Editor's Note:  We get a lot of requests to do a piece estimating our sentiment for the upcoming year when it comes to projecting sales of electric vehicles; and while that story sounds enthralling to read, it also scares the heck out of most of our regular writers, for fear they be proven inaccurate.  

Some writers here claim some nonesense about journalistic integrity, while others just pretend to not check their inboxes.  Only contibutor Josh Bryant had the fortitude (or stupidity) to make his opinion known: 


Let’s look into our collective crystal ball and take a shot at predicting the US EV auto sales for 2013 (without getting into the how and why). And seeing how all the readers here at InsideEVs have a pretty good grasp on the industry, I think we could make a pretty good consensus guess at the EV sales this year. Here is a list of sales predictions to get us started:

Major EVs:

  • Chevrolet Volt - 30,000 (+27.9%)
  • Nissan LEAF - 15,000 (+52.8%)
  • Plug-In Prius - 8,000 (-21.6%)
  • Tesla Model S - 15,000 (+500%)
  • Ford Focus Electic - 2,000 (+192%)
  • Ford C-Max Energi - 12,000 (+405%)
  • Ford Fusion Energi - 1,000
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV - 400 (-32.0%)

Mystery/unkown EVs:

  • Honda Accord PHEV - 500
  • Honda Fit EV - 200
  • Toyota RAV4 EV - 750
  • Fiat 500e - 250
  • Chevrolet Spark EV - 2,000

87,100 Total Sales

Comment below to help revise these numbers into a group 2013 sales prediction.


The author of this story, Josh Bryant heads up EV Badges, and in exchange for him being burned alive in the comments section, we thought we would also encourage him to write a little ditty about his own business venture:

EV Badges is a group dedicated to promoting all plug-in vehicle technology. We have created a symbol to unite the EV community, even if OEMs are trying to divide us on the basis of technology (BEV, EREV, Plug-in Hybrid, etc.). The message is simple: Any vehicle with a plug is a good technology. We get this message across through a chrome-plated, injection molded plastic badge, created using the exact same process as US luxury auto manufacturers. 10% of the sale of each badge goes directly to support Plug In America and the important advocacy work that they do.

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