manufacturers introduced new electric and plug-in electric vehicles at
the New York Auto Show. At the same time Tesla launched the Model
3. We are approaching the moment in which EVs will join the mass
The target is to have an
electric vehicle with approximately 200 mile range and a price of
The New Electric
Chevrolet Bolt is the
first to reach the target of 200 mile and a price of $30,000, it will be
available later this year.
This week Tesla finally
unveiled the expected Model 3 which is designed with the same objectives of
the Bolt. The price is set at $35,000 and the range is 230 miles. Tesla
says they already received 130,000 reservation.
TESLA MODEL 3
Hyundai launched the
Ionic with 3 models: a pure EV with 110 mile range, a plug-in hybrid with 25
mile range and hybrid version just like the original Prius.
All electric vehicles
enjoy the $7,500 federal tax credit and the State tax credit which varies
from $0 to $5,000 depending on the State.
New Plug-In Hybryd Vehicles
Volvo presents the T90
and the XC90 both plug-in hybrid with approx. 25 mile range and a very
powerful 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo gasoline engine.
Toyota introduced the
all-new Prius Prime with a new attractive design and overall better
performance for batteries and engine.
BMW displayed a full
range of Plug-In Hybrid cars and SUVs that will line up next to the i3 and i8
The Series 3, Series 5,
Series 7 and X5 are all available with a plug-in hybrid options.
Also Porsche featured
the Panamera and the Cayenne with a plug-in Hybrid option.
Nissan Leaf has now a
larger battery pack option to reach 110Mi.
As you can see this year
the auto show has a larger participation of EVs compared to last year when
oil prices were almost double of the current prices. This means that
EVs are now more main stream.
During the Hyundai press
conference, the auto maker reported on the results of of a market analysis on
what drivers want to see in an EV. Frankly there are no big surprises but it
is important that now the car manufacturers are listening:
design, electric does not mean ugly
use, designed for all not just techies
confidence, add more charging stations
Many of the models shown in New York meet these requirements.
CARLOS GOSHN, CEO
Carlos Goshn was the keynote speaker at the breakfast
conference, just before the official opening of the NYAS. He gave an overview
of the results of Nissan-Renault Group, their commitment to electric vehicles
and their charging infrastructure. In the next 2 years we see
an acceleration of the introduction of more appealing and cost competitive
EVs which will attract a much broader consumer base. The stricter emission
regulations forcing the car manufacturers to offer more efficient engines and
the lower cost of the lithium batteries will move the EVs from the niche to
the mass market.