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February 07 2018

20:38

Polestar 2 and 3 Arriving In 2020, 2022

New info says that the next models from Polestar will be arriving at dealers in 2020 and 2022. Unlike the Polestar 1, they’ll be fully-electric, not hybrids.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath set out the roadmap while speaking with Auto Express. The Polestar 2 will be a compact electric sedan, targeting Telsa’s Model 3. Ingenlath said to expect a price of around $50,000. That car will launch in 2020. Like the name says, it will be Polestar’s second stand-alone model since the performance automaker diverged from Volvo’s main line.

“We are not saying it’s a Tesla killer, we are here to vividly compete with them in the market. We will launch Polestar 2 in the second half of 2019 and production will begin around the start of 2020,” he said.

SEE ALSO: America Will Be Among First Markets for Polestar 1

Two years after that, a new crossover will arrive. Ingenlath called the Polestar 3 “an SUV with a low, aerodynamic silhouette.”

The Polestar 1 coupe and the new SUV will both be built at a new assembly facility in Chengdu, China. The sedan is expected to be the big selling model, selling more than 50,000 per year. That means that it needs a bigger plant, and where it will go hasn’t been decided.

A version of this story originally appeared on Swedespeed

[source: Auto Express]

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20:21

Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

Electric cars are becoming increasingly mainstream and they’re getting better and smarter in terms of tech and fuel economy.

Last year, 2017, was the best year on record for electric vehicle sales. Almost 200,000 electric cars found a home somewhere in the U.S. and with more automakers offering electric cars, we can expect sales to keep growing.

As with any alternative to the gasoline-fueled vehicles, there are both clear benefits and a few shortcomings. Here are some pros and cons of electric cars:

Pros

Gentler on the Environment: Driving an electric car means you will be driving a vehicle that produces zero emissions. With the impact of global warming becoming larger by the day, you would be doing your part in ensuring a cleaner environment for everyone and also creating a less polluted world for future generations to come. EVs also run silently, so there’s also less noise pollution.

Less Wear and Tear: Electric vehicles are propelled by batteries and do not require a mechanical engine to run. In addition, all the other mechanical trappings that come with an internal combustion engine are not needed in an electric car. This eliminates costs associated with things like spark plugs, oil filters, certain pumps, valves, and other associated engine components that can increase long-term costs. Battery maintenance is would be an EV driver’s main concern.

Ideal for Urban Driving: For city dwellers, stop-and-go driving is a norm. Gas-powered cars perform more efficiently on the highway, but electric vehicles excel in city driving. If you live in the city, having an electric car makes a lot of sense.

SEE ALSO: Hyundai Completes 118-Mile, Level 4 Test Drive of its Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Save on Fuel Costs: It costs less to run a car on electricity than it is to on fuel. The cost per mile of running on electricity is significantly less than with gas and you can easily charge your vehicle right in the comfort of your own home without needing to visit a station of any kind. Many workplaces and shopping centers also offer free charging.

Cons

Infrastructure Limitations for Charging Stations: One of the major problems that plague electric car owners is the ability to easily charge a vehicle in rural areas. Long road trips will be a challenge to plan out and rural areas don’t have as many charging stations as cities do. This also poses a problem for condo/apartment dwellers in cities who don’t have access to at-home charging. The lack of easily accessible charging areas and the resulting range anxiety can make driving an electric car quite stressful.

Inconsistent Range Issues: Every electric car has an estimated total driving range set by the manufacturer and the government, but that figure is notoriously difficult to achieve in real-world driving conditions. The official range was achieved by an expert driver with immense patience and in perfect conditions that don’t reflect what drivers encounter in the real world. Weather, for example, plays a big role in driving range: In cold weather, the range can drop by as much as 40 percent. EVs might not be the most logical choice for people who have to deal with cold winters. Also, EVs perform better when a gentle touch is used – heavy-footed drivers will get far less range.

