Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Here’s a good article, selected from the ton of them I see, on how to analyze the value of Tesla Motors. The author argues, as many others have before, that those who ridicule Tesla’s astronomical market cap are missing the point that Tesla is more than just a “car company.”
For what it’s worth, I agree – for all the reasons laid (more…)
Monday, July 29th, 2013
Here’s a good article that analyzes the eco-friendliness of electric transportation that makes a point that I try to emphasize in my discussions on the subject: the EV “selection effect.” The vast majority of EV buyers at this point make their decision based on their interest in protecting and preserving the environment, and are extremely likely to charge their cars with solar (more…)
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Sometime in the past week, the 100,000th plug-in electric car was sold in the U.S. That means it’s only a matter of time before a vibrant market for electric cars begins to emerge. Already, we can see a few dozen used EVs on eBay Motors—so it’s a great time to evaluate what’s on sale for the electric car shopper. (more…)
Monday, April 29th, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week issued a fuel economy rating of 119 MPGe to the Chevrolet Spark EV, making it one of the most efficient cars in the United States. The all-electric subcompact goes on sale this summer in California and Oregon. The news begs this question: What is that little “e” doing at the end of MPGe? (more…)
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
David Herron, a software engineer turned automotive journalist, owns just one car: a gorgeous red 1971 soft-top Volkswagen Karmann Ghia—converted to run purely on electricity. But he doesn’t advocate that every EV shopper embark upon a conversion project.
“These days, you can go down to a Nissan (more…)
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Here’s a conversation I’m having with a friend about the mess at Fisker, i.e., the departure of the company’s founder.
Craig: That’s incredible about Fisker. What do you make of all this?
Friend: It reminds me of John DeLorean in the 1980s and the movie “Tucker” about Preston Tucker in the (more…)
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Electric cars may present different hazards than conventional design. Recent crash tests as well as one report of a battery fire suggest that the present car design may have to be improved. Crash tests have been carried out in the well known Euro NCAP testing center on the Volt and the Renault Fluence EV that gives (more…)
Monday, November 14th, 2011
Recently many EV observers have been disappointed by pricing for two plug-in electric vehicles. First, the Toyota Prius plug-in announced a price of $32,760 (including destination charge), which is about $3,000 (more…)
Monday, October 31st, 2011
John Petersen is one of the most thoughtful critics of the electric vehicles industry. In a phone conversation I had with him a few weeks ago, he laid out a few reasons why he thinks the whole idea needs to be scrapped. Here, in his column on AltEnergyStocks.com, he further defends his (more…)
Monday, June 13th, 2011
I don’t have money burning a hole in my pocket that I can’t wait to get into the stock market, but I do think a well-timed investment in the EV space makes sense. To that end, I’m always looking for publicly traded companies that are about to enter the EV space in a (more…)