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City of Atlanta Partners with the Atlanta Falcons and Ford Motor Company for First Plug In America Event in Partnership with NFL Team

September 29, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV News, Ford, Politics

Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Ford Motor Company to bring electrification experience to consumers at Atlanta Falcons game

Ford Focus Electric Photo courtesy of Ford

Ford Focus Electric
Photo courtesy of Ford

ATLANTA –  The City of Atlanta and Ford Motor Company are joining forces to celebrate National Plug In Day on Sunday, September 29, at the Atlanta Falcons game. The collaboration between Ford, the City of Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability and the Atlanta Falcons make this event the first ever registered Plug In America event in partnership with an NFL team.

Partners are inviting the community to experience Ford’s newest plug-in electric vehicles (EV) on display at the Ford Defend the Dome display near Gate C, in the northwest corner of “Falcons Landing,” a family-friendly pregame epicenter for Falcons fans.

“Our residents have embraced plug-in electric vehicles at an astonishing rate, placing us among the top five cities in the country for EV sales,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The work done by my Office of Sustainability in establishing expedited permitting for EV infrastructure has helped to support this adoption rate by our residents.”

Mayor Reed added, “Unique partnerships like those with the Atlanta Falcons and Ford Motor Company to include the promotion of clean technology and zero-emissions vehicles not only supports our local economy, but ultimately helps to reduce our impact on the environment.”

The City recognizes the reduction and elimination of carbon emissions from passenger vehicles as critical to improving Atlanta’s air quality and overall community health. To that extent, the Office of Sustainability and Bureau of Buildings is proud to have established an expedited EV infrastructure permitting process for residential and commercial installations, a process that has served as a model for municipalities across the country. Guidelines for both processes can be found on the office’s webpage at

Georgia is home to over 5,000 registered electric vehicles; the metro-Atlanta area is home to roughly half of those registered. Additionally, the metro area boasts over 150 public charging stations, many of which are free to park and charge. These numbers represent a portion of Atlanta’s stake in the country’s clean-tech economy.

The vision of Mayor Kasim Reed to make Atlanta a top-tier city for sustainability is outlined in the City’s sustainability initiative, Power to Change. The collective actions of the initiative’s five stakeholder groups including residents, non-profits, businesses, government and academic institutions will help the City achieve this top-tier goal. The adoption of electric vehicle technology fits squarely into a number of the sustainability initiative’s ten impact areas including Air Quality and Energy Efficiency.

The Office of Sustainability has partnered with Ford on EV initiatives since its expanded focus on clean technology in 2009.

About the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is focused on embedding sustainability best practices into Atlanta city government and across the community. For more information about Atlanta’s efforts to create a more sustainable city, please visit the Office of Sustainability’s page at Follow the Office of Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter @ATLSustainable.

This article is a repost, credit: City of Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed.

Tesla Model S Platform Exhibit in London

July 24, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Tesla

Tesla Model S platform exhibit in London Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Model S platform exhibit in London
Photo courtesy of Tesla

The Model S platform is on display in London.  Tesla tweeted: “Model S’ groundbreaking platform is displayed in the center of London for @DesignMuseum ‘The Future is Here’ exhibit!”  Yes, the picture is a bit dark, but the idea is very clear.  The Tesla Model S is modern technology and art.

This is a link to the Design Museum website:

The news flow for the electric vehicle industry has picked up noticeably in recent months.  The industry is getting competitive on price, which should push overall EV sales numbers.  However, it is still Tesla leading the way with its game changing sustainable auto package: the Model S and Tesla station network.

Tesla tweeted recently a couple of updates on Superchargers:

  • “We’ve expanded I-95; FL Supercharging is now live!  Model S owners travel free between Miami, Orlando & Daytona Beach.”
  • “Northwest: I-5 Superchargers are live!  Model S owners now travel for free between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver!”
Tesla store Brussels Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla store Brussels
Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla stock (TSLA) in the last few weeks seems to have found a trading range of about $110 – $130 per share.  It closed today at $121.70, down $1.04 on the day.  The stock analyst price target drama has dissipated.

The macroeconomic climate has clouded a bit with slowing economic data in China and rising interest rates in the US, but these concerns are more cyclical in nature and difficult to predict accurately.  Oil depletion and climate change are overriding fundamental world concerns that will drive electric vehicle sales for the long-term.  The world is ready for the change, and it is something to celebrate.  Roll out the red carpet!

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EV Sales Skyrocketing. eGallon Holds Steady, Source: DOE

July 19, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Tesla

Image courtesy of DOE

Image courtesy of DOE

The latest national eGallon price is $1.18, as compared to $3.49 for a gallon of unleaded gasoline. In June, the Department of Energy launched the eGallon to help inform EV drivers how much they can save by fueling their cars with electricity instead of gasoline. Our popular eGallon tool allows consumers to see the difference in eGallon and gasoline prices state by state.

