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There’s little doubt that Americans are more familiar than ever in electric vehicles. And in this case, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt—it fosters greater interest in consumer adoption. The Consumer Federation of America surveyed 1,007 American adults in late August. Thirty-six percent said they have an interest in buying an electric car, compared to 31 percent a year ago.
The media this week heaped much-deserved praise on General Motors for its new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. The car was rated by the US Environmental Protection Agency for 238 miles of driving range on a single charge—handily surpassing GM’s long-held target of 200 miles. Yet, there are still obstacles to overcome.
California’s state legislature last week approved the allocation of $133 million to continue providing rebates for the purchase of so-called clean energy cars. The program has commonly supplied a rebate of $2,500 for buying a pure electric car and $1,500 for a plug-in hybrid. The program, which had run out of money, is now back on track.
BMW announced in May that its 2017 i3 electric car will offer an all-electric range of 114 miles—a big jump from the current model's 81 miles. The new longer-range i3, which is available now, catapults the model to first place in EV range among vehicles priced below $50,000. And yet, that position will be short-lived with 200-mile EVs, such as the Chevrolet Bolt, expected later this year.
Mercedes used Monterey Car Week, the annual classic car extravaganza, as the venue last week to unveil the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6—a daring new electric vehicle concept. While the sleek luxury concept model with an ultra-long and elegant hood is not intended for production, its technical specifications are a harbinger of future EV design.
Volkswagen will introduce a new electric car—about the size of the Golf and able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge—by 2019. Meanwhile, according to a new report in Automotive News, Ford is planning to launch its own 200-plus-mile electric car in early 2019. Ford is expected to use “Model E” as the brand name for a family of compact cars using hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains.
It’s reasonable to doubt that Mitsubishi will fulfill any announced plans for upcoming plug-in electric vehicles. After all, the past couple of years have been characterized by unconvincing EVs, product delays and a scandal involving systematic misreporting of fuel efficiency numbers. And yet, there is news of new upcoming plug-in vehicles from Mitsubishi.
Here's the first thing. Alan Batey, General Motors North America President, said the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will begin shipping to dealers in the fourth quarter. It had been previously reported that the Bolt would ship in October. Bolt has been in “pre-production” since about March. What else should you know?
Having a 240-volt home charger, ideally backed up by a charger at work, is all you need for nearly every day of the year. While it’s nice to have a smattering of public charging stations positioned across the landscape, the bigger and more important task is enabling electric car road trips between major cities—on key corridors.
“If you’ve never driven an electric car, you’ll be surprised,” said Levin. “It’s hard to convey the beauty of an electric car unless you sit in one.” That’s why Plug In America, a national non-profit organization, will give approximately 10,000 people around the country a chance to ride in or drive an electric car during the week of September 10 to 18.
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