In electric vehicle news this week Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, tweeted that Tesla will likely be repaying its US Department of Energy loan on Wednesday, almost 9 years ahead of schedule. Tesla is also planning to raise more capital through a new stock offering of 2,703,027 common shares (Source: Business Insider).
Infiniti will be getting a new electric vehicle model based on the Nissan Leaf platform, but with a different interior and exterior. In addition, the new vehicle will feature inductive charging which does away with cables all together. No word yet on when such a model would launch (Source: Autocar.co.uk).
Plug-in America, an electric vehicle non-profit, estimates that as of this week over 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in the US in just over two years. While electric vehicles are still fraction of overall new vehicles sales in raw numbers, the Plug-In America press release highlights some interesting statistics:
- Tesla’s Model S is outselling the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 series and the Audi A8
- Chevy Volt drivers alone have logged over 187-million electric miles
- The plug-in vehicle market is approaching 48 percent annual growth with both Battery Electric (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) vehicles finding growing interest
- Plug-in vehicle adoption exceeds the adoption of hybrid vehicles over the same time frame in their market developments.
(Source: Plug-in America)