UC Davis ITS study suggests hastening consumer adoption of plug-ins will require innovation on the sales side

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The SSI study captures 12 different PEV models from eight vehicle manufacturers, including GM (Chevrolet Volt); Nissan (LEAF); Tesla (Model S); Ford (Focus EV, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi); Honda (Fit EV and Accord PHEV); Toyota (Prius Plug-in and RAV4 EV); Mitsubishi (i-MiEV); and Daimler (Smart Fortwo ED). New retail approaches, including new methods for building dealer competence, could improve the PEV buying experience. XXXXX Click to enlarge.

NRC report recommends ways to overcome barriers hindering purchases of PEVs; vehicle cost, battery tech and consumer knowledge among others

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2014 Toyota Plug-in Prius (6-11 mi/11-20 km); total range = 540 mi/1001 km). The committee does acknowledge, however, that even well-informed consumers might not buy a PEV because it does not meet some of their basic requirements for a vehicle (that is, consumer information and education cannot overcome the absence of features desired by a consumer).

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Deutsche Bank Forecast sees slower transportation electrification and greater gasoline demand near-term; increased confidence in the pace and breadth of long-term shift to efficient transportation systems

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Increasing political animus towards the ethanol tax credit, which was “ begrudgingly renewed for one year in the lame-duck tax bill.” ” The team suggests that this may be the last extension for the credit. More governmental consumer incentives (rebates or tax credits) to encourage the purchase of new electrics and plug-in electrics. DB has lowered its advanced lithium-ion battery cost projection by about 30% for 2012. Click to enlarge.

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Regardless, once the $7,500 tax credit is accounted for, and the much lower maintenance costs, these should be about the same as buying a gas car, only the fuel will be less than a dollar a gallon equivalent. Buying one of these will cost about half what the Tesla Model S will cost and you can get it a full year earlier. He said Toyota’s 2010 Prius hybrid electric gets about 10 miles range on pure battery, while the planned Chevy Volt will get 40.

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Tax credit incentives are also available to consumers in the U.S. Duh, heres our $40K volt, buy it please? Toyota still has not made any money on the Prius. Another point; a Jetta diesel has near the same mileage as a Prius and the Jetta Blue TDI will exceed the Prius.

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In a flurry of electric vehicle activity, three back-to-back announcements this week have placed a spotlight on Oregon’s plans to be the friendliest state in the nation in which to build, sell and buy electric cars. Next post States’ Proposals for Gas Taxes Sputter 11 Comments 1.