Electric Vehicle sales continue to break through new records, according to data published by the Electric Drive Transport Association (electricdrive.org/sales). Through September 2014, 88,149 electric vehicles were sold, up +30% versus YTD September 2013. With 255,766 EVs on US roads since 2011, that number almost doubled the 138,894 cume sales 2011-September 2013.
EV sales in September 2014 were up +15% and EV sales per month are now averaging almost 10,000 units.
From a manufacturer share, Nissan has replaced Chevrolet as the #1 EV manufacturer at 25.0% vs. 17.6% for Chevrolet (VOLT, Spark). Nissan sales are up 36% while Chevrolet is down -10%.
Seems like Nissan and Chevrolet have just traded places? Not so fast!
According to data provided by Insideevs.com monthly EV Sales Scorecard, Ford has come on strong to take the #2 EV manufacturer position. Ford PHEV sales across the combined Ford Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi grew +93% to 17,343 units. Share grew from 13.5% (YTD September 2013) to 19.9% YTD 2014 leap frogging both Chevrolet (17.6% vs. 25.6% year ago) and yes beating Tesla (12.6% vs. 19.6%) with Model S unit sales down -16%.
American drivers are moving rapidly to adopt plug-in vehicles . . . just not quite ready to give up range concerns. With 8,563 US public charging stations offering 21,126 outlets, that’s just 1 charging station for every 12.5 US based EVs. Until charging station infrastructure coverage grows, and electric vehicle range increases, American drivers are going to continue to play it safe and buy vehicles which give them the best combination of energy efficiency and driving range.
Have You Driven a Ford PHEV Lately?