Developers of an upscale Los Angeles apartment renovation project have announced their environmentally forthcoming convergence in-the-making is the nation’s first to “pay for on-site electric car charging.”
Called The Elysian, the 96-unit, eight-tale project is a through revamping by Linear City of the formerly vacant Metropolitan Water District (MWD) building and 20 level 2 chargers are installed with room for additional expansion.
Tenants must pay for the parking spots which range from $100 per month for outdoor, to $150 per month for indoor, but regardless whether they park a Hummer or a Tesla Model S, electricity for plug-in cars is no extra charge.
“The lack of chargers in apartment buildings is one of the largest obstacles to widespread electric car adoption,” said Linear City partner Yuval Bar-Zemer. “If we can prove that our paradigm makes sense in the market place, then we are in no doubt that other developers will follow suit. We want free EV charging for renters to be seen as a standard amenity.” Read more
Cadillac has sold 115 ELRs since six cars were delivered in December ahead of its official January 2014 launch, and to prime the pump, it’s offering incentives.
The car is already eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit and state benefits, as the case may be, but GM is offering a $699 lease with $4,499 due for new-to-GM customers who qualify also for a $1,500 cash allowance.
On top of that, and as we’ve reported previously, the first 1,000 customers will get a free 240-volt Bosch home charging station. The charging equipment comes with an installation credit up to $3,000.
This offer was received via e-mail today.
Last year before its launch, Cadillac’s marketers said they did not expect a lot of sales, but any ambiguity as to whether this is a direct competitive offer against the Tesla Model S has since been cleared up.
Cadillac media rep Brian Corbett answered to our inquiry of Cadilllac’s consumer site screening a cross-comparison chart between the ELR, Tesla Model S, and BMW 4-Series Sports car.
“It’s an electrified luxury sports car that uses the EREV technology from a full-line luxury automaker with hundreds of dealers provided service and maintenance from coast to coast in the US. So there’s really nothing like it,” wrote Corbett in an e-mail last month. “But we consider Tesla a competitor given its price point, EV technology, customer base and interior and exterior design.”
Cadillac’s “Poolside” ad has also stirred up heartstrings – and ideological sensibilities. We’ve seen around the ‘Net lots of praise heaped on Cadillac and condemnation of “liberals” who object to the ad.
At the same time even media outlets known for a aptly-leaning worldview have not been entirely kind to the “Poolside” ad, while in other cases some have.
As for whether the ELR and its 115 sales are coming close in the market to Tesla, no pundit is needed to answer that one: Tesla has sold an estimated 2,700 units in the U.S. since January.
Toyota’s Prius has loomed above the U.S. hybrid sales landscape ever since it and Honda’s Insight ushered in the hybrid era in 2000, but of late, the Prius has been losing some of its lion’s share.
Redesigned in 2009, and launched in the U.S. in 2010, for the past few years the third-generation Prius – now called the “Liftback” – made respectable year-over-year increases over its already outsized share, but 2013 saw it decrease slightly, and it’s still declining.
Meanwhile the rest of the market is growing at in this area the rate at which the Liftback previously did, and Ford’s Fusion Hybrid and C-Max are among the most notable stars with triple-digit percentage gains.
The Camry Hybrid, a direct competitor for the Fusion Hybrid, and redesigned in 2011 for 2012, was also down for 2013 by 2.6 percent. The Prius v was down 14 percent and Lexus CT200h was down 14.7 percent.
Year-end totals tell the tale. Prius was down, so were others, but it matters more when the Prius carries the weight of the next four combined. Redesigned Avalon Hybrid was up indicating buyers are still worthwhile its new design.
Even though during 2013 the Prius and other Toyota and Lexus hybrids fell back from respective positions, the Japanese automaker’s cars carried nearly two-thirds of the entire U.S. hybrid market but now they’re down to 58.5 percent share.
The Prius and other Toyota and Lexus models stand to more severely swing the “take rate” – or market share of the total passenger vehicle market.
All by itself, the Prius commanded over a quarter of the total hybrid market for 2013. This it did despite a 1.6 percent decline for 2013 while the rest of the hybrid market saw 14.1 percent year over year progression.
The Prius is still number one, but by a less vital margin, and last month it was down 30.8 percent compared to February 2013.
The Prius has had its ups and downs before, but as of February, the take rate for the entire hybrid car market was down more than half a percentage point from where it had been last year to 2.57 percent.
When you are only working with 3 percent more or less, a half a percentage is a sizable amount.
The hybrid market is experiencing what could be called a gradual correction, and some might say it’s healthier to have more models contributing than one giant, and a bunch of distant followers.
Losing Its Luster?
We expect when a fourth-generation Prius Liftback is released in 2015, it will rebound, but we questioned Toyota for its perspective.
Toyota ID three reasons why Prius Liftback sales have flattened out, and are now declining. Read more
Mitsubishi brought to Geneva two PHEV concepts that were originally unveiled November 2013 at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show: the Concept XR-PHEV and the Concept GC-PHEV
The Concept XR-PHEV (XR for “X (cross) over Runner”) is a C-Segment crossover concept using Mitsubishi Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) powertrain in a adjoin-wheel drive layout. Mitsubishi stated this concept blends SUV functionality with sport sports car design – a astute expression of pouring pleasure.
