geojanes wrote:It shows that electric vehicle sales are growing fairly rapidly since their introduction in 2010. The Volt's sales YTD are down a little and it is no longer the best selling electric vehicle, but others are increasing. Probably the most interesting thing about the table is that in 2011 there were very few choices, but in 2014 there are 18 different models available in the US. That's pretty cool. Anybody drive one? I never have, but I'm told that the acceleration that comes from an electric engine is fantastic.
They have come on a long way in the past five years. Of course, some people still base their dismissal of modern energy-efficient methods on 5-10 year old data.
Interesting points from the sales data:
The Volt was the leading seller in the 'current generation of plug-ins' category for 18 months out of the three period 2011-2013. It was the leading seller for 2012 and 2013 overall.
As the market has proliferated, the Volt, Leaf, Tesla S and Prius PHV have been consistently in the top four each month, with the new Fords only recently breaking through.
Based on 2014 figures to date, in which about 38% of sales are in the first 6 months of a calendar year, the Volt would be projected to sell over 20,000 units this year.
It may not be setting the world afire (I don't think anyone claimed it would, other than the sarcastic), but it clearly is among the leaders in it's sector, and has been for over three years.
Who knows if it could have performed better without relentless propaganda from naysayers?