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If you’ve ever wondered how Nissan is making batteries for the LEAF, then you’re in luck. Here we have an infographic, photos and video from Nissan’s UK battery plant.
There is a lot of special equipment that needs a check from time to time and it seems that humans are doing only some assembly work on the modules and packs.
It seems rather empty inside the facility.
Every month InsideEVs tracks all the plug-in sales for the United States by auto maker and brand. Below, readers can find all the historical sales charts for the “current generation” of electric vehicles, as well as a synopsis of the current month’s sales happenings by specific EV.
When it came to sales overall, GM had its best month November in almost a decade…the same cannot be said of the Volt as just 1,336 were sold.
November’s result represents a more than 30% drop from November 2013 when 1,920 were sold.
For the year to date 17,315 cars have been sold – which is down 16.4% from 2013 when GM moved 20,702 Volts. This means that the Volt will be the first electric vehicle to post two consecutive years of falling sales in America.
Perhaps not helping things of late has been the sudden tsunami of 2nd generation Volt news.
In November, more of the 2nd gen Volt was revealed (in the flesh) at the LA Auto Show, perhaps pushing demand for that car higher…and the current gen lower.
GM executives had also already announced that not only would the 2016 Chevrolet Volt have a larger gas engine (1.5l that now runs on regular instead of premium), but that the car would have both a greater range (we suspect about 50 miles), and overall efficiency.
Behind the numbers: GM decided to shutter the Volt’s assembly plant in late August for about 8 weeks as some of that $449 million dollar investment that went into a Hamtramck facility upgrade in anticipation of the 2nd gen Volt as well as some other unnamed plug-in vehicles.
Production came back online mid-month, but that really didn’t translate into a better balancing of national inventories (or new deliveries of customer orders) in time to see any results of significance for the month. New 2015 inventory available for sale in the US fell by about 1,000 units during the month.
Here is a statement we like to repeat – “Nissan set a new monthly record for EV sales during the month”, and for November we can say that for the 22nd consecutive time!
For November 2,687 LEAFs were sold, up 34% from a year ago. Low gas putting pressure on EV sales? Not for Nissan.
Nissan has sold 27,098 LEAFs, which is a big 35% improvement over 2013, when 20,081 were sold.
In October, Nissan passed not only their own yearly sales record, but the all-time record for any plug-in – passing the Chevrolet Volt’s 23,094 sold in 2013. The ‘all-time’ record for Nissan LEAF sales in a single month (or any fully electric car for that matter) is 3,186 units sold, set this past August.
Nissan continues to both accommodate demand and slowly grow inventory in the United States, the inventory averaging close to 5,000 units in November by our tally.
A lot of dealer-level discounting has turned the luxury Cadillac plug-in into a fairly decent seller as 155 were sold in November, bringing the year-to-date total to almost 1,200 units.
Previously in October 152 ELRs were sold – the Caddy’s 4th best result to all-time.
The all-time high for ELR sales came in August when 196 were sold.
Heading into December just over 900 ELRs remained to be sold, but this now seems like a manageable level, as production of the Caddy stopped several months ago, and will not restart in November alongside the Chevy Volt.
In fact, there will be no model year 2015 ELR, as that model will be skipped in favor of the refreshed ELR (full story on that here). GM says the new ELR will also receive some “engineering enhancements” for its next iteration
It should be noted the debut the 2016 ELR at the LA Auto Show this month was scrapped at the last minute. The reason? Its “autonomy” functions weren’t ready to go….which seems a little week considering no one expected the car to be driving around by itself on stage.
Instead of the ‘next’ ELR debut, we got an interview with new Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen (yes, that Johan de Nysschen), that could not have been more of a wet blanket, complete with the labelling of the brand “niche” and not a priority right now.
As we will talk about in a minute, BMW has some production/delivery issues to contend with of late and that hurt sales a touch. For November, 816 i3s were sold.
Previously in October, BMW set a new personal best, and third consecutive month of sales over 1,000 units, showing previous results were no fluke.
For October, 1,159 i3s were sold.
Going forward, sales may lapse a bit in the United States in December and January as reports of fall-out from super-typhoon Haiyan has crippled BMW’s ability to source carbon fiber raw materials, and the company has temporarily shut-down its furnaces.
Still, details on the 2015 model year BMW i3 are out (details) and include some new creature comforts (heated seats for all models), DC fast charging across the range; as well as some product fixes (keyfob that can both unlock and lock).
Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America noted this in regard to i3 sales in October.
"Our new models, especially the 2 and 4 Series, are giving BMW a great boost as we head into the final two months of the year but I am also very pleased to see our born-electric BMW i3 doing so well, averaging a thousand per month in sales after only four months on the market."
