Norway EV sales Q1 2017

Norway EV sales Q1 2017

There were 2,250 more electric vehicles sold in Norway than during the same period in 2016, resulting in a 20.2% increase year-on-year. Norway is the darling of the EV sector and is targeting 100% EV ownership by 2025.

Hyundai admits electric vehicles are an imperative

Hyundai admits electric vehicles are an imperative

The Korean automaker has been criticized by investors and analysts for not acting on electric vehicles sooner, pressuring the company to change its strategy. Investment analyst expects the company to lose money initially on the shift to EV’s, but that should they not act they would be left behind.

85% of UK motorists consider buying an EV

85% of UK motorists consider buying an EV

For long most respondents to such surveys cited range as overarching reason for not buying an EV. The considerably high percentage of respondents that considers buying an EV also dispell the notion by most auto manufacturers that there is not significant demand for such vehicles.

Top 10 EV Markets: Is PHEV’s gaining market share?

Top 10 EV Markets: Is PHEV’s gaining market share?

Surprisingly, at closer inspection, PHEV’s are gaining on BEV’s in the majority of the Top 10 EV markets. In our study below we compare the proportion of BEV’s to PHEV’s in the Top 10 EV markets by plotting all EV’s sold from the start of the decade to EV’s sold since 2016, when most automakers changed their electric vehicle strategies.

Top 10 Electric Vehicle Brands: Dedication and focus win!

Top 10 Electric Vehicle Brands: Dedication and focus win!

Sales of the Top 10 Electric Vehicle Brands constitute 65% of all electric vehicle (EV’s) sales, and for the Top 10 BEV list, 85% of all pure electric or Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV’s) are from the Top 10 Brands in the segment. However, the trend on both lists is on the decline as more and more brands participate in the market.

AAA recharging trucks underused

AAA recharging trucks underused

The American Automobile Association (AAA) decided it would be a good idea to introduce electric car charging trucks in areas where EVs were proving more popular. This service was rolled out in 2011 taking in the likes of Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix and Orlando. Even competitors of the AAA readily acknowledged that the business model behind this service made perfect sense and it would eventually be a winner. So, five years later how has the service been received by electric car owners? Surprisingly low call out numbers The AAA has around 54 million members and is

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Could electric buses convert the public to electric cars?

Could electric buses convert the public to electric cars?

When you bear in mind that Chinese companies alone produced in excess of 112,000 electric buses in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 315%, this is a sector which is often overlooked. We have the UK authorities looking to increase the number of electric buses on the road, the Helsinki government announcing the introduction of self-driving electric buses and now the likes of Tesla moving into areas such as electric trucks and maybe even electric buses at some point? High visibility helps the EV industry Over the years one of the main problems for the electric car market has been reluctance

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Is the EV industry ignoring Apple’s electric car project?

Is the EV industry ignoring Apple’s electric car project?

In what is perhaps the worst kept secret in the electric car industry, Apple is looking to introduce its own electric car in the short to medium term. The company has dropped a number of subtle hints regarding its interest in electric vehicles but so far there has been no official recognition that the project even exists. Historically the company has played the public relations market to a tee but many now believe the company risks been ignored by the sector and EV enthusiasts unless it is a little more forthcoming with information. Is Apple actually building an electric car?

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UK electric car market showing good momentum

UK electric car market showing good momentum

The UK electric car market is showing good momentum with just under 20,000 new plug-in registrations in the first half of 2016. This is a 31.8% increase on the same period in 2015 and more interestingly there was a 38% like for like increase in the second quarter of 2016. There is no doubt that the UK electric car market is going from strength to strength, total registrations since 2011 are nearing 70,000, and the UK government is playing its role in this growth. So, what can we expect in the future and will the UK electric car market lead

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Has the stigma surrounding electric vehicles gone forever?

Has the stigma surrounding electric vehicles gone forever?

