US sales of EVs reached 90,000 in 2013, 80% higher than the 56,000 sold the previous year. TheGreenCar says the increased sales were largely due to substantial price cuts by the EV manufacturers, such as Nissan. The Chcvy Volt was the most sought after EV with over 23,000 units purchased.
Broken down by vehicle type; fully electric car sales increased by 228.88 per cent, to reach 46,148 units while plug-in hybrid sales increased 26.87 per cent to reach 48,951 units. The US market is split between California, where EVs have achieved a 2% market share, and the rest of the country, where they have about a 0.4% share.
Green Car Reports informs us that plug-in EV sales in Canada were up 50% in 2013. Plug-in share of new-car sales rise from 0.12% to 0.18% as in excess of 3000 units were sold. For the third year running, the Chevy Volt was Canada’s best-selling plug-in with just under 1000 purchased.
On a global basis, plug-in EVs sales are expected to increase almost 90% this year. Inside EVs refers us to a new study by Navigant Research that sees worldwide sales of plug-ins exceeding 346,000 units in 2014. If true, there will be more than 700,000 plug-in vehicle on roads around the world by the end of this year. Most sales will take place in North America, Europe and Asia. Dozens of new entrants will appear this year, including electric vehicles from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Saab, Volvo, Kia, Mahindra, Škoda, and Volkswagen.
Navigant Research also predicts there will be 35 million EVs worldwide within the next decade. This growth will be powered by high petroleum prices, government regulation of automobile fuel economy, reduced battery costs, and more government incentives to EV buyers.
Japan and the U.S. will represent the largest markets for hybrids, with sales reaching just over 1 million and 1.1 million in 2022, respectively. North America will be the largest market for plug-in hybrid EVs and battery EVs until 2017, at which point Asia Pacific will become the largest market for these vehicle classes.
reve says some 2.5 million plug-in EVs will be sold in the US between 2013 and 2022. The prediction comes from a recent study by Navigant Research which predicts PEVs will reach 416,148 annual sales in the United States and 230,479 in Canada by 2022.
California, New York, Washington, and Florida will lead the way in PEV sales in the United States. By 2022, Hawaii is expected to have the highest concentration of annual PEV sales (in terms of percentage of overall vehicle sales in the state), followed by California and Oregon. Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco are anticipated to have the largest sales of PEVs through the forecast period.
In Canada, the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia will account for 97% of Canadian PEV sales by 2022 (they also account for 75% of the Canadian population). The cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver will lead Canadian PEV sales. Navigant Research
Inside EVs tells us sales of light electric vehicles will reach 130 million a year before 2025. Light electric vehicles (LEVs) include any land vehicle propelled by an electric motor that uses an energy storage device such as a battery or fuel cell, has two or three wheels, and typically weighs less than 100kg. This would include electric bikes called e-bikes. New research from IDTechEx reveals these vehicles sell in the highest volumes in Asian countries, particularly in China. Europe and Japan have substantial sales too. On the other hand, sales in the US are extremely limited. China is by far the world’s leading producer of LEVs, with some 50 brands manufacturing these vehicles.
Most LEVs can be driven without a driver’s license in most countries around the globe, which is a big reason they sell in volume. Additionally, LEVs are cheap to buy and close to free to operate, especially since most don’t require insurance.
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