Looking at the inventory situation, it has slowly decreased for three months running, and has fallen under the 2,000-unit mark for the first time since (pretty much) the car’s launch.
Tesla Model S
Tesla does not give out exact monthly sales (apparently because the public can’t handle the concept of regional allocations and delivery lead times)… so we never know for sure what the monthly numbers total up to until their quarterly updates, but we do our best to keep our finger on the pulse of what is happening.
Unlike other (like all) publications, we don’t simply take an expected number of sales for the Model S given by analysts for the quarter and then divide it by 3 to get a monthly number and hope it all works out…it just doesn’t work like that, even for the larger OEMs.
We actually put in a little research/tracking effort into the estimated number of deliveries in the US and attempt to explain what is happening behind the scenes. (and so far, that has worked out pretty well)
If there was ever a month to be ignored for Model S sales, it would probably be November, as all eyes are on first, and massive wave of, P85D deliveries in December.
Still, Tesla was still delivering EVs during the month so we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves.
The first half of November was basically a cleaning up the last batch of “regular” RWD sedans and filling in a lot more Euro deliveries ahead of “D” production. That D production began the last week of November (Nov 24th to be exact) displacing the regular drive orders ending out the month and will continue through December…so if you want a non-AWD Model S in the US, get ready to wait a long, long time for delivery – think March/April, after the rest of the 85D/60Ds are filled.
For November we estimate that Tesla delivered 1,200 Model S sedans during the month in the US. Look for international deliveries to surge this month in our other reports on various countries throughout the month.
Whatever your feelings on November’s sales result – it will change soon, as an unprecedented amount of US Model S production is now underway. We feel that before December is done, that not only will the all-time US monthly EV sales record of 3,186 LEAFs fall (set in August), but also the plug-in record of 3,351 Volts (from 3,351). Automotive margins at Tesla in December, and for the 4th quarter overall are likely to soar as a result.
The only plug-in record that won’t be eclipsed by Tesla in December will likely be the 4,976 PHEVs (Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV) that were sold in Netherlands just under the tax credit expiry wire in the Netherlands this past December.
And if you were wondering if there could be any hiccups with P85D production, or that Tesla won’t be making any deliveries until later in the month which could affect those lofty sales expectations. We have word that completed cars are today (Tuesday, December 2nd)being prepped for delivery to customers within the next 48 hours.
…we anxiously await Elon Musk in December to break his self-imposed ‘non-disclosure monthly sales policy’ as he did in September – which confirmed our other “big” month sales estimate for the Tesla Model S.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED
Mercedes broke into 3-digits for the first time with the B-Class electric as 193 were sold.
Previoussy in October, we noted the refreshed 2015 version of the B-Class ED can’t arrive fast enough, as just 98 all-electric Mercs were sold in October.
We don’t expect to see any depth of sales for the electric Mercedes until early 2015 at best as Daimler isn’t shipping any inventory of consequence, as unfortunately the automaker decided to electrify a model halfway through its shelf life (more than 350,000 petrol cars have already been sold worldwide).
An unintended side effect of that decision to electrify a ‘long-in-the-tooth’ car is that there is now already a refreshed and “facelifted” 2015 model incoming (pics and story here) for the B-Class Mercedes – first sales of the B-Class ED (and nat gas version) begin in Europe on November 3rd.
For the B-Class ED first 4 months on the market, just 255 have been sold. It is hard to rate and/or gauge the demand of the car because that is pretty much all the cars Daimler shipped out to the US.
Editor’s Note: Daimler lists total B-Class ED sales for 2014 as 2 units higher than InsideEVs – this is cause to a spreadsheet error on Mercedes-Benz’s part between August and September.
The 2014 B-Class ED starts from $41,450 ($100 more than the BMW i3) and has an all-electric range “officially” of 87 miles. However, there is an optional range package ($600) that will push that figure up to 104 miles. The good news for 2015? The “full range” will be standard on all B-Class EDs and officially move the plug-in Mercedes into the 100-mile club.
In November BMW sold another 126 i8s, which would have to consider a successful month of sorts considering the high price-point and limited availability of the car.
The 204 plug-in sports cars previously sold in October was also quite a pleasant surprise.
In September, which was the i8′s first full month on the US market, sales reached 58 copies. For the i8′s debut month in the US for August, BMW sold 9 i8s
The ultra-high end plug-in from BMW arrived on August 16th in the United States.
It is still hard to say what the ultimate demand will be for the i8, but we can report that the BMW i8 has seen a sharp jump in US production volume starting in the late summer.
