Before you do anything else, you might love a Super Bowl ad with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Salma Hayek…



The transportation sector generates the largest share of direct greenhouse gas emission by economic sector (28%) – up 19% since 1990. Cars, pickups and SUVs are slightly more than 57% of that. As the U.S. moves to reduce its use of fossil fuels and accelerate its use of renewables, electric vehicles are inevitable. Time for us to catch up with Norway where more than 91% of new cars are EVs or hybrids!

The good news: The data are in, and US auto buyers are increasingly keen on electric vehicles.  Nearly 317,168 vehicles were sold in the U.S. in Q4 (8.1% of new car sales) of 2023. Q4 EV sales increased year over year by 40% in comparison to 2022 with Tesla taking about 55% of the EV market (down from 65% in 2022).  A record 1.2 million EVs were sold in 2023, or 7.6% of new car sales, up from 5.9% in 2022. First Q sales were also up (2.6% year over year)with 268,909 EVs sold.

It will continue to get better and here is why:

  • In August 2021, President Biden signed an executive order on Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks, which set a nonbinding target of making 50% of passenger cars and light-duty trucks zero emission vehicles by 2030. That executive order also directed EPA and NHTSA to develop standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles as well as passenger cars for model years 2027–2030. 
  • In August 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act providing lucrative incentives for car purchasers and rewards for carmakers that increase their production of EVs and move their production lines to the United States. Latest details on this IRS page.
  • In August 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order to phase out the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035 (35% by 2026, 68% by 2030). California is the largest auto market in the United States. 
  • Under Section 177 of the Clean Air Act, states must either adhere to federal emissions standards or adopt California's more stringent guidelines. Twelve states have chosen to adopt California’s standards: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
  • 17 states and the District of Columbia. as of June 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, including the Section 177 states listed above and Nevada, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Virginia all have adopted or repealed California’s standards for zero-emission vehicles.
  • Also, in October 2023 according to a recent poll a one in three Americans say it is likely that the next time they purchase a vehicle, it will be electric.
  • As of March, 2024 the EPA is widely expected to greenlight California’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates, which progressively restricts the sale of new gasoline-and diesel powered vehicles in the states, culminating in a 100% ban by 2035.
  • In April, 2024 the Environmental Protection Agency issued strict new limits on tailpipe pollution lowering the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted from a vehicle’s tailpipe. 
  • In June, 2024 The Biden administration tightened vehicle fuel mileage standards so that passenger vehicles would average 65 miles per gallon by 2031, up from 48.7 miles today and light trucks (including pickups and SUVs) would have to reach 45 miles per gallon, up from 35.1.
  • Analysts project that demand will climb to 10 percent this year. That’s in part because prices of electric vehicles are falling, making them competitive with conventional vehicles. 

There are many reasons for you to consider going electric…

  • EVs are better for the environment, producing significantly fewer emissions, and reducing air pollution as well as mitigating climate change.
  • They are as safe, if not safer than gasoline and diesel-powered cars.
  • As of June 2024, long-range EVs now cost less to purchase than the average new car in the U.S. 
  • They are cheaper and easier to maintain, with fewer parts, no engine, no oil, less brake wear and parts that require little or no regular maintenance. According to Consumer Reports, you can expect to save between $6,000 to $12,000 i over the life of an EV compared to owning a comparable gas-powered vehicle. Some details: typical maintenance items on EVs include the cabin air filters that keep outside dust and particulate out of a car’s heating and air conditioning system, brake pads, tire rotations, wheel alignment, windshield wipers, shock absorbers, ball joints; and battery coolant (Tesla considers its fluid good for the life of the vehicle). Regenerative braking systems found on EVs and some hybrids use resistance from the electric motors to slow the vehicle, so brake pads don’t see as much use as they would in a gasoline-powered car. Replacing a battery costs between $6,500-$12,000 unless within warranty (typically 8 years and 100,000 miles) in which case no extra cost.
  • More EV charging stations are popping up …as of March, 2024, more than 61,000 Level 2 or fast chargers across the country. The U.S. is on track to install 1.2 million public chargers by 2030. Map here. If you own a Tesla or own a business that wants to install a Tesla supercharger, check this out.
  • Charging away from home will get easier and faster.  Because of the 2,234 Tesla supercharger stations (with 25,156 Superchargers) already extant, owned and maintained by Tesla, a number of car manufacturers are making adapters available in their 2024 cars so that they can take advantage of Tesla’s NACS system. By 2025, their vehicles will come equipped with the standard so that their drivers can seamlessly plug in to, without an adapter, the Tesla network. Ford and General Motors signed on first, swiftly followed by Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Genesis, Nissan, Fisker, Honda, Kia, Lucid, Mini, Jaguar, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Mazda, Stellantis,  Volkswagon, Porsche and Toyota. This matters because of the reliability and speed of these superchargers. Other automakers are also getting into the charging business. A group of seven major car manufacturers announced last year that they plan to open 30,000 of their own charging stations across the U.S. in the near future under the Ionna brand name.
  • Driving cleaner. It is useful, when thinking about making a transition to electric, to think about the whole process, from manufacturing to disposal. EVs produce roughly half of the climate-changing emissions of a similar gasoline car by the end of their lifetimes -- from the manufacturing of their batteries to their ultimate disposal or reuse. In a recent Forbes article covering this, it was concluded, after viewing numerous studies (including The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) report in July 2021) that battery-electric vehicles have the lowest lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. And, the article contended that, as the electric supply “greens” --with solar and wind power being added to the mix --it will only get better.
  • There are potential rebates and tax credits with purchase, federal tax credits of up to $7,500 for a new car and $4,000 for a used car, and potentially also from the states.  

