See How Electric Vehicle Sales Stalled in 2015
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
1/27/2016 25 comments
Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the US fell by about 5% in 2015,
despite a record-setting year for the rest of industry.
Electric automakers sold just 116,597 plug-ins last year, down from
123,049 in 2014, according to numbers recently released by the InsideEVs
website. In contrast, the industry at large posted US light vehicle
sales of 17.47 million in 2015, up by almost a million over 2014 sales
of 16.52 million, according to Automotive News.
Tesla’s much-publicized Model S was the big winner among electric cars
last year. According to the website InsideEVs, sales jumped to an
estimated 25,700 vehicles, up from about 17,300 the previous year.
(Source: Tesla Motors)
It wasn’t supposed to be this way, of course. When Nissan rolled out its
Leaf electric car and Chevy unveiled the plug-in Volt in 2010, the
industry was optimistic. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn even predicted that
sales of the Leaf EV would hit 500,000 a year by 2013, according to The
New York Times. But last year, sales of plug-in hybrids and pure EVs
across the entire industry accounted for only about six-tenths of 1% of
the US market.
Still, there were some high points for the EV market. Sales of Tesla’s
Model S jumped by almost 50% and BMW’s i3 nearly doubled in 2015.
Here, we post sales figures for 15 selected plug-in cars. From the Model
S and Model X to the Spark and the Volt, following are the market’s most
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