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September 2010 Posts


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EVcast #400: Lost for Words

posted by Bo Bennett, Group AdministratorTuesday, September 28th 2010 @ 4:26 PM (not yet rated)    post viewed 6846 times

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Trudee Lunden (aka Electric Car Muse)
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TrudeeLunden said on Tuesday, September 28th 2010 @ 6:46 PM:

Wow, is it really #400 already? I'm rarely at a loss for words, and it's been a while since I added my 2 cents!

Gotta say the Canadian executive from Ford is right. After working at a "green" marketing company I had a job in real estate for a while. It was a huge shock going from an office filled with eco-mentality back into the oblivious mindset of most consumers. Only 25-30% are considered "LOHAS" shoppers (you'll want to Google that terminology if you don't know what it means!) While in RE, I worked at a large company where agents printed tons of paper that ended up in the trash with no recycle bins on site. So, considering most people won't even opt to recycle, it will be a long time till electric cars become mainstream! Yes, it's a pitiful situation, I know...but that doesn't mean I'll give up trying to be an agent for positive change.

As for the immediate future of electric car sales, I think Chevrolet and Nissan will initially make out as the big winners whether or not people buy a Volt or Leaf, because curiosity alone will bring enormous foot traffic through their showroom doors and they will sell more cars: electric, hybrid or not. I genuinely admire the folks at Coda and Wheego, but honestly after seeing the EV models that have come from China, these will have a much more difficult time of it - not only from a perspective of distribution.

I can't imagine who will spend so much money for a Coda when very soon down the road for not much more money you can buy Tesla's Model S!

And now for my own plug to your listeners and members: come follow me on Twitter @ElectricCarMuse ~

Have a great day & hope to see you at the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica Oct. 1 & 2. I can't wait!

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Paul Cummings
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PaulCummings said on Tuesday, September 28th 2010 @ 10:40 PM:

Thanks for another show, guys!

I have to agree with the Electric Car Muse (Miss Electric's cousin?)- I too am skeptical of Chinese quality, beyond the issues of buying anything from a totalitarian government who is trying to protect it's companies unfairly- but I digress;-)

Coda's price is not out of whack, unfortunately- new cars with new tech and new, expensive batteries are going to be expensive- and they will not have the luxury of economies of scale that Nissan has- even Nissan has said that the first year or two will not be profitable.  That said- you are right- why buy the Coda for $12,000 more than the Leaf, built by an established company with a good record.

Here is a good picture of the GE Watt Station, from Autoblog Green, today in fact:

It kind of looks like a little gas pump, doesn't it?  Wonder if this is on purpose or not...

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Doug King
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DougKing said on Wednesday, September 29th 2010 @ 10:56 AM:

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