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Funny Stories About Random Drivers Challenging Tesla Owners To Races

Originally published on EV Obsession. Going by the number of stories that we’ve published concerning Tesla owners racing various gas-powered cars over the last few years (sorry to those who don’t like this aspect of our site, but numbers are considerably against you…) it should be pretty obvious that a lot of people, when they see […]

December 4th

40% Of US Electric Car Sales Are In California

Originally published on EV Obsession. The California electric car now (well, as of January 2015) accounts for 40% of all zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) sales in the US, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The new analysis — Strategic Analysis of California Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate — also predicts that, as the next […]

December 3rd

Tesla Model 3 — Small Info Leak

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Update: This article originally stated that Bernard Lee was the Tesla employee Daniel talked to, but it was actually David Imai. One of our readers, Daniel Hoffmann, was recently sitting in his hotel lobby waiting to check in when he overheard someone next to him talking on the phone… and then booking […]

November 27th

Electric Vehicle Sales In China Continue To Grow

Originally published on EV Obsession. Electric vehicle sales in China are continuing to grow, but much of this growth is caused directly by the myriad incentives on offer in the country, rather than organic demand driven by pure consumer interest. With the uptick largely being pushed by government action, it’s hard to say at this […]

November 27th

Tesla Model S One Of The 10 Best Cars Of 2016, Says Car and Driver

Originally published on EV Obsession. Car and Driver has declared the Tesla Model S 70/70D one of the “10 Best Cars of 2016.” Car and Driver points out Tesla’s innovation and Musk’s popular appeal but says that, even ignoring all of that, “the Model S still points a spotlight on the auto industry’s complacency.” Absolutely. Complacency and the status quo […]

November 27th

2016 Green Car of the Year Award Winner

Originally published on CleanTechnica. by Kyle Field The Green Car of the Year award is put together by the Green Car Journal and is its pick for the new car with the smallest footprint that year. A few weeks back, we covered the announcement of the finalists and presented them to some controversy due to the lack […]

November 24th

“No-Compromise Car” = No Such Thing

Originally published on EV Obsession. People (especially advertisers) are fond of calling plug-in hybrid and long-range, fully electric cars “no-compromise cars.” In fact, there’s no such thing as a no-compromise car… and I’m a little tired of hearing the nonsensical term. The compromises of short-range electric cars are obvious: driving over 60 or so miles […]

November 3rd

84% of LEAF Charging & 87% of Volt Charging Done At Home

Originally published on EV Obsession. For anyone contending that extended-range electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt shouldn’t classify as “electric vehicles,” here are two stats for you from the most comprehensive EV driver study conducted to date: Nissan LEAF average annual electric miles driven: 9,697 Chevy Volt average annual electric miles driven: 9,112 Looking at total […]

November 3rd

Tesla Model 3 Will Be Mostly New Tech

Originally published on EV Obsession. Tesla’s Chief Technology Officer, JB Straubel, recently revealed that the Model 3 will make use of mostly new technology — rather than simply reusing many of the technologies used in the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV. The interesting comments came during a recent presentation (October 11th) at […]

November 2nd

BMW i3 vs Tesla Model S — Decisions, Decisions!

Originally published on EV Obsession. Well, I was hoping to get more clarity by test driving the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model S 70D one day after the other last week. Unfortunately, I walked away more undecided than before the test drives. Mixing in test drives of the Nissan LEAF (which we got for my […]

November 2nd

Honda Power Exporter 9000 — Use CHAdeMO-Compatible EVs As Generators

Those interested in occasionally using their electric car as a portable generator will soon have a new option in that regard, when Honda releases the Power Exporter 9000. The new offering is, essentially, just a means of allowing electric vehicles (EVs) that feature CHAdeMO fast-charger compatibility to function as backup generators — feeding AC electricity back […]

October 12th

2015 World Green Car Award Goes to BMW i8

Chosen from an initial entry list of 10 new vehicles from all over the world, The BMW i8 was declared the 2015 World Green Car Award Winner at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and Autoneum. The short list of three finalists included the BMW i8 as well as […]

April 6th

Best Green Car of 2015?

