2012-12-21. Make Way for Kilowatts: A Growing-Up Year for Plug-Ins

posted Dec 24, 2012, 10:58 PM by Alan Gould
| by Bradley Berman, The New York Times. Relevant to GSS Energy Use, chapter 9. Excerpt: … eight significant plug-in models came to market in the United States in 2012. … many of these debuts were for limited production runs of a couple of thousand vehicles. … cars with plugs will still represent only about one-third of 1 percent of the new-car market…. TESLA MODEL S … simultaneously stylish, efficient, roomy, high-tech and very fast … range of the 85-kilowatt-hour model, which starts at $79,350 … is rated by the E.P.A. at 265 miles per charge. …NISSAN LEAF … 8,330 had left showrooms, …. Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid gained steadily as 2012 drew to a close. … Toyota added a plug-in version to its growing family of Prius hybrids in 2012.  …Perhaps the biggest green car story of 2012 was the Obama administration’s new fuel economy standards... that established a standard of 54.5 miles per gallon as an average of all light-duty cars and trucks by 2025, essentially doubling fuel efficiency compared with today’s vehicles. That target also suggests that within a generation hybrids will be ubiquitous and E.V.’s common, on American roads.  …. Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/automobiles/a-growing-up-year-for-plug-ins.html?emc=eta1&_r=0