U.S. Plug-in EV Milestone: 100,000 Sold


May 22, 2013

The U.S. plug-in EV market reached a high point this week with the sale of the 100,000th car, an achievement plug-in advocacy organization Plug In America calls a milestone. The group tracked published reports of plug-in sales to come up with its magic number.

“Our current estimate, based on monthly sales figures from automakers, is that the 100,000 highway-capable plug-n vehicle will be sold on May 20,” said Tom Saxton, Plug In America’s chief science officer. Saxton announced the date late last week.

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The group also offered highlights related to the occasion. Here are a few:

  • Nissan dealers in some markets have said its Leaf plug-in outsold all other Nissan models during specific sales periods this year
  • Tesla’s Model S is selling better than the Mercedes Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 series and the Audi A8
  • The domestic EV fleet represents more than 2,000 megawatts of battery storage, which could provide opportunities for the future management of the electric grid and intermittent renewables

Car makers producing EVs include Nissan, GM, Ford, Tesla, Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes and Fiat. Those cars have won several consumer and industry awards, Plug In America said.