Originally published on EV Obsession. For the second year in a row, the Tesla Model S was the “best overall” car on the market, according to Consumer Reports in its 2015 “10 Best American Cars You Can Buy” ranking. Something that got a lot less hype is that the Chevy Volt was named “best green car” […]

March 16th

Detroit Electric, US Electric Car Leaders, Nissan Le Mans Hybrid, & Public Transit’s Massive Savings (Cleantech Talk #4)

Update: we’re on iTunes! Also published on EV Obsession, Gas2, and CleanTechnica. Chris and I just wrapped up our 4th podcast. We’ve improved the sound a bit via a new podcasting app (more improvements on that front coming next week), really gotten comfortable with the podcasting format, and are continuously trying to improve the show. […]

March 12th

Cleantech Talk #3

Also published on EV Obsession, GAS2, and CleanTechnica. Chris DeMorro and I jumped into our third Cleantech Talk podcast just a couple of hours ago. I think we really hit our stride with this one. It was a lot of fun, and felt like a really long tennis or ping pong rally this time… as […]

March 4th

Cleantech Talk Podcast #2

Also published on EV Obsession, Solar Love, CleanTechnica & GAS2. Chris DeMorro and I recorded our second “Cleantech Talk” podcast earlier today. It is embedded below for your listening pleasure. I’ve begun the process of getting the podcast included on iTunes, but it’s a bit complicated, so I didn’t want to wait for that to be […]

March 4th

Cleantech Talk Podcast #1

Also published on EV Obsession, CleanTechnica, and Gas2. Chris DeMorro and I have just launched a new podcast series, “Cleantech Talk.” We’ll surely get into other topics down the road, but for this first one, it was all about electric vehicles. We discussed 4 big stories from the past week, which I’ll write a bit […]

March 4th

Best Elon Musk Interview Yet?

Here’s a really interesting interview with the head of Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX — Elon Musk. This is perhaps the most interesting interview I’ve seen with him, as it runs through life stories from age 6 to today. For some reason, it took me ages to get to this, and it is actually from 2013, but […]

January 1st

Tesla Range Update, & Elon’s Deleted Tweets

Aside from press releases we receive via email (we get a lot!), I scan over 100 sources in order to find “the biggest” or “most interesting” stories I can for our team to cover. One of those sources is the Tesla Motors Club forum. Just after Christmas, I noticed a post that included two new Elon […]

December 30th

Electric Vehicle Evolution In One Photo

While modern electric vehicles are just coming around, just seeing decent sales, many probably don’t realize that electric vehicles were extremely popular back at the beginning of the 1900s. The first car dealer in the US only sold electric cars. That was 1896. That was not long after the first known auto race, which was […]

December 28th

Newspaper Claims Elon Musk “Used BMW” For Publicity

Update from the editor, Zachary Shahan: For clarity’s sake, we’ve received word from a Tesla representative that better explains what happened. Basically, it seems that, when interviewed by Der Spiegel, Elon provided a straightforward answer to a question that somehow got used by the reporters to seed a lot of speculation, and essentially put extra words in […]

December 11th

How To Advance The EV Revolution (Report)

Originally published on EV Obsession. Some good people at Urban Foresight, the International Energy Agency, the Electric Vehicles Initiative, and Clean Energy Ministerial have put together an “EV City Casebook” that I highly recommend checking out (it’s free). The focus of the casebook is a summary of “50 big ideas shaping the future of electric mobility.” We’ll be […]

December 8th

Tesla Model S = Most-Loved Car In America

Consumer Reports conducts massive surveys of car owners every year to find out how much they love their cars and how much they don’t. Interestingly, in recent years, the top spot on the charts has been dominated by electric cars. In 2011 and 2012, the Chevy Volt made its owners the happiest. In 2013, it […]

December 8th

Tesla Model S P85D Is Selling Like Hotcakes

As fiercely capable as well as independently thinking and acting as an electric Batmobile, or something Q provided for James Bond, the Tesla Model S P85D is the ultimate halo car. 691 horsepower, instant torque, semi-autonomous driving capabilities, a drive setting labeled “Insane,” and suave style — Bond would be so lucky. Of course, a halo car […]

November 30th