EV sales in China this February
Overall, 29,150 electric cars and plug-in hybrids were sold in China this February, marking an increase of 76% compared to last years numbers. 65% of the plug-ins were purely electric and domestic brands built all bestselling PEVs.
Top countries for plug-ins, Toyota RAV4.
Reading tip: Hybrid Cars compiled a list of the top plug-in adopting countries based on sales. China is in the lead, followed by the U.S. and the Netherlands. Norway, UK and France make the chase in that order.
Video tip: James Marsden, known from the X-Men series, stars in Toyota’s latest spot for the RAV4 hybrid. The slogan “How far will you take it” leads James into the woods, where he meets true tree huggers, the lumberjacks.
Cold weather range loss, Hybrid vs. plug-in cars.
Reading tip I: BMW’s inofficial head of EV testing, Tom Moloughney, is looking at how cold weather can affect the battery performance of electric vehicles. He draws from his experience with the i3 and advises BMW to inform people better on how a drop in temperature leads to a drop in range.
Reading tip II: John Voelcker here ponders the slow death of the hybrid as it is faced with ever growing numbers of EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road and on offer.