Re: [alternativeenergy-35] Fwd: Plug-in sales accelerating - Test drive the new Fords

From: Steve
Sent on: Thursday, November 22, 2012 11:44 AM
Here's another Electric Vehicle coming from GM:
 
 
The car itself appears to be nothing spectacular, but the BIG news is in the last paragraph of the article:
 
"a new North American “fast-charging” standard, approved in October. In special charging stations equipped with the technology, a driver could power 80 percent of the battery in 20 minutes"
 
So, that's it!  Once a network of these charging stations gets established, it's bye-bye range anxiety!  And the fact that it is the approved standard for the entire continent GREATLY increases the odds of the network being established.
 
 
Steve Barbie
 

Sent: Thursday, November 22,[masked]:20 AM
Subject: [alternativeenergy-35] Fwd: Plug-in sales accelerating - Test drive the new Fords


As goes California, can Arizona be far behind?

Join the Sierra Club Energy Committee next Tuesday night for a presentation by Ford and the chance to drive the new Ford C-MAX as well as the all-electric Ford Fusion.

Tuesday, November 27, 
 6:00 p.m.
Quality Inn, 2nd floor conference room
202 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix (map)

Ford has developed electric technology and recently launched the all-new Focus Electric vehicle. In the spring, it will be launching the CMAX Hybrid and the CMAX Plug-In Hybrid. This is your chance to get behind the wheels of these cars to experience them.The presenter will also have digital interactives with which you can learn how driving an electric vehicle can save you money as well as reduce your carbon footprint.

Hope to see you there.

Jon

San Diego Union Tribune - New plug-in cars catching on

By Morgan Lee, November 16

 Sales and leases of plug-in vehicles in California continued to accelerate in October, likely topping 2,000 autos for the first time.

 The October estimate comes from the California Center for Sustainable Energy, which administers the state's zero-emission vehicle program, providing up to $2,500 toward purchases and three-year leases.

 The center received 1,820 rebate applications during the month of October, its highest participation to date.

 Actual sales figures are higher, however, because of a lag in application submissions and the fact that some buyers never apply. Energy center Transportation Program Manager Mike Ferry said the trend is linked to more affordable leases on plug-in cars that incorporate a federal tax credit.

 "For the last three months we've seen pretty much a 30 percent increase in month-over-month sales" of zero-emission vehicles, Ferry said.

 California is encouraging residents the adoption of low-pollution vehicles in an effort to reduce endemic smog and meet its goals for carbon emission reductions. The state's electrical grid depends on a relatively clean mix of power generation, weighted toward natural gas, nuclear power and -- increasingly -- renewable energy.

 The Chevy Volt remains the state's No. 1 selling plug-in car. It is is being challenged by a new plug-in version of the Prius and, starting in December in San Diego, the plug-in Ford C-Max Energi, which is sized along the lines of the Prius V.

Honda is rolling out an all-electric 2013 version of the Fit, starting with leases in California and Oregon. Prices for a base version of the all-electric Leaf sedan are expected to fall early next year after Nissan starts manufacturing in Tennessee.

More than 50,000 plug-in vehicles are on the road nationwide.

 

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Jon Findley

"I cannot understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones..."  --Nicola Tesla




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