ALSO SEE: Tesla to Partner with Semi Truck Customers for Charging Station Development

Total Range Still Limiting: Even with the best-in-segment 335 miles of total range offered by Tesla’s Model S 100D, that figure still does not compare to the total range offered for a typical gasoline four-cylinder vehicle on a full tank of gas, which averages around 370 miles. Apart from that Tesla, the rest of the electric car segment all have a range between 100 to 278 miles on a full charge, making the prospect of driving an electric car for day-to-day activities daunting and possibly problematic. Most people don’t need that much range, however, with the average commuter driving about 30 miles a day.

Can Be Quite Pricey: Electric vehicles can still demand a price premium over comparable gas vehicles. Although there are several government rebates and tax credit discounts available to consumers, the initial above average asking price for an electric vehicle may be out of reach for the typical buyer looking for some value in their vehicle purchase.

A version of this story originally appeared on AutoGuide.com.

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18:49

Tesla to Partner with Semi Truck Customers for Charging Station Development

New insight has been revealed regarding Tesla’s initial plans to build electric charging stations for its semi-truck operators.

According to Reuters, Tesla will collaborate with buyers Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and UPS to oversee the construction of on-site charging terminals at each respective company. After that, the goal is to build a charging station network in strategic areas, particularly along major distribution points served.

In the beginning, each company intends to deliver loads along shorter routes within the Semis’ battery range.

No word yet on how each company plans to cover costs, as well as total building estimates and who would be responsible for what during the manufacturing process.

SEE ALSO: UPS Delivers Tesla Semi Order

Both Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch have issued statements on its plans.

“What was important to us was to make a big investment in this cutting-edge technology and secure our place in line,” said James Sembrot, senior director of supply chain at Anheiser-Busch.

“We have a lot of in-house capability around energy and engineering … and certainly Tesla brings their expertise to the table on energy and charging,” said Mike O’Connell, senior director of supply chain or Frito-Lay Noth America, PepsiCo’s snack arm.

As of the time of this writing, Pepsi has reserved 100 Tesla semis, Anheiser Busch has pre-ordered 40 semis, and UPS has claimed 125, becoming early adapters shortly after the Tesla Semi’s unveiling in mid-Nov. 2017. Other companies in Tesla’s pre-order list include Walmart, J.B. Hunt, Meijer, DHL Supply Chain, and Canadian supermarket chain Loblaw.

The Tesla semi’s projected production date is in 2019.

Reuters

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18:48

Seven-Seater 2018 Lexus RX 450hL Demands $4,925 Premium

Pricing for the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL was announced at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The seven-seater, three-row hybrid crossover will be priced from $51,615 including destination when it arrives dealerships this April. That makes it $1,550 more expensive than the RX 350L all-wheel-drive model, and $4,925 compared to the standard RX 450h. The model comes standard with second-row captain’s chairs, along with leather-trimmed seats, driver seat, side mirror and steering wheel memory, and Lexus Enform Safety connect and Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.

Powering the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL is a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine combined with two high-torque electric motors, providing a total system output of 308 horsepower.

SEE ALSO: Lexus Will Bypass Building Plug-In Hybrids In Favor of EVs

The new three-row variant of the popular Lexus RX crossover originally made its debut earlier this year at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Compared to the standard Lexus RX, body length is extended 4.3 inches at the rear to accommodate the third row. The Japanese automaker also used a steeper tailgate window angle, helping ensure more headroom for third-row passengers.

There’s also an available Luxury package that offers comfort for drivers and passengers by adding semi-aniline trimmed seats, interior LED ambient illumination, manual rear door sunshades, laser-cut Gray Sapele wood trim with aluminum, 20-inch alloy wheels with machined finish, and selectable color inserts, heated wood steering wheel, and more. The Luxury package costs $3,935 additional.

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18:48

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch to Partner Up on Self-Driving Robo-Taxis

Mercedes-Benz and mega-automotive supplier Bosch have indicated plans to test self-driving robo-taxis this year.