This update comes as Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today highlighted the continued growth of electric vehicle sales — doubling in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. In fact, according to numbers from Argonne National Lab and the Hybrid Market Dashboard, June’s EV sales were the strongest on record for the United States.

eGallon holds steady

First, the eGallon. What do EV drivers like to see from their eGallon? Low and stable prices. In the latest monthly data, which reflect April’s electricity prices, the national eGallon price rose about 4 cents — from $1.14 to $1.18. This slight increase in eGallon prices was predictable, as electricity rates generally trend upward as the hotter summer months approach — but, then again, so do gasoline prices. Even with higher summer electricity rates, the eGallon still costs about a third as much as a gallon of gasoline — and if you live in a state that offers reduced-rate prices for EV charging, your eGallon price could be even lower.

The biggest fluctuations in eGallon prices came in two states: Vermont and Rhode Island. In Vermont, an uptick followed a month of relatively low electricity prices that experts at the EIA suggest might be a statistical anomaly. In Rhode Island, prices fell. But Rhode Island is a state where you might say that electricity prices are “predictably volatile.” In most larger states — like California, New York and Texas — EV prices crept up a few cents.

Gasoline prices fell about 16 cents from June to July — from $3.65 to $3.49. The EIA says that part of the reason for declining gasoline prices is higher fuel efficiency in American cars, which has shaved off about 21,000 barrels from U.S. daily oil demand. At the same time, increased production has added to supply.

Levi Tillemann  Special Advisor for Policy and International Affairs Photo courtesy of DOE

Levi Tillemann
Special Advisor for Policy and International Affairs
Photo courtesy of DOE

EV sales: Let’s do the numbers 

EV sales are surging. In the first six months of 2013, Americans bought more than 40,000 plug-in electric vehicles — more than twice as many as the same period in 2012. Click here to download the data set for monthly EV and hybrid sales.

Sales were led by the Chevy Volt, which moved about 2,700 units in June. But Nissan also posted huge gains — selling 2,225 LEAFs. Cumulatively, Nissan sold more than 200 percent more LEAFs in the first half of 2013 than in the first six months of 2012.

What are some of the possible explanations for this huge rise in LEAF sales? One is price. By transferring production from Japan to the U.S. with the help of a Department of Energy loan and making a number of other modifications, Nissan was able to reduce the price of its LEAF by $6,000. Nissan has also started rolling out a network of 500 fast chargers across the U.S. that will make it possible to charge your Nissan LEAF up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes.

Tesla Motors, which recently repaid its entire outstanding loan to the Department of Energy nine years ahead of schedule, has also been posting big sales numbers. In fact, in the first quarter of 2013, Tesla beat its own sales goals by delivering 4,900 Model S sedans and posted its first quarterly profit. Tesla hasn’t announced its second quarter sales yet, so we’re using independent market estimates from the Hybrid Market Dashboard as a placeholder until the actual Model S numbers come in.

These are impressive numbers for the industry, but what do they mean for the long term? Joann Zhou, an analyst at Argonne National Lab, says that a simple trend analysis would indicate that EVs are on track for growth that significantly outpaces hybrid vehicles. She does this by looking at vehicle sales since introduction. For instance, the Prius was released in 1999, and the first U.S. plug-in vehicles were released at the end of 2010. By counting 31 months forward for each, we can see that EVs are outselling hybrids by a factor of more than two to one. That’s great news for the future of electrification.

Check back next month for more eGallon updates, and make sure to use the eGallon tool to see eGallon prices in your state.

This article is a repost, credit: US Department of Energy,

Electric Cars Pros and Cons

June 1, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, LEAF, Nissan, Supercharger, Tesla

Tesla Model S at Supercharger Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Model S at Supercharger
Photo courtesy of Tesla

The pros and cons of electric cars are a hot debate these days due to the rise of Tesla’s stock (TSLA).  Are EVs ready for prime time? 

EV News Report posted an article on the pros and cons of electric vehicles (EVs) back on February 6 after the weak EV sales results in the month of January.  Since that date, the EV industry has received a big upswing in attention from the media and the public.  Why?  There is one primary reason and one secondary.

Primary: Tesla proved to the world that it is a winner, a success!  The all-electric car company reported a profit in the first quarter.  In addition, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has set clear short and long-term goals for the company to build upon its early success.  Mr. Musk has been very visible in recent months to educate the media and the public as to the benefits and potential of Tesla Motors.  The company is 100% focused on all-electric vehicles.  Tesla’s success, vision and focus makes the company the leader in the electric car revolution.  Tesla’s stock (TSLA) appears to be telling us that change is in the air.  Zero emissions!

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Image courtesy of Nissan

Image courtesy of Nissan

Secondary: The 2013 Nissan LEAF has seen an increase in sales due largely to the reduced price.  The base LEAF (LEAF S) starts at $28,800 in the U.S. before tax incentives.  Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is producing the LEAF in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, and he plans to produce the LEAF in China as well.  In addition, the company has stepped up its quick charging developments.

Read more: Nissan LEAF Charges Through 10,000 European Sales Milestone

Read more: Nissan LEAF Crosses 25,000 U.S. Sales Milestone

Read more:  Nissan LEAF Sales Record, Price Matters!

