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EV Sales Double in 2013

Written by Ken Green Burridge on 12 January 2014

2013 was a record sales year for EVs in the USA with over 100,000 more vehicles with electric drives being sold over the 2012 sales numbers according to bloomberg.com and estimates from Autodata Corp.

A record number of EVs were sold in 2013

Pure electric battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are catching on even faster than hybrids did historically, which hints at an even brighter future for EVs than what hybrids are currently experiencing. Hybrid sales in the USA were 489,413 and outsold even diesel vehicles which totalled 450,000.

Even more amazing is that these record EV sales are occurring despite the fact that some electric car manufacturers are not advertising for their products at all (Tesla Motors and the Toyota RAV4 EV) are classic examples and/or electric cars are mostly being offered for sale in only a few select cities.

Some of the factors helping to fuel EV sales in 2013:

Nearly a dozen US states have joined California in requiring automakers to offer and sell a growing percentage of zero emission vehicles.

The Tesla Model S a full size EV won the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine s 2013 Car of the Year, and was Consumer Reports top-scoring car ever. Even the US government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Tesla Model S the best safety rating of any car they have ever tested. Those types of acknowledgments makes for some pretty press for all EVs in general.

A drop in EV prices occurred during the year from major manufacturers and leases of about $200 per month also became available for the: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Spark Volt, Fiat 500e, Honda Fit and Ford Focus Electric.

Even after factoring in a higher upfront cost for EVs most people can now easily run the numbers of basic car ownership and can quickly determine the inherent lower operating and fuel savings costs of EVs. This is not rocket science since electric cars typically have no: transmission, spark plugs, starters, carburetors, air, oil and fuel filters, exhaust systems, and even brake pad replacement is rare due to having regen braking systems, etc. etc. In fact EVs only have a handful of moving parts compared to vehicles powered by fossil fuels, and less moving parts equals less things that can fail or become worn out over time. Maintenance for an EV is more like a vacation from typical car maintenance since it mostly involves very infrequent tire rotation and replacing windshield wiper blades and fluid.

Some EV owners have said that EV maintenance is not unlike cell phone maintenance, all you have to do is remember to charge it.

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EuroNews Video about Typical USA EV customers and the 100,000th Nissan LEAF sold

EV fuel costs are roughly a dollar an e-gallon in most places or even free via a Tesla Supercharger station or for a full year at eVgo charging stations in Dallas and Houston Texas for Nissan LEAF drivers.

More people are starting to equate driving fossil fuel cars with a similar distain not unlike the type of reaction someone would experience of seriously supporting the baby seal fur coat industry or whale meat grocery stores. They don’t wish to be associated with or contribute to: global warming, climate change, resource wars, air pollution, oil spills from pipelines and deep water drilling rigs, exploding crude oil trains and host of other issues relating to oil and the fossil fuel industry in general.

All of these factors add up to make electric vehicles an easy choice for a city commuter car and/or a second car for many people.

References:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-08/nissan-s-ghosn-wants-to-double-u-s-leaf-sales-after-2013-surge.html

Ken Burridge drives a Nissan LEAF in Melbourne Australia

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