We think any results over that of what Porsche can achieve with the Panamera S E-Hybrid should be considered a success. So, the i8 is a success.
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Sales of the luxury plug-in hit a bit of a speed bump this month as just 57 Panamera plug-ins were sold. Previously, in October a solid 97 plug-in Porsches were sold.
So far in 2014, 848 copies have been sold, so hitting the 4-digit mark is still technically possible for the Porsche…not bad for a car whose average retail price is about $115,000
Previously, sales of the plug-in Porsche strengthened in September as 82 more copies were sold.
Outside of a big sales month in June (111), Porsche seems to have found a comfortable sales level of around 60-80 copies sold per month in the US, while selling about 200 per month worldwide.
Ironically,we have felt the S e-Hybrid has almost seen its last days for strong sales after only being out a year, as the new Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid looks to eat into the plug-in Panamera’s results for lunch when inventory finally starts to fill in late this year. At least for the first month of plug-in Cayenne sales, that seems to be true
The high water mark for sales on the Panamera was set in the first month of the year, with an amazing 141 sold. Currently there is about 200 S e-Hybrids in dealer inventory in the United States.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a combined 416 hp output (333 hp electric) and can get north of 60 mph in about 5 seconds, with a top speed of 167 mph. Pricing starts at $99,000. Also of interest, the S E-Hybrid is currently available at all Porsche dealers nationwide – a rare thing these days.
Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid
One can put little value on the sales results of a plug-in vehicles first month on the market…but can celebrate the fact that it did arrive.
The 22nd major production EV in the US sold a strong 45 copies in its first month.
Probably the most anticipate plug-in car you have not heard of is the 416 hp/435 lb.-ft. S e-Hybrid
Here is why it really should be hard for the electric SUV to not be a hit: a) it’s a Porsche - b) its a plug-in SUV, that can get to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and drive all-electrically for up to 22 miles - c) and most importantly it starts at $76,400 - d) it’s available coast-to-coast.
Chevrolet SPARK EV
Improving slightly on last month, 61 Spark EVs were sold in November.
Previously in October, and for the second month in a row, Chevy sold a lower than expected 50-odd Spark EVs – 58 to be exact for October. For Septemeber, the little electric Chevy retreated to its lowest sales level of the year in September with just 51.
A fleet-inspired May of this year however set the new benchmark for sales on the Spark EV with 182 sales.
Last month we also learned that the Spark EV will die off in favor of the slightly larger Sonic EV (or Sonic platform-based EV in places such as Europe). That car will feature a reported 200ish mile range and be out in 2016/2017.
General Motors closed 2013 with 539 Spark EVs sold over all. For 2014, that number has already been well passed this past August, with 953 sold through October.
However, no one should read anything into any monthly sales number when it comes to the Spark EV … at least if they are trying to get a handle on Spark EV demand, as GM basically sets their own monthly sales number by curtailing inventory. GM could sell a lot more if they wanted to. We figure that any 3-digit number probably satisfies GM’s internal projections for the car
Kia SOUL EV: NO DATA TO REPORT YET
Despite having no issues accepting the $7,500 federal credit (designed to encourage hitting EV sales targets in the US) against sales of the Soul EV, Kia has decided it’s no one’s business what those sales are (many media outfits, including ourselves have been rebuffed) – a testament to Kia’s true dedication to plug-in vehicles.
Update: Thanks to the folks at Kia World, we can report that 108 Soul EVs were sold in the car’s debut month
As we projected earlier this year, the all-electric Kia showed up ahead of its expected November release data and start selling in early October. That being said there isn’t a heck of a lot of them to be found on dealer lots at the moment (~50 units)
In fact, InsideEVs’ own Tony Williams got his hands on one…and immediate ran the battery down to nothing in an impromptu range test.
Result? Over 100 miles of range! /pretty not too bad Kia
The cute-ute from Hyundai/Kia has a more than decent 93 miles of range (with more 103 miles of range in the city), and a price tag of $33,700.
Sales of the e-Golf were up 11,900% in November in the car’s first full month on the market…of course, that is because just a single copy went out in October, and 119 were sold in November.
As for that 1 e-Golf sold in America in October, InsideEVs learned exclusively that it was sold at Volkswagen Santa Monica on Halloween.
The first all-electric car from VW to the United states was to arrive in November at selected dealerships…but we know of at least one copy that landed on the very last day of October.
For the US, the Volkswagen e-Golf only comes in the premium SEL trim, which brings with it a price point of $35,445 – meaning the car will very specifically compete with the top-of-the-line Nissan LEAF SL (from $ 35,020).
