12.5% Of The US Car Buying Market Accounts for 29% of Hybrid And 41% Of Electric Vehicle Sold In 2012.

2013 Chevy VoltIf fuel efficient car ownership were a competition, the western United States just annihilated the rest of the country. Tom Libby of Polk has crunched the numbers for the first 10 months of 2012 and despite only representing 12.5% of the market, the western United States accounted for 29% of new hybrid vehicle sales and 41% of new electric vehicle sales.

According to Mr. Libby’s data, 7% of all new vehicle sales for the top 15 DMAs (Designated Marketing Areas) were hybrids. And in the San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose DMA, nearly 10% of the new cars sold were hybrid. Of the top 15 DMAs for hybrid and electric car sales – 9 were located in California, 4 in Oregon and 1 each for Washington and Arizona.

In the bottom 15 DMAs, which were predominantly located in Louisiana and Texas, hybrid sales represented 1.5% of new car purchases and electric vehicles only .01%. The bottom 15 DMAs represent 6.6% of the new car buying market.

What can you take away from this data? If you’re buying a hybrid or electric vehicle and you live on the west coast, you should probably haggle more. [Polk via GCR]

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Fisker Automotive Got Hosed By Hurricane Sandy And Might Get Re-Hosed By Their Insurance Company.

Fisker Automotive vs Hurrican Sandy and their insurance company.It’s a bad news gets worse story for electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive. First Hurricane Sandy submerged and destroyed 338 Fisker EV’s that were awaiting transshipment at the Port of Newark and then their $33 million insurance claim was denied by XL Insurance America (probably should not have purchased insurance from an organization with “XL” in their name). Fisker Automotive is currently suing XL to receive payment on their claim. [GigaOM]

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BIGFOOT, The Original Monster Truck, Goes Electric. Judging By Youtube Comments, It’s Not Well Received.

“Look, I’ve been a Bigfoot fan forever and I understand why you’re doing what your’e doing (I think). But an Electric Monster Truck? Really? It’s just a scaled up version of the Bigfoot PowerWheels I had when I was a kid. Take away that V8 with the four figure horsepower, and that tremendous noise, and it just becomes boring. I could barely stand to watch this video.”
Comment on EV BIGFOOT from theranter on Youtube.com

There are trolls and then there are really disappointed people. Based on the comments on the BIGFOOT electric Monster Truck’s Youtube page, there are a lot of disappointed people. The folks behind “The Original Monster Truck” BIGFOOT built an EV version and it’s getting the type of reception only reserved for a vegan professional wrestler.

BIGFOOT Electric Monster Truck.
Jubbling thinks it’s great. The greens and the Monster Truck fans, who love the noise and the smell of diesel, probably think an electric Monster Truck is a bad idea for opposing reasons. But whether the EV BIGFOOT wins or not, it’s a change for a normally diesel-fueled event and brings electric vehicles to the forefront. And maybe in the eyes of a few young Monster Truck fans, electrical vehicles will be considered cool thanks to EV BIGFOOT – especially if dad is cheering against it. [Gizmag]

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Larry Hagman Was Much More Than J. R. Ewing.

Larry Hagman's Solar Array

” Now, not everyone can put in the gonzo [solar] array I did; however, we can all learn from the mistakes of the past and make positive differences right now and for the future.” – Larry Hagman, 2011

If you get a chance, please visit Larry Hagman’s website and read his open letter about making life changes, solar energy and the future. Mr. Hagman (1931-2012) wrote the inspirational letter in 2011 and reading it is well worth your time. [MNN]

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Michelin Challenge Design: The Look Of Electric Vehicles In The Future Will Be Inspired By Comic Book And Pokemon Characters

Renault Zoe ZE Electric Vehicle vs Bulbasaur Pokemon

Renault Zoe ZE Electric Vehicle vs Bulbasaur Pokemon

I also believe that children are our future, teach them well and design future cars to look like their favorite Pokemons? In my search for Jubbling stories, I came across this article on Inhabitat about this years’ Michelin Challenge Design at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The winners of Michelin’s future electric vehicle challenge (and their corresponding character) were Honda’s P-NUT (The Spawn), Renault’s Zoe ZE (Bulbasaur Pokemon) and Tata’s eMo (Nidorina Pokemon).
Honda P-NUT vs The Spawn

Honda P-NUT vs The Spawn

In our Jubbling opinion, this is great and we hope automakers borrow from whatever Pokemon, comic book or cartoon characters they want in their effort to sway future auto buyers to electric vehicles.

Tata eMO vs Nidorina Pokemon

Tata eMO vs Nidorina Pokemon

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National Plug In Day

This year’s National “Plug in Day” occurred over the past weekend in 25 cities across the US and was sponsored by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association.Toyota Prius - Pious 1 License Activities planned for the day included “plug-in parades, tailpipe-free tailgate parties, test-drives and other grassroots activities.” In related news, scientist monitoring climate conditions in all of the cities hosting a National Plug in Day noticed a unexpected upsurge in the amount of pretentious in the air above the event and nearby sewage treatment facilities experienced a measured reduction in the smell emanating from its waste.

Jubbling recommendation: Buy an electric vehicle but don’t rub it in.

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