Electric Vehicles

What Do We Need for Cleaner Cars?

Today, a number of companies are planning or already producing high-performing vehicles that run on electricity and other alternative fuels. Now more than ever before, auto manufacturers are competing to answer the call for environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels. Electric cars are, perhaps, the “ideal”, but most models to date have been hybrids that also rely on petroleum as part of their energy mix.

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Tesla Model X Will Begin Mass Appeal of EVs

In September, when Tesla Motors releases its highly anticipated Model X full-size, all-electric SUV, it will usher in the era of fully battery-powered vehicles that are available in a form factor for which Americans actually care. While the Roadster and Model S were proof of the efficiency, luxury, and performance potential of battery electric cars, the Model X will give Americans an opportunity to own an EV in a category they prefer. Next up: A Tesla full-size pickup?

By the time back-to-school ads for Staples are running in your local newspaper, Tesla will be preparing the launch of its highly anticipated Model X fully battery electric SUV (technically, it's a CUV, or crossover utility vehicle). This full-size model, which will offer performance rivaling that of Porsche's respected Cayenne, will feature unique Falcon Wing doors (the term "gull wing" apparently wasn't disruptive enough) and seating for seven adults---plus ample room for luggage, golf clubs, and antique furniture.

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Electric F-150 Necessary for Widespread EV Adoption

Electric car sales will reach 480,000 units globally in 2015, according to leading consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan. However, this is only 0.5% of overall global sales and won't improve significantly until electrified trucks and SUVs are introduced to market---along with better driving ranges and more charging stations.

A leading consulting and research firm in Mountain View, California, Frost & Sullivan, has released its prediction for 2015 electric car sales. The group believes that about 480,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) will be sold worldwide by the end of the year.

The company estimates that 320,000 EVs were sold globally in 2014, meaning that the prediction for 2015 would equal a 50 percent increase in sales. While this is certainly impressive growth and reflects the slow process of mass adoption among consumers, it's important to put these numbers in perspective.

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The BMW i8 is a gorgeous car, but a green one?

BMW i8 is a gorgeous car inside and out, but I can't find anything about it particularly efficient or green among hybrids, nor high performing among the competitive field of more efficient high performance EVs. It competes in a very competitive category with the Tesla Model S P85 EV on the high end and Nissan Leaf EV on the low end, both with increasingly efficient and advanced technology under their hoods that, ironically, has nothing to do with trusted internal combustion (gas) engines.

This, perhaps, explains a lot about why those cars are not getting their due respect vis-a-vis hybrids such as the BMW i8.

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Hang in there - affordable electric cars are on the way

A new study confirms what EV advocates have been preaching for years: electric car prices will fall to match those of gasoline cars, we just have to be patient.

Electric vehicle supporters probably sound like broken records by now: “Just wait until battery prices come down, then internal combustion cars had better watch out!” Sure, we have been saying something along these lines since electric cars first re-entered the scene with the Tesla Roadster in 2009 and Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt in 2010. But it really is true.

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