Range has not yet been published officially but the EPA, but with a 24.2 kWh LEAF-like battery, we expect a range of about 80 miles for the electric VW.
Also this month, InsideEVs exclusively learned details on a launch leasing program that sees the e-Golf available from $299/month on a 36 month term with $2,000 down.
Just 18 electric kei cars were sold in November.
Previously in October, in a never-ending story of ‘failing to deliver’, 17 i-MiEVs were sold in America for October. In September just 15 were sold.
Mitsu continues to learn the lesson of "If you don’t ship any inventory, its hard to sell cars."
For November national inventories contracted further still, with less than 90 units available.. Yeah, 90 units – so don’t look for December. to be the start of something for Mitsubishi.
The cold hard fact on the i-MiEV is that Mitsubishi really doesn’t make any money on the car, and they do on the Outlander PHEV…which they still can’t make enough of, so they aren’t shipping i-MiEVs to the US, and they may never ship them before the model fades away shortly. No better example of this unwillingness to sell the car is in states such as Georgia, whose generous state-level incentive almost makes the car completely free on a lease.
Mitsubishi did announce in October however that they will have a plug-in crossover (the ASX) to market in 2017 and the full size Pajero plug-in a year later. These cars will joining the Outlander PHEV – which arrives in the US in about 11 months..
The new pricepoint of $22,995 also INCLUDES standard fast charging and a host of other standard features that used to be options. The MSRP price reduction equals $6,130 less than the outgoing 2012 model.
Honda Fit EV
That about waps it up for the Fit EV as the few remaining copies have almost all been delivered. For November, just 5 were sodl.
23 all-electric Hondas were previously sold in October. For September just 27 copies were moved, which came just ahead of the "year high" 55 Fit EVs sold in August.
Through the first 11 months of 2014, 373 have now been sold.
So, the story continues to be: Inventory, where is the inventory?
Well, there isn’t any, and it isn’t coming as Honda has DISCONTINUED production of the car in favor of future-tense fuel cell vehicles (the Honda FCV debuted this month in Japan) and ZEV credit buying to solve California compliance regulations.
Honda only has a little more than a dozen Fit EVs left to sell. As such, the Fit EV will leave the monthly scorecard report when the year ends.
So if you get one…count yourself "lucky".
SMART ForTwo Electric Drive
"There can be only one" …champion of the “B” Division of EVs. And that champion is the smart ED.
All we can say for November (and we did when speaking to the Daimler rep) was “holy cow”, as smart sold 313 electric versions of their ForTwo. Once again, 313 copies of the little 2 seat EV – an all-time record for the car.
Previously in October smart continued to defy the odds, and sold 150 more EDs, which was about a fifth of the entire brands sales for the month. For September, the littlest EV sold an amazing 182 copies, leading the “small and compliance” segment of the US industry for the umpteenth time.
The smart EV is now technically available nationally, although there isn’t inventory yet spread out across the country to make physical sales everywhere.
The smart ED is the first plug-in for America to be offered with a “battery rental” option, which brings the cost of the Smart ED down to $19,990, but adds a $80 month battery rental payment, as well as includes a wider (and longer) battery warranty.
The 2-seat Smart electric car gets 68 miles of range from a 17.6 kWh battery.
Ford Fusion Energi: NO DATA TO REPORT YET
In October, the depression of plug-in sales at Ford extended into its second month as just 686 Fusion Energis were sold. Previously, 640 were sold in September.
Those two months followed a summer that the Fusion Energi had reported well north of 1,000 units sold per month.
Part of the issue plaguing the electric Fusion is national inventories – as in they are low, very low. Heading into December, only about 1,400 are available to be purchased of Ford dealer lots.
Earlier this year, Ford set a new all-time best, and sold an astounding 1,939 copies of the electric Fusion in June…which was 44% better than May, the previous best month on record for the Ford.
Of note in June not related to sales: The Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, both had their EPA ratings slashed by the company, and compensation cheques are heading out to owners.
Both Energi vehicles now have a 88 MPGe rating (down from 100 MPGe), a 38 MPG extended range efficiency (down from 43 MPG) and a 19 mile all-electric range (down from 21 miles)
The Fusion Energi basically offers the same package as the C-Max Energi, but in a larger sedan package. The third plug-in to be offered from Ford has just been rated by the EPA at a combined 88 MPGe and has an electric range of 19 miles.
Toyota Prius Plug-In
It would be nice if Toyota stopped messing with the US EV sales results and got to stocking the Prius PHV already. For November just 451 were sold.
