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About Loren McDonald

Loren McDonald writes about the factors driving adoption of electric vehicles and the opportunities and challenges the transition to EVs presents companies and entrepreneurs in the auto, utility, energy, retail and other industries. His research and content are published on CleanTechnica, his own blog/site, www.EVAdoption.com, and in his upcoming book "Gas Station Zero" about the huge shifts and changes in multiple industries driven by the transition to battery electric, autonomous and shared vehicles.



Author Archives: Loren McDonald

2 Dozen Electric Vehicle Predictions For 2018

December 31st, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

With 2017 being such a huge breakthrough year in the transition to electric vehicles, it raises the question: “What major news, milestones, and developments related to electric vehicles will occur in 2018?”


Factory Outlet Malls: One Of The Keys To Building Out Interstate EV Charging Infrastructure (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

December 16th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

On a recent return trip from the Sacramento area on Interstate 80, I needed to add about 20 miles of range to my electric vehicle (EV) to make sure I reached home with plenty of range to spare. I most likely would’ve made it home without adding any additional range, but the Tesla navigation routed me to a Supercharger location at the Vacaville outlet malls. After plugging in, my wife and I visited a few clothing stores, the restrooms, and then spent about 15 minutes at a cookware/kitchenware store


Trucker Slams Tesla Semi Truck Based On Politics, Not Facts

November 21st, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

On Thursday night, November 16, Tesla and Elon Musk revealed a prototype of their semi truck. While the Tesla Semi is at least a few years away from production, most industry observers were impressed with the announced performance specifications of the truck. But then entered truck driver Matthew Garnett, who was interviewed Friday, November 17, on Fox Business by reporter Elizabeth MacDonald. Mr. Garnett, a frequent guest on Fox News and a contributor to The Federalist blog, is quite outspoken on his views, especially about the role of the US government


7 Potential Revisions To Federal EV Tax Credit

November 14th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

Kill it? Save it? Why not improve it? Electric vehicle advocates caught a glimmer of hope in the US last week when it was reported on November 9 that the Senate version of a revised tax plan would keep the federal EV tax credit intact. The House of Representatives tax plan released previously, however, would end the federal EV tax credit


Federal EV Tax Credit Phaseout Quarter For Tesla Becoming More Clear (Sort Of)

July 4th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

With Elon Musk’s mini-tweetstorm Sunday night, July 2, several things became more clear (sort of) in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). We can now estimate Model 3 production for the rest of 2017 — which also gets us closer to a reasonably accurate estimate of when Tesla will reach 200,000 units delivered in the


Stop The “Tesla Killer” Nonsense

June 22nd, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

It often seems that just about every new electric vehicle that is either launched, announced or showcased as a concept car for the future is called a 'Tesla killer" by the mainstream business and automobile press. I wish they'd just stop it


12 Factors That Will Limit Chevy Bolt Sales In The US (Part 2)

May 17th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

The Chevrolet Bolt is off to a respectable start in terms of US sales, but will it become America’s top-selling green car? In “12 Factors That Will Limit Chevy Bolt Sales In The US (Part 1),” I offered up the first 6 factors that will unfortunately limit the Bolt’s sales, preventing it from coming close to those achieved by the Toyota Prius at its height of popularity. In this article, I close out my case with 6 more factors


Edmunds: “Elimination of federal tax credits likely to kill US EV market” (Wrong)

April 14th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

“Without these (federal and state tax) credits, this (electric vehicle) market is likely to crash.” This is the prognostication in a new report from Edmunds, the car information company. Ouch. While the report has some great data and analysis, especially regarding the boom and bust electric vehicle (EV) sales situation that occurred in the US state of Georgia, the ultimate conclusion just gets it wrong


Predicting When US Federal EV Tax Credit Will Expire For Tesla Buyers

January 20th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

One of the most frequent questions you see these days in electric vehicle forums, blog comments, Facebook groups, and here on CleanTechnica is some variation of the following: "I reserved my Tesla Model 3 on (fill the date), will I still be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit when my car becomes available?"


“CARMA” — An EV Adoption Framework For US Auto Buyers

January 4th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

Remember a few short years ago when the hot debate was whether cars in the future would be predominantly powered by fuel cells versus batteries? And even more fundamentally, if electric vehicles would ever move beyond the niche "green" and luxury-performance buying market? My how sentiment seems to have changed recently



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