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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 CEO Elon Musk praises China for EV and renewable energy leadership at Governors Conference

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently sat down with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for an interview in front of around 30 US governors at the National Governors Association meeting. Musk teased the possibility of 2 or 3 more Tesla Gigafactories in front of the governors — many of whom have auto-manufacturing plants in their states. In a comprehensive interview […]

August 13th

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

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