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Can Merkel really ban gas cars in Germany?

It came out recently that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering bans on gasoline and diesel cars — cars that use internal combustion engines (ICE). This possibility has been floated in the UK, France, India, Norway, the Netherlands, and certain German cities. However, it is a significant departure from the norm for the country’s leader, Merkel, to consider […]

August 20th

Can electric vehicles save the German auto industry?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is cranking up the pressure on the German auto industry as it seeks to reorganize coming out of the diesel emissions scandals that shook its foundations. The strong push comes as Merkel seeks re-election and has recognized the mounting global market pressures that are coming to bear on the largely internal […]

August 19th

Tesla Shuttle to attempt world driving distance record for an electric vehicle

This coming weekend, Tomasz Gać, Jakub Stechly, and I are going to attempt to break the world record for miles driven in an electric car on a single charge. This attempt was planned before a group of Italians recently crushed the previous record, so they’ve certainly made our task more difficult, but we’re still hopeful. By Zachary Shahan  Weather permitting, […]

August 17th

Electric vehicles: It’s time for Ford to make an all-electric Mustang

One disappointing announcement from a major auto executive in recent years (among many) came in January 2017, when Ford’s then-CEO, Mark Fields, promised hybrid versions of the company’s iconic Mustang and F-150 pickup — by 2022. Yes, regular hybrids. And yes, roughly 5 years from the announcement. Was he serious? By Loren McDonald   Fields was replaced several months later, […]

August 15th

Tesla Model 3 comparison vs 22 EV competitors: The straight specs

Now that we have several official specs for the Tesla Model 3, I wanted to do a thorough update of how the Model 3 competes against comparably priced offerings from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Toyota, Acura, and Jaguar. By Zachary Shahan  Last week, I commented at length about subjective features of the Model 3 that I think […]

August 9th

Rick Perry’s latest: $5.7 million from the Energy Dept for cutting-edge batteries

Rick Perry’s Energy Department has been steadily pushing the Trump Administration deeper into clean tech territory, regardless of President* Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric. In the latest development, the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced a new round of $5.7 million in funding for next-generation energy storage technology, aimed squarely at driving down the cost of […]

August 9th

Tesla Model 3 will be the first mass-market electric vehicle

Many milestones have been laid out for electric vehicles and we have celebrated them all: 100,000 sold, 500,000, 1 million…  We are still very much in the very early ‘innovators’ portion of the curve, but the Tesla Model 3 changes things. By Kyle Field  Initially, enthusiasts hoped the Chevy Bolt would be the first to crack […]

August 4th

Boom! US Electric vehicle sales up 86% in 2017

Tesla Model 3 is here, and that has pushed me to again incorporate Tesla sales estimates into our monthly US electric vehicle sales reports. Well, that and a repeated request from readers to bring back Tesla’s US sales estimates*. By Zachary Shahan  Surprisingly — despite the ecstatic headlines about the car — the Model 3 isn’t yet #1! However, […]

August 3rd

Tesla Model 3: Full specs revealed (and it’s a beauty)

At the Tesla Model 3 production vehicle reveal tonight, Tesla shared the official pricing and range of the two versions of the Model 3 initially available to customers. It will come in “Standard” at the base $35,000 price tag, which will feature 220 miles of range. The Standard trim is no slouch and will speed […]

July 29th