Electric Car Sales Have Doubled Thanks To High Gas Prices

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| By: Pete Bigelow | AOL Autos

is a good time to be in the business of electric vehicles .

Once sales of electric cars more than doubled in the during the first six months of compared to the same time in 2012. Americans have 41,447 of plug-in electric since January. Thirty-six of all the electric cars on the road have been bought in the six months.

The sales figures a bold turnaround. It was only when President Obama from a stated goal of more than 1 million cars on the road by 2015. the recent sales surge revive those early — EV sales still only 1.23 percent of the market — they are a sign of encouragement.

It highlights the fact you can’t at one month or two months of data, Patrick Davis, director of the technology office at the Department of

It’s the nature of the vehicle for growth to initially seem he said. As a matter of fact, the years, when you look at the of new technologies, whether it’s drive or airbags or whatever, it slow at first and then of takes off. Growth very quickly.


In some areas of the country, the Leaf electric vehicle is so well that dealerships are out of inventory.

The automaker reported of 2,225 Leafs in June, than quadruple the 535 sold in the month one year ago. the first half of 2013, of the Leaf have jumped percent.

The once-beleaguered Chevy is selling even better. Motors sold 2,698 in June, an increase of 59.2 compared to the same month on prior.

The growth is being driven by in both the automotive and consumer Manufacturers have rolled out new models of plug-in electric since last year, the total available to 13 models. are gaining a better understanding and appreciation — of the way electric perform. And prices are declining. for example, trimmed the Leaf’s by $6,000 earlier this

Davis said the costs of the technology that powers cars has declined by 50 percent the past four years and a further drop.

While have been well-documented about the slow growth in vehicle sales, EVs have been adopted by consumers than hybrid cars a decade ago.

In the first 30 months after the Prius debuted in 1999, hybrid sales were 50,000 units, according to an done by Argonne National In the first 30 months since electrics were released in 2010, cumulative sales been approximately 112,724.

high gas prices have contributed to the increase. Although oil industry experts predicted prices at the pump this the national average remains per gallon Monday, according to daily fuel gauge

Earlier this year, the DOE the eGallon, a tool consumers can use to the cost of fueling a vehicle electricity to the cost of fueling one conventional gasoline. Rates by region because of the different utility companies charge, but the average price for an e-gallon is

Consumers have a visceral to the price of gasoline, Davis They are very sensitive and aware of it. Yet there was no similar that could help appreciate the difference with an vehicle, and the eGallon does consumers who are interested, because in the process they have comparative tool.

Pete Bigelow is an associate at AOL Autos. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.

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