Tesla Model S Exempt From License-Plate Fees In Shanghai (Up To $15,000 In Savings)

The Tesla Model S — now available for purchase throughout much of China — is exempt from the very expensive fees and costs associated with getting a license plate in the city of Shanghai, according to recent reports. The process of getting a license-plate in China typically involves time, money (sometimes as much as $15,000), […]

Tesla Model S Exempt From License-Plate Fees In Shanghai (Up To $15,000 In Savings) was originally published on EV Obsession.

EV Incentives Effective, Especially When Diverse


A new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows quite clearly the huge differences in EV incentives around the globe. And also the pronounced differences in the effectiveness of some of the programs.

From sales-tax exemptions, to purchase rebates, to income-tax credits, to free-parking, it seems like good incentives for EV adoption can be found nearly everywhere nowadays — but which of these are the most effective?

That’s part of what the new report set out to find, but it’s a hard question to answer. One thing very clear in the report, though, is that a combination of many different incentives seems to be the most effective, as is clearly visible in strong EV markets like Norway and the Netherlands.

While total plug-in vehicle sales growth worldwide has been quite substantial in recent years (sales in 2013 were near double those of 2012, which were double those of 2011), much of that growth has been limited to the markets that have the strongest incentives. For instance, the previously mentioned EV haven of Norway. With the large tax breaks available in the country, it’s quite often cheaper to buy an EV than it is to buy a gas-powered car — which would on its own be enough to influence most buyers, but then there are also a number of other good incentives available — parking and roadway perks mostly — making the big EV sales in the Northern European country make a ton of sense.

In 2013, plug-in vehicles made up 6% of Norway’s total vehicle sales — a number that will very likely climb in 2014. The Netherlands is right in the same league, with plug-in vehicles representing 5.6% of total vehicle-sales. California is as well, with plug-in vehicles making up 4% of total vehicle sales last year. All these regions utilize a varied combination of incentives.

Contrast this with a country like Germany, where the incentives on offer just aren’t that substantial and EV sales are quite weak.

Of course there are also markets where incentives are quite good but sales still aren’t that great, like the UK.

GreenCarReports notes:

There, plug-in cars account for only 0.2% of total vehicle sales. That’s despite a strong £5,000 subsidy (almost $8,500, at current exchange rates) per vehicle, exemption from the country’s CO2-based vehicle taxation system, and exemption from London’s CO2-based congestion charge scheme.

But, generally speaking, the findings of the report are that strong, varied incentives support sales quite well, but that they need to be well suited to their particular market.

For example, in countries with relatively high sales tax and vehicle registration fees (the Netherlands), exemptions from these fees can be strong sales drivers. Or in regions with substantial traffic problems (like LA), access to carpool lanes can be.

For more information on the reasons behind the high-demand in Norway, see our previous coverage that discusses the tax-breaks on offer, the road privileges, the free parking; the high taxes on gasmobiles; actual EV user findings on the top incentives; the highly developed charging infrastructure; and the opinion of Nissan’s head of corporate planning for Europe.

And for the most recent information on the fast-growing market — which saw nearly 1500 EVs sold just in a march — see: Norway’s Insane March Plug-in Car Sales

EV Incentives Effective, Especially When Diverse was originally published on EV Obsession.

Tesla Hiring For Move Into 2nd Manufacturing Facility?

Tesla Motors is planning to expand into a second facility in California — in Lathrop, about 52 miles northeast of the Fremont facility — according to recent reports. The company has apparently already been granted building permits to modify a 431,000-square-foot ex-Chrysler facility located in the area. From the looks of it, the company is […]

Tesla Hiring For Move Into 2nd Manufacturing Facility? was originally published on EV Obsession.

Biggest Bus & Taxi Order Ever For BYD

A record-setting new order of electric buses and taxis was recently received by the fast-growing manufacturer BYD. The deal for the order — for 2,000 long-range, battery-electric transit buses and 1,000 long-range, pure-electric cars (taxis) — was signed just this last week by the Mayor of Hangzhou, Hongming Zhang. When you hear the city name […]

Biggest Bus & Taxi Order Ever For BYD was originally published on EV Obsession.

BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Is Ready For The Big Test

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… the consumer demand test.

Series production of BMW’s battery-electric BMW C evolution maxi-scooter has now begun at the company’s Berlin plant. The electric scooter — which is BMW’s first to be mass produced — began development back in 2011, as the BMW E-Scooter concept.

The storage modules used in the BMW C Evolution are, interestingly, the same as those used in the i3 — as such, these will be supplied by BMW’s plant in Dingolfing.

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Image Credit: BMW

Speaking about the beginning of series production, Plant Manager Dr Marc Sielemann stated: “We are very proud to herald the launch of electric vehicles in the two-wheeler segment, the BMW Group here in Berlin. We anchor the topic of electric mobility production in Berlin BMW plant. In addition, the BMW C evolution fits perfectly into the activities of the showcase region for electric mobility Berlin-Brandenburg.”

The press release from BMW provides more:

The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. The rated power output is 11 kW (15 hp), with a peak output of 35 kW (47 hp). This enables the C evolution to achieve a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph, electronically limited) and gives it better acceleration than some maxi-scooters powered by engines with displacements of 600 cc or more.

The 8 kWh air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery allows the two-wheeler to cover a range of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) before it needs to be charged from any domestic mains supply. When plugged in to a standard 220V domestic socket with a 12A charge current, recharging fully from empty takes around 4 hours (with 220V / 16A = 3 h).

Interesting take on an electric scooter. I’m not too convinced that it’ll be commercially successful, though. I guess that we’ll just have to wait and see. Not that long off now.

Image credit for images in gallery at top: Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica (CC BY-SA license)

BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Is Ready For The Big Test was originally published on EV Obsession.

BMW i8 Specs

BMW i8 specs are out, demand is higher than initial planned production, and the price is still super high. The highly anticipated 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is nearly here — production on the first units of the hybrid vehicle began recently, with the pace expected to soon begin gearing up rapidly in preparation […]

BMW i8 Specs was originally published on EV Obsession.

The Commute-Case — An Electric Scooter/Briefcase Transformer For $6000 Dollars…

If you’ve ever wanted a briefcase that can transform into an electric scooter (like a Transformer ), well, then you’re now in luck. Green Energy Motors Corp is now offering just such a scooter/briefcase. Looks like your dreams have come true — if you have $6000 dollars, that is…. (For those genuinely interested, there is […]

The Commute-Case — An Electric Scooter/Briefcase Transformer For $6000 Dollars… was originally published on EV Obsession.

Lithium-Air Batteries Take Step Forward

The technology of lithium-air batteries continues to move forward — with recent work by researchers from Mie University in Japan showing that one of the primary issues with the technology can be effectively addressed — improving the design, to limit the damage caused at the lithium/water interface, without decreasing the battery power. Their new findings […]

Lithium-Air Batteries Take Step Forward was originally published on EV Obsession.