April 16th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
When we asked thousands of electric vehicle (EV) owners in Europe the top reasons why they got their cars, we got similar responses as in previous years. The largest portion of buyers in every country referenced the environmental benefits
April 15th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
EV owners we surveyed almost equally prefer a sedan/hatchback (car) or SUV/crossover for their next EV. The two options switched spots back and forth depending on the audience.
Additionally, in each of these countries, respondents mostly preferred a vehicle in the D-segment
March 29th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
Perhaps the most fascinating new question in this year's Electric Car Drivers: Demands, Desires & Dreams reports concerned the electric vehicles people considered but didn’t buy. We asked EV owners which other electric vehicle models they thought about buying before deciding on the one they purchased or leased. I was surprised to see how much people actually cross-shopped across classes while considering which electric vehicle to buy
March 15th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
Probably the most interesting question we asked in these surveys was one of the simplest: “What do you think your next EV model will be?” It is particularly interesting because it gives us a strong sense of where the market is headed, and combined with answers to some other questions (see the next chapter), it also tells us a bit about which features and specs matter the most to EV buyers
January 9th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
Volkswagen is launching into what could be a huge electric decade that reinvents and rejuvenates the large global automotive group. Yes, the Volkswagen ID.3 — which is sort of supposed to be the VW Beetle or Golf of this century — has some delays. Reinvention can be tough
December 30th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Volkswagen Group has been spending a lot of time these days focused on its electrification plans — or e-mobility, as they call it in Europe. Some take this as simply PR, but I think the sales targets are real and we know the company has launched an initial electric car factory and is investing tens of billions of euros into batteries and EV development
December 28th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Previously, Volkswagen announced an intention to produce and sell 1 million fully electric ID vehicles in 2025. The target year for that is now 2023, while the 2025 target has increased to 1½ million
December 1st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Yes, the Tesla Cybertruck stole the thunder from Ford's Mustang Mach-E, which was dominating electric transportation news for a few days, and it seems like ages ago that Volkswagen unveiled the ID.3. Nonetheless, as much as we want to know what the consumer demand will be for the Tesla Cybertruck, perhaps a bigger question is trying to figure out where Ford and Volkswagen are headed with electric vehicles. Tesla will be here, Tesla will sell EVs — a lot of them. What about Ford? What about Volkswagen? And which models and brands are their electric vehicle offerings really competing with
November 4th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
At the launch ceremony for the Volkswagen ID.3 in Zwickau, Germany, the company showed it is dead serious about being a leader of the electric car revolution.
September 7th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
We write about Tesla a lot because it is pushing, pulling, and tickling the auto industry forward. It is a wild success story like we've never before seen in cleantech, have perhaps never really seen in the auto industry, and has been sorely needed in US manufacturing. Nonetheless, Tesla is one corner of a big puzzle on transportation electrification. The challenging question has been, who's going to follow Tesla's lead
August 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Tesla, Tesla, Tesla — we know all about Tesla's EV leadership. But who's going to put the nail in the coffin of automotive laggards? Could it be Volkswagen
June 22nd, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Volkswagen began its marketing campaign for the ID Crozz electric SUV in Los Angeles this week. Here are the details from that event.
May 4th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
When the 8th generation Volksagen Golf appears later this year, the current e-Golf will no longer be available in America. The next electric Volkswagen will be the 2021 ID Crozz
March 23rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
The Tesla Model 3 had more than 100,000 sales in 2018 and could have more than 300,000 sales in 2019. In 2020, it could certainly pass that 500,000 unit marker (or not — we'll see). The Tesla Model Y will likely be more popular than the Model 3, perhaps much more popular, and it's hard to imagine the vehicle won't pass 500,000 sales per year. Other than these two Tesla mass-market models, though, which electric vehicles could reach such high annual sales
February 5th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
A Tesla Motors Club forum member somehow came across a 2018 electric vehicle (EV) sales target from Volkswagen Group that the company shared back in 2010. Volkswagen was hoping to sell ~300,000 EVs a year by 2018. It turns out the 2018 total was more like ... 82,685 (and that's counting a bunch of plug-in hybrids as electric vehicles, which many people wouldn't count)
September 23rd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Volkswagen says it will build a new factory in North America to build electric cars. The question is, where will it be located?
July 18th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The head of Volkswagen North America says his company will build the ID Crozz and ID Buzz electric cars in Tennessee. Will they be identical to the cars designed for other markets or larger to better suit American tastes?
April 15th, 2018 | by James Ayre
As was reported a few days ago, it appears that the Tesla Model Y could begin limited production sometime in late 2019, with mass production following in 2020. Assuming that those dates are accurate, the Tesla Model Y compact SUV or CUV will be hitting the market right around the same time as numerous other all-electric SUV/CUV models
December 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
I know, I know — Volkswagen deceived the public and regulators for years with "defeat devices" that have resulted in innumerable premature deaths ... and continue to cause harm today. I know, I know — Volkswagen is king of vaporware and has been pumping concept electric vehicles for ages that are still years away from potential production
November 29th, 2017 | by James Ayre
Volkswagen will be releasing a new all-electric SUV model based on the ID CROZZ concept in the US in 2020, a company exec has revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Yes, 2020 — not 2018 or 2019. Still, that's approximately two years away and could provide a good boost to electric vehicle sales in the country simply due to the popularity of that segment — if Volkswagen builds it well, sells it at a competitive price, and actually gets it into dealers' hands. And, reportedly, Volkswagen is aiming to do just that