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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

Tesla Model 3 comes at an important moment for electric vehicles

by Zachary Shahan Is it some kind of crazy coincidence? Is it the stars teaming up with a starry-eyed Elon? Or is it simply in the socio-quantum physics of how technology transitions occur? Wait a second, what am I talking about? The electric vehicle market has risen to about 1% of the overall new car market. […]

July 29th

Tesla Model 3: Park a 3D (virtual) model 3 on your driveway

The folks over at EV Annex just can’t stop innovating. We usually find them with new products popping out of their shop in Florida, but this time they are going virtual with the release of their new Augmented Reality (AR) smartphone app. The app lets users put a (virtual) Tesla Model 3 on their very […]

July 27th

Diesel emissions fraud: Volkswagen exec to plead guilty

The Volkswagen AG exec arrested last year for his part in VW’s diesel emissions fraud, Oliver Schmidt, will be pleading guilty on August 4 in US District Court in Detroit. By James Ayre  Schmidt, who was the head of Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering center in Michigan, has been charged with 11 felony counts and could face […]

July 26th

UK to phase out ALL internal combustion cars in 23 years

After much controversy and travail in the British courts over the past several months, the government of Britain has finally unveiled a plan to outright ban the sale of cars and light-duty trucks with internal combustion engines after the year 2040. Earlier this month, France announced a similar proposal that also takes effect the same year. By Steve […]

July 26th

Self-driving cars: California is already prepping its roads

California’s state highway management system is now one of the first systems anywhere in the world to be actively changing its operations to better suit self-driving cars. By James Ayre  Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, in an interview with KPCC Southern California Public Radio, explains: “The automated vehicles (AVs) can follow lane lines. They can’t follow the Botts’ Dots, […]

July 26th

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk vs “It’s never been done before”

As we get closer to the final unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 (it’s on Friday), I’ve been in a more reflective mood than normal — reflecting on the transition to electric vehicles, reflecting on the actual likelihood of stopping runaway global warming, reflecting on what I’m doing with my life and if I should […]

July 25th

Snappy answers to annoying electric vehicle questions

Now that I’ve been driving an electric vehicle (a Tesla Model S) around on a regular basis for a few weeks, I’m getting bored with the most common questions. Over and over again… By Zachary Shahan  “How far can you drive?” “How long does it take to charge?” “How fast can it go?” (max speed) “How […]

July 22nd