New Zealand Is Making Plans For The First EV-Only Island


Cities and countries around the world are looking to ban diesel and gas-powered cars. However, something unusual is happening in New Zealand. According to the New Zealand Herald, “A plan to transform Waiheke Island into the world’s first electric vehicle-only residential island… sparked into action.”

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Above: A look at Waiheke Island (Image: Wikipedia / Ingolfson)

An advocacy group, Electric Island Waiheke, has announced plans for an island-wide switch to EVs. The group’s spokesman, Vern Whitehead said, “Waiheke has some of the dearest petrol in New Zealand and this is hurting the most vulnerable families in our community.”

Whitehead adds, “Our vision is to transition the island to cheap clean electric energy for all vehicles and equipment by 2030, becoming the first major residential island in the world to achieve this goal. Waiheke is tailor-made for EVs with its limited roading network and short distances being travelled by tradies and commuters every day. On Waiheke the road runs out before your power does.”

Above: Waiheke Island group pushes to become world’s first island to have all electric vehicles (Source: 1 News Now)

“We all know the eco benefits that having zero emission, non-polluting vehicles will bring, but our vision is also economic – for Waiheke to have the lowest overall cost of transport in New Zealand,” notes Whitehead.

And it’s not just advocacy groups pushing for electric cars. Politicians all across New Zealand are getting in on the action too. In another NZ city, Whanganui, CleanTechnica reports that their district councillor “Hadleigh Reid recently purchased a Model S, one of several hundred Teslas in New Zealand.” Reid says, “I advocate for EVs when possible and where appropriate.”

Above: Whanganui’s district councillor, Hadleigh Reid, and his Tesla Model S (Image: CleanTechnica via Hadleigh Reid)

Last year, “it was reported that he and another councillor, Josh Chandulal-Mackay, were working to bring an EV charger to Whanganui.” Reid notes, “The 2012 Health and Air Pollution in New Zealand (HAPINZ) report found that harmful emissions from vehicles cause 256 premature deaths (with social costs of $934 million) annually in New Zealand… [so] I was shocked. Why are we not doing more about this in NZ?! We should be investing at least $1b a year to combat this to save the country $1b each year.”


Source: New Zealand HeraldCleanTechnica; Video: 1 News Now

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Tesla reduces prices in the US as tax credit starts to phase out, Model 3 now starts at $44,000

With the start of the new year, Tesla buyers in the US now don’t have access to the full $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles, but the automaker appears to have compensated by reducing the price of all its models in the US. more…

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Source: Charge Forward

A Look Back At The Plug-In Electric Cars Models Offered In The U.S.

Average sales is now at roughly 7,300 per model per year

Here is a quick look at the number of plug-in electric car models offered on the market in the U.S. in particular years since December 2010. Only mainstream models are included.

According to our data, by the end of November 2018, each year the choice is wider (including retirement of some models), although we must honestly admit that nationwide coverage is not necessarily the case for many models, so the graphic should be considered as the best case scenario for California and maybe a handful of other states.

Number of mainstream plug-in car models on the market in the U.S.

In December 2010, only two models were available – Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF, joined by Mitsubishi i-MiEV in 2011.

Since then, the market expanded to over 40 models, including many compliance or low-volume cars, that were since discontinued.

Average annual sales of plug-in cars (per model) in U.S.

Because many manufacturers put on the market compliance plug-ins to get some credits, the average sales result per model per year didn’t change much and even dipped in 2015 to just 4,300. Selling just several thousands cars per year is not a business, at least if you are not in the high-end segment.

Thankfully, in 2018 the average increased a lot thanks to the Tesla Model 3 (average of over 82,000 per year during its 17 months on the market and 114,532 in the past 11 months). Hopefully, it will be an example for other manufacturers to sell many EVs and profit on the volume.

* the results are low partially because some new models entered the market during the year, while some other were discontinued before the end of the year.

Number of mainstream plug-in car models on the market in U.S. – details

2010 – 2 (2 new)

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Nissan LEAF

2011 – 3 (1 new)

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2012 – 9 (6 new)

  • Ford C-Max Energi
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Tesla Model S
  • Toyota Prius PHV
  • Toyota RAV4 EV

2013 – 16 (7 new)

  • Cadillac ELR
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Fiat 500e
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Honda Accord PHV
  • Porsche Panamera PHEV
  • smart ED

2014 – 22 (6 new, 2 retired during the year)

  • BMW i3
  • BMW i8
  • Mercedes B-Class ED
  • Porsche Cayenne PHEV
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

Honda Fit EV, Toyota RAV4 EV retire.

2015 – 27 (7 new, 2 retired during the year)

  • Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
  • BMW X5 xDrive40e
  • Hyundai Sonata PHEV
  • Mercedes S550e
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Tesla Model X
  • Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV

Honda Accord PHV, Porsche 918 Spyder retire.

2016 – 31 (6 new, 1 retired during the year)

  • BMW 330e
  • BMW 740e
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Mercedes C350e
  • Mercedes GLE 550e
  • Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius PHV retire.

2017 – 42 (12 new, 3 retired during the year)

  • BMW 530e
  • Cadillac CT6 PHV
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Honda Clarity Electric
  • Honda Clarity PHEV
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric
  • Kia Optima PHV
  • MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Volvo XC60 T8 PHEV
  • Volvo S90 T8 PHEV

Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Spark EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV retire.

2018 (November) – 43 (4 new, ? retire)

  • Mercedes GLC 350e
  • Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Kia Niro PHEV

Source: Electric Vehicle News

GAC Completes Factory With Production Capacity For 200,000 EVs

The factory is there, now it’s time to achieve BYD’s production levels

GAC Group (the parent company of GAC Motor) has completed its all-new production plant for New Energy Vehicles with first-phase capacity for 200,000 cars annually.

