Electric-Car Brand Battle? BMW, Tesla Have The Buzz Now(August
26) - While more than a dozen plug-in electric cars are now sold in
the United States, only three carmakers--Chevrolet, Nissan, and
Tesla--have emerged as volume players, with BMW perhaps intending to
become the fourth. The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf still maintain
an overall sales lead, but are they losing to BMW and Tesla in the
more subjective arena of popular appeal?
China's BYD Posts Better Electric Car Sales in First Half of Year(August
26) - China's leading producer of electric cars, said its sales of
the vehicles rose sixfold during the first half of the year, after
moves by Beijing to encourage more sales of green cars to tackle air
pollution. Still, the jump—which brought BYD's first-half sales of
electric and plug-in hybrid cars to roughly 7,600—wasn't big enough
to signal mass-market demand for the pricey cars, analysts said.
What happens when a Tesla fanboy meets the Mercedes-Benz electric
car(August 20) - When Mercedes-Benz contacted me last month to
ask whether I would be interested in driving its new B-class
electric, I thought they were either too sure of themselves or
foolish. Why else would they ask a self-proclaimed Tesla fanboy to
reconsider his “breakup” with them? In February 2013, I wrote that
after driving my Model S, I couldn’t drive my Mercedes–Benz any more
— it was like listening to an old cassette tape. I compared my Tesla
to a supermodel working a Paris catwalk and the Porches and Ferraris
owned by my friends to supercharged lawn mowers.
GM's 200-Mile Electric Car For 2017: What We Know So Far(August
20) - The arrival of a moderately-priced battery electric car with a
rated range of 200 miles will change the entire market for plug-in
vehicles. When that will happen, and from which maker, remains
open--though the likely suspects are Nissan, Tesla, and General
Motors, with BMW as a long-shot outsider. With GM's then-CEO Dan
Akerson having referred to a $30,000 200-mile battery-electric car
several times last year, the rumor mills began to buzz.
Silicon Valley Spawns Another Electric Car Company(August 20) -
Starting in 2015, however, if all goes according to plan, Tesla will
no longer be the only auto company making electric cars in Northern
California. Last week Renovo Motors unveiled the 2015 Renovo Coupe,
a 500-horsepower electric sports car that the company says goes from
0 to 100 kph in less than 3.4 seconds (that’s 0.8 seconds faster
than the Tesla Model S and 0.3 seconds faster than the Roadster),
and can fast-charge in 30 minutes.
The Volkswagen XL1(July)
- The VW XLI is one of the most efficient production cars in the
known universe. With a two-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine, an
electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and seven-speed dual-clutch
transmission, the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid will travel on an
astounding 0.9 L/100 km, while emitting just 24 g/km C02. And with a
sleek and sporty, lightweight design, it’s clear that the XL1 is the
most amount of fun, on the least amount of fuel.
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are the Tax Credits for Electric and Plugin Hybrids
Federal Tax Credit for Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles (EVs) purchased in or after 2014 may
be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The
credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to
fuel the vehicle. Small neighborhood electric vehicles do not
qualify for this credit.