plug-in Priuses into fleet tests this year. Next year, Nissan, Chrysler, BYD, and Ford plan to start taking consumer orders for […]

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2010 Prius Delivers Record Mileage and Accelerates Plug-in Plans

On January 13, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. Toyota achieves a record 50 miles per gallon with the new 2010 Prius, which just made its formal debut at the North American International Auto Show. This article also covers Toyota’s latest plug-in hybrid and EV announcements. Since the Prius was first went on sale in Japan in 1997, continuous improvements have […]

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General Motors Bailout

On November 17, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

Op-Ed by John Addison (11/17/08). On September 24, Congress approved a $25 billion bailout for GM, Ford, and Chrysler. “It seemed like a lot when we first started pushing this,” says Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, one of the bill’s sponsors. “Suddenly, it seems so small.” The three troubled automakers are already back in […]

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A lightning bolt Chevy Volt

On September 18, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: the Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicleWhat is it?The Chevy Volt is being called an “extended-range electric vehicle.” And while the wheels are turned directly by electricity, there is a small gasoline engine which will kick in to generate said electricity. In any case, now that […]

A Passion for Plug-ins

On August 12, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/7/08). Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe spoke about his dream of building a car that could cross the United States on a single tank of gasoline. A plug-in hybrid running on E85 would potentially use only one gallon of gasoline every 500 miles in a blend with five gallons of ethanol, with the […]

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