October was an equally dismal 479 units…which on a technical level was better than the year-low of 353 sold in September.
Again, we do have to note – that recent results was/is not a reflection on the demand for the car as…well, there isn’t any.
Thankfully, 2015s finally started arriving at Toyota lots mid-month in October, and arresting the sales free-fall that was affecting not only the model, but the overall plug-in sales picture in the US.
Hopefully December will be “back to business as usual” as inventories crested the 1,000 mark by November’s end.
Anyone remember the record 2,692 Prius PHVs sold just five months ago? More of that please.
Year-to-date through September, 12,321 plug-in Prii have been sold so far in 2014, 22% more than last year at this point, when 10,069 moved off lots. The Toyota Prius PHV fell out of 2nd place in August on the EV sales charts, passed by the Chevrolet Volt. If the picture doesn’t improve significantly, the Prius PHV will find itself in 4th in November.
Much like the Nissan LEAF was for almost all of 2013, the Prius PHV has been a demand vs allocation story over the past 5 months since Toyota reduced the price of the plug-in by $2,010 to $4,620.
The allure of the car, now from $29,990, has essentially meant Toyota can set the amount they want to sell as a function of how many they build.
Ford C-Max Energi: NO DATA TO REPORT YET
Like its stable mate, the Fusion Energi, sales continued to be off for the plug-in C-Max previously in October. And while the Fusion Energi recorded a slight improvement over September’s disaster, the C-Max fell even further – down to 644 units sold.
Previously in September when just 677 cars were sold, which came after a strong August showing.
August’s earlier result (1,050) had represented the strongest showing of the year, so there may have been some exhaustion at the dealership level heading into this month.
Of note in June not related to sales: The Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, both had their EPA ratings slashed by the company, and compensation cheques are heading out to owners.
Both Energi vehicles now have a 88 MPGe rating (down from 100 MPGe), a 38 MPG extended range efficiency (down from 43 MPG) and a 19 mile all-electric range (down from 21 miles)
For 2013 overall, 7,154 plug-in C-Maxs were sold, good for being the 5th best selling plug-in for America.
In 2013, the high water mark for the C-Max Energi was set in October as 1,092 plug-ins sold. It would not surprise us to see the C-Max Energi live only as long as it takes to introduce a Focus Energi.
Ford Focus Electric: NO DATA TO REPORT YET
Despite some big, big incentives (see below), the Focus once again set a ‘meh, that’s normal’ result previously for October with 186 electrics sold.
After finally cresting the 200-sales level in August (with a all-time record 264 units sold), the Focus Electric once again sold “100-and-something” cars – for September that number was 176.
Previous to August Ford had 18 consecutive months of 100ish sales…so it looks like we might have to reset the streak once again.
Thankfully though, the days of sleep-inducing sales should be at an end as Ford slashed the 2015 model year MSRP by $6,000! Meaning that for $29,995 you can get a whole lot of EV for not a lot of money. Now if we could only get Ford to start a dealer inventory program for the car. /here we come 200s
Also as announced recently, the Focus got a slightly refreshed look for the 2nd half of 2014. And if you squint really hard, you might be able to spot the changes in the 2015 Focus Electric
And no, the battery intrusion into the trunk has not changed – that will have to wait for a full platform upgrade in about 3 years – provided the car continues to be produced alongside the rumored Focus Energi.
Fiat 500e: NO DATA TO REPORT YET
When it comes to reporting plug-in sales, we have had another Tesla on our hands here (as in they don’t report sales).
Chrysler/Fiat had been giving us a bit of the stonewall treatment when it comes to reporting 500e sales. But thankfully that ‘black hole of knowledge’ seems to have ended, thanks to data from Baum & Associates via HybridCars.com (big props).
Previously in October a reported 140 500e were sold.
For September 137 were sold. Overall steady sales means Fiat has turned into a steady performer – selling about 150 each month of the year so far.
As promised earlier this year, the Fiat 500e sales footprint in the US ventured outside California, as the EV is now on sale in Oregon.
Still in play is a $199/36 month lease deal ($999 due on signing), but for model year 2015 there has been some changes to 500e, a new dash, some new cupholders, and a couple new exterior colors that, well…don’t thrill us too much.
As for the car itself, the 500e’s 24 kWh lithium battery has been rated by the EPA to produce 87 miles of all electric range, and MPGe efficiency in the city is pegged at 122, and 108 on the highway, for a combined 116 MPGe figure.
Toyota RAV4 EV
For November 73 electric SUVs were sold, which comes after 97 RAV EVs were sold in October.
