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Tesla Shines In June, But Zoe Holds Onto #1 In 2019 In Germany — EV Sales Report

July 17th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in vehicle (PEV) market continued on the right track in June, having registered 8,631 units. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were up strong, +117% year over year (YoY), compensating for the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drop of –9%, and all-electrics now represent two-thirds of plug-in registrations. The PEV share of the overall auto market was 2.7% in May, with BEVs alone hitting 1.8%. That pushed the 2019 plug-in share slightly up, to 2.6% (1.7% BEV)


How Did A Nissan LEAF Beat A Tesla Model S In A Race?

July 16th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

The Nissan LEAF certainly doesn't have a reputation as a serious performance car. With far less power than any Tesla, "semi-independent" rear suspension like you'd find under a Chevy Cavalier, and many similarities with the Versa, the LEAF is widely regarded as an economy car, not a luxury or sports car. It certainly isn't seen as a real competitor to a Tesla, even an older Model


Are Solar Vehicles Becoming Viable?

July 15th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Recently, Toyota announced a special research and development project. With Sharp and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), it has put a special test vehicle together that uses solar panels to generate almost 1 kW of energy during daylight hours, whether the vehicle is driving or sitting. 


Is This Why Automakers Are So Slow To Electrify?

July 14th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I originally published this article almost 3 years ago, but it seems it's essentially as relevant today as it was then. The original title was, "What goes on in the minds of auto execs?" If someone has a better explanation than the thoughts below, chime in down in the comments


Turning Over A New LEAF

July 14th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

This article is not literally about turning over a new leaf, nor about turning over a new leaf, specifically, as opposed to an old leaf. Nor is it about rolling a Nissan LEAF onto its roof. I can honestly say that no Nissan LEAF was harmed during the making of this article, and no Nissan LEAF got turned over, rolled, flipped, totalled, trashed, wrecked, wasted, or whatever other words might come to mind


Self-Driving Gas Car — A Horse Led By A Carrot On A Stick?

July 13th, 2019 | by Chanan Bos

Elon Musk has said that buying a car today that will not be upgradable to enable full autonomy is like buying a horse. It's implied that this means you should buy a Tesla, since we're not aware of any other cars on the market that will be upgradeable to full self-driving capability. But one topic that doesn't get discussed much is electric versus gasoline self-driving cars. Will people be able to buy gasoline self-driving cars? Well, I imagine Elon would call a self-driving gas car a horse with a carrot on a stick in front of it. Let's explore why


Nikola Motors Aims To Sell The Public On EVs Through Its Powersport Vehicles

July 13th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

With so many big announcements in the spotlight at Nikola world, news that the company was also launching a line of power sport vehicles for civilian and military use understandably took a backseat. The Nikola Motor Company showed off its new NZT, which stands for Net Zero Toll as a nod to its zero emission electric powertrain. The company also built up another electric UTV that was built up for military use, where its near-silent electric powertrain and remote control capabilities offer more than just zero emissions to elite military personnel. Finally, Nikola took to the stage to show off a fully electric personal watercraft, dubbed the


US Auto Sales Down For Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Honda, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, Mini, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Buick, & Cadillac In 2019

July 13th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

We primarily cover the electric vehicle market here on CleanTechnica. However, context is important and that means sometimes looking at the broader automobile market. Therefore, I collect US auto sales data from almost all automakers on a monthly basis and take a look at their sales trends. I also split out car/sedan sales data for these automakers since the dominant, mass-market electric vehicle currently on the market is a car (the Tesla Model 3)


tzero Flashback — Diving Into The EV That Kicked Off A Revolution

July 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

A couple of years ago, Nicolas Zart interviewed one of the few owners of an AC Propulsion tzero and explained the history of the transformative tzero for CleanTechnica readers. I recently ran across the article and decided it was ripe for a reprint. Enjoy! —Zach


Tech Advances Should Protect Automotive Privacy

July 13th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Yes, it’s nice to think about the promise of emerging technologies, and the potential benefits we may get from them, but too often, the future of human rights and privacy fails to be a big enough part of the debates that come up in the transitions. There should be serious debate and serious protection for any data that could be used to jack up insurance rates, imprison you, or even lead to much worse things


Automakers Paid Me To Show They Lag Tesla

July 13th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Last holiday weekend, my brother in law (who also loves to test drive cars) suggested I drive 6 cars and get $265 in gift cards. I thought, "I get to drive cars, I get gift cards, and its a great story idea" (well, I guess you the reader will be the judge of that). What is the downside? Well, dealers calling me for the next month and asking if I want to buy the car I drove


1st Tesla Hearse — CleanTechnica Flashback

July 12th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

As I've noted a few times this week, I've been digging through our archives (it's a long story) in recent weeks. I've found a handful of fun and perhaps enlightening gems in the process. Below is a story about the first Tesla hearse (funeral car), which was very popular when I published it in February 2018. If you missed it then or just want to check out this unique Tesla again, scroll down and enjoy the show



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