Majority Of Plug-In Cars Sold In U.S. Are Pure Electric

OCT 17 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

Pure electric wins over plug-in hybrid.

According to US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, between December 2010 and July 2018, most of the plug-in electric cars sold in the U.S. are battery electric cars (53%), while plug-in hybrids take the remaining 47%.

We already have data for August and September, which clearly shows that BEVs outsell PHEVs 3:1, which means that the overall share of BEVs in the entire plug-in fleet will become higher each month from now on, at least until the automotive industry finds some plug-in hybrid contenders for volume BEVs (mostly Tesla Model 3).

“Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles through July 2018 show that more than half (53%) are all-electric vehicles (EV). Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), which use electricity from the grid as well as gasoline, make up the other 47%. Together, sales of EV and PHEV add to more than 900,000 cumulative vehicles from the first sales in December 2010 to July 2018.”

Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Light Duty Electric Drive Vehicles Monthly Sales Updates website, accessed September 6, 2018.


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time to put ICE CARS out of its misery , put it to pasture like the horses it replaced.

ICE should not be used on pure road vehicles, except for EMS. In fact, I would love to see vehicle makers move to pure EVs, except for EMS, off-road, military, construction, where instead, they would use a series hybrid.

As more 200 and 300 mile EVs are available, buying a PHEV as a commuter car makes less sense. Especially with the price of a 200 mile EV about the same as a PHEV with just 20+ miles of range. Especially if you can still get the $7500 tax credit, and start deducting the fuel and maintenance savings month after month.

Unfortunately this statistic could tell you other things as well. Like the majority of electric cars sold are Tesla. What is the ratio for car companies that sell both PHEV’s and BEV’s? That would give an indication of how committed traditional car companies are to pure BEV’s.

Unfortunately, most car purchasers probably still aren’t really familiar with Tesla, or have heard too much of the FUD about electric cars, so wouldn’t even consider a Tesla. And thus get their info from their preferred brand and friends who also don’t understand electric’s.

I don’t think this stat tells you more people want pure BEV’s. I think it tells you the small clued in buyers do. And that the rest have no clue.

Kia/Hyundai is the only car company that sells PHEV and BEV versions of the same vehicle in the US at least. Ioniq and soon Niro. The problem is the BEV versions of Ioniq and Niro are CARB or at least very supply constrained. I think PHEV makes the most sense for Rav4 and up sized CUVs since those are white hot in the US right now and we are a ways from batteries being affordable enough to make BEV versions available for the $25K – $35K these vehicles typically sell for.

The majority of Plug-in Cars Sold in U.S. are $50K+ Teslas. Fixed that for you. Sadly I was really hoping more people would buy lower priced PHEV and BEV options. The uptake on the Outlander PHEV is very disappointing.

You got me curious about that Outlander PHEV. I don’t know who they are selling it to. You’d think its customers would be interested in mileage and how far you can drive on the battery, but if you go to their site this information is nowhere to be found. It is like they think just the concept of a PHEV is all they need to sell the car.

Until the Model 3, the balance slightly favored PHEVs, so 2018 is the first year of the switch. As M3 volume grows, LICE makers will finally have to admit that they are on a failing trajectory, even with PHEVs. Unfortunately they are so massive and slow to respond that it will still take years before they respond with BEVs in any significant volume.

THAT is the reason I don’t have much tolerance left for PHEV. Gasoline isn’t needed at this point. 6 years ago my Volt’s 40 mile battery only range was considered far. That’s laughable now.