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Jim Motavalli

Let’s face it, EVs are a game at this point. a monthly ritual: we get the sales and pore over them, to tell if electrics, plug-in and the rest are on a growth curve or faster than the Titanic. (I the Titanic didn’t sink all fast, relax.)

The numbers for are in, and they’re mildly encouraging. but get to that in a minute. EVs have now on the market long enough for us to get impressions of how their owners—who fairly contented, as befits early adopter status—are using them.


Armen is the chief technology officer for The company’s PlugShare cellphone which allows users to others access to their stations and locate them all the country, bills itself as the largest electric vehicle network, with 100,000 “Approximately 40,000 EVs have sold so far,” Petrosian me. “That’s exciting, because a few years ago it was a mere handful. In we had only the Leaf and Volt on the now every automaker has EVs.”

PlugShare has gathered some information from its subscribers. 60 percent never charge at for instance, but 77 percent charge at with their own 240-volt Only three percent charge at home.

Portland is the most EV-ready city, 11 public chargers for every residents. I might have the leader was the San Francisco Bay Area, but in fourth place, behind (read this to see why ) with and Nashville with 8.2 (the is built there). Other cities include Seattle, Tucson, the Washington, DC area and

EV drivers cover an average of miles per month, and spend $30 on in that period. That with $75 a month they’d spent on gasoline. The average avoids the emission of 360 pounds of dioxide per month.

Petrosian, who a Leaf and “loves it,” the numbers so far are “very encouraging. starting to feel like a industry, though there’s not enough supply. But there be a big leap from sales of cars and sales of millions.

Now back to the August results. together electrics, hybrids of all and diesels (I’d have them out), advanced-powertrain in the U.S. stood at 49,450 month, which is up 96 percent August 2011. A big factor is gas that hover around $4 a

AAA’s current average price for regular is $3.82 a and Hurricane Issac, by shutting refineries, didn’t do us any favors.

long pointed out the value of a green car pioneer with the because it continues to grab the of hybrid sales. Prius is to as Scotch is to “tape.” Toyota half of those 49,450 and enjoyed a 122 percent in Prius The standard Liftback is still the popular model, at 13,311, but the C and the V (3,325) are neck-and-neck. The plug-in Prius is still finding its way

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The Camry hybrid trails the but Lexus also sold hybrids last month.

being the cheapest battery from a mainstream manufacturer, the i-MiEV isn’t moving too 37 were sold in August. The had an indifferent 685-car month 49 percent from the year but the Volt plug-in hybrid was up a 837 percent, with a best-ever of 2,831. The rivalry between two cars is over, and GM won.

If the are correct and Nissan will add a Leaf and increase range, it happen too quickly.

Just nine Honda Fit EVs homes in August, but that’s just a factor of the supply not yet up with customers in 15 states. I the car, myself, and so did John , in this video, drives it in last month:

The Civic is stuck in the doldrums, 579 compared to Priuses. My suggestion: Make an fully contented, price-competitive hybrid, replacing the too-bland that can really take on the on its own ground. I know they the CR-Z and the Insight, but the former in August) is a limited-market two-seater and the (341 in August) is perceived as a clone of the Prius.

And, GM is having modest success hybrids other than the The Buick LaCrosse eAssist 1,024 homes in August, and the eAssist 331. The winner of the not surprisingly, is the Chevy Malibu with 2,414.

I’m not seeing the usual all-is-lost about EVs this month. because all is not lost.

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