EV adoption: University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute just published a study finding that recent advancements and improvements have positioned battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to become more competitive with conventional gasoline powered vehicles. A new report written by Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak of University of Michigan, finds a few market forces driving change. With prices of the vehicles coming down and the cost of the electricity used in charging remaining low and stable, coupled with rising interest among car shoppers and an increasing number of charging locations, plug-in electrified vehicles are becoming more competitive for replacing convention vehicles for most U.S. drivers in the relatively near future.
Tips on ride and drives: Clean Cities just published an article examining how constructive ride and drive events can be for communities. They offer an opportunity for participants to experience the latest plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs), and can benefit organizations and event attendees. With more PEV models now available, many organizations are highlighting the technology by hosting a local ride and drive. One reason of the four states that outdoor events are highly visible and give you the opportunity to showcase your organization. You can also gain access to Ride and Drive Kit, a step-by-step guide for hosting a PEV experience.
SF Motors comes to America: A new electric car startup has come to America, this one backed by a Chinese vehicle manufacturer. Chinese company Sokon is in the process of launching SF Motors, with its headquarters office in Santa Clara, Calif., and a development facility in Ann Arbor, Mich. Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard will be part of launching the new SF Motors brand, which will be manufacturing and selling its own electric passenger vehicles. The parent company, Chongqing Sokon Industry Group Co., offers Sokon vehicles with internal combustion engines and fleet applications – small utility trucks, vans, and buses. More will be revealed in the next few months on SF Motors and its vehicle lineup.