According to Bosch chief executive Volkmar Denner, as told to German weekly publication Automobilwoche, both brands will introduce robo-taxi testing on actual streets, which will incorporate Level 3, 4, and 5-autonomous vehicles, without providing any detail on timeline, method, and location.

“Apart from highly autonomous level 3 vehicles we will also bring fully autonomous vehicles – level 4/5 – to the streets in the foreseeable future,” said Wilko Stark, vice president of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz Cars strategy. “The big difference to other competitors is that we are conceptualizing our vehicle as a robo-taxi right from the beginning and not as a technology-kit mounted on a serial vehicle. We will not have a makeshift solution.”

SEE ALSO: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Critiques Tesla for Past Promises

Daimler’s latest announcement only intensifies the arms race between technology-supplier partnerships and standalone technology companies to introduce self-driving solutions on roads.

In late Jan., Google’s Waymo announced its 25th self-driving test location, Atlanta, where it plans to operate its fleet Chrysler Pacificas after more than 4-million logged miles of self-driving. Recently, Apple also increased the number vehicles in its self-driving Lexus RX450h SUV fleet to 27, some of which have already started trekking around San Francisco, Calif. neighborhoods.

Other brands making commitments include ride-hailing giant Uber and Didi.

Automobilwoche

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18:47

Hyundai Completes 118-Mile, Level 4 Test Drive of its Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Hyundai has announced a successful 118-mile (190 km) self-drive of its Level 4 autonomous fuel cell electric vehicles from Seoul to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Fiest unveiled at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, its fleet set out on its journey on Feb. 2, comprising of two Genesis G80s and three Nexo SUV-based vehicles. This trip marks Hyundai’s claim as the first level 4 trek by a fuel cell, autonomous vehicle.

The fleet traversed through the country’s expressways, cruising while conducting lane changes, passing other cars, and entering through South Korean’s Hi-pass toll gate system, mimicking as much non-autonomous vehicle highway activity as possible. Navigational challenges also included passing through tight toll gate spaces and the use of external sensors to map position while cruising underground tunnels without the help of GPS.

During the self-drive, the vehicles relied on an extensive technological stack, including a number of cameras, LiDars, and sensors. Level 4 autonomy is a National of Highway Traffic Safety Administration-classification that states vehicles in this class as “designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip” within the “operational design domain” of the vehicle, a term partially meant to convey it does not cover every driving scenario.

SEE ALSO: Hyundai, Kia Bringing EVs to India

“Hyundai’s philosophy for developing autonomous driving technology is to provide the highest level of safety combined with a high standard of convenience that our customers expect,” said Jinwoo Lee, head of the Intelligent Safety Technology Center at Hyundai Motor Group.

Other equipped features include 5G capacity, video calling, voice-controlled “assistant chat” technology, a rear-seat passenger health monitoring system, and “Home Connect” Hyundai’s car-to-home technology platform that mimics internet-of-things functions, allowing drivers to operate devices in their smart homes.

Hyundai’s NEXO is based on its latest fuel cell electric technology, incorporating a claimed 500-mile range of a single charge with only a five minute refuelling time. To date, Hyundai claims hundreds of thousands of self-driven miles travelled, all of which have collected data using the open environment to better improve its self-driving capabilities.

Look for the commercialization of its Level 5 autonomy to hit the market by 2030.

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18:45

Nissan, Infiniti Adding Six EVs in Five years

Nissan is getting four EVs, with two more going to Infiniti over the next five years.

That’s according to Toshihiro Hirai, Nissan’s VP for powertrain and EV engineering. He detailed the plans to Automotive News.

The six electric vehicles are part of the 12 planned vehicles shared between Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi by 2022. That multiyear plan was announced by Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of the alliance between the three automakers.

Hirai didn’t say if the new electrics would be cars or crossovers, just how many and how they would be distributed. He also said that the six would be full EVs, not hybrids like Nissan’s new E-Power system.

SEE MORE:  Infiniti’s First Electric Car To Arrive in 2021

The E-Power is Nissan’s range-extended hybrid, like the Chevrolet Volt or BMW i3. That system was introduced on the Nissan Note in Japan last year.

