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The company today unveiled two sleek and sporty concept cars to introduce its new compact platform—a design that accommodates electric and plug-in hybrid batteries. “An electric powertrain program including both a new compact twin-engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car are central to the CMA architecture,” said Volvo president Håkan Samuelsson.
When you combine monthly sales of its Fusion and C-Max plug-in hybrids—with a few units of the all-electric Focus EV thrown in—Ford should be viewed as one of the leaders in the emerging electric market. Yet, Ford’s approach is decidedly incremental, as opposed to its competitors that are trying to push the limits of battery-powered driving range.
BMW announced this week that a version of 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 will immediately catapult the model to first place in EV range among vehicles priced below $50,000.
The Volkswagen E-Golf may not be the best-selling eco-friendly compact car on the market—or even the top-selling compact all-electric vehicle. But in terms of what makes a small car great and green, according to AAA, the E-Golf is the best overall compact green car on the market.
The response to the launch of the Tesla Model 3 earlier this month exceeded all expectations. Pre-orders are approaching 400,000 units. As a result, it’s likely that the vast majority of Model 3 buyers will not benefit from the $7,500 federal tax credit, which phases out after a manufacturer sells 200,000 electric cars.
With the second-generation Chevy Volt in full production, the plug-in hybrid from General Motors has overtaken the Nissan LEAF to claim the mantle of the best-selling affordable plug-in in the United States. The uptick in sales bodes well for other second-generation plug-in models.
The unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 last week was one of the most anticipated electric car events in many years. For about a decade, the affordable long-range Model 3 has been the lynchpin in Tesla’s plan to expand sales beyond the luxury car market.
The Northwest corridor of the West Coast Electric Highway represents the most extensive public fast-charging network in North America, and serves two of the US’s high-concentration EV adoption leaders. But California, the number one market for plug-in vehicles, has been slow to close the gaps in fast-charge coverage along its most travelled highways. That's going to change.
Toyota unveiled the new and improved version of its Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the New York auto show on Wednesday. In keeping with the plug-in market’s trend of increasing all-electric range, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid will double its battery capacity to 8.8 kilowatt-hours—thereby roughly doubling its electric range to about 22 miles.
Over the course of four months, a partnership between three Colorado counties and one local Nissan dealership resulted in 248 Nissan LEAF sales—up from an average of 52 for that period before the program.
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