Did You Know? Every 3 Minutes Someone Switches From An ICE Vehicle To An Electric Car


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Renault ZOE

No…we didn’t know, but now we do.

According to Renault Z.E., every 3 minutes someone switches their ICE vehicle for an electric car.

We presume Renault means that every 3 minutes someone is either trading in, selling off, or otherwise parting with their current ICE vehicles in favor of an electric car.

Of course, the Renault-Nissan Alliance leads the world in electric car sales, so Renault Z.E. is quick to point out that by stating “1 in 2 #Evs are from the @TheAllianceRN.”

Basically, in the time it took you to read this brief post, one more switch from ICE to electric occurred.  How’s that sound to you?

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22 Comments on "Did You Know? Every 3 Minutes Someone Switches From An ICE Vehicle To An Electric Car"

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It sounds good.

Well, last year one EV was sold every 1,5 minute.

I will start to become happy when it’s one every second =) And totally happy when 3 EVs are sold per second.

Who wouldn’t want an electric car in Europe where gasoline is heavily taxed? EVs should be flying off the car lots there.

Even in the U.S. the cost of the electricity to “fill up” an EV is the equivalent of $1 a gallon or less. If automakers would advertise that along with the incentives and rebates, they should sell well here, particularly the plug in hybrids.

With half the average mileage, twice the efficiency of cars and often higher electricity prices it often makes more economical sense in the US rather than Europe to change to an EV.

A Tesla in Germany generally costs more in “fuel” cost than a regular diesel car.

Normal price for electricity is also higher in Europe, around 0.3$/kWh.

What Mikael said is true. Most people here already have a efficient car, so switching to an EV means around the same cost (TCO). Depending on the car it is a litte less or more. For example to fill up a Leaf vs. a gasoline Golf the Leaf is 30€/month less, but because of higher starting price the TCO is around the same.

At the moment the situatuion for EVs is:
Same cost (TCO), less range, more people/families only one car, more street-parking people.

Will be better when there are EVs with:
Less cost (TCO), little bit less range (150-200 miles)

Will be a lot better when:
Infrastructure for charging is reliable and common, range of 450-500 miles at Model S price (a CEOs drive electric instead of diesel), range of to 200+ miles at Leaf price

So in the US, with 250 million cars, that would take 1,427 years to replace all of the ICE cars with BEVs. What?!

When you are so very clever with mathematics why is it that you can’t see that BEV are better than ICEs?


kdawg, why harsh the mellow?

Don’t you think that the rate will increase over time, hopefully geometrically?

Yes I do.

Yeah, one every three seconds is far too slow, if you think about how many cars are actually sold every year.


Did you know? About every 2 seconds in the U.S., statistically, somebody switches from having a car to having no car. It is not a very fast rate, but it is a trend. So there is still hope.

Is that a voluntary or involuntary switch?

It’s such a shame we don’t have cheaper Electric Vehicles in Australia. We would sell more but hopefully a new government will change this.

I’ve only visited Australia (long motorcycle road trip in Western Australia + a vehicle-less week and Melbourne and a few days in Sydney), but I suspect that there is a big perceptual range issue. Even though Australia is heavily urban (suburban, really), people like to think they can cross the continent by car. It’ll be a long time before one can do Melbourne –> Perth using reasonably quick public charging. Obviously the vast majority of people never drive that distance (although a lot of tourists do, or at least did when I was there), but the perception is an issue.

W.A. proper is worse, given the population density once you leave the Southwest — I rode through several 300km stretches of road, including main roads, that did not have a single gas station — ICE drivers have range anxiety there. Further, a couple of the stretches did not have single building, tree or curve in the road.

What about in the middle of the night when all the dealerships are closed?

When there is night in USA, they sell in China.
When there is night in China, they sell in Europe.
When there is night in Europe, they sell in USA.

Or maybe this value is only a average, i don’t know for sure… 😉

In average, the human being has 1 testicle.

One every minute is around half a million per year. Wake me up, when we are at 10/minute.

Wish it would be 2017.

“We presume Renault means that every 3 minutes someone is either trading in, selling off, or otherwise parting with their current ICE vehicles in favor of an electric car.”

I’m not sure this is true. My company, FuelIncluded.com, is encouraging people to go EV but given the costs vs limitations there is a good case to take one as a second car, there is no need to get rid of your ICE. Of course, long term many drivers find they don’t need the old car like they thought they would.

USA and Europe account for circa 130,000 units.
that is 360 cars a day, or 15 per hour, hence around 1 every 4 minutes.

Adding Japan, close to the 17,000 and China+ the rest the “1 every 3 minute” seems even conservative !