Hirai did not clarify exactly which EVs would arrive when, but Infiniti has already said that that brand’s first EV would arrive in 2021. That info surfaced last month when Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa talked about the company’s electrification plans.

Saikawa said at the Automotive News World Congress that Infiniti was planning to add more electrified and electric vehicles to the lineup. The goal is for electrified vehicles to make up more than half of the company’s sales by 2025. Infiniti would accomplish that by electrifying its entire lineup, starting in the year 2021.

Automotive News

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18:31
2018 Honda Accord vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata: Compare Cars
17:58
2018 Tesla Model 3 preview
15:30
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11:00
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February 06 2018

15:30
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February 05 2018

20:36
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15:30
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14:29

January 2018 Dashboard

The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market.

Overall sales for January were up slightly from a year ago. Of course, January sales were well below December since automakers seek to meet annual sales goals in December, so January is like an after math by comparison. The same is true for hybrid and electric vehicles as the weather does not favor these vehicles and those trying to cash in on tax breaks (plug-in hybrids and electrics) often try to close the sale by the end of the year. Plug-ins and full electrics are up modestly from a year ago on the strength of new products, while hybrids were down slightly. Diesels showed strong growth.

Sales for full electric vehicles were up from January of last year based upon new product with the Model 3 leading the way. In fact, the Model 3, for the first time, leads the category which should continue going forward. However, sales in January were only 1,900 units (estimated), up from 1,050 in December. While that seems like a strong increase, volumes remain well below Tesla’s plans. If Tesla meets its announced production plan for the first quarter, it will be producing 2,500 a week by the end of March. Clearly, the January results are well below those plans and major progress will be necessary to meet the March goal and the June goal (5,000 a week). The Bolt crossed the 3,000 mark in December, but fell back significantly to under 1,200 units. While sales of electric vehicles generally drop in January, this drop is unusual and sales volumes in the next few months will be an important indicator of demand. The Model S and X both had modest months, in large part due to the focus of Tesla’s efforts on ramping up the Model 3. The Leaf had another modest month, but new versions are finally in showrooms so volumes should increase in coming months.

SEE ALSO: December 2017 Dashboard

Plug-in hybrids in January were up from last January, but of course are well below December. The Volt was down significantly in January at less than half the fairly consistent level of recent months. The Prius Prime led the category with sales close to 1,500 units. January brought three new entries to the category: the Kia Niro Plug In, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug In, and the long-delayed but now available Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In. The Niro and Ioniq are based off the same platform, while the Outlander is a long-awaited crossover in the plug in category. The vehicle has been available in Europe and Asia for years, and after many delays is now available in the U.S. However, Mitsubishi’s brand positioning in the US is modest, so that may negatively affect sales of the Outlander.

The good news is that the Prius Liftback led the hybrid category for the month of January. The bad news is that it sold just over 4,000 units. If we add the Prius c and Prius v, the total increases to 5,400 units which is far below the level of the Prius in prior years. Of course, there is much more competitive product now, both in the hybrid category and in plug ins. The RAV4, Fusion, Niro, and Camry follow the Prius among the hybrid vehicles. Toyota continues to pace the category on the strength of the RAV4, Camry, and Highlander. While sales were obviously down from December, the drop in hybrid sales was in line with the drop in total sales.

In the diesel category, the Transit Van leads the category, followed by the Ram Pickup. Volumes for both of these vehicles are estimated, and volumes for the Ram are still depressed as the vehicle only returned to the market in recent months after an agreement with the EPA. FCA will continue to build the current vehicle while gradually ramping up a new version of the Ram. Both the old and new versions are expected to be available with the EcoDiesel engine. Volumes for other vehicles are rather modest and include a small number of VW and Audi products that have been certified for sale after being modified to meet emission requirements.

