Electric Cars

Here are some interesting stats on electric cars according to the Washington Post.

Americans bought a record 17.5 million passenger vehicles in the United States, of which 116,548 — 0.67 percent — were either plug-in hybrids or all-electrics, according to insideevs.com. That was about 6,500 fewer than in 2014.

Automakers have sold 407,136 electrics (EVs) since they hit the market in 2010. That is 0.16 percent of the 250 million-plus U.S. passenger vehicle fleet. Assuming all are still on the road, carmakers must sell 300,000 this year and next to reach 1 million, or 0.3 percent of the fleet, by 2018.

Elon Musk , the fellow of Telsa fame has sold 50,000 of his vehicles world wide. US Federal and State subsidies to his firm were over $4 billion, according to this same report.

Hey, we’re in the wrong business.

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4 thoughts on “Electric Cars

  1. Electric cars are sort of like nuclear energy. In the case of nuclear energy the proponents surged ahead with its development assuming that when required, science will have found an easy and safe way of disposing of nuclear waste. Never happened. In the case of electric cars, the thinking seems to be that by the time that their usage gets to the level where more electrical generation is required to meet the requisite charging load, a “clean, green, inexpensive” source will somehow be there. Nope, not going to happen. Of course, more thermal nuclear electricity sources could be developed to meet the electric car demand, but that would bring us back to the nuclear waste problem. Hmmmmmm. Not a lot of thinking going on here.

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