The Concept XR-PHEV uses a lightweight adjoin-wheel drive PHEV system derived from the system used to power the Outlander PHEV.
In this new configuration, Mitsubishi said this PHEV powertrain is made of a 1.1-liter in-line 3-cylinder MIVEC turbocharged gasoline engine; a release (instead of two for the Outlander PHEV) 120 kilowatt lightweight, compact and high-efficiency electric motor with a high-boost converter at the adjoin; and a high-room 14 kilowatt-hour battery under the stump. Mitsubishi added the boost converter increases motor and generator output and efficiency.
100 percent EV pouring is possible through use of the concept’s Battery Charge Mode or Battery Save Mode.
The Concept GC-PHEV (GC for “Grand Cruiser”) is a full-time 4WD full-size SUV concept, fitted with an advanced plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) powertrain.
Mitsubishi stated right to a long line of 4WD Mitsubishi vehicles that started in 1936 with the PX33, the Concept GC-PHEV expresses Mitsubishi’s contemporary vision for a generous, robust and powerful SUV able to pamper its passengers in utmost safety over all sorts of terrains for work or leisure, with the lowest possible environmental impression.
The Concept GC-PHEV is said by Mitsubishi to feature a plug-in hybrid electric system to grant the level of powerful, solid and nourishing pouring encounter expected from a full-size SUV, yet with the lowest possible environmental impression taken for granted today.
In this case, the PHEV powertrain is made of a 3.0-litre V6 super-exciting MIVEC gasoline engine, a clasp, an 8-speed automatic transmission, a 250 kilowatt electric motor and a 12 kilowatt-hour battery. The battery is installed under the rear cargo stump for better adjoin/rear weight distribution.
As with the Outlander PHEV, this new PHEV system automatically switches automatically between pure EV Mode and Hybrid Mode(s) depending on pouring conditions, remaining battery charge and other factors.
Originally introduced with Lancer Evolution and then extended to Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi Motors’ advanced Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system – working mainly by controlling torque distribution to and braking effort at each wheel – has been optimized for the Concept GC-PHEV to grant handling that accurately reflects driver intent together with rock-steady vehicle stability.
Mitsubishi clarified in this new application, S-AWC is based on a full-time 4WD system including a rear differential and an Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential (LSD) at the adjoin, adding another Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential in the centre as well as an Electric-Active Yaw Control (E-AYC) unit at the rear. The latter uses torque from the electric motor to precisely control torque distribution to each rear wheel, providing brilliant vehicle stability.
Furthermore, low range – to be used off road – is obtained through a centrally-mounted Sub-Transmission unit, acting as transfer case.
Will this be another one for the record books?
Yesterday a person called only “Sam” who has chosen to not identify as male or female defied odds by completing the first half of a cross-country journey in a 60-kilowatt-hour Tesla Model S using only Tesla’s Supercharger free stations.
The successful first half of the trip in progress was estimated by Sam at 3,800 miles. It started in Hawthorne Calif. at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 1, and “Sam” arrived at Virginia Beach, Va., 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 5.
Sam then paused for some sleep and is now in process of returning the same way – chirping and blogging and interacting with Tesla fans as the challenging journey progresses.
The tough part is this: Disparate the 85-kwh versions rated at 265 miles range, the 60-kwh Model S is EPA rated at 208 miles importance it might not have made it given the stretches between some of the stations. Any waste of energy could reduce this estimate, and conversely pouring carefully and using as modest juice as possible can extend the range. Read more
This week Tesla Motor reported it would open 30 new stores and service centers in Europe while it expands its Supercharger arrangement to make way for increased Model S sales in global markets.
The American electric automaker, which Americans are still learning in this area, said on Tuesday it expects this year to sell double the number of cars to Europe and Asia, having begun sales in some countries already.
This spring aptly-side drive Model S versions will be made available in the UK, and Tesla has already reported some successes in Germany, Switzerland, and elsewhere.
In January, Tesla reported Superchargers now connect Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich as well as from Germany to Amsterdam, Zurich, and Innsbruck.
“By the end of Development 2014, 50 percent of the German population will live within 320 km of a Supercharger,” said Tesla in Januar. “and 100 percent of the population will be covered by the end of the year.”
Last year Tesla sold 22,477 units globally, and most were to the U.S.
Plans for China are also in the works, as this too promises a growing market.
Tesla has said it will not scratch on the price, saying this is a do other automakers participate in, but it would refrain.
Instead, the China Model S sedans would be priced the same as in the U.S. but with import duties and taxes added, as well as shipping costs.
Tesla’s stock price is hovering in the $253 range today.
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $1.4 million has been awarded to six companies working on new technologies to improve the grid and battery and energy storage.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said this funding will help develop working prototypes that exhibit the skill of these advanced energy storage systems to diversify transportation fuels.
“Investing in New York’s cleantech economy will revolutionize the way we store and transfer energy while making jobs and supporting our state’s clean energy businesses,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help to start new opportunities for manufacturers and researchers around the state to commercialize their products, help the environment by reducing energy use, and eventually continue to grow our state’s green economy.”
Funding is provided through the NYSERDA and New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium Bench-to-Prototype solicitation.
These are the recipients who are involved in transportation: Read more