Whether we like it or not, up until about 10 years ago the idea of owning and driving an electric vehicle was a source of ridicule for many people. There was a stigma surrounding electric vehicles amid suggestions that those owning EVs were in some way deluded and overly focused upon the environment. Thankfully this stigma has now disappeared although looking back it was a difficult period for the EV industry which was dismissed by politicians and manufacturers in equal measures. Would you buy an electric car? A number of surveys have been published offering a reflection on the thoughts

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China prepares to adopt California approach to electric cars

China prepares to adopt California approach to electric cars

In a move which may surprise many people, the Chinese authorities are currently considering introducing a system similar to that in California which obliges car manufacturers to produce a set number of electric cars. This mandate will also allow those who are not able to produce electric cars in sufficient numbers to purchase “carbon credits” from their competitors. Whether manufacturing more electric cars or acquiring carbon credits this would have the same impact upon the industry going forward. So, why is China considering this new mandate and would it be successful in the longer term? Does the California system work?

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Should Tesla just stick to electric cars?

Should Tesla just stick to electric cars?

Ever the one for grabbing the headlines, Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla is working on an electric truck and an electric bus. While you could argue that the technology used in the electric cars of today can be readily transferred to electric trucks and electric buses, is there an argument for suggesting that Tesla should just stick to electric cars for now? Is the introduction of new products going to put pressure on the company’s cash flow and quality of products? Planning for the future There is nothing wrong in planning for the future and there is no doubt

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Should electric cars do the talking rather than influential individuals?

Should electric cars do the talking rather than influential individuals?

If you look at the electric car market the most influential person at this moment in time has to be Elon Musk the entrepreneurial leader of Tesla Motors. This is a man who has quite literally put his own personal fortune on the line, pushed the boundaries and pushed the establishment to the point where he has made himself some significant enemies. There are obviously other leading lights in the world of electric cars but should these influential individuals grab the headlines or should the actual electric cars do more of the talking? Electric car technology The sad fact is

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Could China take over the electric vehicle market?

Could China take over the electric vehicle market?

It will come as no surprise to learn that the US electric vehicle market continues to grab the headlines and rightly so. The likes of Tesla have taken this market from near obscurity just a decade ago to within touching distance of the mass market. However, while all eyes are on the US electric vehicle market, is China really the market to watch? Chinese investment in EVs If you follow the financial press you will see billions upon billions of dollars invested by the US government directly and indirectly into the electric vehicle market. This tends to be by way

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Is it time to switch investment to recharging networks?

Is it time to switch investment to recharging networks?

While many critics will argue otherwise, there is no doubt that the electric car market has now gone past the point of no return and false dawns of years gone by are now a thing of the past. The technology is improving almost daily, we are starting to see cutthroat competition in the industry and finally motorists are now more trusting of electric vehicles than they ever have been. However, is it now time to switch investment focus towards recharging networks as opposed to electric vehicle technology? Chicken and the egg question What came first “the chicken or the egg”

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Are hybrids the obvious steppingstone to full electric vehicles?

Are hybrids the obvious steppingstone to full electric vehicles?

Over the last 10 years we have seen more and more electric vehicles on the roads, motorists more understanding of this new technology but still some people have a problem jumping from traditional powered to fully electric vehicles. In recent years we have seen growing interest in hybrids although automobile manufacturers now seem more interested in the jump to full electric vehicles. Are manufacturers missing a trick with hybrids? Do we need to re-educate the motoring public? What is a hybrid? Many people have heard the term hybrid vehicle and know roughly what it means but not exactly. a hybrid

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Would incentives encourage you to buy an electric car?

Would incentives encourage you to buy an electric car?

Even though the concept of electric cars has been around for well over 100 years it is only over the last decade that we have seen any real movement. The technology is moving ahead in leaps and bounds, investment has reached record levels but still there seems to be a little reluctance amongst the driving community to switch to electric vehicles. There is now a movement within motoring circles pushing for a range of financial and commercial incentives to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles going forward. EV financial incentives The area of financial incentives for those looking to switch

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