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For the first time, year-over-year plug-in sales are actually down. Sales were 12,363 in 2014 and are now 10,365 for June 2015 a drop of almost 2,000 vehicles. Why is that? Was it gas prices, demand, supply, or something else?
Gas prices aren’t the culprit, since they have been steadily rising from lows this winter. While gas prices don’t seem to be the major driver of EV sales, the recent increases should have seen EV sales increase. It seems that a c
ombination of discontinued models, fewer new entries into the market in 2015 and anticipation of longer range EVs in 2016 and 2017 are the causes.
Discontinued Models: There are fewer EV models on sale today than at the same time last year. The Honda Fit EV, Toyota RAV4 EV, are no longer on sale. More importantly, production on both the Chevy Volt and Toyota Plug-in Prius have stopped. In the case of the Volt, production will restart with the 2016 in September. The Plug-in Prius may not be available until mid-2016 or early-2017. Decreased sales of these four vehicles represent over 1,700 of the 2,000 in decreased vehicle sales.
Supply: The Ford plug-in models also saw decreased sales. Inside EVs reports that the lower sales seem to be related to lower supply in the spring. Ford has started delivering more plug-ins and July sales should start recovering.
Demand: The Nissan Leaf is also showing a decrease in sales from 2,347 in June 2014 to 2,074 in June 2015. This seems to be tied to lower demand for the Leaf caused by the imminent release of the 2016 model with a longer range, due out in October. Demand is still reasonably strong with over 2,000 units sold in June. It’s hard to know if recent incentives from Nissan will keep sales strong when the Georgia $5,000 rebate ends.
Here’s the link to the insideevs.com page where you can read model by model sales analysis:
There are basically two types of DC Fast Chargers available in today’s EV marketplace (not including Tesla’s proprietary charger): 1) The CHAdeMO standard, used by Japanese automakers, and 2) The CCS standard embraced by American and European car companies. Kia, a Korean firm, had the luxury of choosing between the two models for its brand new EV, the Kia Soul.
Steve Kosowski, Kia’s EV product manager, explained the company’s decision to go with the CHAdeMO charger in a recent sit down with Charged EVs.
“We looked at both standards – it was about three years ago when we needed to make that decision,” EV Product Manager Steve Kosowski told Charged EVs. “At the time, there was some genuine interest in CCS. Then we looked at the volume of CHAdeMO chargers in the US, and we thought the prudent thing to do was to fit the car with the CHAdeMO port, and it seems to be the right decision.”
With the automotive industry largely split between the two different types of chargers, it doesn’t appear likely that the industry will see a uniform DC fast charging standard anytime soon.
I’m a proponent of any zero emission alternative and both battery electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles have the potential to be just that.
Battery electrics are currently leading because there is already a viable product out there that works great as a commuter car or second vehicle. The infrastructure to provide an electric charge is largely already built as any building with electric lights has the potential to charge a battery EV, it’s mainly a matter of installing a charger at the point of use. Battery Electrics are capable of unmonitored charging, so drivers can go to work or sleep while the car charges. There’s some hand-waving and hopefulness on the part of battery EV advocates that one or more of the new battery chemistries will provide a cheap, lightweight and powerful batteries to increase range and decrease recharge times.
Fuel Cell electrics are still in the prototype phase and the cost to build a clean hydrogen infrastructure largely from scratch will probably prove prohibitive. The time to refuel and reduced weight could prove worthwhile though. The energy density of hydrogen fuel cells mean that they may lend themselves better to large vehicles such as trucks. The short refueling time is an advantage, especially for long haul trucking. Unfortunately, it seems that the fuel-cell advocates have some hand-waving and hopefulness too that someone’s going to foot the bill for a brand new infrastructure, start building multiple production level car models, and that the public will stop associating hydrogen with the Hindenburg’s catastrophic failure.
Pursuing both, especially as they can fill different niches, is worthwhile and should be put to the market test. If battery electrics take the commuter market and fuel cell vehicles take the trucking market, then these would become two good technologies to reduce the amount of gas burning vehicles on the road.
Back in 2002, California legislators passed Senate Bill 1078, also called California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), and with it, ushered in the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country. According to the state’s Public Utilities Commission, the program requires investor-owned utilities, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators to increase procurement from eligible renewable energy resources to 33% of total procurement by 2020. Among the eligible renewable energy resources, wind and solar have become the preferred choice for utilities.
So, after twelve years of the law’s existence, how are the utilities stacking up? Among the state’s three largest providers, only San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) expects to meet the one-third standard by December, five years ahead of schedule. Southern California Edison (SCE) sits at 22% and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is ahead at 24%.
Both companies don’t have much further to go to meet the requirement, but it’s worth noting that SDG&E understands the dynamic appeal of renewables. It credits its strong transmission infrastructure for reaching remote solar and wind resources efficiently. The large and aggressive development of wind and solar farms, in largely desolate eastern San Diego, also contributed to the utilities’ staggering accomplishment.
