Tesla became the largest seller of electric vehicles (EV’s) in the United States in 2015. Tesla beat out other auto manufacturers such as Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW, Toyota and Ford to gain the crown. Tesla was also the biggest seller of EV’s in the world in 2015 with sales of over 50,000 units.
CEO of TESLA, Elon Musk is the global face of the growing electric car company. We created the following chart showing how many electric cars were sold by manufacturer and model in the U.S. in 2015, as well as how many EVs were sold compared to gasoline vehicles.
First long-range, affordable EV with customer-focused connectivity
LAS VEGAS (Wednesday, January 06, 2016) – Chevrolet is introducing the 2017 Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show, fulfilling its promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses.
To watch the Bolt’s reveal live at the Consumer Electronics Show please click here
The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 320 kilometres of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.
“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses.
The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.” — GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra
Connectivity Simplifies Ownership Experience
The Bolt EV benefits directly from the suggestions and ideas of Volt owners and features technologies that make owning a long-range electric vehicle easy.
The Bolt EV’s connectivity innovations will provide smart, personalized solutions for managing the driving experience. For example, in the future an accurate driving range projection will be based on the time of day, topography, weather and the owner’s driving habits.
Bluetooth low-energy – designed specifically for the Bolt EV to minimize energy draw – seamlessly connects a smart phone to the car while the owner approaches the vehicle.
Many of the Bolt EV’s driver-focused technologies are supported by OnStar 4G LTE, which turns the Bolt EV into a Wi-Fi hotspot, giving owners easier access to apps and services via a high-speed wireless connection.
Other connectivity and infotainment features include:
Rear-facing camera provides a wide-angle view of the environment behind the vehicle.
Provides a bird’s-eye view of what’s around the Bolt EV for improved safety during low-speed driving and when parking.
All-New MyChevrolet Mobile App: Combines important owner and vehicle information and functions, such as:
Vehicle charge status
OnStar Map service
Owner’s manual information
EV Navigation Mapping
EV-specific navigation capability that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations of nearby charging station locations if needed.
In the future, Bolt EV owners will be able to “compete” by comparing driving styles to determine who is driving most efficiently.
The Bolt EV will be built at GM’s Orion (Mich.) Assembly facility, near Detroit.
About Chevrolet in Canada
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.ca, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chevroletcanada or by following @ChevroletCanada on Twitter.
New Swedish electric city car to challenge global automotive industry | October 2, 2015 by Uniti
The social, environmental and economic consequences of the automotive industry are part of the motivation for the development of an ingenious and unique electric city car, Uniti.
With a philosophy that challenges current business practices, the usage of fossil fuels, and ‘old mechanics’, as well as questioning the entire logic of city mobility, Uniti relies instead on a balance of advanced technology and human-centric design.
The global team, headquartered in Sweden, believes Uniti is a serious contender for a much needed disruption in the automotive industry.
“It is time for a more futuristic and less destructive driving experience”, says Uniti co-founder Lewis Horne, arguing that current design norms are outdated and excessively ‘plastic’.
Recent events in the automotive industry highlight the need for more openness, transparency and trust, which is why the team has opted to make the design and development process open and patent free from the beginning. They hope this will encourage additional market entrants, to accelerate the emergence of more sustainable vehicles.
An intensive study is underway at Lund University to determine the most efficient vehicle configuration, production methods and materials. This in-depth analysis is intended to challenge all assumptions currently restricting city mobility.
The prototype under development at Lund University’s ‘ProLab’ is a 15kW electric city car designed for high performance in an urban environment, that is vastly more sustainable not just in terms of the energy source, but of the product itself throughout its lifecycle.
Uniti will be a two-seater vehicle (one seat behind the other) and a spacious interior with a distinctly ‘sci-fi’ feeling. The materials used, such as hemp and flax fibre biocomposites, will maintain a premium feel and an organic nature.
The open design and development process for Uniti is unconventional. Instead of starting with the accepted configuration of cars and building from there, the team has opted for a fresh start. This has resulted in a very progressive design, matching contemporary user interaction and the expectations of modern technology enthusiasts.
The recently-released launch video highlights the ambitious purpose and radical strategy of Uniti.
Sweden based Uniti is developing a unique and ingenious electric city car that encourages a shift towards an open, human-centric, and sustainable future for the automobile.