August 25, 2014
Few Electric Vehicles Sold In Significant Volumes

An article by John Voelcker at Green Car Reports claims that of the electric cars (including pluggable hybrids like the Volt) on the market only the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S are being widely marketed and sold. Some of the EVs are only sold in California and a few other states in very limited numbers just to meet state regulatory requirements.

Those are the Chevy Spark EV, Fiat 500e, Honda Fit EV, and Toyota RAV4 EV.

In June 2014 the Fusion Energi outsold the Chevy Volt and the plug-in version of the Prius. But Energi sales fell in July and Energi dropped back a couple of places in the sales rankings of EVs and PHEVs.

A really successful EV at this point racks up a few thousand sales per month. This in a market where the total volume of cars sold per month is well over 1 million. EVs and PHEVs still have little impact on demand for gasoline.

Here is the full list of PHEVs and of EVs available in at least some portions of the American market.

So far improvements in the internal combustion engine (e.g. turbo, direct injection, variable valve timing) and in transmissions (e.g. dual clutch) have made a far greater impact on demand for gasoline. Lighter materials have also made a bigger impact. HEVs are saving far more gasoline than PHEVs and EVs combined.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2014 August 25 08:08 PM 

Wolf-Dog said at September 2, 2014 8:22 PM:

According to this historical chart, the inflation-adjusted price of oil is close to the 1979 peak levels:

However, according to the following chart, the fuel economy of vehicles between 1979 and 2014 has actually improved by 75 %, which explains why the world is not in depression:

The automobile companies are like a front for oil companies, because if the price of oil reaches $100 per barrel, then the incentive to improve electric vehicles will be so great that this will be deleterious to the oil industry.

Wolf-Dog said at September 2, 2014 8:24 PM:

Typographical error: I meant to write that if the price of oil reaches $200 per barrel, the switch to electric cars will be accelerated.

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