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Electric Cars Sell Faster Than Hybrids Did At Same Point

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Above is a graph comparing the relative sales volumes of hybrids (starting in 2000) to those of plug-in electric cars (starting in 2011).

It comes from the U.S. Department of Energy, which tweeted the image last Friday.

(We’re not sure why the units on the vertical axis say “USD,” which stands for U.S. Dollars–the data is clearly total sales.)

14 models, 9 makers

The cars include battery-electric, range-extended electric, and plug-in hybrid cars sold by all makers (14 different models from nine auto brands as of June).

It’s not the first such graph: Scientific American did a very similar image, which you can find here, as part of its article: Electric Vehicle Deployment: Where Should We Be Today?

But combined with the news that more than 61,000 Nissan Leafs have been sold–the bulk of 100,000 electric cars sold by Nissan and Renault–it counters the loudly-declaimed myth that “electric cars are a sales failure” and “no one wants them.”

The 100,000th plug-in electric car sold in the U.S. was delivered sometime during May.

2013 Nissan Leaf

2013 Nissan Leaf

Sales triple, then double

As we note regularly on this site, in 2011, a total of 17,500 plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S.

Then, last year, the sales total tripled to about 53,000. And this year, they’re on track to double again–roughly–to more than 100,000 plug-in cars delivered.


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