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Electric Car Sales & Plug-in Hybrid Sales Growing Strong, And Why

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles program recently released an updated version of its rather comprehensive “backgrounder” on electric vehicles — “how much the technology is growing in the country, the opportunities it presents for consumers and automakers, and the challenges facing its adoption,” to be specific. Also included in the updated backgrounder is which automakers are now investing in EV technology.

Here are some of the key, overall findings:

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), including both plug-in hybrids and battery electrics, are up significantly over last year. More than 59,000 EVs were sold in the United States by the end of August — already surpassing EV sales for all of 2012.
In California, sales are more than double the rate of last year, representing 29 percent of U.S. plug-in vehicles sales.
Americans have purchased almost 140,000 plug-in vehicles in the last 3 years, resulting in the country using about 40 million less gallons of gasoline per year.

And here’s even more on a few key topics — major drivers of sales, opportunities, and challenges (all via UCS):


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