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Old 05-20-2013, 01:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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100,000 EV's in the USA.

This weekend, someone just might buy the 100,000th electric car in the US

It sounds like there are now 100,000 EV's on the road in the USA and that is ONLY counting the EV's that were sold in the last 3-5 years, the "new" ev's.

But what I thought was interesting is that the EV albums web site has 1,696 pages with 32 listed per page of just electric passenger cars, this is not supposed to include trucks, buses, bicycles, SUV's, tractors or any other non car, over 54,000 cars, a great deal of them home built and of course a handful of them are part of that 100,000 but it's a very small number, I'd guess that nearly half of them are in the USA and that maybe another half are unfinished projects, but that is still 10,000 or more "old" EV's in the USA, now compare that to the 1,100 EV-1's that GM built and recalled and thus "killed" the electric car... that's a drop in the bucket, if all of them were still on the road they would still be a rare car.
100,000 new EV's plus ~10,000 old EV's is pretty exciting!

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is very cool! The more the merrier.
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193,979,654 "light duty vehicles, short wheelbase" registered in the US in 2009. That makes 110,000 EVs 0.057%.
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193,979,654 "light duty vehicles, short wheelbase" registered in the US in 2009. That makes 110,000 EVs 0.057%.
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193,979,654 "light duty vehicles, short wheelbase" registered in the US in 2009. That makes 110,000 EVs 0.057%.
Sure, but of those of those registered vehicles 86.5% of them are more then 2 years old, not all of the EV's that are on the market are being sold in all states yet and many of them have been on the market for a year or less.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If Victor Wouk wasnt road blocked by the EPA's Eric Stork in the 1970s, EV's arguably would have been more prevalent in their current existence than they ultimately have turned out to be.
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Way to kill the enthusiasm using fakts, mech.
Yeah, sorry...
As much as many people (including myself) hoped that EVs would catch on, they certainly have not....at least not where I live. Most people don't even know what a Leaf or Volt is period. And well known super EVs like the Tesla are merely a pipe dream for most.

Converting an EV instantly changed most people's perception of me to "eccentric", but they could be right, who knows.
It all changes when I give them a ride:

"Wow, this thing actually......works!"
"Yup."
"How much does it cost to get to work and back?"
"About fifty cents, and half of that gets charged at work."
"How much did the whole thing cost?"
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I also like the idea of taking modern EV technology and retro fitting it into classic American iron:

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I also like the idea of taking modern EV technology and retro fitting it into classic American iron:

LincVolt - Repowering the American Dream - Fueled by Design
I rather see it in classic Japanese sheetmetal like the Subaru 360, 900lb evs are always more fun,

repowering a c-car could also get equally interesting.
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Also, how many models of how many different brands of cars are sold each year?
The Leaf's first two years of sales out sold the first two years of Prius sales because with both of them people were unsure if they wanted to be the first to buy some new idea, but as Tesla has shown, when compared with vehicles in the same price range that they can be just as popular if not more, the sad thing is that a Tesla S is still being outsold by the Cadillac Escalade even tho decked out versions of both are pretty close price wise, but they are driven by completely different kinds of people.

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