Electric vehicle sales are coming on strong in Europe. In 2012, 5,663 completely electric vehicles were sold in France — double the figure in 2011.
You may be thinking that 5,663 is chump change. That’s where a registered vehicle comparison puts things into perspective. Here’s the math: There are about 35 million registered cars cruising the streets of France, which makes about one in 6,200 cars a newly purchased EV. Compare that to the 240 million cars motoring around America, with about 12,000 new EVs purchased in 2011, that puts the US at one newly purchased EV per 20,000 cars. Purchasing new EVs at three times the rate of American buyers isn’t chump change after all, is it?
With recent news that gasoline lead may be responsible for big city violence, stats that EV sales are up (no matter the country – Norway, China, the UK, et al.) is awesome.
Source: Green Autoblog
Chelsea is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.