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25 Jul 13 13:20

Electric vehicle sales in America have doubled so far this year, with new figures also revealing how sales have tripled since 2011.

In the first six months of 2013, 40,000 plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in America, which is twice as many as the same period in 2012, according to figures from the US Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory.

The department also revealed how EV sales have tripled from 17,000 in 2011 to 52,000 in 2012.

The growth can partially be attributed to more affordable EV batteries. Thanks to expanding domestic manufacturing capacity and technology improvements, the cost of batteries has come down by almost 50% in the last four years, and is estimated to fall again to US$10,000 by 2015.

Ernest Moniz, US Energy Secretary, said: “More and more Americans are taking advantage of the low and stable price of electricity as a transportation fuel, and that’s very good news for our economy as well as the environment. As the market continues to grow, electric vehicles will play a key role in our effort to reduce air pollution and slow the effects of climate change.”

The rocketing sales illustrate how much faster EV growth is than the hybrid vehicle market; only 3,000 were sold in the hybrid’s first 30 months.

Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group, said: "Early on, EV sales had been lower than expected. But the introduction of new models and positive reviews for existing models, combined with rising gas prices, appear to be giving the market the boost that it needed.

"EVs still have a ways to go before reaching mainstream adoption. But the industry's healthy development is a good sign for the future of US transport."

Category: Sustainable energy

Location: USA


Paritosh - 27 Jul 2013, 9 a.m.

Pardon me, but I've another view on Electric vehicles and I do not see them in the same light... Each and every EV requires rare earth metals like neodymium, lithium, and many other essential compounds... This causes chemical pollution and as could be seen in China who supplies 97% of these to the world.

Economy wise yes sales of EV is great! But pollution and green quotient wise, I doubt that it would help in anyway..

Crazy world isn't it :o)

Anne Davis - 30 Jul 2013, 9:02 p.m.

While I wasn't aware of the rare earth materials required by the EV's, I too have reservations. We hear of inadequate electricity during times of high temperatures around the United States; how do we square with plugging in our cars and being a further drag on a resource already only just sufficient for the country? I think we need to look elsewhere for sustainable power - perhaps making small solar panels on top of our vehicles power up batteries or engineering our car engines with tight enough tolerances and high enough compression to be able to burn water. These are not my ideas, just the some I've heard thrown around. Of course, we are supposed to be running out of enough fresh water to drink so perhaps burning water isn't such a good idea either! How about burning air? ;-))

Gavin Montgomery - 2 Aug 2013, 7 p.m.

On a related note, those crazy nerds over at the Freakonomics blog are highlighting research by Michael Sivak of the University Michigan's Transportation Research Institute that suggests that the U.S. may have reached "Peak Motorization":

It's an interesting idea that the number of cars on the road in many countries may have reached saturation point. Higher taxation, soaring fuel costs and new alternatives like telecommuting and improved public transport could lead to a fall in demand for vehicles. The implications for the insurance industry would be huge...

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