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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In defense of the name “Bolt”

GM confirmed last week that the name of its groundbreaking all-electric vehicle due in 2017 will remain the Chevrolet Bolt, despite many protests across the internet. But I actually like the name, and think it an excellent choice.

When the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January, excitement for the affordably priced 200-mile electric car began to build – but not everyone was hyped about the name.

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Will Georgia EV Tax Hurt Tesla Model S Sales?

Georgia has eliminated its $5,000 electric car tax credit, replacing it with a $200 tax. Will this dissuade buyers from choosing the Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, and Chevy Volt? Environmentalists and EV advocates are crying foul over the Peach State's hostile reversal in EV policy.

Last week, Georgia eliminated the state's $5,000 electric car (EV) tax credit---the biggest state-based tax credit in the nation---and replaced it with a $200 annual EV tax (more than drivers of gasoline-powered cars pay). The law, which goes into effect July 1, does so amidst the protests of environmentalists and electric car advocates.

Progressive Solutions Ignored

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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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