January 2018 Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Hybrids sold in the U.S. (January 2018): 22,017
Hybrid Take-Rate: 1.91%

U.S. Hybrid sales for January 2018

Mfr Model 1-18 Sales vs. 12-17 vs. 1-17 CY 2018 CY 18 vs 17 CY 2017 Current Month US Share Toyota Prius Liftback 4,011 -25.7% -11.9% 4,011 -11.9% 4,553 18.22% Toyota RAV4 3,502 -27.7% 20.8% 3,502 20.8% 2,898 15.91% Ford Fusion Hybrid 2,519 -39.6% -48.1% 2,519 -48.1% 4,856 11.44% Kia Niro Hybrid 1,630 -32.0% 3781.0% 1,630 3781.0% 42 7.40% Toyota Camry Hybrid 1,621 -44.4% 30.9% 1,621 30.9% 1,238 7.36% Toyota Highlander Hybrid 976 -39.2% 70.9% 976 70.9% 571 4.43% Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 902 8.8% N/A 902 N/A - 4.10% Toyota Prius C 811 -15.0% -29.0% 811 -29.0% 1,143 3.68% Ford C-Max Hybrid 709 -27.7% 49.9% 709 49.9% 473 3.22% Toyota Prius V 625 -11.6% -18.5% 625 -18.5% 767 2.84% Lexus RX 400 / 450 h 583 -39.7% 31.6% 583 31.6% 443 2.65% Kia Optima Hybrid 492 -51.1% 116.7% 492 116.7% 227 2.23% Honda Accord Hybrid 487 -58.0% -71.5% 487 -71.5% 1,711 2.21% Toyota Avalon Hybrid 477 7.0% 6.5% 477 6.5% 448 2.17% Lexus NX Hybrid 458 -37.3% 155.9% 458 155.9% 179 2.08% Buick Lacrosse Hybrid 454 725.5% 2422.2% 454 2422.2% 18 2.06% Hyundai Sonata 381 -29.8% -64.9% 381 -64.9% 1,085 1.73% Nissan Rogue Hybrid 362 -10.0% N/A 362 N/A - 1.64% Lexus ES Hybrid 258 -53.0% 6.6% 258 6.6% 242 1.17% Lincoln MKZ 213 -57.0% -54.4% 213 -54.4% 467 0.97% Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid 165 -55.4% -51.3% 165 -51.3% 339 0.75% GMC Sierra Hybrid 143 -29.2% N/A 143 N/A - 0.65% Acura MDX Hybrid 94 -58.8% N/A 94 N/A - 0.43% Acura RLX Hybrid 60 -13.0% 445.5% 60 445.5% 11 0.27% Acura NSX Hybrid 34 -39.3% -32.0% 34 -32.0% 50 0.15% Infiniti Q50 Hybrid 27 -51.8% -78.9% 27 -78.9% 128 0.12% Honda CR-Z 8 -57.9% -91.0% 8 -91.0% 89 0.04% Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 4 0.0% -20.0% 4 -20.0% 5 0.02% Lexus GS 450h 4 33.3% -33.3% 4 -33.3% 6 0.02% Lexus LC 500h 4 -66.7% N/A 4 N/A - 0.02% Lexus CT200h 3 -66.7% -99.2% 3 -99.2% 393 0.01% Acura ILX Hybrid - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Audi Q5 Hybrid - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (535ih) - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Buick Regal Hybrid - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 3 0.00% Chevrolet Impala Hybrid - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Honda Civic Hybrid - -100.0% -100.0% - -100.0% 16 0.00% Honda Insight - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 1 0.00% Infiniti QX60 Hybrid - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 44 0.00% Lexus LS 600h - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Mercedes E400H - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 1 0.00% Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 73 0.00% Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 13 0.00% Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 13 0.00% Total Hybrid 22,017 -31.6% -2.3% 22,017 -2.3% 22,546 Total Auto Sales 1,151,832 -27.8% 1.2% 1,151,832 1.2% 1,137,782 Overall Hybrid Take Rate 1.91% 1.91% 1.98%

