February 7th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
Tesla's Elon Musk recently tweeted, "Great electric car documentary about early days of Tesla, GM Volt, Nissan Leaf & Gadget. So much has happened since then." Indeed. With the spotlight shining so brightly on Elon and Tesla, it's hard to remember how far the man (and the company) have come since the early days. Many of the early struggles surrounding Tesla were captured in this fascinating flick, Revenge of the Electric Car
February 3rd, 2019 | by Steve Bakker
Well, it was last month actually, and I didn’t outright purchase a Chevy Bolt EV, I leased one. I test drove the Bolt back in early 2017 when they first started showing up in dealer showrooms and wrote about the experience. You may know that I’m the proud owner of a day 2 reservation for a Tesla Model 3 and have been patiently waiting for the base model car to start shipping
February 2nd, 2019 | by Kyle Field
The cloud of smoke parted and the unassuming lines of a 1981 Honda Accord crept out, as if embarrassed. Flashbacks of childhood pop in. Memories of the reliable family Honda that took us to school and back, to church and the grocery store, to afternoon soccer practices and the occasional road trip. It was the family car
January 26th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Afraid to drive an electric car in winter? Don't be. If people in Saskatchewan can do it, so can you.
January 20th, 2019 | by Loren McDonald
The US will see 12% electric vehicle sales growth in 2019 by my estimates, a significant decline from 2018’s year-over-year (YOY) growth of 81%
January 13th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Following up on my report on fully electric car sales, I was planning to write a report highlighting the year-over-year growth plug-in hybrids saw in the USA last year
January 12th, 2019 | by Loren McDonald
The numbers are in and 2018 turned out to be quite a solid year for electric vehicle sales in the
January 5th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
The myth of the “Tesla Killer” is a tempting one for mainstream journalists, who have learned that any article with the word “Tesla” in the headline, especially a negative one, is a sure-fire click generator
December 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
In this section of our report "The EV Safety Advantage," we roll through a handful of clear EV safety benefits, which help to explain electric cars' better performance in the case of accidents and subsequent insurance claims. We also throw in more safety ratings and charts
December 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
CleanTechnica has had the lucky opportunity to review a freakin' ton of electric vehicles this past year, and many more in previous years. In the article below, you can find links to most of the reviews as well as short snippets about the vehicles (and a few other products)
December 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
Earlier this year, we published a free report on EV safety, The EV Safety Advantage. As we approach the end of the year, we're publishing sections of that report as articles here on CleanTechnica.
In this section of the report, 7 charts help to show that plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids score significantly better in IIHS safety ratings
December 17th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
Before the modern electric car era, if you needed a car and wanted something fuel efficient, your best options were generally Toyotas and Hondas, the two companies that led on hybrids and fuel-efficient non-hybrids. There are generations of drivers who still love Toyota and Honda as a result of those cars and these two companies' reputations for reliability, fuel efficiency, and high quality for the money. But Tesla is now setting a much higher bar, and consumers are responding
December 15th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Hyundai has released final prices for the Kona Electric in America. The super efficient and stylish electric SUV will start at $36,450.
December 10th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
General Motors has reassigned one of its top engineers from the Camaro team to a new electric vehicle team. Be still by beating heart. Meanwhile, Ford and Volkswagen appear ready to expand their partnership.
November 27th, 2018 | by Frugal Moogal
When I saw the news yesterday that GM is closing five plants and laying off nearly 15,000 employees, I was surprised. Not because it was happening, but because this could be an extremely forward looking move by the company
November 26th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
General Motors says it is closing 3 assembly plants and two powertrain factories as sales of passenger cars continue to fall. It also says it will end production of the Chevy Volt on March 1.
November 24th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse
I've written a lot of articles about how great and affordable the Tesla Model 3 is, and I truly believe it has the potential to become one of the best selling cars of all time. Does that mean it is the right car for everyone? No — although it must be enjoyable for everyone to drive (or not drive, once the full-self-driving software is available), it just isn't the right car for everyone
November 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
You're going to be shocked — the electric car respondents most frequently said they were most likely to buy next (or for the first time in the case of non-EV drivers) was the Tesla Model 3. Over 100,000 reservations ($1,000 each) were placed for the car in under 24 hours — even before the car was shown. The demand was through the roof and ended up being the single biggest product reveal in history by certain key metrics. So, it is not a surprise in the least that this electric car tops the list of “expected next EV model.”
November 4th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman
Brad Cornell teaches financial economics at Caltech. He also happens to manage a hedge fund. And when it comes to Tesla, he's by no means a bull. He still believes Tesla is overvalued. However, much like short-seller Andrew Left, he's becoming disillusioned with EV efforts from legacy automakers
November 4th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Sales of cars with electric motors accounted for more than 7% of BMW sales in the US in October. That's good but down from last year. The Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF are limping along. The big news is the Tesla Model 3, which is taking America by storm.
November 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
A Tesla Motors Forum member somewhat recently posted some interesting EV-related heat maps. He used Google's Fusion Tables and first created a heat map of Tesla Superchargers, with weighting based on number of stalls
October 15th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Thomas J. Thias, a car salesperson at the 6th largest Class A dealership in the nation by total sales volume, watched as gas prices spiked to near record levels. “By June, prices had hit $4 a gallon and stayed that way until the end of October,” Thias explained. By late November, prices had dropped to $2 a gallon, “but the damage to small businesses, the Big Three automakers, and consumers was devastating,” he said
October 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
For the third year in a row, CleanTechnica has published an in-depth report on electric car drivers in North America and Europe. For the cross-continental report, we surveyed over 2,000 electric car drivers. This year, we also surveyed over 1,000 people who don't yet have an electric car
October 10th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
Tesla has busted open the mainstream electric vehicle market. The problem is, approximately 17 million passenger vehicles are sold per year in the USA, the number globally is around 100 million, and there's no way in the netherworld Tesla could produce 10 million cars per year on its own by 2023. Even 2025 seems idealistic (but I would love to be proven wrong). Yes, Chinese automakers are ramping up electric vehicle production faster than automakers in the US and Europe, but they aren't taking over the world anytime soon