SELL, SELL, SELL
With the finish line in sight, Toyota seems to be putting the sales accelerator (almost said gas pedal) to the floor. Previously in September 125 more electric SUVs were sold.
In August however, Toyota set a new yearly high as the model goes into the sunset with 228 sold.
The RAV4 EV is (and always has been) a CARB compliance play, with Toyota needed to produce and sell about 2,600 units.
To date through September, 2,425 have been sold in total. Using our l33t calculator skillz (with an estiamted 150 units never to be being retailed), we figure there is about 75 or so left for Toyota to sell.
Look for the RAV4 EV to join the Honda Fit EV on the scoreboard sidelines for 2015.
Speaking of which (CARB compliance), the vehicle displacing the RAV4 EV, the Toyota FCV made its official debut in the US in late June.
Honda Accord Plug-In
Did you know Honda had a plug-in hybrid like a cross between the Prius PHV and the Fusion Energi?
Well they do, Honda sold 43 of them in November….and for just $17,675 dollars more than the base Accord sedan you do can enjoy up to 13 miles of electric driving…provided you don’t accelerate too hard, or drive to fast.
In September 42 Accord PHVs were sold.
Relatively speaking, when looking at the summers results, the Accord plug-in has had some decent results by its (pretty low) standards, as 46 were sold in August and 41 in July.
August’s 46 sales also ties the high water mark for 2014 (May also notched 46 Accords sold). The all-time “record” for sales in any one month was October of 2013 at 71 units.
So, to say Accord PHEV sales are flat in the US would be an understatement. Through October, 343 have been sold so far this year, which is off about 20% from last year’s 433 result.
Practically speaking, the Accord plug-in is the anti-Fit EV, as they just can’t sell these things. And that have something to do with pricing, as the Accord PHEV doesn’t come cheap; Honda has put a sticker of $$38,780 on the car, which was markedly higher than consumer expectations for the car.
Pricing update: Good news, Honda is bucking the trend of falling plug-in vehicle prices, and the 2014 Honda Accord PHV is now retails for $39,780 – up $1,000
We expect Honda to eventually realize the pricing is way off on the Accord PHV and start deep discounting the model – or perhaps just discontinue it entirely in America. The Accord plug-in has a 13 mile all-electric range, and has been given a MPGe valuation of 115 MPGe, the highest rating of any plug-in extended range vehicle.
Read the entire article over at Inside Evs
How far do plug-in electric vehicles go on a charge?
The advertised range for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles varies from 11 to 38 electric-drive miles between charges, depending on battery size and vehicle design, and about 300-600 miles on gasoline. If the vehicle is plugged in every day as recommended, it may be possible to drive 1,000 to 2,000 miles or more between gasoline fill-ups.
The advertised range of battery electric vehicles varies by model from about 84 miles (Nissan LEAF) to 265 miles (Tesla Model S). Each driver's experience is different. Range depends heavily on the driver's individual driving habits, weather, and environmental conditions. As a starting point, a new battery electric vehicle driver can to expect to achieve about 80% of the advertised range.
Studies show that limited range is less problematic for most battery electric vehicle drivers than they initially expected. Most drivers find their daily driving is well within the vehicle's range. On days with more driving, they use public or workplace charging during the day or swap cars with another number of their household. Many drivers become comfortable enough with the vehicle's range for a couple of days between charges.
What environmental factors could affect vehicle performance?
Ambient air temperature affects driver and passengers heating and cooling needs, requiring the use of energy, otherwise available to power the plug-in electric vehicle. In cold weather, electricity is needed to heat the passenger cabin and defrost or defog the windows plus the vehicle's battery is a little less efficient at low temperatures. In hot weather, significant electricity is needed for the air-conditioning system, although its energy use is less than that required to accelerate the vehicle and maintain highway speeds. In short, during very hot and cold weather, and in certain driving conditions such as being stuck in traffic, the range of a plug-in electric vehicle will be reduced. Automakers continue to make progress on technologies that reduce the extreme temperature effect.
Windshield wipers, headlights, and similar accessories do not have a significant effect on range and should always be used to ensure safe driving.
What sizes and styles of plug-in electric vehicles are available?
Currently, most battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are compact or mid-size cars, but manufactures plan to introduce more mid-size models as well as delivery vans and SUVs. The plug-in electric vehicle market will evolve, as has the hybrid market over the last decade. For example, today, hybrid vehicles are available in nearly every class.
Are all vehicles available for purchase throughout the United States?
It is common for manufacturers to introduce new vehicle technology slowly and methodically. Given early production limitations and the need to train and equip dealers and service technicians, manufacturers will often rollout plug-in electric vehicles in select markets, then expand availability in response to market demand and readiness. Many models are available only in California, Oregon, and some Northeast states.