January 2018 Plug-in Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Plug-in Hybrids sold in the U.S. (January 2018): 5,800
Plug-in Hybrid Take-Rate: 0.50%

U.S. Plug-in Hybrid sales for January 2018

Mfgr Model 1-18 Sales vs. 12-17 vs. 1-17 CY 2018 CY 18 vs 17 CY 2017 Current Month U.S. Share Toyota Prius Prime 1,496 -38.2% 9.5% 1,496 9.5% 1,366 25.79% Chevrolet Volt 713 -63.2% -55.7% 713 -55.7% 1,611 12.29% Ford Fusion Energi 640 -26.9% 5.6% 640 5.6% 606 11.03% Honda Clarity Plug In 594 -33.9% N/A 594 N/A - 10.24% Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In 300 N/A N/A 300 N/A - 5.17% BMW X5 261 -68.6% -0.4% 261 -0.4% 262 4.50% Ford C-Max Energi 234 -46.3% -50.5% 234 -50.5% 473 4.03% BMW 5-Series Plug in 224 -68.3% N/A 224 N/A - 3.86% Chrysler Pacifica 160 -28.3% 1233.3% 160 1233.3% 12 2.76% Kia Niro Plug In 155 N/A N/A 155 N/A - 2.67% Audi A3 Plug In 145 -46.3% -62.5% 145 -62.5% 387 2.50% Mini Countryman Plug In 127 76.4% N/A 127 N/A - 2.19% Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 113 391.3% -36.2% 113 -36.2% 177 1.95% Volvo XC60 Plug In 109 -37.4% N/A 109 N/A - 1.88% BMW 3-Series Plug in 101 -72.2% -21.7% 101 -21.7% 129 1.74% Volvo XC90 Plug In 99 -73.1% 3.1% 99 3.1% 96 1.71% Kia Optima Plug In 86 -35.8% 760.0% 86 760.0% 10 1.48% Hyundai Sonata Plug In 52 -49.5% 85.7% 52 85.7% 28 0.90% Mercedes GLE 550e Plug In Hybrid 44 -46.3% -15.4% 44 -15.4% 52 0.76% BMW i8 32 -60.0% -36.0% 32 -36.0% 50 0.55% Mercedes C350We Plug-in Hybrid 29 107.1% -86.2% 29 -86.2% 210 0.50% Volvo S90 Plug In 27 -48.1% N/A 27 N/A - 0.47% Hyundai Ioniq Plug In 22 N/A N/A 22 N/A - 0.38% BMW 7-Series Plug in 18 -73.1% 0.0% 18 0.0% 18 0.31% Mercedes S550 Plug In 13 -50.0% -76.4% 13 -76.4% 55 0.22% Cadillac CT6 6 -82.9% N/A 6 N/A - 0.10% Cadillac ELR - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 3 0.00% Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 2 0.00% Total PHEV 5,800 -45.2% 4.6% 5,800 4.6% 5,547 Total Auto Sales 1,151,832 -27.8% 1.2% 1,151,832 1.2% 1,137,782 Overall PHEV Rate 0.50% 0.50% 0.49% * Estimated

January 2018 Battery Electric Car Sales Numbers

Battery Electrics sold in the U.S. (January 2018): 6,085
Battery Electric Take-Rate: 0.53%

