Editor’s Note on Changes Made, Plus Plug-in EV Sales Trends

Editor’s Note:  Before read­ing on, you may want to check out changes made to the pub­li­ca­tion with new con­tent sec­tions — edu­ca­tion and infra­struc­ture being crit­i­cal top­ics to cov­er. Also, see the list­ing of the Stake­hold­er Edi­to­r­i­al Advi­so­ry Group, who are pro­vid­ing valu­able, much-need­ed feed­back and guid­ance on what’s real­ly hap­pen­ing in the busi­ness. Spe­cial thanks to stake­hold­er Craig Shields for his guest col­umn.

While the num­bers are yet to be impres­sive, the fig­ures are climb­ing for plug-in elec­tric vehi­cles com­pared to last year. There were 1,760 Chevy Volts sold in June, bring­ing the total to 8,817, mean­ing Chevro­let will like­ly dou­ble last year’s num­bers. The fact that there are more plug-in elec­tric vehi­cle mod­els to shop for is help­ing over­all sales vol­ume, and that list will be get­ting much longer in the next cou­ple of years.

Plug-in elec­tric vehi­cles will not be reach­ing the president’s goal of hit­ting the one mil­lion sales mark, by 2015, but it won’t be too far behind. Pike Research expects the US sales num­bers to reach 410,000 plug-in EVs sold between 2011 and 2015, and the one mil­lion mark will be reached in 2018. Dra­mat­ic, no. Impres­sive, yes.

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