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Published on November 27th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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US Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales Blow Past 150,000



US EV sales counterIn May, US plug-in electric vehicle sales hit the 100,000 marker, with an Alabama Mitsubishi i owner purchasing the 100,000 plug-in electric vehicle (more or less). Just about 6 months later, US plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales have passed the 150,000 marker, according to Plug In America’s PEV sales counter. No word on who bought the 150,000th PEV or what the model was — maybe we should check with Plug In America.

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BMW i3 electric car and me in Barcelona, one day before my BMW i3 test drive.
(CC BY-SA license, credit to Marika Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, removal of links not permitted in republishing.)

All in all, that’s pretty rapid growth, and it indicates that we’d be on track to double the number of plug-in electric vehicles in one year’s time. However, I’d bet all my savings that we will actually hit 200,000 in less than 6 months. Electric vehicles sales growth is… growing. Furthermore, new EV models are continuously being added. The BMW i3 (which I love) is getting ready for rollout in the US, as is the Volkswagen e-Golf and perhaps the Volkswagen e-Up!, and probably several other PEVs.

And, as anyone who has driven an electric vehicle knows, electric vehicles are totally freakin’ awesome — much nicer to drive than gasmobiles. So, we should see growth really start to skyrocket as more and more people become aware of the vehicles.

At the moment, though, we’re already seeing about 361% year-over-year sales growth of 100% electric vehicles and 34% year-over-year sales growth of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the US. Not too shabby, eh?

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  • Doug

    This article lost me with “in May…”

  • matthew

    I am rooting for 200k next year ;)

  • AegysLTS

    Considering that last year’s total EV sales in the States were around 50k and this year is projected to reach 100k, will we hit 200k next year?….:)

  • jburt56

    Just passing 1% of sales. . .

    • Ronald Brakels

      I have a vague inkling they’re not quite the same thing, but when I think about how quickly wind and solar went from being 1% of new generating capacity to being the majority of new capacity in developed nations…

      • jburt56

        The US car market is around 15 million vehicles per year.

    • mustang_sallad

      I think you missed the point – it’s called growth. An increase of 100% per year means, 2% next year, 4% the year after, and 32% by 2017. I’m absolutely certain that the acceleration in sales will slow down and we won’t actually hit 32% by 2017, but I’m just using this to explain how you missed the point. Sometimes, it’s kinda important to look at trends.

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