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October 09, 2013
Matt Kahn poses question while welcoming collaboration during IOES/Luskin Seminar UCLA professor Matthew Kahn kicked off this year’s IOES/Luskin seminar series with a call for collaboration. As a micro economist, Kahn began his talk with an overview of the value that his field can provide to natural scientists who are thinking about the policy implications of their scientific work. He grouped the relevant work of micro economists into two categories, while emphasizing the importance of the...
June 20, 2013
PEV sales analysis updated through May 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 nearly 104,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through May 2013. Notable trends include: * There are now “officially” over 100,000 PEVs on U.S. roads, based on publically available sales data. [This threshold was reached earlier if counting: the ~6...
May 10, 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 96,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through April 2013. Notable trends include: * The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads is capable of using its 2 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive nearly 6 million EPA-rated electric miles before recharging. * Over 37,000 Chevy Volts are...
April 06, 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 near 90,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through March 2013.Notable trends include:* The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads is capable of using its nearly 2 million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 5 million EPA-rated electric miles before recharging.* Over 35,000 Chevy Volts are now...
March 05, 2013
by Brett WilliamsAn update to a new resource 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 80,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through February 2013.A couple of notable trends:* The addition of the Ford Fusion Energi marks the fifth major plug-in-hybrid EV to enter the market (not counting the Fisker Karma, for which sales data is not publically available). *...
February 19, 2013
by Brett WilliamsOn January 31st, the Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a blueprint for its EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, an initiative with the goal to make plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs[1]) “as affordable for the average American family as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.” The blueprint incorporated feedback from workshops with invited experts—including myself and Luskin Center Director JR DeShazo. It includes goals for batteries, electric-drive systems,...
February 18, 2013
by Brett WilliamsA new resource is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV Initiative's Market Dynamics page:Are EV sales really disappointing?  That may be a matter of expectations (more on this later).  But what are the facts so far?  Soon there will be over 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on U.S. roads.  And by some measures, PEVs are off to a much better start than gasoline-only hybrids were a decade ago.  U.S. PEVs represent $3 billion in...
December 13, 2012
by Brett WilliamsThe BMW i8 is a plug-in-hybrid concept that can drive for hundreds of miles (20 of them on electricity alone) and go from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds. BMW hopes to release the vehicle in 2014, but the price will probably exceed $100,000. 
October 15, 2012
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 The UCLA Luskin Center’s Electric Vehicle & Alternative Fuel Initiative Director, Brett Williams, has been invited to Yokohama, Japan to address “Smart City Week 2012,” an international conference and exhibition.  Dr. Williams’s talk, entitled “Plug-In-Vehicle Battery Secondary Use: Vehicle-to-Grid and Distributed Energy-Storage Value” will take place on October 31, 2012 (http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/scw/2012/english/conference/professional/s7.shtml). Other Smart City Week...