How, when, and where will I charge my vehicle?
Plug-in electric vehicles can be charged from a standard 120V outlet and industry experts are calling charging stations the new household appliance. While vehicles typically come with a 120V charging cord, many owners choose to install a dedicated 240V charging station at home for faster charging. Dedicated 240V charging stations with capacities of 3kW to 7kW - about the same power draw as a residential clothes dryer or an air conditioning system - are available and can fully charge most vehicles in 3 to 8 hours, or about 8 to 12 miles per hour of charging. All vehicles except Tesla are equipped with standard J1772 connectors. (Tesla has it's own connector).
You can charge your vehicle battery any time you have access to standard outlet or charging station but you'll probably find it most convenient to charge at home. Many utilities offer lower time-of-use or special plug-in electric vehicle rates to encourage charging overnight when electricity is plentiful.
Sometimes drivers need to recharge during the day, away from home. The number of public and workplace charging stations is growing rapidly, especially in markets where plug-in electric vehicle sales are robust. Today's plug-in electric vehicle drivers can use the services of one of many subscription charging service providers, such as Opconnect, ChargePoint or Blink, and take advantage of a wide array of in-vehicle software and external smartphone apps that locate charging stations and guide them to the nearest station from their current location. Many cities and regions have proactively developed public infrastructure to support plug-in electric vehicles. In some regions, however, public charging infrastructure does not currently exist and will not likely be common for some time.
Other issues arise with charging for Multi Unit Dwellings. ,The EvStructure Company specializes in this area and helps guide property managers and BOARD OF DIRECTORS of properties .
In addition to 120V and 240V charging, commercial-grade fast charging station networks are expanding across the country - in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest, California, and elsewhere. A fast charger can charge a properly equipped battery electric vehicle to 80% full in 30 minutes or less. Not all vehicles, however, are fast charging capable. Tesla has developed its own Supercharger fast charging network exclusively to serve Tesla drivers.
What incentives are available?
The federal government offers a tax credit up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a qualified plug-in electric vehicle. Many states and even some countries offer vehicle purchase incentives and rebates. In some regions of the country, incentives are also available for the purchase or installation of a charging station. In some urban areas, plug-in vehicles are granted access to carpool lanes with a single driver. Other perks, such as free or priority parking and free charging are available in many cities. All of these incentives, which are designed to entice consumers to consider purchasing a plug-in electric vehicle, are subject to limitations and may change over time as the market develops.
What should I consider in making a purchase?
Consider driver needs and lifestyle. Plug-in hybrids, for example, provide a worry-free transition to electrically powered vehicles thanks to the back-up internal combustion engine. This eliminates concerns about running out of battery power. If you have a second place to charge during the day, typically at work, you can effectively double the electric range of your plug-in hybrid. If you have only one car, or often drive long distance, a plug-in hybrid could be a good choice.
Battery electric vehicles have much larger batteries than plug-in hybrids and can usually drive more electric miles per day. The limited range of the battery, on the other hand, requires drivers to carefully consider their driving habits. As the public charging infrastructures develops over the next few years, many areas will have sufficient locations for battery electric vehicles to charge when necessary, alleviating concerns about range. If you have a predictable commute, access to a second car for long trips, or if the idea of gasoline-free driving experience appeals to you, a battery electric vehicle could be a good choice.
Consider costs and benefits. With manufacturers’ lease options, utility time-of-use rates, and government purchase incentives, plug-in electric vehicles can be less expensive to operate over their lifetime despite costing more upfront. For more information, read EPRI publication, "Total Cost of Ownership for Current Plug-in Electric Vehicles. Updates to Model 2013 and 2014 Model Year Vehicles" (Product ID 3002004054).
Consider environmental benefits. Plug-in electric vehicles have lower emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles, even in areas where much of the electricity is generated by power plants that use fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas. For more information, read EPRI publication, Environmental Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles" (Product ID 1015325).
How can I learn more?
Explore automakers' websites for product updates and check your local electric utility website for information about plug-in electric vehicles. Other sources include
Electric Drive Transportation Association
www.electricdrive.org and www.goelectricdrive.com
U.S. Dept. of Energy Alternative Fuels Date Center
Plug in America< br/> www.pluginamerica.org
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So you've been eyeing the new models of plug-in electric vehicles and thinking about buying or leasing one. You like the idea of saving money on gasoline and doing your part to clean air. But, as a renter or condo owner, you wonder if you'll be able to charge your new car at home and what you'll need to do to convince your property manager to install a charging station.
