Archive for 2014
Do Gas Prices Correlate With Plug-in Vehicle Sales?
Introduction “…it is fair to suggest that falling gas prices will reduce demand for fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles” -Alec Gutierrez, Kelley Blue Book “…gas prices “certainly” have an effect on electric-drive cars.” -Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds.com The idea has been repeated often enough; rising gasoline prices cause drivers to turn[…]
A Bright Future for DC-powered Road Trips
In September, my wife and I took an 11,000 mile trip in our all-electric vehicle. It was my 11th all-electric road trip; and while I’ve enjoyed them all, past trips have had some compromises mostly involving planning and waiting for the car to charge. This was the first trip that[…]
The National Drive Electric Week “Bump”: Why Do Electric Cars Sell Better in October?
What happens when consumers experience all of the available plug-in vehicles together, all at once, in one place? This is one of the concepts behind National Drive Electric Week (formerly National Plug In Day). As simple as it sounds, evidence compiled by Plug In America president Richard Kelly suggests that[…]
National Drive Electric Week Taking Off
We’re gearing up for National Drive Electric Week 2014 September 15-21. Dedicated volunteers and EV advocates are signing up to create events across the US, Canada, and Mexico. With 11 weeks to go, we have 70 events being planned, compared to 24 at this time last year. As you can[…]
New Jersey v. the Electric Car – New Jersey is listening. Now is the time for us to speak up!
Back in March I, along with a throng of EV owners watched in disbelief as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, spurred on by lobbying from the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJCAR), voted to deny an extension to Tesla Motors that would have allowed them to continue selling[…]
How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?
The cost to charge an electric vehicle varies depending on the vehicle, local electricity rates, and driving habits, but on average, an electric vehicle driver will pay just 25–50% of what they would pay in a comparable gasoline vehicle. To estimate your charging costs, visit PlugStar.com, enter your ZIP code,[…]
New Jersey v. the Electric Car – Is this a National Issue?
Last month, March 11th, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) voted to enforce an age old ruling that prohibited car manufacturers from selling cars directly to the consumer. The target of that act was Tesla Motors Inc. Tesla, who has been selling cars in New Jersey for some time[…]
The Germans are Coming!
Considering Germany is home to automotive titans like Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW, it’s disappointing America hasn’t had many plug-in offerings coming from there. It was only last year when the first plug-ins from Germany arrived here when smart began selling the smart electric drive in mid 2013, followed by the[…]
Power Couples, the Sequel: How Connected Are You?
It’s not what you know, but who you know, right? Actually, these days, it’s how well connected you are, isn’t it? Connected as in: using your smartphone or laptop to charge your car, check your solar production, control your thermostat and whatnot. According to a study from our new sponsor,[…]
Power Couples: Driving at the Speed of Light
You may have noticed that we have a new sponsor in our friends over at SolarCity. They are a leading solar provider, delivering renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and more – for less than was formerly spent on utility bills. They are now promoting a great pairing that Plug[…]
Leasing a Plug In Vehicle: Total Cost of Ownership
As with any car purchase, there’s more to consider than cost when thinking about a plug-in vehicle. There’s also the convenience of fueling at home and the superior driving experience of an electric drive train. But at some point, we have to think about the cost and thrifty consumers will[…]
Assessing the Predicted Resale Value of EVs Fairly
We’ve seen a number of reports recently about predictions that electric vehicles will lose value faster than similar gas cars. While predicting the future is a tricky business, there’s a deceptive math trick being used to make the resale values of EVs look bad. The people making these predictions tend[…]