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USA: Sales of plug-in electric vehicles to reach 400,073 by 2020

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles will reach about 400,000 units annually by 2020, according to an estimate released Tuesday by Pike Research, a number that falls far short of the Obama administration’s goal of seeing 1 million EVs on the road by 2015. Pike says there will be about 392,000 electric vehicles total on the road in 2015.

California, New York, Florida and Texas will lead the way as consumers slowly adopt to the new technology, according to the report. The top five metropolitan areas for plug-in electric vehicle sales are expected to be New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Nationwide, 2.1 percent of total vehicle sales are expected to be plug-in electrics
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by 2020, compared with 4.5 percent in California. One in four of all electric vehicles sold by 2020 is expected to be in the Golden State.

Electric vehicle sales have been slower than some expected due to the lingering weakness of the economy, and many Americans still have lots of questions about electric vehicles, including concerns about range.

Consumers who live within Southern California Edison’s territory will account for the largest number of sales, followed closely by PG&E customers, according to Pike.

“Los Angeles has a greater population and a huge car culture,” said Dave Hurst, a senior research analyst with Pike Research who authored the “Electric Vehicle Geographic Forecasts” report. “And L.A. has been a
target community for HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lane access.”


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