Smackover – Exxon Mobile Enters the Lithium Market 

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 11/30/2023 With the purchase of a 120,000-acre site in Arkansas that sits above the giant Smackover Formation, a huge limestone aquifer spanning 600 miles across several states from Texas to Florida, Exxon Mobil (Exxon) plans to become a major U.S. supplier of lithium. Lithium is a critical element in modern rechargeable … Read more

“Manufacturing these new batteries in America will help us build more EVs faster and will ultimately make them more affordable for our customers.”

Bill Ford, Ford Chair, said during an event announcing the investment, “Manufacturing these new batteries in America will help us build more EVs faster and will ultimately make them more affordable for our customers.”  Read more here: Ford sets EV battery factory plan with China’s CATL (

DOE’s EV Impact Tool Calculates Net Emissions Impacts for Each State

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 12/22/2022 If you have been researching EVs, you have likely seen numerous articles, including some on Zondits, covering the national and global emissions impacts of replacing gasoline-powered cars with EVs. That’s useful information for sure. But we know that the impact is partly driven by the electrical generation mix in the … Read more

Zondits Interview: EV Adoption Forecasting – How’s That Done?

Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 10/11/2022 Zondits speaks with a forecasting specialist about modeling EV adoption to optimize infrastructure deployment. Walter Schaefer is a Senior Engineer at DNV with eight years of experience in electric mobility and transportation, demand side management, and distributed energy technologies. In addition to his residential EV adoption forecasting work, he is … Read more

And Now – EVs With a Magnetic Personality 

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 10/7/2022 In 2018, George Sassine, Vice President of Large Scale Renewables at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), posted an article entitled Forget Electric Cars, The Future is Magnetic ( Prior to that, Volkswagen experimented with magnetic hover cars. Now, researchers at a Chinese university are testing … Read more

EV History Part III: Tomorrow’s Models are Coming Fast to a Showroom Near You

Craig Farrand, Zondits guest, 10/6/2022 By the second decade of the new century, the success of Tesla had lit a fire under the butts of U.S. European and Asian automakers. Ford, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Toyota, Nissan, and others have all introduced fully electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrids. In addition, new firms such as Rivian … Read more

Rental Car Industry Invests in the EV Transition 

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 8/1/2022 There is, perhaps, no clearer sign that the transition to EVs is rapidly progressing than the fact that the rental car industry is jumping in with all four wheels. Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise are all making significant fleet purchases of 100% electric vehicles, as well as hybrid cars.  Zondits recognizes … Read more

In Transition to EVs, We Risk Leaving Rural America Behind

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 7/12/2022 Fifteen years after the introduction of the iPhone, large portions of rural America still have no cell phone coverage. And 20 years after broadband internet became common, rural areas struggle with dial-up or rely on satellite dishes. Now as electric vehicles (EVs) gain market share, rural areas in the U.S. … Read more

Electric Motorcycles: the Next Big Thing in EV?

Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 3/25/2022. There’s a lot of buzz in the air about electric vehicles (EV), particularly cars, trucks and charging infrastructure. But another revolution is happening in the EV world, too – motorcycles. According to, the electric motorcycles market is projected to be worth $58.4 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth … Read more

Electric Vehicle Market Looks Ahead to New Offerings in 2022

Brian McCowan, DNV, 1/6/2022 Newsweek reports that over a dozen new fully electric vehicles will enter the US market in the coming year. Some of that growth is associated with manufactures new to the market, such as Rivian and Fisker, and some is represented by new models introduced by current market actors such as Tesla, … Read more