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May 03, 2013
American Planning Association Honors Luskin Center PEV Plan


May 15, 2012
By Ayala Ben-Yehuda and Colleen Callahan
As battery technology improves and vehicle makers introduce new products, cities are becoming the testing…


 The Path of Least Resistance: An Introduction

September 22, 2013
by Brett Williams

In “Managing EV Expectations,” I tried use a few facts characterizing the early markets for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to clear up some of the misconceptions about how well, or not, the commercialization of PEVs is going. Since that time, dramatic (perhaps unsustainable?) price cuts in the Nissan LEAF and odds-exceeding performance by startup Tesla have injected additional adrenaline into PEV markets. With the success of these two all-battery models making the first half of 2013 shape up more like 2011 than the plug-in-hybrid dominated 2012, it may seem an odd time to focus on the latter, more “incremental” product category, which lacks the “beyond oil” glam motivating certain hard-core PEV early adopters and market movers. But I believe there is still an underlying market dynamic that is both worth understanding and worth capitalizing on for those truly interested in maximizing the penetration of electric-fuel vehicles and the benefits of their use. So I am going to go out on a limb in a series of related blogs, and see if I like the view or not.

To start, below are a few thoughts adapted from comments I made at the Interagency Working Group Forum on the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan, hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group on 6/7/13.

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2013 plug-in electric vehicle sales thru August exceed total 2012 sales (PEV sales analysis updated thru Aug 2013)

September 11, 2013
by Brett Williams
An update is now available on the EV Initiative‘s Market Dynamics page.This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 131,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through August 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads represents nearly $5.1 billion in gross revenue and is capable of using its over 2.9 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 8.6 million EPA-rated electric miles each time it recharges.

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