U.S. Battery Electric sales for January 2018

Mfgr Model 1-18 Sales vs. 12-17 vs. 1-17 CY 2018 CY 18 vs 17 CY 2017 Current Month U.S. Share Tesla Model 3* 1,900 81.0% N/A 1,900 N/A - 31.22% Chevrolet Bolt EV 1,177 -63.5% 1.3% 1,177 1.3% 1,162 19.34% Tesla Model S* 900 -81.3% -25.0% 900 -25.0% 1,200 14.79% Tesla Model X* 700 -79.4% -30.0% 700 -30.0% 1,000 11.50% BMW i3** 382 -43.2% 0.0% 382 0.0% 382 6.28% Honda Clarity BEV 203 -61.5% N/A 203 N/A - 3.34% VW e-Golf 178 -48.1% -46.4% 178 -46.4% 332 2.93% Nissan Leaf 150 47.1% -80.6% 150 -80.6% 772 2.47% Fiat 500e* 136 -32.0% -55.4% 136 -55.4% 305 2.24% Kia Soul EV 115 -43.6% -1.7% 115 -1.7% 117 1.89% Smart forTwo EV 84 -34.9% 460.0% 84 460.0% 15 1.38% Ford Focus EV 70 -38.1% 25.0% 70 25.0% 56 1.15% Hyundai Ioniq EV 49 -38.0% 1125.0% 49 1125.0% 4 0.81% Mercedes B-Class Electric 40 -64.0% -24.5% 40 -24.5% 53 0.66% Chevrolet Spark 1 -50.0% -75.0% 1 -75.0% 4 0.02% Mitsubishi i - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Total BEV 6,085 -59.3% 12.6% 6,085 12.6% 5,402 Total Auto Sales 1,151,832 -27.8% 1.2% 1,151,832 1.2% 1,137,782 Overall BEV Take Rate 0.53% 0.53% 0.47% * Estimated ** Breakdown between electric and range extended model is not available.

January 2018 Compressed Natural Gas Car Sales Numbers

Compressed Natural Gass sold in the U.S. (January 2018): 0
Compressed Natural Gas Take-Rate: 0.00%

U.S. Compressed Natural Gas sales for January 2018

Mfgr Model 1-18 Sales vs. 12-17 vs. 1-17 CY 2018 CY 18 vs 17 CY 2017 Current Month US Share Honda Civic - N/A N/A - N/A - N/A Total CNG - -100.0% - N/A - Total Auto Sales 1,151,832 -27.8% 1.2% 1,151,832 1.2% 1,137,782 Overall CNG Take Rate 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%

January 2018 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Car Sales Numbers

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles sold in the U.S. (January 2018): 270
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Take-Rate: 0.02%

U.S. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle sales for January 2018

Mfgr Model 1-18 Sales vs. 12-17 vs. 1-17 CY 2018 CY 18 vs 17 CY 2017 Current Month US Share Toyota Mirai 213 -28.0% 156.6% 213 156.6% 83 78.89% Honda Clarity 56 N/A 33.3% 56 33.3% 42 20.74% Hyundai Tucson 1 0.0% -50.0% 1 -50.0% 2 0.37% Total Fuel Cell 270 -9.1% 112.6% 270 112.6% 127 Total Auto Sales 1,151,832 -27.8% 1.2% 1,151,832 1.2% 1,137,782 Overall Fuel Cell Take Rate 0.02% 0.02% 0.01%

