Published on August 31st, 2013 | by Jo Borrás2
Electric Car Sales Pass Gas Stations For The First Time
August 31st, 2013 by Jo Borrás
EV milestones are coming hard and fast these days, with records falling, new companies showing up, and others shutting down before they really ever got going. There are highlights, however, and as electric cars sales boom, the “there are now more electric cars than …” comparisons are starting, as well. This week, the number of electric cars reportedly passed the number of gas stations in the US! (Of course, there are already hundreds of times more charging “stations” than gas stations — makes you wonder if gasmobile drivers don’t get range anxiety.)
You can check out the new numbers and get more details about recent electric car sales in the full article, which originally appeared on Gas 2, below. Enjoy!
It’s a Good News Day: There Are Now More Electric Cars than Gas Stations
It’s another good news day here at Gas 2, as the total number of electric cars in the US of A has passed the number of gas stations for the first time since- Um … Since 1920. Let’s say 1920.
120,000 to 119,000! WHOO-HOO!!
Now, of course, there are a few asterisks involved – chief among them is the car that can be seen in the photo, above. That Chevy Volt? It’s a plug-in hybrid as opposed to a “pure” electric car, but its numbers are included in the figuring, which also happens to use the 2007 numbers for gas stations (those are the most recent numbers available from the census, but most industry analysts expect that number to have dropped since getting the financing required to buy a gas station became significantly harder to get and keep after 2008.
With plug-in hybrid and electric car sales currently booming, we’re not too far away from the day when the annual sales of electric/plug-in cars exceeds that 119,000 figure. From there, we start talking about the tipping point for EVs to become the mainstream choice, because that day is coming, too. Even Bob “Maximum” Lutz thinks so.
Sources | Photos: US Census, Green Car Reports.
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