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From Econobox to Land Yacht: Upsizing Electric Vehicles for Larger Margins

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When the Toyota Prius was first introduced to the United States back in 2000 (and to Japan earlier in 1997), it set the stage for a distant future tsunami of hybrid models.  However, early hybrid models were aimed at meeting fleet fuel economy standards, and were often billed as “compliance cars,” requiring state or federal … Continue reading this entry

Recharging Electric Vehicle Incentive Limits

Recently, Representative Peter Welch of Vermont introduced legislation restructuring the planned phase out for the current electric vehicle $7500 federal tax credit.  As has been discussed in great detail in this blog, the current electric vehicle incentives begin to phase out individually for each manufacturer when that manufacturer delivers its 200,000th electric vehicle.  As a … Continue reading this entry

Carrot or Stick: Strategies Successfully Encouraging EV Adoption

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In 2017, for the first time ever, Norway registered more electric and hybrid vehicles than traditional vehicles with internal combustion engines.  Even in the United States, as of May Tesla’s Model 3 became the best selling vehicle in its segment, regardless of powertrain, beating out traditional stalwarts from the traditional German luxury marques.  However, with … Continue reading this entry

Recently Introduced Bill Takes New Approach to Reach Familiar Goal in California

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Over the past decade, California has passed sweeping legislation to cut greenhouse emissions in its efforts to slash emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.  Phil Ting, a California Assemblymember, hopes his recently introduced bill can provide a huge boost to those efforts.… Continue reading this entry

Does Repeal of the EV Tax Credit Really Matter?

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Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released their first attempt at tax reform legislation.  Buried in the proposed legislation is a repeal of the current tax credit of up to $7500 to purchasers of electrified vehicles that has subsidized early adopters of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.  The repeal would affect new … Continue reading this entry

With Electric Cars on the Horizon, the Internal Combustion Engine Fights Back

Turbulence in global fuel economy standards are putting new pressures on the automotive industry to shift its thinking on gasoline and electrification. In late July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) formally announced its upcoming reevaluation of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022-2025. Since the 1970s, NHTSA has been setting fuel economy … Continue reading this entry

Governments Pursue Legislation to Bolster Electric Vehicle Usage

Around the world, governments are considering how to spur electric vehicle adoption and usage. One area of focus is infrastructure development. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Speech included the announcement of an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The Queen’s Speech, which marks the State Opening of Parliament, identifies the laws that the government hopes … Continue reading this entry