Vermont Leads U.S. Growth Rate For Plug-In Car Registrations Per Capita

DEC 25 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

Here is a chart, which shows where plug-in car sales growth is the highest in the U.S.

According to the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the U.S. average growth rate for PEV per capita in the years 2016-2017 is 30.2%.

The highest growth of over 50% in relation to population was noted in three states:

  • Vermont  – 56.4%
  • Maryland – ≈54%
  • Massachusetts – ≈52%
  • Alaska – ≈50%
  • New Hampshire ≈50%

Georgia is the only state which noted a significant downturn. It’s the result of ending the generous incentives, which previously made Georgia one of the top EV markets.

Note: PEV includes both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Sources: PEV registrations – Department of Energy analysis of IHS Automotive data.

Population: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population.


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8 Comments on "Vermont Leads U.S. Growth Rate For Plug-In Car Registrations Per Capita"

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Do Not Read Between The Lines

Maybe it’s NY and MA residents parking their old EVs at their VT vacation homes.

All in the top high income states. My supposition is that ev adoption will generally reflect per capita income of it’s residents. The higher the income the higher on the list of ev adoption.

Makes sense. Tesla is the top seller and it is a luxury brand.

Premium at most, far from luxury

Dream on Dump!
Tesla is destroying BMW, Audi, MB, Lexus, etc.
And even more tellingly, Tesla’s owner satisfaction ratings top every car company.

Looking at the MOR-EV program in MA, It looks like a big chunk of the difference between 2016 and 2017 were Chevy Bolt and Prius Prime sales. I haven’t delved into the data behind it, but just playing with that page it looks like Chevy sales doubled, from 500+ in 2016 to 1100+ in 2017. Toyota had an appreciable bump in 2017 from 40ish to 500+. Tesla went from just under 600 in 2016 to just over. Ford held steady, as did Nissan. The latest stats are from December 19th 2018 and MA is on course for a 100% increase in plug-in vehicle sales in from 2017 to 2018, from 3,000 to 6,000 vehicles sold. Tesla sales are already more than quadruple 2017 levels and look like they’ll end the year just shy of 3,000. Honda has sold over 500 of the new Clarity plug-in hybrid. Mitsubishi as sold a respectable 166 Outlander hybrids. Toyota is up a couple hundred (might end the year at a 50% increase from 2017 sales). I was originally going to speculate that the bump from 2016 to 2017 was due to better publicity of the state rebate, but it looks like better models… Read more »

This data is almost a year old. Interesting but dated. I would be very interested to see the 2018 vs 2017 growth rate data by state. Specifically, I believe my home State GA will show an uptick again thanks in large part to Model 3. A Tesla rep told me Metro Atlanta is the largest sales market for Model 3 on the east coast. No way to know if that’s true, but nowadays you can’t drive around Atlanta without seeing multiple 3s so I tend to believe it is true.

For 2019 MA has slashed the EV rebate from $2500 to $1500 and limited it to BEVs under $50K, it will be interesting to see what happens to MA EV sales next year.

Are the EVs in Vermont being bought by Vermonters or by people from MA and NY? Vermont has really good charger coverage, much better than MA, so that’s a plus for EVs in VT but it’s also a low income state, per capita GDP of $44.8K vs $66.5K in MA and if you have a Tesla the nearest service center is in MA. What cars are they buying there?