Interesting article on the growth of electric vehicle purchases in the San Joaquin Valley. The article covers a number of reasons why people buy electric including cost, reduced maintenance, and California’s incentives including a $2500 rebate and carpool lane sticker.
Want to know more about Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers? California has published the EV Driver Survey results on the Energy Center.org website. They survey consists of a series of questions asked of those who have purchased electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars and then applied for the California rebate. Data is broken up in many different ways and users can select their own filters for the data.
Want to know the top three reasons Plug-in Vehicle drivers bought their car? Check out the decision factors tab and you’ll find out that Saving money on fuel costs, reducing environmental impacts, and the HOV lane sticker were the top three. You can then drill down deeper by type of plug-in (Battery Electric or Plug-in Hybrid), by geographic area, by purchase/lease, and manufacturer. Not surprisingly, Tesla owners valued reducing environmental impact most, while Leaf drivers valued saving money most.
This EV Survey site is great for those who want to know more about the EV market and what makes those who are adopting EV’s buy them.
Here’s the link to the site:
Mercedes has announced a $41K bas price for its B-class model, coming in a little lower then expectations in order to compete with the already sold out BMW i3. The car has a 177hp motor that will get the car to 60mph in just over 7 seconds. The range is predicted to be about 85miles, however, there will be a range extender offered to 110 miles.
For more information click on the attached link:
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Greetings! Below you will find the agenda for the upcoming Sustainable Enterprises Conference. As a member of the SoCo Nexus community you can join any of the events below for free.The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is a day-long learning and networking conference dedicated to helping North Bay businesses, academic, government and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
MR10:00 THE MAKING OF A CROPMOBSTER:
Building Momentum And The Rest Of The StoryNick Papadopoulos – CEO, CropMobsterCW 10:00 SOCO NEXUS COWORK (10 minutes each)Sonoma County Water Use And Drought UpdateCarrie Pollard – Sonoma County Water Agency, Principal Programs Specialist in Water Use EfficiencyHow To Leverage Technology In SustainabilityKaren Alonardo – CEO, CSRware, Inc.Village Building From Portland To SebastopolSebastian Collet – Sebastopol Village Building ConvergenceClimate Ride 2014: 250 Miles Of PassionJenise Granvold – Program Manager, Solar Sonoma CountyMR 11:00 HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM:Ecotourism With Economic, Social, And Environmental BalanceProf. Robert Girling, Ph.D. – Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Sonoma State UniversityPamela Lanier – Founder, Friends of Sustainable Tourism International (FOSTI)Malia Everette – Founder/CEO, AltruvistasKen Fischang – President, Sonoma County Tourismcw 11:00 SOCO NEXUS COWORK (10 minutes each)Social Responsibility As A Competitive Advantage: The World Centric StoryAnnie Davis – Director of Marketing, World CentricIndigenous: Alternative Apparel Supply ChainJames Roberts – Indigenous DesignsElectric Vehicle Infrastructure DevelopmentRichard Sachen – Founder & CEO, Sunspeed EnterprisesSmall Business Health Option Program And Your BusinessMarcos J. Suarez – Certified Educator, California Hispanic Chambers of CommerceMR 2:00 THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVESChris Yalonis – President, Communique Partnerscw 2:00 SOCO NEXUS COWORK (10 minutes each)Loosely Hanging Fruit: Safer, Healthier & Sexier ProductsSudeep Motupalli Rao, PhD – Founder, USEPEACertified Local – A Path To Supporting Local EconomiesPeter Renfro – General Manager, Westcoast Solar EnergySustainable Practices Education In All SchoolsLen Greenwood – Founder Montgomery High School Green Career ProgramFunding And Growing The CommonsJonathan Greenberg – Journalist and Community Organizer, Progressive Source communicationsMR 3:30 BITCOIN 101Digital Currencies Supporting Thriving Local EconomiesJoey Shepp – Principal, Earthsitecw 3:30 ART NEEDS A pLAN FOR SUSTAINABILITYDanielle Siembieda – Founder, Art InspectorVisual Thinking For Artful Visioning, Leadership And Culture ShiftChristine Walker – Strategic Visual Facilitator, See Shape
September US EV Sales down from August highs. August 2013 was the best month on record for US Electric Vehicle (EV) sales at ~11,000 plug-ins sold. September wasn’t shabby, but was down significantly. at 8,027. September is the 4th highest sales month on record.
The Volt was down from last month’s high of over 3000 sold to a level more in line with previous months of 1,766.
Nissan Leaf sales are still hampered by supply constraints, with1,953 units sold in September, down from August’s 2,420 units. It appears that most new production is going straight to customer’s hands, so correcting the supply issues should lead to larger sales. Nissan plans to move production level up to 2,700 units per month at their Smyrna production plant.
Tesla doesn’t report monthly sales numbers, but has increased plant capacity in August and is estimated to have sold about 1,000 in the US in September.
See more on sales at the link below: