Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Charge Past 250,000 In U.S.

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Plug In America's Sales Ticker Show More Than 250,000 Plug-In Vehicles Have Been Sold In The U.S.

Plug In America’s Sales Ticker Show More Than 250,000 Plug-In Vehicles Have Been Sold In The U.S.

Photo From National Plug-In Day 2013 In Vermont

Photo From National Plug-In Day (now known as National Drive Electruc Week) 2013 In Vermont

“Plug-In Vehicle Sales Hit First Quarter-Million Mark in U.S. as Record Number of Cities Celebrate National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15-21”

Reads the headline from Plug In America’s latest press release.

250,000-plus plug-in electric vehicles are now on U.S. roads!!!  (You can check out all the historical data broken down by year/month/model to date via our Historical Scorecard)

Though the highlight is the milestone of 250,000 plug-ins being surpassesd, the press release mainly focusing on the upcoming National Drive Electric Week, a must-attend event (over one hundred events, actually) for electric vehicles enthusiasts.

EV Driver Nancy Cartwright, the Voice of Bart Simpson, Celebrates Along With Cities in Italy, Canada and the Netherlands

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 10, 2014—A record number of volunteers nationwide and beyond will ensure that others may discover the benefits of electric cars with National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15-21, 2014. The fourth annual observance, bringing test-drives and related activities to more than 130 cities in 35 states and abroad–another record–comes just as EV sales reach their first quarter-million mark in the U.S. today.

“Clean energy prosperity is on the way and there’s no turning back,” said Sierra Club director Michael Brune. “National Drive Electric Week and the dramatic increase in the number of plug-in electric vehicles on the road are just the latest examples of how American consumers are demanding 21st-century solutions to energy and the climate crisis, and given the choice would leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground.”

You might say that even Bart Simpson is excited.

“I bought a Nissan Leaf about two years ago,” actor Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart on “The Simpsons,” told National Drive Electric Week founders, “and I shaved nearly an hour off my driving to “The Simpsons” set and back because I can drive in the carpool lane. Got lots of thumbs up on the freeway. That said, I am a HUGE fan of Tesla and can’t wait to ‘fly’ with my ‘falcon-doored’ bird, the Tesla Model X. I will be the 12th person to receive the car. Aesthetic, functional and sets a great example for safeguarding our environment.”

Designed to highlight the fun, convenience, cost-savings and clean-air benefits of EVs, National Drive Electric Week is organized nationally by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Assn. These organizations team up with other local groups and volunteers staging local events from Hawaii to Vermont, where EV sales continue to be robust.

“Plug-in vehicles have had a good year,” said John O’Dell, senior editor, fuel efficiency and Green Vehicles at Edmunds.com. “Despite a slowdown in the conventional hybrid segment, battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are up about 39 percent over last year. They remain a tiny part of the market–less than a one-percent share–but more and more people seem to be considering them as they shop for fuel efficient transportation.”

Sharing the message abroad, at least one city in the Netherlands, five in Italy and 10 in Canada will take part in National Drive Electric Week (formerly National Plug In Day). Events are collectively expected to draw at least 35,000 attendees, including elected officials. Proclamations will be plentiful.
But the main point is to have a good time, with seasoned EV drivers taking those new to the cars for a spin.

“Some like the high-tech efficiency of EVs. Some thrill at the instant torque. Others feel that the real fun comes in knowing that you’re keeping your carbon footprint small, especially if you charge your EV with renewable solar energy, like so many of us do,” said Plug In America spokeswoman Zan Dubin-Scott. “I mean, cowabunga, man!”

For details about individual events, visit the Events page. Examples:

Connecticut’s Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection and the state’s Automotive Retailers Assn. will award the state dealership with highest plug-in sales.

The mayor of Huntington Beach is expected to appear at Surf City’s seaside event. A number of mayors are issuing proclamations in honor of Drive Electric Week.

Stella, the world’s first solar-powered, energy-positive car and winner of last year’s World Solar Challenge, birthplace of the storied EV1, will kick off Drive Electric Week with a visit to Venice, CA. It will stop in Cupertino, where organizers will make a Guinness World Records attempt for most EVs assembled (500-plus), and culminate the celebration in Capitola.

An “EV bloc” of plug-in car drivers will gather at the People’s Climate March on Sept 21 in New York City. The march is aimed at putting pressure on world leaders to address climate change.

Poolesville, Maryland’s event could draw 10,000, staged next to an annual fest replete with a town parade and marching band.

Houston will celebrate EVs at a solar-powered IKEA store, which will trumpet the event on its electronic billboard, visible from a major freeway intersection. Attendant mini-events will take place at EV charging stations around the sprawling city.

Scottsdale, Arizona’s event will bring EV efficiency to the site of one of nation’s longest running gasoline-car shows.

