Electric Cars 2012

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Has the Electric Car Failed?

Monday, 31st, 2012

Don’t checks your mouth cash.

That’s what my used to tell me when I got a too cocky as a kid. And while I it when he would tower me and say that to me, as an adult I’ve those words on a number of

Particularly when doing visits and meeting with CEOs trying to pull a one (which, by the way, happens than you might imagine).

In any a few weeks ago I told you about the fuel economy shortcomings in new C-Max hybrid.

The Detroit claims the crossover SUV delivers 47 but tests conducted by Consumer only found the vehicle 37 mpg. And a number of other analysts have reported fuel economy shortcomings as

Although I’m a fan of the vehicle’s and think 37 mpg isn’t completely for such a car, the bold 47 mpg is definitely going to come to bite Ford on the ass.

line: Management wrote a its mouth couldn’t cash.

The is Done

Last week we Richard Pitkin of Roseville, filed a lawsuit that the new C-Max hybrid has not delivered fuel economy claims. is demanding the automaker reimburse him and owners the purchase price and sales of vehicles purchased in

Although a Ford spokesman he could not discuss pending I can assure you, Ford is to pay big time for this.

Of course, folks believe that if can replicate its fuel economy for the EPA, then the fallout may not be so but I don’t buy it.

Even if the company can replicate fuel economy claims, the has already been done. And frankly, in “real world” I suspect most folks going to get close to 47 mpg. If a few miles off, no big deal.

But if closer to what Consumer indicated, Ford is going to to adjust its marketing tactics on one fast.

In the meantime, it looks Toyota’s Prius V, the comparable station wagon, could back into the limelight for car buyers.

There has been in the way of fuel economy backlash on the 40/44 mpg fuel economy.

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Reality Strikes

While and electric car enthusiasts have to message boards and blog to share their thoughts on fuel economy fallout, Bob former General Motors VP, took to the pages of Forbes to off about the future of electric

His post is probably one of the most pieces I’ve read on vehicles all year and it’s to enrage both overzealous car supporters and muleheaded electric car

We should, I guess, have it coming. After years of hype surrounding the imminent of electric vehicles, (wherein all be they battery companies, the government or EV startups, got roundly on their own wine), we now see all the revelers up to a colossal hangover.

Reality, that pernicious that keeps nastily into dreams and theories, has once again.

Fond visions of millions of EVs plying the highways while sales of gasoline cars languish been replaced by the facts of low prices, abundant oil supply, EV prices, dire straits for EV like Fisker and Coda, and outright Chapter 11 for A123, the government’s high-tech battery and showcase for the Department of Energy’s in the “clean fuels” arena.

So, happened? Where and when did the come off? The answer is And the wheels aren’t off, just turning slowly.

The vehicle market is moving as I have consistently predicted.

I always maintained that EVs will have a limited until there are cars for $30,000 with a reliable range. Extended-range EVs (EREVs), the Chevrolet Volt, overcome the problem, but at a steep price (The only segment I see fast adoption of extended-range EVs is in pickups, sports utilities and because their gasoline use so much fuel that the of an EREV version will save money almost day one.)

I have steadfastly maintained by 2020, EVs, EREVs and hybrids might account for 10% of the market, or about 1.5 million We’re a long way from now.

Ultimately, of course, the will be populated by EVs only, and I that prediction frequently. is, nobody quite seems to “ultimately,” or can’t or won’t it.

There are amazing similarities the “dot-com bubble” of the nineties and the bubble” of today. In both mindless, even dogmatic was rewarded by harsh financial

We never seem to learn! the media always seem to their role in keeping us

What a great way to sum up a year in

To a new way of life and a new generation of wealth.


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