January 2018 Diesel Car Sales Numbers

Diesels sold in the U.S. (January 2018): 6,733
Diesel Take-Rate: 0.58%

U.S. Diesel sales for January 2018

Mfgr Model 1-18 Sales vs. 12-17 vs. 1-17 CY 2018 CY 18 vs 17 CY 2017 Current Month US Share Ford Transit Diesel* 2,629 -39.3% -3.3% 2,629 -3.3% 2,720 39.05% Ram Ram Pickup Diesel* 1,517 -29.8% 363.9% 1,517 363.9% 327 22.53% Chevrolet Colorado Diesel 554 -0.5% 13.1% 554 13.1% 490 8.23% Volkswagen Touareg Diesel 305 N/A N/A 305 N/A - 4.53% BMW X5 Diesel 216 -63.8% 730.8% 216 730.8% 26 3.21% Audi Q7 Diesel 189 -31.5% N/A 189 N/A - 2.81% GMC Canyon Diesel 181 -50.1% -21.0% 181 -21.0% 229 2.69% GMC Terrain Diesel 162 -30.8% N/A 162 N/A - 2.41% Porsche Cayenne Diesel 147 8.1% N/A 147 N/A - 2.18% Land Rover Range Rover Sport 140 -28.9% -58.6% 140 -58.6% 338 2.08% Jaguar F-Pace 125 -28.6% -61.1% 125 -61.1% 321 1.86% Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 108 -57.8% 10700.0% 108 10700.0% 1 1.60% Land Rover Range Rover Velar 102 -19.0% N/A 102 N/A - 1.51% Land Rover Range Rover 92 -22.0% -61.5% 92 -61.5% 239 1.37% BMW 3-Series Diesel 72 -62.3% -20.9% 72 -20.9% 91 1.07% Jaguar XE 41 -19.6% -22.6% 41 -22.6% 53 0.61% Jaguar XF 37 0.0% 37.0% 37 37.0% 27 0.55% Volkswagen Passat Diesel 27 -35.7% N/A 27 N/A - 0.40% Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon Diesel 23 27.8% N/A 23 N/A - 0.34% Volkswagen Beetle Diesel 20 233.3% N/A 20 N/A - 0.30% Ram Promaster Van Diesel 18 -47.1% -47.1% 18 -47.1% 34 0.27% Volkswagen Jetta Diesel 18 12.5% N/A 18 N/A - 0.27% Volkswagen Golf Diesel 4 33.3% N/A 4 N/A - 0.06% Audi A3 Diesel 3 -57.1% N/A 3 N/A - 0.04% Mercedes GL-Class Diesel 2 N/A -75.0% 2 -75.0% 8 0.03% BMW 5-Series Diesel 1 N/A -95.7% 1 -95.7% 23 0.01% Audi Q5 Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Audi A6 Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Audi A7 Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Audi A8 Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% BMW 7-Series Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% BMW X3 Diesel - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 16 0.00% Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 346 0.00% Maserati Ghibli - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Mercedes C-Class Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Mercedes E-Class Diesel - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 4 0.00% Mercedes GLS-Class Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Mercedes GLK Class Diesel - N/A N/A - N/A - 0.00% Mercedes GLE-Class Diesel - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 6 0.00% Mercedes ML Class Diesel - N/A -100.0% - -100.0% 1 0.00% Total Diesel 6,733 -32.2% 27.0% 6,733 27.0% 5,300 Total Auto Sales 1,151,832 -27.8% 1.2% 1,151,832 1.2% 1,137,782 Overall Diesel Take Rate 0.58% 0.58% 0.47% * Estimated

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Google takes Uber to court over self-driving car tech
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Toyota Breaks Sales Target for Electrified Vehicles 3 Years Early

Last year Toyota sold 1.52 million electrified vehicles globally, which exceeds the company’s internal benchmark three years ahead of schedule.

Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 targets have 2020 marked as the year the company expected to sell 1.5 million cars globablly. Both 2016 and 2017 were strong sales years, and the 1.52 million number puts it ahead internally. According to Toyota, its total 11.47 million vehicles sold have cumulatively reduced CO2 emissions by 90 million tons compared to normal vehicles.

For a reminder, here is Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 requirements;

SEE ALSO: Toyota Unveils 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Reducing global average new-vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent by 2050 (compared to Toyota’s 2010 global average)

  • Achieving annual global sales of over 30,000 fuel cell vehicles around or after 2020. In Japan, selling at least 1,000 fuel cell vehicles per month (well in excess of 10,000 per year)
  • Beginning sales of fuel cell buses in small numbers by early 2017, focusing on Tokyo; preparing to sell over 100 fuel cell buses ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
  • Achieving sales of 1.5 million hybrids annually and 15 million hybrids cumulatively by 2020
  • Reducing average CO2 emissions from new vehicles by more than 22 percent by 2020 (compared to Toyota’s 2010 global average)

“In just over 20 years, we have seen electrified new vehicle sales increase from under 500 sales to more than 1.5 million sales,” said Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president, Toyota Motor Corporation.

To help in hitting these numbers, Toyota has plans for 10 battery electric vehicles on the market by worldwide by the early 2020s and from around 2025 it expects to have an electrified version of every vehicle it sells.

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February 03 2018

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Nissan just invented the self-driving...slipper?
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