Skip to comments.Auto sales: Plug-in electric sales nearly double in 2013
Posted on 01/18/2014 1:10:27 PM PST by ckilmer
More plug-in electric cars were sold in the US than ever before in their third year of sales. The 2013 total of roughly 90,000 electric vehicles didn't quite double the 2012 total of about 53,000, but the numbers seem likely to grow again this year.
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I don’t know how fast sales of natural gas trucks and buses is accelerating. It looks like sales of electric vehicles are moving up fast. Sales tripled in 2012 and doubled again in 2013. They are coming off a small base however. I don’t think the big car companies are pushing them. However, the success of Tesla may force the big car companies to push electric cars harder.
Total sales of electric cars were something over 90k in 2013. Tesla sold about 21k of those. Tesla expects to sell over 40k cars in 2014.
Hard to say what the future will bring. However, this kind of growth is considered to be viral. If it keeps up for 5-10 years—it will take a significant bite out of the demand for oil—especially as more trucks and buses shift over to natural gas.
The tell will come in 2015-2016 when Tesla promises to have a 30k car that drives over 200 miles on one battery charge—like their current 80k car —. If that happens, then the long term future (10-15 years)goes out of fracking oil and deep sea oil.
3 x 2 = 6
More early retirees buying golf carts.
I wonder how many were purchased by federal/state/local governments or green energy advocate corporations with government funds.
A local dealer is advertising a ‘13 volt for $30 k.....
Here we go again. The ‘RAT liberals playing with numbers.
If they can find a way to recharge the batteries quickly, that will help sell these cars.
If they can find a way to charge them at home, without help from the grid, that will make these cars skyrocket.
Too bad the things can’t be run off capacitors. As I understand it, you can fill capacitors rapidly. You can also empty them rapidly. For fast turn-around, nothing beats the capacitor. And if you need peek power, the capacitor is there to empty on demand, much faster than a battery.
I believe that is true. I don’t have a story to tell, but it’s my believe these numbers were fudged by government involvement beyond tax rebates.
Any idea what the electricity cost is if you charge your battery from dead to a full charge? That never seems to be mentioned.
The sad part comes when those who did buy one find out Barry and the EPA have a great big surprise waiting for them this year. I guess they can always push the car over next to the house and use it as a storage shed.
No need for a plug in car. Here is the 1st battery powered car.
Heaven only knows what Barry and the EPA have in store for any or all of us. With a wave of his pen, he can do just about anything. Our Congress (in total) might just as well be on his side, for all the good they’ll do us.
These glorified golf carts still are not practical for more than relatively short commuter runs, and the battery technology that would make them really competitive is still years away.
It is more likely that fuel-cell technology will be a more viable means to eventually eliminate dependence on internal combustion engines, but I am still holding out for the return of steam generation of power in a very compact form, fueled by compressed natural gas or propane.
Abner Doble had this worked out 90 years ago.
I would still like to hear how these cars did in the Polar Vortex areas...
Someday the batteries might get there , but not yet..
Haven’t you heard. Electricity comes free from the wall socket.
Maybe a hybrid steam/gasolene.
Internal combustion to start off, then steam.
Note: Veeblefeltzer sales double from last year.
Manufactures predict sales to triple next year
with 3 sold.
out of 18 million cars sold in just the usa last year...big whoop. It’s like a lot of litte Edsels.
You’re quite right. Many were “gifted to employees for testing purposes. Of course, that’s a total write off.
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