Facts Disprove 'Myth' of Failed Electric Car Sales

ChargePoint founder Richard Lowenthal counters 'myth' of failed electric vehicles sales.

Published: 01-Mar-2013

Expectations of electric vehicle sales have varied widely. First the thought that sales would take off like a rocket, and then that they were a dismal failure. Although reality is closer to the “rocket” scenario, neither one is accurate.

Initial targets by General Motors and Nissan have been missed to be sure but let’s set aside the aspirations of optimistic car companies and see what’s actually happening.

In the last year over $2 billion of plug-in cars have been sold in the United States. In 2011, 17,000 of these vehicles were sold, and over 53,000 were sold in 2012—a staggering growth rate of 244%. Wouldn’t we all like to see our businesses grow like that?


President Obama announces on March 7, 2012 the EV Everywhere Challenge Daimler Truck factory in Mt. Holly, N.C.

Goal of program is make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

EPA rates the Coda electric car at 88 miles per charge, currently the highest range available.

Dave Herron analyses the comparative costs of the current crop of plug-in cars.

Bruce Sargent charges Nissan LEAF in Central Point, Oregon. Photo credit: AP

The stations go from the California border north to the Oregon city of Cottage Grove.


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