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Audi & Umicore Collaborate On EV Battery Recycling

February 20th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling has been a topic of discussion for years, but it took some time to get enough electric cars on the road (and then off the road) for commercially viable EV battery recycling outfits to grow. The times, they are a-changin', and we're starting to hear a bit more about the idea and early ventures. One such story comes from Audi and Umicore


7% Plug-In Vehicle Share In Germany!

February 18th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market started the year on fire, jumping 128% year over year (YoY), to a record 16,131 registrations. That smashed the previous record (12,026 units) set last October, so it seems the German locomotive has (finally) been set in motion


Fossil Automakers Abandon US Monthly Sales Reporting

February 17th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Now, 2020 has rolled around and a bunch more automakers have decided to ditch monthly sales reporting. Nissan (& Infiniti), Jaguar Land Rover, and Volkswagen (including Audi, Porsche, etc.) announced the change with press releases. Others didn't seem to announce it but just stopped publishing the monthly numbers (Mercedes, BMW, and Toyota)


Auto Industry: Incentivized To Not Change

February 16th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt

Every nation of this world will do its best to protect its industry for the good of the country's economy and its people. Politicians are elected to make sure industries and jobs are doing well, to stabilize income, and to reduce risk. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this protection. Unfortunately, politics can, by trying its very best to support its industry, destroy it without even realizing what's happening. This has happened before, and there is a large risk that it's happening today in the largest automotive producing countries, like Germany, Japan, and the


Opel Ampera-e (Opel Who?!?) Wins January In The Netherlands — EV Sales Report

February 13th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

With a sales rush in the last days of 2019, one would imagine January would bring a big hangover for the plug-in vehicle market. But turns out, it hasn't. Yes, the Dutch plug-in market was down 2% year over year (YoY), to 3,184 registrations, but because the overall market fell even more (-6% YoY), the plug-in vehicle (PEV) share (7.2%, 4.3% for fully electric vehicles alone) actually grew compared to 12 months ago (6.9% in January 2019). So ... why is this happening


3,000 US Audi e-tron Buyers Can Drive On Sunshine For Free

February 8th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The first 3,000 Audi e-tron buyers* in the US after February 3 are getting a 10-year subscription to solar power for their electric driving, according to a press release from Audi. The German automaker has partnered with Arcadia** to provide the clean energy bonus. The subscription is completely free for the consumer


Tesla Model Y Performance — 315 Mile Range, 121 MPGe (Most Efficient SUV)

February 7th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

The Tesla Model Y Performance has received its official range and efficiency rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Its range is 315 miles on a full charge, and it is officially the most efficient crossover SUV in the US based on the agency's fuel economy formula for MPGe (miles per gallon equivalency)


From Tesla Killers To Unwitting Tesla Ads: The Uphill Battle Of Premium Legacy Brands Has Just Begun

January 28th, 2020 | by Carlo Ombello

It was a favorite term of skeptics and detractors for years: the "Tesla killer." The theory was that, as soon as premium carmakers started producing their own fully electric models, that would be the end for the fragile Californian startup. After all, how could Musk's company even dream of competing with the century-old, giant automakers' well-oiled machines


Tesla Model 3 Shatters Records In Hot European Market — EV Sales Report

January 27th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The European plug-in electric vehicle market registered a record 77,000 vehicles in December (+88%!), with the Dutch market most helping to pull the market up. Fully electric vehicles (+91% year over year) grew a bit faster than plug-in hybrids (+81%), with the powertrain breakdown becoming even more friendly to fully electric vehicles (68% to 32% in December, versus 64% to 36% in 2019)


Audi Puts Up $100 Million For 10% Onsite EV Charging — HUGE Project

January 27th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

How much does Audi see the future being electric? Well, with plans to include EV charging stations at 1 out of every 10 parking spaces at its German factories by mid-2022, Audi seems to think this is where we're headed. True, that's mid-2022 not mid-2020, and it's only 10%, but I don't know any other auto company with 10% of its parking spaces being electrified!


Tesla vs. BMW, Jaguar, Porsche — Worldwide Sales

January 23rd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Comparing Tesla vehicle sales to pickup truck and compact budget car sales is too much of an apples-to-oranges comparison. But comparing Tesla sales to the sales of the world's top luxury auto brands is getting interesting


Plug-In Vehicles = 5.7% of Portugal’s Auto Sales

January 19th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The Netherlands got most of the press from EV fans in recent weeks and months thanks to a stunning 54% plug-in vehicle (PEV) market share at the end of 2019 and the Tesla Model 3 bagging approximately twice as many 2019 sales as the #2 Volkswagen Polo


Plug-In Vehicles = 5.5% of Switzerland’s Auto Sales

January 19th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Far and away, the Swiss plug-in vehicle (PEV) leader was the Model 3, which had 29% of PEV market share. That means it had ~1.6% of the overall auto market in Switzerland all by itself, and it put the Model 3 at #4 in the overall auto market in the country, only trailing the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Volkswagen Golf


Renault Zoe & Tesla Model 3 Pull France To Record Heights — 2019 EV Sales Report

January 17th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market registered a record 7,250 units in December, +28% year over year (YoY), a new all time record. That was thanks to leader Renault Zoe (2,097 units, a new year best), which seems to be past the worse of the production ramp up, and the Tesla Model 3, which moved 1,250 units, its best result ever in France. Additionally, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales more than doubled YoY, helping to set the record score


Tesla Gobbled Up 78% Of US Electric Vehicle Sales In 2019*

January 16th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

While the Tesla Model 3 was the 9th best selling car in the country and had more than 150,000 sales in the USA, the next best selling non-Tesla on the market was the Chevy Bolt with 16,418 sales, followed by the Nissan LEAF with 12,365 sales


Like An Angel Is Pushing You From Behind

January 12th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt

As a CEO of a large global automaker, you have a huge problem of existential dimensions. If you don’t solve it, it’s not just your job that’s lost, but you will be remembered as the person who is responsible for a century-long proud legacy ending


Audi USA Sales In 2014–2019 — Hurt Significantly By Tesla Or Not?

January 11th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently decided to take a closer look at BMW USA sales over the past 6 years in order to try to examine how much BMW was being hurt by Tesla's popularity in the United States. Part of the reason for doing that is that recent Bloomberg research highlighted BMW as the auto brand most hurt by and most vulnerable to Tesla



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