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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

November 27th, 2013 by  


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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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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