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EVs – The electric car tipping point (It’s all about cost)

One of the most interesting and most challenging things in my career in cleantech media in the past decade has been communicating technology transitions. It is simply so difficult for us humans to deeply comprehend (or “digest”) the arc of the trends as they are occurring. Even a rapid market transition seems like it is […]

March 23rd

VW thinks it has a winning formula for EV batteries: More Nickel

Frank Blome, head of battery cell development at Volkswagen, told analysts on a conference call recently that his company will increase the amount of nickel used in its electric car battery cells to 80% next year. At the present time, VW battery cells are 65% nickel, 15% cobalt, and 20% manganese. In addition to the […]

March 20th

This is why the legacy automakers should be terrified of Tesla

Traditional automakers should be terrified of Tesla — and they are — but not because of Tesla’s success or how quickly this company has taken over the entire EV market around the world. It isn’t due to the fact that people love their vehicles or that Tesla provides over-the-air updates. It isn’t just Dog Mode, Sentry […]

March 18th

Tesla has 80% of the EV market in Australia

In Australia, similar to the US, Tesla owns at least 80% of the EV market. While Tesla just made its 1,000,000th vehicle and bypassed a major milestone for a company that is just 16 years old (and taking on an entire industry), in Australia it is nearing its 18,000 mark and taking over the market in one fell […]

March 12th

Without Tesla, would there even be an EV market today?

Where would the EV market be today if Tesla didn’t exist? This sounds like a silly question since many fans would say, “Duh, there wouldn’t be one.” Even as the market expands and new models arrive, I think that critics also know this. In the US, Tesla basically is the market, scoring more than half of […]

March 9th

Autonomous vehicles cant come fast enough

Autonomous vehicles have many pros and cons. Those on either side of the issue have very intense beliefs as to why autonomous vehicles are human saviors or why they are the ultimate evil and should be feared. I am here to remind you that all influential technologies are tools that can be used for good. […]

March 7th

Volkswagen unveils ID.4 EV, provides updates on ID.3

It’s official. The first battery electric SUV based on Volkswagen’s MEB chassis will be called ID.4. The concept version of the car was originally known as the ID Crozz. Production will begin later this year with a rear-wheel drive single motor version. A dual motor vehicle will follow, probably some time in 2021. In a press […]

March 5th

EVs are taking over the world (And Tesla is tipping the balance)

EVs are taking over the world, and if you need proof of this, just look at the sales numbers. Kevin Rooke recently shared a video on YouTube that does just that – taking a look at trends in global EV sales, the sales mix of fully electric vehicles versus plug-in hybrids, as well as S-curves and global […]

March 2nd