UCLA and Santa Monica High School will share the EV message with youth through lectures and other activities of the new National Drive Electric Week Ambassador School initiative.

50 EVs in New Hampshire will scale Mount Washington, the northeast’s highest peak.

National Drive Electric Week has been directly linked to increased plug-in vehicle sales, which have jumped by as much as 23 percent the month after Drive Electric Week in every year it has been held. Plug In America produced this total cost of ownership analysis, showing that a typical U.S. driver can cut in half the monthly cost to lease and operate a car by choosing an EV over a gasoline car.

National sponsors include the Nissan LEAF, PlugShare and the Dent Agency.

National Drive Electric Week Event Locations (Link to events page here)

City State/Province Country Day(s)

Calgary Alberta Canada Sep 21, 2014
Victoria British Columbia Canada Sep 15-21, 2014
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Sep 20, 2014
Etobicoke Ontario Canada Sep 20, 2014
Hamilton Ontario Canada Sep 16, 2014
Mississauga Ontario Canada Sep 15, 2014
Ottawa Ontario Canada Sep 19, 2014
Boucherville Québec Canada Sep 12-13, 2014
Gatineau Québec Canada Sep 20, 2014
Trois-Rivières Québec Canada Sep 18, 2014
Victoriaville Québec Canada Sep 20, 2014
Bergamo Italy Sep 21, 2014
Cinisello Balsamo Italy Sep 21, 2014
Monza Italy Sep 21, 2014
Osio Sotto, BG Italy Sep 21, 2014
Rome Italy Sep 21, 2014
Almere Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
Amsterdam Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
Eindhoven Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
Enschede Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
Rotterdam Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
The Hague Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
Tilburg Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
Utrecht Netherlands Sep 20, 2014
Huntsville Alabama USA Sep 20, 2014
Mesa Arizona USA Sep 20, 2014
Scottsdale Arizona USA Sep 20, 2014
Tucson Arizona USA Sep 21, 2014
Bakersfield California USA Sep 21, 2014
Capitola California USA Sep 21, 2014
Carmel-by-the-Sea California USA Sep 18, 2014
Chico California USA Sep 17, 2014
Cupertino California USA Sep 20, 2014
Diamond Bar California USA Sep 20, 2014
Folsom California USA Sep 14, 2014
Goleta California USA Sep 21, 2014
Huntington Beach California USA Sep 20, 2014
Laguna Hills California USA Sep 21, 2014
Los Angeles California USA Sep 16, 2014
Oroville California USA Sep 15, 2014
Palm Desert California USA Sep 20, 2014
Point Reyes California USA Sep 18, 2014
Redding California USA Sep 20, 2014
Riverside California USA Sep 20, 2014
San Diego California USA Sep 20, 2014
San Rafael California USA Sep 21, 2014
Santa Rosa California USA Sep 20, 2014
Woodland Hills California USA Sep 20, 2014
Boulder Colorado USA Sep 17, 2014
Colorado Springs Colorado USA Sep 18, 2014
Fort Collins Colorado USA Sep 20-21, 2014
Golden Colorado USA Sep 20, 2014
Littleton Colorado USA Sep 20, 2014
Longmont Colorado USA Sep 20, 2014
Hartford Connecticut USA Sep 18, 2014
New Britain Connecticut USA Sep 20, 2014
Storrs Connecticut USA Sep 20, 2014
NRL District Of Columbia USA Sep 18, 2014
Washington District Of Columbia USA Sep 21, 2014
Orlando Florida USA Sep 20, 2014
Fort Lauderdale Florida USA Sep 20, 2014
Jacksonville Florida USA Sep 18, 2014
Melbourne Florida USA Sep 20, 2014
Oldsmar Florida USA Sep 20, 2014
Sarasota Florida USA Sep 20, 2014
Atlanta Georgia USA Sep 13, 2014
Honolulu Hawaii USA Sep 14, 2014
Lihue Hawaii USA Sep 20, 2014
Boise Idaho USA Sep 20, 2014
Chicago Illinois USA Sep 19, 2014
Naperville Illinois USA Sep 21, 2014
Indianapolis Indiana USA Sep 20, 2014
South Bend Indiana USA Sep 18, 2014
Overland Park Kansas USA Sep 19, 2014
Prairie Village Kansas USA Sep 17, 2014
Baton Rouge Louisiana USA Sep 20, 2014
South Portland Maine USA Sep 21, 2014
Annapolis Maryland USA Sep 21, 2014
Baltimore Maryland USA Sep 20, 2014
Bethesda Maryland USA Sep 20, 2014
Frederick Maryland USA Sep 19, 2014
Poolesville Maryland USA Sep 20, 2014
Boston Massachusetts USA Sep 21, 2014
Plymouth Massachusetts USA Sep 20, 2014
Vineyard Haven Massachusetts USA Sep 20, 2014
Wellesley Massachusetts USA Sep 18, 2014
Worcester Massachusetts USA Sep 20, 2014
Ann Arbor Michigan USA Sep 19, 2014
East Lansing Michigan USA Sep 18, 2014
Novi Michigan USA Sep 18, 2014
St Paul Minnesota USA Sep 21, 2014
Kansas City Missouri USA Sep 13, 2014
St. Louis Missouri USA Sep 21, 2014
Missoula Montana USA Sep 20, 2014
Las Vegas Nevada USA Sep 20, 2014
Reno Nevada USA Sep 20, 2014
Concord New Hampshire USA Sep 20, 2014
Gorham New Hampshire USA Sep 13-14, 2014
Madison New Jersey USA Sep 18, 2014
Montclair New Jersey USA Sep 21, 2014
Morristown New Jersey USA Sep 20, 2014
Newark New Jersey USA Sep 18, 2014
Cohoes New York USA Sep 21, 2014
Highland New York USA Sep 20, 2014
Lindenhurst New York USA Sep 20, 2014
New York City New York USA Sep 21, 2014
Rochester New York USA Sep 18, 2014
Syracuse New York USA Sep 20, 2014
Asheville North Carolina USA Sep 21, 2014
Charlotte North Carolina USA Sep 18, 2014
Charlotte North Carolina USA Sep 17, 2014
Clyde North Carolina USA Sep 17, 2014
Raleigh North Carolina USA Sep 17, 2014
Weaverville North Carolina USA Sep 20, 2014
Wilmington North Carolina USA Sep 16, 2014
Columbus Ohio USA Sep 21, 2014
Perrysburg Ohio USA Sep 20, 2014
Eugene Oregon USA Sep 14, 2014
Lincoln City Oregon USA Sep 13, 2014
Portland Oregon USA Sep 20, 2014
Wilsonville Oregon USA Sep 20, 2014
Annville Pennsylvania USA Sep 15, 2014
Devon Pennsylvania USA Sep 21, 2014
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA Sep 21, 2014
Seven Springs Pennsylvania USA Sep 12-14, 2014
Cranston Rhode Island USA Sep 20, 2014
Bluffton South Carolina USA Sep 20, 2014
Columbia South Carolina USA Sep 20, 2014
Kingsport Tennessee USA Sep 21, 2014
Knoxville Tennessee USA Sep 20, 2014
Austin Texas USA Sep 20, 2014
Dallas-Fort Worth Texas USA Sep 15-20, 2014
Houston Texas USA Sep 20, 2014
Houston Texas USA Sep 17, 2014
San Antonio Texas USA Sep 20, 2014
Murray Utah USA Sep 13, 2014
Burlington Vermont USA Sep 18, 2014
South Burlington Vermont USA Sep 20, 2014
Fairfax Virginia USA Sep 19, 2014
Richmond Virginia USA Sep 21, 2014
Issaquah Washington USA Sep 21, 2014
Liberty Lake Washington USA Sep 20, 2014
Pasco Washington USA Sep 20, 2014
Steilacoom Washington USA Sep 20, 2014
Wenatchee Washington USA Sep 20, 2014
145 Events