The Chinese manufacturer spent 4.7 billion yuan (US$ 680 million) on the investment, which began in September 2017. The goal for the later term is an expansion to 400,000 per year.

The production will start in May 2019. GAC intends to launch two new all-electric models per year “to enrich its product line and provide consumers with multiple options”.

The first model to be Aion S, while the second for now remains unknown.

“The future of vehicles is electric, global, online and sharing, which highlights the importance of automated driving technology. GAC Group has started its own R&D of self-driving technology since 2011. The Aion S, featured Level 2 partial automation driving system, will be released in 2019, and will also be the first mass-produced new energy vehicle model used for developing Level 4 high automation driving system. A new vehicle model developed by GAC Group and featured with Level 3 conditional automation driving system will be put into production in the near future.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Faraday Future settles dispute with investor, but it’s not out of the woods

Faraday Future, once seen as the main EV startup, had a tough 2018, but it announced that it closed out the year by settling its dispute with its main investor.

Though it doesn’t mean that it’s out of the woods just yet. more…

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Source: Charge Forward

Happy New Year—2019

Looking Ahead While Looking Back

Optimism does triumph, at least in the early part of a new year. Two Januarys ago we led with a photo of the just-revealed Lucid Air as a promise of the future EV. That sleek machine is still working its way toward production, albeit much more slowly than originally anticipated.

new EVs

New EVs like the Jaguar I-Pace are hitting the road

Last year we led with an image of the brand-new Tesla Model 3, which envisioned a year of smoothly ramping up to mass production. Well, it didn’t go that smoothly, but when the final tally for December is announced in a few days, that one model will account for more than one-third of plug-in vehicle sales for the year, probably ending the year at around 135,000 units sold. It didn’t happen without a significant amount of pain, but the accomplishment is real, and Tesla still claims to have hundreds of thousands of additional orders waiting to be filled.

Now comes the hard part, sustaining and building sales, finding new converts to the quiet power of an EV. This year several new plug-ins are promised as the major automakers accelerate their electrification moves. The new Porsche electric, the Taycan, is rumored to be sold out. Porsche parent company Volkswagen, which does know how to mass produce automobiles, supposedly has a low-cost entry-level VW EV on the way based on the sophisticated technology visible in our lead photo. Electric trucks will continue to make their way into the market, finding niches where they make economic sense today.

Technology Focus

We’re going to be hearing more about other technology—advanced driver assistance systems that are edging our vehicles towards autonomous driving. The connected nature of the automobile is going to continue to accelerate.

Formula E racing

We expect to see more electric racing in 2019

On the other hand, the old ICE is not going away quietly. It continues to improve and offer the range and fueling convenience that remain the benchmark for the personal automobile. We’ll test them all this year and give you a full dose of reviews and news put together by Clean fleet Report’s experienced staff.  

I’d say sit back and enjoy, but I think what we really would exhort you to do is get out there and experience as much of this great new technology as you can. We’ll be here to alert you to the latest and greatest that comes along, as well as alert you to the hype that is not worth your attention. We’re expecting a very busy and happy new year, and we’re glad you’re along for the ride.

Happy 2019!

PS—We’ve got some surprises coming early in the year, so grab the wheel and buckle up!

Source: Electric, Hybrid, Clean Diesel & High-MPG Vehicles

24M raises $21.8 million to accelerate SemiSolid battery development

24M semisolid lithium-ion

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based 24M has raised $21.8 million in Series D funding, which it will use to accelerate production of its SemiSolid lithium-ion cells for the EV market. Ceramics manufacturer Kyocera and global trading firm Itochu led the financing round. Previous investors, including North Bridge Venture Partners, also participated.

24M introduced its SemiSolid battery design in 2015, and has since used its own pilot facility to advance its cell design and production readiness. The company’s next goal is to bring its approach to battery manufacturing to global scale.

24M’s SemiSolid process uses electrolyte as the processing solvent, which the company says eliminates capital- and energy-intensive steps such as drying, solvent recovery, calendaring and electrolyte filling. 24M uses differentiated cell designs to reduce the need for inactive materials (copper, aluminum and separator), resulting in lower manufacturing costs.

“We’ve been working diligently to advance our innovative technology and manufacturing process to address both the low-cost grid market, and, more recently, the high energy-density requirements of the EV market,” said 24M CEO Rick Feldt. “We recognize the importance of a high-performance, low-cost solution to a market moving towards regional production, and are ready to scale our cells and manufacturing process.”


Source: 24M

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Polish city of Poznań orders 21 Solaris electric buses

Solaris Bus & Coach has secured an order of 21 electric buses from transit operator MPK in its home city of Poznań, Poland. The 15 articulated and 6 standard length buses are to be delivered by February 2020 at a total price of around 70 million złoty ($18.5 million).

The new buses will be fitted with Solaris High Power batteries – the 12-meter Urbinos will have 116 kWh battery packs, and the articulated units will have 174 kWh packs.

The e-buses will charge by means of a roof-mounted pantograph, and will also have plug-in charging sockets on both sides of the bus, in order to facilitate the simultaneous recharging of several vehicles.

The buses will be served by three charging sites. MPK plans to set up two new charging stations, one of which will feature two double-stand pantograph chargers, enabling the simultaneous recharging of four vehicles. Power capacity of up to 560 kW will enable the buses to continue making their rounds after only a few minutes of charging.

Each bus features a roof-mounted photovoltaic cell system and LED lighting inside and out, in order to reduce energy usage.

Solaris has supplied more than 100 battery buses to buyers in Poland, and almost 90 more such buses have been commissioned.


Source: Solaris Bus & Coach via Green Car Congress

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine