Nissan has sold 100,000 Leaf EVs reports EV Fleet World. This milestone comes 3 years after the launch of the vehicle in 2010. It is the world’s biggest-selling pure electric vehicle.
In 2013, Americans bought nearly 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles, nearly twice as many as they purchased during 2012. According to industry estimates, the US PEV market is on track to pass the 200,000 sales milestone by spring 2014 – nearly two years before hybrid electric vehicles reached this milestone since their introduction 10 years ago. Over the last four years, the cost to manufacture advanced electric vehicle batteries has fallen by one-half. At the same time, the size and weight of PEV batteries has also been reduced by over 60%, while improving overall vehicle performance and durability.
GM Inside News gives us an update review of the Chevy Volt. The Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards ranked the 2013 Chevrolet Volt as #6 on its list of vehicles that have the lowest total cost of ownership for five years after the purchase of a new car. Only compact and subcompact cars cost less over this same period.
From Business Insider we find You Can Buy The World’s First Self-Driving Car For $US250,000, But….it looks like a golf car on steroids (with video). The Induct Navia, a driverless EV, can carry 8 passengers at 12 miles per hour.
Inside EVs tells us Malaysia is going to focus its automobile support on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles this year. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri says that the future for EVs is bright and believes that plug-ins will be the way that Government meets it target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020. The Jakarta Post notes that one policy lever being used by the Southeast Asian government is allowing a greater role for foreign automobile manufacturers in this part of the business. Malaysia is attempting to win back market share it has lost to Thailand and Indonesia.
Changes to the National Automotive Policy unveiled on Monday aim to make Malaysia the region’s energy-efficient vehicle hub by giving new manufacturing licences, grants and tax exemptions to all foreign car manufacturers that bring in cutting- edge technology in hybrid and electric cars regardless of engine capacity and the amount to be invested here.
Previously, only foreign cars with 1,800cc engine capacity and above can be produced here.
See also, CTV, Malaysia eases curbs on production of small, energy-efficient cars and Free Malaysia Today, Govt ends tax breaks for hybrid cars.
The US state of Virginia has abandoned its $100 hybrid vehicle tax according to Gas2.