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Tuesday
Dec292015

Is It Just Cheap Gas?

We started Think Verde almost 9 years ago. Back then we would have thought that by 2015 there would be a higher percentage of vehicle on the road with an electric motor. in one form or another.

Agreed...a lot of things have changed since 2007.

Is it the price of gas that is impacting hybrids and electric vehicles?

In no particular order...

A used vehicle is a green vehicle

Think about it, if you acquire a used vehicle you are recycling, you most probably replaced one used vehicle by another; saving a ton of resources, and energy, by recycling.

The path of least resistance

Absolutely, any vehicle with an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) offers a path of least resistance, and potentially higher profits.

Consumer preference

Its easy to verbalise that consumers prefer vehicles with an ICE, especially with cheaper gas. It sounds good. Especially when the tone around electric, hybrid is appreciably more subdued starting with the auto manufacturers.

Shifting Interest

If 9 years ago the talk was electric, today the talk is self driving. The interest has shifted from electric to self driving.

Range Anxiety

Almost forgot that term, in cold climates it still exists. While we always see the occasional Tesla Model S in all kinds of climatic conditions. It remains an issue.

So...is it the Price of Gas?

From our perspective...NO.

It might be a factor, among a myriad of other factors that have dampened the interest, momentum in electric and hybrid vehicles.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Oct082015

Is It The Demise of Diesels?

We are not proponents of small diesel engines in cars (vehicles), although we realise that there is a subset of customers that appreciates a diesel engine in cars. Its presumably some sort of "green thing"...

With the recent VW events, and more stringent on the road testing you can conclude that there will be less small diesel engines in any vehicle, from any manufacturer. Obvious the bigger diesels with the urea tank will endure. Or will those diesels too be impacted? What do you think?

Want to be green get an hydrid, or an electric car as the game changer or disrupter. Not a presumed clean diesel.

If you sort of want to be green, then a clean diesel used to work for you.

In Canada with the increasing popularity of trucks be it CUV, SUV, pick ups the current population of diesel engines in these various vehicles will continue, perhaps even increase. The are big enough to require a bigger diesel engine, with a "urea" system. By now there are enough out there, that everyone is used to adding a "blue" something or other in the blue tank.

We think they are cool too...the Ram Diesel pick up captured our attention a few months ago. A few years ago the ML320 CDI was also of interest.

But is it the demise of diesels in smaller vehicles.

It might just evolve towards a simple question: Does it have a "blue tank"?

 

Thursday
Apr302015

EV Values

Informative study by NADA of used electric vehicle values.

 

 

 

Tuesday
Mar312015

BMW i3 Tear Down

The BMW i3 is elctric,has carbon fiber, and caught our attention some time ago.

If you have been following the auto industry, you surely know that manufacturers tear down, and benchmark vehicles from other manufacturers.

Munro & Assiciates has torn down an i3 this video (a little long) is an absolute must watch if you have an interest in electric cars, tear downs, and benchmarking.

BMW i3 Tear Down - Uncovering the Secrets from Automotive Megatrends on Vimeo.

 

Saturday
Nov222014

Lightning Electric Motorcycle

One fast bike...a comprehansive walk around with Jay Leno

 

Thursday
Oct162014

The Long View Electric Cars

Informative reasearch on elctric cars...

 

 

Saturday
Sep272014

Future Mobility

With all the talk of self driving cars, an interesting video by Toyota...

 

Saturday
Sep132014

Formula E

The first race is today in Beijing...informative video on the development of Formula E.

 

A feel for the car with Tiff Needle...

 

 

Saturday
Jun282014

Project Live Wire

Yes...an electric Harley-Davidson

 

Wednesday
Jun182014

Vintage Electric Bikes

Totally cool electric bike...from Vintage Electric Bike

Hopefully by now you know that we like electric bikes, and this one has a unique vintage look which is captivating.