Plug-In Vehicle Adoption: State By State, And By Brand For 2014 In US

OCT 12 2015 BY JAY COLE 20

Ever wondered how your state compares to another for EV adoption?  (…if you live in Wyoming it isn’t good)

Or how about just what percentage of Nissan sales last year came from Georgia and its very lucrative $5,000 rebate program that has now expired? (25%)

The below graphic published by CNBC using registration and government data from 2014 can answer a lot of your demographic-based questions, as well as giving you some interesting graphical information on your specific EV of choice.  (Fair warning:  the app isn’t the quickest to load)

To note: One should use this graph only for distributional references and for rough estimates.

As anyone who has attempted to track plug-in car sales via registrations (or the DoE) will tell you – they are both very slow to report, and there are multiple “holes in the bucket” when it comes to reporting the cumulative data for 2014.   About ~20,000 plug-in sales that were made in 2014 are AWOL on the map.

ie) the data shows only 25,983 LEAFs sold in the US, when in fact there was 30,200 reported sold, a net deficit of 4,317 units for the Nissan.  The same is true of other brands Chevrolet Volt: -2,493 (16,312 vs 18,805 reported), Tesla Model S: -3,690 (12,710 vs ~ 16,400), BMW i3: -2,248 (3,844 vs 6,092) Ford Fusion Energi: -1,103 (10,447 vs 11,550), etc.

Hat tip to sven!

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20 Comments on "Plug-In Vehicle Adoption: State By State, And By Brand For 2014 In US"

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It would be nice if the data was normalized based on registrations per state. (ie: #PEVs/#total registrations)

Without normalization, the map above only tells us that a large vehicle population is present in states like CA, FL, & TX. It does NOT show that the % of PRVs registering in CA & WA are similarly high, while WA has a higher percent of PEVs vs FL & TX.

Completely agreed! For this data to be truly meaningful we need to know percent of EV registrations per year per state. For example if in 2015 5.0% of all new vehicle registrations are for EV’e in Colorado and 1.0% it says to me that there is something going on in Colorado creating public awareness and a change in behavior to go EV.

Exactly my thoughts. Without normalization to the total registrations this really doesn’t show anything of value. Also it would be nice if you showed another graph of total BEV/PHEV sales by brand in addition to model.

Note: the differences between InsideEVs dataset and the CNBC dataset is that CNBC likely only included private registrations (public registrations by Fed. & local government & fleets omitted).
This is related by how states issue registrations vehicles in their fleets (ie; they don’t bill themselves registration fees, so there is a different transaction process so likely not counted with private vehicle registrations). InsideEVs dataset is based on production numbers, not registration numbers so captures all vehicles in existence.

Wow, this is ancient or wrong. >800 Tesla owners in Minnesota alone, as of this Summer and the local service center.

Right under the graphic:
Source info: 2014 EV car registration data, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
State tax Incentive information, Dept. of Energy.

The data is not cumulative, it is 2014 information only.

Left coast best coast.

In many ways that is true. I just did not dig the dryness of So Cal, and the northwest is too wet, (though not this year). I prefer the 4 seasons.

This last summer was VERY dry in Washington state. It was really scary. The problem is we have so many trees. They burn like match sticks in the right conditions. I have to laugh when I read about people complaining about rain. Rain is life to us.


Are the charts above meant to be viewed only in Internet Explorer, or Chrome, or what browser? The page seems to be broken using FireFox.

Firefox here too, script is working. Though the data should really be in percent of statewide sales or sales/people or so. This way we only know that California has a lot of sales. Still might be lacking behind other states regarding market penetration.

This data would be better if it was based on a percentage (Plugins vs ICE). You may find it tells a different story, since this data will typically side with the state that has more cars.

Would be nice to have included a value per resident (or residents per EV) to help normalize results.

It shows California is the leader in PEVs.

Just a quick look on my tablet, found this: “Number of private and commercial motor vehicle registrations in the U.S. in 2013, by state (in units)*”

Maybe a bit more digging can get the 2014’s, and then some Excel work can deliver the desired relevance to compare! (Just a bit more than I can do easily on a Tablet quickly!)

Evidence of sea level rise in South Florida has been documented on YouTube, I’m surprised Floridians aren’t going electric in greater numbers.