September 22nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse
A few days ago, we wrote about Tesla earning the Top safety score (TOP SAFETY PICK+) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). I had publicly asked them last month why they hadn't yet tested the car and was happy to get a reply that they were working on it. I'm not surprised how things turned out
September 22nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Honda and Toyota have been smart, logical choices for American car buyers for decades. Once upon a time, they were the new kids on the block and they had to prove themselves with strong "performance for the money" or "value for the money" propositions. They did so, repeatedly, and they grew their market shares as a result
September 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
The Tesla Model 3 won the IIHS's TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, which means that the car achieved the top score in all 8 test categories. You cannot get a better score. While this is a tremendous achievement, it's also not surprising. The Model 3 already achieved the best safety score ever from the NHTSA, and we know that it is the safety leader due to abundant crumple zones, market-leading active safety features, extremely strong doors and a similarly strong roof, a low center of gravity that keeps the car stable, and tremendous traction control
September 14th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider
Cracking the code of what people want in their electric vehicles is not that complicated, even though analysts at Edmunds seem to think otherwise.
In an article published by the San Diego Union Tribune, a market analyst at Edmunds said that electric car buyers "don’t seem to be EV fans, they seem to be Tesla fans.” She also said that, "It’s been really hard for any other company to crack the code of what people want in an EV.”
September 2nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse
I've had an obsession with financial software for some time, something that I probably inherited from my father. I remember when we got our first Apple II in 1978 and he used it for investments and budgeting. When he moved to an IBM PC (which I bought for him at a discount since I was an IBM employee from 1984 to 1998), he fell in love with Managing Your Money. I moved to Quicken in the mid 1990s. I'm trying to spend less time tracking my finances and more time writing, so I'm moving to more cloud-based methods of tracking my finances. But I noticed that I had 15 years of data on my auto spending available as part of this obsession. I didn't have it easily tied to my 7 cars, but don't think of this as a review of any car, but as a general survey of the fuel, maintenance, and repair cost for 7 cars over about 400,000 miles
August 10th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
There's an important caveat with electric cars. Although electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, they draw their power from a wide variety of energy sources. Bloomberg reports, "Trading in your gasoline-guzzling car for an electric vehicle is a lot like shifting the emissions ... [as] EVs run off electricity, and that electricity" can come from both clean and dirty energy sources
July 20th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
The incumbents are in a pickle right now. "Here’s the problem: tech companies don’t speak auto; auto companies don’t speak tech," explains Ronson. In contrast, Elon Musk's vertically-integrated Tesla "does not have a translation problem."
July 19th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Electric vehicles offer large cost savings over traditional gasoline-burning vehicles. That’s simply because electric vehicles use electricity as fuel instead of gasoline. Electricity is much cheaper than gasoline, making it much cheaper to recharge a car than to refill a car
July 17th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson
Some people say they like the smell of gasoline, but that sweet odor they are talking about is probably a [&hellip
June 27th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Paul, Vijay, and I keep writing about practical reasons to buy a Tesla. But let's get real, below are 10 legitimate reasons to buy a Tesla
June 22nd, 2019 | by Robert Dee
Every time someone buys or leases an EV, fossil fuel's stranglehold lessens. That's the cost differentiation between EVs and ICEs. The individual benefit, as I am enjoying, is autonomy and the opportunity to have free electricity for cars and homes. EVs are thinking people's cars, yes, and it takes planning and work, but we'll have a better life and planet for it
June 22nd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
I've owned the Model 3 for exactly one year now. What I like most about the car is that it's 100% electric, burns no gas, and has zero emissions. There's so much to the car that I love, and I mean it when I say that the car has changed my life. I realize that's a big statement to make so I'd like to explain what I mean by that
June 16th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
My increasingly good friend Paul Fosse wrote an article yesterday giving 5 reasons to buy a Tesla before July 1. At the end of the article, he linked to a 2016 article of mine that I had forgotten about. It's a simple listicle but it's actually one of my favorite articles. So, thanks to Paul, I'm reposting it today. In 2016, it was titled, "30 Reasons Your Next Car Should Be Electric." At this point in time, I think it's more appropriate to say that you should buy that car today, not wait any longer. Hopefully you'll agree after reading through this list
May 25th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland
How easy is it to recharge an EV? So easy that a 9 year old can get the job done in a matter of seconds!
February 18th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan
A valuable report published in the New England Journal of Medicine lists the 10 leading causes of death among American youth. It examines statistics regarding the 20,360 deaths of children and adolescents in the United States in 2016. As a comprehensive study and analysis, the information also includes trends over time and comparisons among countries
February 17th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Plug-in hybrid or fully electric? There is no wrong or right answer. The only thing that matters is which one is right for you. Either will reduce your carbon footprint substantially.
January 27th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson
One well known electric vehicle (EV) benefit is that EVs don’t produce tailpipe emissions from directly burning fossil fuels — emissions that contribute to climate change and harmful air pollution
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
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 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
There's nothing like experience. You can read and write about something all day, but until you experience it, it's just a concept, and you don't really understand it.
So, with that in mind, it is often interesting and useful to collect feedback from actual EV drivers about what they appreciate about their cars. It's also often interesting and useful to find out the top misconceptions they discover other people have about electric cars