In late December, the U.S. congress extended a rule that gives consumers a 30% tax credit for electric vehicle chargers (EVSE). The maximum credit is $1000. The credit is for charger purchase and installation costs incurred in 2015 to 2016. For those of you that installed an EVSE in your home in 2015, the IRS didn’t have the required form (8911) on its website as I write this. It is the older 2014 form.
On December 3rd, Ford announced that iPhone users with SYNC equipped vehicles dating all the way back to the 2011 model year will get Apple Siri-Eyes-Free capability. Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar activating Siri on an iPhone. The simple, downloadable update will be available through http://owner.ford.com/. I looked today (4th) and didn’t see the update at the website yet for my 2013 Ford C-Max Energi.
Plug-in vehicles are rather rare throughout the world. InsideEVs tracks U.S. sales and a blog tracks worldwide sales. It’s interesting that in the U.S., Ford often is often only second to Tesla for plug-in vehicle sales. The pie chart below shows the sales for the year-to-date U.S. through September 2015.
With a worldwide perspective, Ford doesn’t sell many plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. Ford has dropped from 5th place to 8th place for worldwide plug-in vehicle sales this year over last. BYD and Mitsubishi are selling significant numbers of plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. where they are both virtually unknown in the U.S. After discovering that Mitsubishi may finally ship their popular Outlander PHEV in the U.S. in 2016, I recently visited a Mitsubishi dealer in southern California. The salesman and sales manager said they didn’t even know Mitsubishi had a plug-in Outlander let alone that it might be available in the U.S. next year, and this is in California, the EV capitol of the U.S.