Electric Cars Pros and Cons

Tesla and Nissan have been addressing the affordability issue and charging aspects.  By addressing these issues, these two companies are helping to push the EV industry out of the early adopter stage.  Mr. Musk and Mr. Ghosn are the leaders of the electric car revolution.  However, Tesla has the advantage, because the company is solely focused on the adoption of electric cars.  The market potential for electric cars is enormous, so there is much for the major manufacturers to lose by not planning ahead.

The following are the all-powerful pros of electric cars that EV enthusiasts espouse in varying combinations: 

  • Zero emissions or reduced emissions, if 100% EV or hybrid EV respectfully
  • Domestic electric energy to power the EV
  • The simplicity and comfort of home EV charging
  • The ongoing EV fuel savings and maintenance savings

Electric car cons are:

  • EVs are too expensive
  • Range anxiety, the EV does not have a far enough range on a battery charge
  • It takes too long to recharge an EV battery
  • There is not enough public charging infrastructure
  • The added expense of a home level II charging system
  • There is no or not enough level II charging infrastructure or level I at apartment/commercial parking lot
  • EV technology needs more time to improve

All these electric car cons are being addressed, but they are going to take more time to fully rectify.  The EV revolution will gain speed as each electric car pro and con is magnified or reduced respectfully.  In the long-run, major technology changes always seem to surprise on the upside.

Lower Priced EVs and High Gasoline Costs should help EV Industry Sales

March 20, 2013 in Daimler, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Smart Electric

Smart Electric Production Facility in Hambach France Photo courtesy of Daimler

Smart Electric Production Facility in Hambach France
Photo courtesy of Daimler

Electric vehicle sales in the United States are likely to get a boost in the coming months with the 2013 Nissan LEAF in showrooms and the new Smart Electric soon to arrive.  The new Smart Electric will add some excitement to electric vehicle sales statistics due to its low base MSRP of $25,000.  The EV industry needs more vehicles around this price point to gain substantial sales traction.  After the federal tax credit, the 2013 Smart Electric is only $17,500, which should draw more media attention and consumer interest.  The earlier Smart Electric model has proven to be popular in the Car2Go car sharing service, so there is an expectation that the updated 2013 version will see new avenues throughout Car2Go’s services in various cities.

Gasoline prices remain elevated with a national retail average price of $3.70 per gallon, according to AAA.  The fuel savings and environmental benefits of EVs are factors that will continue to be long-term draws for consumers.  Over time, internal combustion engines face an uphill battle with oil prices, as developing markets, particularly China, consume more oil resources.  Despite all the naysaying about electric vehicles, the future of the EV industry looks very bright.  Energy and technology trends are heading in a direction that favors electric vehicles.

Wholesale gasoline prices rose today after the EIA weekly inventory report showed a drop in gasoline supplies, and the EIA report also showed a small drop in supplies at Cushing.  If Cushing oil inventories continue to drop as Goldman Sachs research suggests, the price of WTI oil will likely move up towards $100 a barrel with all other factors remaining the same.  The wildcard for the oil market remains the productivity of shale oil fields.  The EIA has a bullish supply forecast for the US shale oil fields for 2013, which has been factored into the price of a barrel of oil.  If these fields do not live up to expectations, oil prices could see higher levels.

Auto Sales Strong but EV Sales Weak

February 2, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News

Chevy Volt Photo courtesy of GM

Chevy Volt
Photo courtesy of GM

US auto sales in January remained strong.  Reuters reported: “U.S. auto sales rose 14 percent in January, kicking off the industry’s fourth straight year of recovery since the depths of recession as American consumers increasingly sought to replace their aging cars and trucks.”  However, electric vehicle sales were very disappointing in January for the Volt, LEAF, and Prius plug-in.  These were the results:

Volt sales 1,140

LEAF sales 650

Prius plug-in sales 874

Volt results were surprisingly poor, but this was only one month, and the company has rebounded quickly in the past.  GM has been researching and investing to bring the next generation Volt price down.  The technological improvements are coming to make that happen.  It is just a matter of time.

Nissan partners with eVgo to establish the first quick-charging network in the greater Washington D.C. area, providing eVgo with 40 electric vehicle fast chargers. Nissan also announces strategy to triple the number of fast chargers across the country. Photo courtesy of eVgo.

Nissan partners with eVgo to establish the first quick-charging network in the greater Washington D.C. area, providing eVgo with 40 electric vehicle fast chargers. Nissan also announces strategy to triple the number of fast chargers across the country. Photo courtesy of eVgo.

Nissan’s sales of the LEAF were understandably low, because the company was selling off the little remaining 2012 inventory to make way for the 2013 LEAF.  Toyota Prius plug-in sales were not terrible, but results were far from good.

Overall, I believe these poor EV sales were partly due to relatively low retail gasoline prices in the month of January, and also there was no rush for those interested in a tax credit for 2013.  To say the least, it is best to put January in the past.  Moving forward, the new EV campaign from the Department of Energy, Workplace Charging Challenge, will create a new impetus to the electric vehicle movement.  I believe that greater visibility and accessibility of EV charging infrastructure will immensely improve EV sales.