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The Economics of Change

Positive Future #266 (Feature photo – Audi E-Tron – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) InsideEVs just posted an insightful statistic. Audi – the maker of the upcoming Audi E-Tron – has purportedly received over 10,000 pre-orders globally. Preliminary estimates are that the car will have a starting price of around $75,000. This is an interesting perspective on the future of mobility. In the U.S., for example, sales of passenger cars are plummeting in favor of SUVs and trucks. So what attraction does this new passenger car have other than it is electric and going to compete with Tesla? You can read the full story here: https://insideevs.com/audi-10000-pre-orders-etron/ Want More? – Sign up…

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Electric Cars Sales August 2018 – Up 220% over August 2017

Positive Future #248 (Feature photo – Hundreds of people line up to order a Tesla Model 3 back in 2016 – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) While crude oil prices are up materially from a year ago, it does not mean the future is certain for the oil industry. According to InsideEVs, in August of 2017, total plug-in electric car sales reached 16,514 units. In August of 2018, total plug-in electric car sales surged to 36,380 – a 220 percent increase. A large part of the increase came from Tesla Model 3 sales as the company tries to fill the 400,000 pre-orders it received two years ago. Other factors driving the…

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Ford’s Money Trail – a Hint of More to Come?

Positive Future #52 (Feature photo – Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford and great grandson of Ford Founder Henry Ford – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Ford made news recently when Ford Chairman – Bill Ford – announced the company was planning to spend $11 billion over the next 4 years on electrifying its powertrains and cars. Ford plans to have 24 hybrid electrics and 16 fully electric cars by 2022. Ford is not the only automaker in the race to electric. General Motors plans to have some 20 electrified vehicles roll out over the next five years. So why are automakers spending $ billions in research and development that will obsolete…

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