While battery electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids have not yet triggered the expected green transportation revolution; data shows the segment’s sales continue to grow steadily.
With a total new car market projected to reach close to 17 million units this year, we can easily see that the overall figure for the sales of electric vehicles is just a grain in the sea of sand. In the first six months of the year there were more than 54,000 units delivered, a rise from the 41,000 cars that were sold during the same period in 2013. Still, analysts say the prospects are even better for the segment, as last year close to 60% of the sales were accounted in the latter part of the year.
Within the 33% sales rise over last year, the main competitor seems to be Nissan’s Leaf, which overtook the last leader – Chevrolet’s Volt plug-in hybrid. Leaf sales crossed the 12,700 cars mark, followed by the Toyota Prius with 9,300 units and Chevy’s Volt with 8,600. Tesla’s Model S comes close with estimated deliveries of 7,400 cars (a slowdown from last year’s 10,050 autos). Forecasters predict that if the 33% trend keeps up for the next few years, electric vehicle sales in the US would reach over 500,000 units by 2020.