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#1074 of 1543 Re: Ultimate Green driving machine [gagrice]
Apr 09, 2013 (11:22 am)
That would go a long way towards getting more Americans to warm up to diesels.
In fact, I bet it would draw people in to showrooms who may even buy more basic models, just as a halo car does in any showroom.
Apr 12, 2013 (6:31 am)
Can't use that tagline any more.
"Nissan is partnering with McDonald's, which will be installing quick chargers at its restaurants in Norway. Customers will be able to fast-charge their cars while they fill up on fast food.
In a country of 5 million people, Norwegian buyers purchased more than 10,000 plug-in electrics last year. That's more than 5 percent of total vehicle sales, compared to .06 percent of both electrics and hybrids in the United States."
Norway Loves the Nissan Leaf
#1076 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [steve_]
Apr 12, 2013 (7:22 am)
You can still go to McDonalds and get plenty of gas.
Oh no I didn't.
#1077 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [steve_]
Apr 12, 2013 (8:32 am)
That '.06 percent of both electrics and hybrids in the United States' is WAY off. Per WSJ:
"2012 was a decent year for sales of alternative energy vehicles in the United States. Not a great year, but not bad. Sales of hybrids rose 61% over 2011 sales, and as a percentage of total sales, hybrid sales rose 13%. Overall, hybrid cars comprised 3% of total auto sales in 2012, according to hybridcars.com. That is up from 2.1% of all sales in 2011."
#1078 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [texases]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 12, 2013 (9:01 am)
Bet he meant to say "electric vehicles".
"Electric vehicles account for less than 1 percent of new-vehicle sales in the United States, according to LMC Automotive, J.D. Power’s automotive forecasting partner." (NY Times)
#1079 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [steve_]
Apr 12, 2013 (11:33 am)
Norway is smaller than CA and has about the highest priced gas in the EU. They tax the crap out of the people so the King can live in opulence.
Sounds more like the USA every day. I wonder if they subsidize the electricity, making EVs more practical? Has to be a good reason.
In addition, the country has about 3,500 public EV charging points, many of them free.
Sounds like EVs are a no brainer if you live close to a free charging station.
#1080 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [steve_]
Apr 12, 2013 (11:35 am)
I wonder what hybrids are selling? The Prius is off 22% from last year.
#1081 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 12, 2013 (11:44 am)
Good question. Maybe Prii will be well under invoice if and when we decide to buy.
Interesting that California has 9 times the population of Norway. Looks like the GDP per capita is pretty close too.
#1082 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [gagrice]
Apr 12, 2013 (12:13 pm)
In my garage at work they offer electricity at 1/3rd the going local rate, so it's basically 67% subsidized. They do it to meet LEED platinum certifications.
On top of that, when you sign up the first 10 hours of charging are free.
On top of that, you get two of the best spots in the garage, right up near the elevators.
I don't think most people can rely on those, however. Just a nice perk for some.