An update is now available on the UCLA Luskin Center EV
This presentation now includes facts and figures characterizing the U.S. sales
of over 112,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) through June
- The cumulative PEV fleet on U.S. roads is capable of using its nearly 2.5
million kilowatt-hours of batteries to drive over 7.3 million EPA-rated
electric miles each time it recharges.
What are the best-selling PEVs in the U.S.?
- The best-selling PEV model overall is the Chevy Volt, with over 41,000 vehicles
now on U.S. roads.
- Cumulative PEV-type
Plug-in hybrids comprise 58% of the cumulative PEV market,
whereas all-battery vehicles comprise 42%.
- Non-Volt plug-in
are becoming an important part of the market, with 36% of the plug-in-hybrid
market and 21% of the PEV market overall. These vehicles require shorter charge
times (e.g., 2.5–5 hours from empty to full using a standard wall outlet, or
1–2.5 hours from empty using a Level 2 charging station), lowering the real and perceived barriers to PEV adoption.
- Nevertheless, with all-battery
EVs commanding the majority of sales in 2013 so far, this year looks more
like 2011 than 2012, the later of which was dominated by plug-in hybrid sales.
- By model: The Chevy Volt, Nissan
LEAF, and Tesla Model S continue to dominate monthly PEV sales, as they have
for most of 2013.
- By PEV-type: plug-in hybrids
started to close the gap on all-battery vehicles, with June sales nearly equal.
How does this compare to hybrids when they first came out?
- Acknowledging a decade of differences, PEV sales (in 2010–2013) continue
to outpace gasoline hybrid sales (in 1999–2002) when examined from the year of
category introduction. In fact, year-4 PEV sales have surpassed, in just 6
months, year-4 gasoline hybrid sales.
by Brett Williams
Are EV sales really
disappointing? That may be a matter of expectations (more on this in the
blog entry "Managing EV Expectations"). But what are the facts
so far? There are now over 112,000
plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on U.S. roads. And by some measures,
PEVs are off to a much better start than gasoline-only hybrids were a decade
ago (see “Managing EV Expectations” and above). U.S. PEVs represent $4.3
billion in gross revenues (and the Volt alone $1.6 billion). Learn
more from ongoing Luskin research, to be updated monthly, characterizing PEV
sales from December 2010 to the present.