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8 responses to "Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Charge Past 250,000 In U.S."

  1. Spec9 says:

    WOW! I had no idea they were that big. Nice.

    Clearly not gonna hit the 1 million by 2015 aspirational target Obama mentioned once but it might get halfway there by the end of the 2015.

    1. Brian says:

      Indeed. That is one impressive list. I’ll be showing my car in Syracuse, but I’m thinking that next year I may try to hit up another event just to see what they are doing.

      I doubt we’ll get another 250,000 sales in the next 15 months. And technically Obama said “on the road”, so you need more than 1 million sales to account for those taken off the road (sold outside the country, totaled, etc). We will almost certainly hit 1 million this decade though, so not all is lost!

      1. Emc2 says:

        At the current rate, cumulative sales will reached by early 2015 and one million not earlier than 2017!

        1. Emc2 says:

          Oops! 500k by 1Q 2015.

          2013 will close with about 300k.

          1. Brian says:

            Assuming 2014 closes with 300k, you really think that another 200k will be sold in the first three months of 2015? That seems highly optimistic to me. What’s more likely is that 500k will be hit sometime in the first half of 2016.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    I went last year in Tucson. This year I’ll attend in Scottsdale, AZ.

  3. Jesse Gurr says:

    These events only list one day. Are they only for one day? Or do they run the whole week?

    1. Dave Erb says:

      Some are, but many have multiple events during the week. Go to driveelectricweek.org , click on Events, click the dot for your city on the map, then click on the name of the city for all the details.