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2014 Model Year End Sales: Time to shop for an EV!


Source: Fix.com

Great background on Green Vehicles as you begin shopping for 2014 hybrids (HEV), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV).

Auto makers are beginning their Model Year close out sales, where you can find some great deals on many of these Alternative Fuel Vehicles.  2014 Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet VOLT in particular.  Use TrueCar.com to see what prices people in Atlanta are paying for EVs.

Don’t overlook the used EV market where a 2-year old Nissan LEAF with reasonable mileage are retailing for $15- $18,000 (see AutoTrader.com).  Lots of battery life left and since the Federal Tax Credit was taken by the first owner, the used price reflects it so you don’t miss out on the tax credit (indirectly).

 


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Consumer Reports – How Will You Charge Your Car?

Wondering about how to charge your EV at home?  Look no further than to Consumer Reports – How Will You Charge Your Car?


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Do Hybrid Electric Vehicle do more than save money at the gas pump?

Written by Daniel S. Cohen, Contributor

By design, Hybrids (including plug-in Hybrids or PHEVs) emit lower levels of carbon dioxide than traditional gasoline powered cars. But how significant is the CO2 reduction? Very significant. Read on!

Below is a comparison of the annual CO2 emissions, measured in metric tons, of a range of gasoline, hybrid and plug in hybrid vehicles. The significant reduction in CO2 as the result of increasing electric power is staggering.  The Honda Accord PHEV emits 57% less CO2 than the gasoline powered model (2.0 vs. 4.6 metric tons/year*).  Over the typical 10 year service life of the Honda Accord, that equates to a reduction of 26 metric tons of CO2 by driving the PHEV model in place of the gasoline powered model.  Similarly the #2 selling electric vehicle, the Ford Fusion Energi, reduces CO2 by 60% from 4.8 to 1.9 metric tons of CO2.

Even the Porsche Panamera Hybrid reduces CO2 by 52%, or -3.3 metric tons/year vs. the gasoline powered model.

So which vehicle has the lowest CO2 emissions?  The Chevrolet VOLT at just 1.2 metric tons/year owing to its extended electric range (EPA rated at 38 miles).

Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Hybrids vs. Gasoline Powered Cars *

Manufacturer Model Gasoline Hybrid Plug-In Hybrid CO2 Reduction % Reduction
CO2* CO2* CO2*
Honda Accord

4.6

2.8 2.0 -2.6 -57%
Ford Fusion

4.8

3.1 1.9 -2.9

-60%

Honda Civic

4.1

2.9 NA -1.2

-29%

Toyota Camry

4.6

3.2 NA -1.4

-30%

Porsche Panamera

6.4

3.1 NA -3.3

-52%

Toyota Prius

NA

2.7 2.0 -0.7

-26%

Ford C Max

NA

3.4 1.9 -1.5

-44%

Chevrolet VOLT NA NA 1.2
* Annual CO2 Emission – metric tons

*All models are 2014

** CO2 tailpipe emissions measured in metric tons per year 

Source

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbsSelect


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The ABCs of EVs

Confused by all of the electric vehicle-related acronyms used by advocates, policymakers, and businessmen? Check out this post to learn what is meant by BEV, PHEV, HEV, AFV, ZEV, EREV and other short-hand jargons.  Read More


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Ford is the #2 EV Manufacturer due to the Fusion Energi, as We Predicted

Automakers released their June sales numbers yesterday and today. These numbers, reported in a convenient format by Insideevs.com, are quite encouraging for the U.S. EV market overall. Sales nearly hit 12,000 making June 2014 the second highest sales month in the U.S. in EV history. June made some companies (Ford, Nissan, Tesla) and models (Fusion Energi, LEAF, Model S) big winners and other companies (Toyota) and models (Spark, RAV4)  not so winners. 

Read more for more in-depth analysis of June 2014 EV sales. 

 


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High Gas Prices Got You Considering an EV? Consumer Reports has two Reviews for you!

With gasoline prices skyrocketing, many metro Atlantans are considering an electric powered vehicle.  If that’s you, then here are two recently released Consumer Reports reviews and ratings for Electric Powered Vehicles and Home Charging Units.  With fewer moving parts, Consumer Reports is finding that the first generation of electric powered vehicles are very reliable.  From my personal experience, my Chevrolet VOLT has been the most reliable and trouble free vehicles I’ve ever owned.   Click here for the full article.

If you purchase or lease an EV, you should seriously consider installing a residential charging unit and taking advantage of Georgia Power or other electricity provider’s PEV plan.  I’ve saved almost $500 on my whole house electric bill including charging my VOLT over the last 18 months!  According to Consumer Reports, power, portability, cord length, and remote access are important features that should influence EVowners’ decision about which home charging unit to buy.  To see their comparison of 8 residential EV charging systems, click here.  I recommend the 240V option due to faster charging times which is the real benefit of a home installed charger.  But be aware that you may need to have an electrician install the power line and the unit and a permit may be required. Check each manufacturer or retailer’s website before you shop as they offer manufacturer rebates or store discounts from time to time.

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EV Sales Analysis: Winners and Not So Winners


Based on the latest EV sales data as reported by insideevs.com, here is the AEVDC team’s assessment of AFV (Alternative Fuel Vehicle) sales from 2011-May 2014. Nissan LEAF is the winner but Ford is coming on strong!  Read why the Chevrolet VOLT is lagging behind and how the Toyota Prius Plug In is staging a comeback!

AFV 2011-2014 May Sales Analysis (1)