Here are some points you might use to persuade managers to install charging.
- Charging stations will give the property a positive "green" image, which can be used for marketing.
- Charging stations can help make the property a leader in sustainable practices
- As the PEV market grows, the number of requests of charging will undoubtedly grow.
- Charging stations can provide Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points for the property.
Do your Homework
Start by educating yourself and helping your property manager understand the options.
- Demand. A resident survey is a good way to find out how many residents already have PEVs or plan to buy them. Find a link to a sample survey in the Additional Resources section
- Decision-making process. How do you obtain permission to install a charger? By law, condo property managers cannot prohibit the installation of charging, but they can set requirements and conditions.
- Logistics. Whether parking is assigned, deeded or first-come, first served, each option has its own set of considerations.
- Electrical capacity. Do resident units have their own electric meters, are they accessible from the parking area and is there spare electrical capacity? Do common area meters, such as those for security lighting or laundry rooms, have spare electrical capacity? Are new service meters needed for the chargers?
- Charging choices. There are different levels of charging and dozens of brands of equipment. The units and features your choose will depend on your specific property's requirements and will determine associated costs.
- Cost recovery. Make clear that you are willing to cover or share the cost of the charger installation
- Incentives. Some local and regional incentives for charging station installations may be available to individuals and businesses.
- Neighbors. Find other PEV advocates among your neighbors to help you present your request and to demonstrate the level of support within the community. Address neighbors' concerns.
Prepare responses to concerns that may be raised Below lists some examples.
|No one will use it.||PEV sales are growing and so is the demand for home charging. We can survey tenants to see how many currently own or hope to buy PEVs. We can start small with one or two chargers and plan to expand as needed.|
|It's to expensive.||There are many options for chargers and charging locations that can minimize cost and incentives or grants may also be available.|
|No one else is doing it so why should we?||With the PEV market continuing to grow, property owners across the county are responding to residents' requests.|
|How will this effect our electricity costs?||Some utilities offer special residential rates for PEV charging during off-peak hours. Residents could be encouraged to charge during off-peak hours if the chargers are connected to a community meter. We could charge PEV drivers a flat rate for their electricity usage (especially if using wall outlets). Depending on the building architecture, the charging station may be connected directly to the resident's electric meter.|
|How will this impact the number of parking spaces available?||Designating parking spaces for PEV charging should not impact the number of the parking spaces required by local authorities.|
Think Outside the Box
Despite your property manager's best intentions, it may be too difficult or too expensive to install charging at your multi-unit residence at this time. Other options may be available, including:
- Low-level charging. A 110-volt or low Level 2 charger may work, as well as high-power Level 2 charging, and be easier to fit into the building's electrical capacity.
- Charging at work. Workplace charging is growing rapidly, and may provide an option for drivers who cannot install charging at home.
- Car sharing. Car sharing services are purchasing PEVs and may provide a viable option.
- Third-party managers. Your property manager could contract with a third party, which would install, own and operate the charging unit. You would pay a monthly fee for the charger, which may also include access to other chargers in the provider's network.
The U.S. Department of Energy says California has 1,840 electric-vehicle charging stations offering a combined 5,445 EV charging outlets. Nationwide, there are 8,514 charging stations with 20,729 EV outlets.
EV charging stations can be used by all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric low-speed vehicles.
Sophisticated EV charging stations can cost thousands of dollars, but Auburn-based ClipperCreek Inc. touts a 240-volt version starting at $395. Costs to charge a plug-in vehicle vary widely. Some plug-in stations are free; some charge monthly/annual fees (as low as $20-$30 a year) for access to EV networks; others list low hourly rates.
To find maps of local, public and private charging stations nationwide and in Canada: www.plugshare.com
To compare costs of operating electric vehicles, based on your commute and access to charging stations: The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies "EV Explorer" site, at http://gis.its.ucdavis.edu/evexplorer, and the U.S. Department of Energy site:www.fueleconomy.gov
Types of EV Chargers:
Level 1 refers to an AC 120-volt household outlet, which connects to a car via a plug-in cord. It's the cheapest option, but also the slowest. Full-charge times vary by vehicle but generally take five to 18 hours.
Level 2 chargers use a 240-volt AC outlet, typically found at shopping malls, retail centers, parking garages, EV fleet operations and government buildings. Because of higher voltage, the charging time is faster, generally three to eight hours, depending on the vehicle.
Level 3 also known as high-voltage "fast DC" charging, refers to a direct battery charge that can reach 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes. Level 3 chargers typically are found at airports, commercial sites and along major transportation corridors.
Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, Bee research
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