2011 was the first full year that the current crop of plug-in vehicles were on the market. During that time, fewer than 20,000 models were sold. The following year, nearly 50,000 were sold – and this week, Plug-In America (a coalition of EV drivers advocating energy independence and clean air) estimates that the 100,000th electric vehicle will be sold. Likewise, they expect that more than 100,000 plug-ins will be sold in 2013 alone. That’s huge!
Plug-In America has some fun facts related to this EV milestone:
- Over a quarter-million people are exposed daily to the benefits of electric transportation
- Nissan dealerships in some markets have reported that the Leaf has outsold all other Nissan models for particular sales periods this year
- Tesla’s Model S is outselling the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 series and the Audi A8
- Chevy Volt drivers alone have logged over 187-million electric miles
- The plug-in vehicle market is approaching 48 percent annual growth with both Battery Electric (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) vehicles finding growing interest
- Plug-in vehicle adoption exceeds the adoption of hybrid vehicles over the same timeframe in their market developments Continue reading