EVs

As with emissions controls, California leads the nation. This is another BFD, just like federal fleets, etc. And can’t come soon enough, if only to eliminate the continuing snafu of gig workers in Uber/Lyft. Gonna need an infrastructure year rather than a week, because that is more important than more vehicles....

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  • March 5, 2021

Beto O’Rourke, who narrowly lost to Ted Cruz for Texas’s Senate seat in 2018, and Tory Gavito, cofounder of Way to Win, have an op-ed in today’s WaPo urging Biden to fight for Texas’s 38 EVs: Joe Biden can end the drama on election night. All he has to do...

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  • October 4, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was on TRMS last night. Rachel highlighted some news he made: California has signed its own contracts with Asian manufacturers to provide 200 million N95 masks a month. California is also lending lots of ventilators to New York and a few other states, because we...

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  • April 10, 2020

This is part three of our three-part series comparing all major electric vehicles that will be on sale in the US in 2020.  For “Part 1: Offerings, Basic Stats, Safety, and Manufacturers”, click here.  For “Part 2: Price, Performance, Efficiency, Range and Charging”, click here. Electric 2020 Every Electric Car...

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  • December 19, 2019

This is part two of our three-part series comparing all major electric vehicles that will be on sale in the US in 2020.  For “Part 1: Offerings, Basic Stats, Safety, and Manufacturers”, click here.  “Part 3: Cargo, Internal and External Dimensions, Purchasing” will be posted tomorrow! Electric 2020 Every Electric...

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  • December 18, 2019

2020 is almost upon us, and there’s many people out there who will be making a New Year’s resolution to buy a new electric car during the course of the year.  The number of offerings on the market keeps expanding every year, so what will this year look like?  Join us...

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  • December 17, 2019

In the olden days, we often heard a refrain along the lines of: “Man, look at the MPGs on these cars in Europe! It’s ridiculous that we can’t get them over here.” Nowadays, it’s often of the form: “Man, look at the range of this upcoming European EV! I totally want...

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  • September 10, 2019

Every so often one encounters a myth about electric vehicles that's so odd it makes you scratch your head. When it happens just once, it's easy to dismiss, but when it keeps popping up, it becomes time to address it. In recent weeks, I've seen multiple people assert that, “Sure,...

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  • July 13, 2019

1) Cobalt In High-Nickel Batteries: Does It Do Anything Useful At All? Of all of the components of a lithium-ion battery, cobalt has historically been one of the more expensive and controversial. The three most costly raw materials, generally, are battery-grade cobalt oxide (~$80/kg as of November, likely less now),...

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  • March 7, 2019

Making EV news today: Hyundai and Tesla generate price dissatisfaction… but for opposite reasons! Tesla Prices Go Down? Some Existing Owners Angry In response to Tesla announcing a massive reduction in prices in the Model 3 to launch the $35k variant,  most people were pleased by the price reduction. Some people, however, who...

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  • March 2, 2019

Well, it's finally happened: Tesla has released the $35k Model 3. While the whole Model 3 programme had been previously moved forward two years, the failure to meet the accelerated timeline has been a regular source of criticism for Tesla over the past year. The new unveiling introduced a whole slew...

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  • February 28, 2019

Congratulations to GM! And also, my sympathies. Because in late Q4, GM sold its 200,000th electric vehicle, triggering the start of tax credit phaseouts for GM electric vehicles. The timing appears to be a blunder. Unlike Tesla (my horse in the game!), GM (accidentally, it seems) tolled its 200,000th sale right...

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  • January 3, 2019

One of the greatest, if not the greatest reasons that many people hesitate to switch to an electric vehicle is the fear of… “What if I can’t get There from Here”? Well, here’s the good news: You absolutely can. We’ll start with Teslas, as they’ve long been the road-tripping champions, and then move...

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  • December 2, 2018

Big news today for the electric vehicle market, from two fronts…. Nissan postpones launch of 60kWh Leaf E-Plus Following the ouster and arrest of their CEO, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has postponed the launch of the much anticipated Leaf E-Plus. Why does this matter? Not merely will the much larger pack greatly...

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  • November 26, 2018

Go on, auto industry, analysts and old-school auto journalists. Tell us how electric cars can’t be profitable today and why we’re stuck with oil for the time being!   *** “I want to be very clear here,” Carlos Tavares, chief executive of PSA, the owner of Peugeot, Citroën and Opel-Vauxhall, told reporters at...

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  • October 24, 2018

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of how much the electric vehicle market has been changing year to year. Not only are growth rates spectacular — 54% annually globally — but the capabilities of each new generation of vehicles rises dramatically.   It is this latter aspect that I wish to focus...

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  • September 3, 2018

By now, I’m sure we’ve all heard the news: earlier this month, the Trump administration announced plans to reverse the Obama-era CAFE standards, effectively deciding to increase US oil consumption, pollution, and CO2 emissions. They’ve also set their sights on their next target to kill: CARB (the California Air Resources...

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  • August 12, 2018

A diary has been sitting around on the rec list all evening, and anyone just looking at the rec list would be given the impression that Elon Musk is a secret GOP plant, trying to hide the fact that he wants America to fall under a permanent reign of Republican politics....

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  • July 15, 2018

Upfront: If you think that anything is justified against a person simply because that person is wealthy, this is not an article for you. If you think it’s okay to lie, mislead, or otherwise attack a person simply because of their financial status, consequences be damned, then you should probably...

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  • May 29, 2018

From our community: Last night, AKALib wrote a diary liveblogging the reveal of the new Tesla Semi — but unfortunately it didn’t get the attention that it deserved. The importance of this vehicle — and how impressive it is — cannot be overstated. For years, as electric cars have steadily shown that they’re...

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  • November 17, 2017

It’s something you periodically hear whenever the topics of “electric cars” and “natural disasters” meet: fear. There comes an image of electric cars stranded across the roads, endless impractical lines for charging, while their gasoline-driving compatriots escape to safety. In the aftermath, there’s an image of people in their powerless...

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  • September 15, 2017
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