Car and Driver ranked the best 2024 EVs after testing 400 vehicles -from major car manufacturers including Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, Subaru, Hyundai, Fiat, and General Motors. Could be useful as you do your research.

Because there are occasionally wait times for the purchase of an electric car, you might want to check out Drive Green (particularly if you live in Massachusetts or Rhode Island). Valuable.

And, finally, there is, of course, litigation from the oil industry (petition filed on June 13,2024) pushing back on the EPA’s fuel emission standards.



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It’s cheaper to own an electric vehicle than a comparably sized and equipped gas-powered one, according to a new study from Atlas Public Policy that estimates the cost of ownership over a seven-year period. The…
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Carmakers Are Still Sorting Out Europe’s EV Charging Issues

By Albertina Torsoli   03/14/24  
Automakers bringing new electric vehicles to market in Europe are virtually united in common gripes — not about consumer demand or government subsidies, but about issues with plugs. Ford Motor Co., for instance, is rolling…
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What’s behind the rapid increase in car insurance rates

By Elisabeth Buchwald   03/13/24  
A lot has changed in the time since Gerald Ford was president and Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple. But here’s something that hasn’t changed much: the pace at which car insurance rates are…
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Chart: Gas-powered cars are losing market share to EVs and hybrids

By Dan McCarthy   03/01/24  
It’s been a messy few months for the U.S. electric vehicle market, but take a step back and the trend is crystal clear: Conventional gas-burning vehicles are on their way out. Last year, traditional internal-combustion…
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Apple to Wind Down Electric Car Effort After Decadelong Odyssey

By Mark Gurman   02/28/24  
Apple Inc. is canceling a decadelong effort to build an electric car, according to people with knowledge of the matter, abandoning one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the company.
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Apple cancels decade-long electric car project, source says

By Stephen Nellis and Shivansh Tiwary   02/28/24  
Apple (AAPL.O) , opens new tab has canceled work on its electric car, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, a decade after the iPhone maker kicked off the project. The move…
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China’s Electric Vehicles Are Going to Hit Detroit Like a Wrecking Ball

By Robinson Meyer   02/27/24  
It happened very quickly, so fast that you might not have noticed it. Over the past few months, America’s Big Three automakers — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the oddly named company that owns Dodge,…
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Investors Flee Tumbling EV Upstarts Once Hailed as ‘Next Tesla’

By Esha Dey   02/24/24  
There was a time when the backing of some of the world’s deepest pockets and the mere ambition to sell electric cars was enough to inspire confidence in the stocks of upstarts Rivian Automotive Inc.…
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South Carolina Welcomes Multibillion Dollar Electric Vehicle Projects, Even Though Many Echo Trump’s Harsh EV Critiques

By Marianne Lavelle   02/24/24  
On their way to a groundbreaking last week for a massive new electric vehicle plant, designed for the rebirth of an iconic American brand, guests first had to walk past a phalanx of vintage Scout…
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Switching to electric vehicles could prevent millions of illnesses in US children by 2050, report estimates

By Jen Christensen   02/21/24  
Hundreds of infants’ lives would be saved and millions of children would breathe easier across the US if the nation’s power grid depended on clean energy and more drivers made the switch to zero-emission vehicles,…
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For Michigan’s Economy, Electric Vehicles Are Promising and Scary

By Peter S. Goodman   02/20/24  
Last fall, Tiffanie Simmons, a second-generation autoworker, endured a six-week strike at the Ford Motor factory just west of Detroit where she builds Bronco S.U.V.s. That yielded a pay raise of 25 percent over the…
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The Big Miss on Electric Cars Is Remaking Europe’s Auto Industry

By Albertina Torsoli and Others   02/20/24  
Volkswagen, Renault and Stellantis are thinking the unthinkable, exploring tie-ups with sworn competitors to make cheaper electric vehicles and fend off existential threats.
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China’s BYD launches cheaper plug-in hybrid EV to lure customers away from petrol-powered rivals by Volkswagen, Toyota

By Daniel Ren   02/19/24  
BYD, the world’s largest electric-vehicle (EV) maker, has launched a new version of its plug-in hybrid model the Qin Plus DM-i, pricing it lower than bestselling petrol-powered cars like Volkswagen’s Lavida and Toyota’s Corolla. The…
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Biden administration weighs slowing the shift to electric vehicles

By Maxine Joselow   02/18/24  
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering relaxing one of its most significant climate change rules — tailpipe emissions limits for cars and trucks — by giving automakers more time to boost sales of electric vehicles,…
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Biden Administration Is Said to Slow Early Stage of Shift to Electric Cars

By Coral Davenport   02/17/24  
In a concession to automakers and labor unions, the Biden administration intends to relax elements of one of its most ambitious strategies to combat climate change, limits on tailpipe emissions that are designed to get…
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A traditional automaker just turned a profit on EVs

By Chris Isidore   02/15/24  
Electric vehicles are finally turning a profit for Stellantis, CEO Carlos Tavares said Thursday, and, in contrast to some rivals, it will not cut back on producing EVs.
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California EV sales are falling. Is it just temporary, or a threat to state climate goals?

By Russ Mitchell   02/15/24  
After years of rapid expansion, California’s booming EV market may be showing signs of fatigue as high vehicle prices, unreliable charging networks and other consumer headaches appear to dampen enthusiasm for zero-emission vehicles.
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