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Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is Nigh (Infographic)

July 28th, 2014 by  

Actually, the electric vehicle revolution may already be in progress. Electric vehicles (EV) on the roads globally jumped from ~25,000 in 2010 to ~80,000 in 2011 to ~200,000 in 2012 to ~405,000 in 2013. That’s not linear growth, folks!

I recently wrote an article for Fix.com about the likelihood that electric vehicles will dominate car sales within 10 years. I’m convinced they will, and it’s hard to see how that wouldn’t happen. You can check out the full article here. But some of the key points are captured in this infographic that the folks at Fix created:

Source: Fix.com

As it shows, a Nissan Leaf is easily cheaper than a Ford Focus FWD over the course of a few years thanks to lower “fuel” and maintenance costs. Of course, you have to actually compare the electric vehicle you want with the gas vehicle you would buy and you have to use your own specific lifestyle and cost assumptions in order to get a real cost comparison.

You should also take other factors into account: the convenience of never having to go to a gas station again (simply charge up at home as you sleep), the ease and fun of driving with all that electric torque, the clean conscience you get from not polluting your local air or destroying the climate. Naturally, these are all things that I discuss a bit more in the Fix article. Check it out if you want more. (Or scroll through our 2,247 electric vehicle articles here on CleanTechnica for an even broader picture!) 

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About the Author

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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