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March 24, 2014
by Brett Williams As part of a legislative briefing in Sacramento hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a new presentation now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Market Dynamics page characterizes the market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) thru the end of February 2014. It includes updates to information posted previously characterizing the first three years of the “post-modern electric-vehicle era,” along with up-to-date characterizations of PEVs currently on the...
December 09, 2013
By Brett Williams December 2010 marked the launch of what I call the “post-modern” electric-vehicle era (the original era being around the turn of the 20th century, and the modern era beginning in the 1990s.) With the advent of plug-in hybrids and the re-commercialization of all-battery vehicles, this new era of "plug-in electric vehicles" (PEVs) is now well underway. After three years on the market (thru November 2013), roughly 160,000 light-duty PEVs have been sold in the U.S. [please see...
October 25, 2013
by Brett WilliamsWith U.S. and California plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) commercialization underway, the state continues to forge a path forward, incentivizing increasing numbers of PEVs, more all-electric vehicles, and big batteries. As sales increase and serious incentive and other investments are being made, examining supportive policies for their effectiveness over time is increasingly important. This blog provides some background for that effort by: discussing the state’s zero-emission-...
October 23, 2013
Three positions are currently available for UCLA students interested in working for the Luskin Center for Innovation's Electric Vehicle program, one each to help:1) analyze workplace-charging opportunities and charging-station profitability/cost recovery,2) analyze Zero Emission Vehicle sales in California, and3) assemble a roadmap for Transportation Electrification Curriculum Development in southern California.For more information, please see: http://innovation.luskin.ucla.edu/content/...
October 07, 2013
by Brett WilliamsAn update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of nearly 140,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through September 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads represents nearly $5.4 billion in gross revenue and is capable of using its nearly 3.1 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive nearly 9.2 million EPA-rated electric miles each time...
September 22, 2013
by Brett Williams In “Managing EV Expectations,” I tried use a few facts characterizing the early markets for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to clear up some of the misconceptions about how well, or not, the commercialization of PEVs is going. Since that time, dramatic (perhaps unsustainable?) price cuts in the Nissan LEAF and odds-exceeding performance by startup Tesla have injected additional adrenaline into PEV markets. With the success of these two all-battery models making the first...
September 11, 2013
by Brett Williams An update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 131,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through August 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads represents nearly $5.1 billion in gross revenue and is capable of using its over 2.9 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 8.6 million EPA-rated electric miles each time it...
August 05, 2013
by Brett WilliamsAn update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 120,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through July 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads represents over $4.6 billion in gross revenue and is capable of using its over 2.6 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 7.9 million EPA-rated electric miles each time it recharges...
July 08, 2013
 An update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales of over 112,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through June 2013. The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads is capable of using its nearly 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 7.3 million EPA-rated electric miles each time it recharges. What are the best-selling PEVs in the U.S.? Cumulative...
June 27, 2013
by Brett Williams By the end of 2012, there were over 26,000 light-duty PEVs on California roads representing $1 billion in gross revenues… A new resource is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page. This presentation includes facts and figures characterizing the California registration[1] of over 26,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) during the period 12/1/2012 thru 12/31/2012. This cumulative PEV fleet on California roads is capable of using...