Thanks To A CARB Hiccup The US Did NOT Get To Purchase Any Of The World's Best Selling Plug-In From Mitsubishi (31k+). A Refreshed Outlander PHEV Will Come To The US In The Fall Of 2015 However (Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S Shown)
It is that time of year again where we look back on the year that was, and of course, the year ahead.
The Tesla Model X FINALLY Goes Into Wide Production In H2 Of 2015
For InsideEVs specifically, we published 4,241 stories in 2014, working every day of the year - often 24 hours, with more than 20 contributors from 8 countries. So if you want to chat about EVs at 1am New Year's Day, just shoot us an email, we are around - although we might be slightly inebriated.
The site continues to be the largest media outlet dedicated to only electric vehicle news by a wide margin (our thanks to everyone who checked in with us in 2014) - meaning of course you won't find any stories about the latest hybrid happenings, or trucks equipped with a new "eco" engines; not that there is anything wrong with those type of vehicles...or the sites that cover them.
We also made it to every major auto show in 2014, whether it was being taunted by a brand new McLaren P1 outside our hotel in Geneva, to shows at home (NAIAS in Detroit, New York and Los Angeles), or breaking through the smog in the far east at Auto China 2014 - mercifully the Chinese event is only every other year.
During the year 11 new major plug-in models where introduced to the United States and about 20 worldwide (depending on your definition of major).
For the US (and the world), the main newcomer was the BMW i3. Despite a fairly rocky launch centered around the extended range REx version and some charging issues in the US, BMW managed to sell about 6,000 copies since the i3's launch in May and close to 14,000 worldwide in 2014.
While there was plenty of press releases touting new offerings in 2014, most of them ended up not for release until 2015 and 2016, meaning 2014 was mostly the year of waiting. Waiting on the Tesla Model X to arrive, waiting on the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to arrive (US), waiting on the next generation of Chevy Volt to arrive, etc., etc., etc.
So congratulations, you hung in there through 2014.
2015 should be the best year yet for plug-in vehicles!