Electric Vehicle’s Disappoint

The year, 2015 must have been disappointing for those promoting electric vehicles.

  • In total, the sale of PHEVs and BEVs were down 4%, though the sale of BEVs were up 11.5% from 2014.
  • As this would indicate, the sale of PHEVs, extended range vehicles such as the Volt, were down a whopping 32% from 2014.
  • So-called hybrids, such as the Prius, were down 14.9%.

The accompanying table shows how the sales of these vehicles fared throughout 2015.

As a percentage of total vehicle sales, PHEVs and BEVs combined, only represented 0.66% of all vehicles sold in 2015. (114,022 divided by 17,386,331 vehicles)

Since the introduction of PHEVs and BEVs in 2010, there are fewer than 400,000 such vehicles on the road today, compared with approximately 255,000,000 gasoline and diesel-powered light vehicles.

This is in stark contrast to President Obama’s forecast of 1,000,000 PHEVs and BEVs being sold by the end of 2015.

Tesla achieved its sales forecast by selling its vehicles in Europe, especially Norway.

US Sales of Electric Vehicles, Including HEVs 2015

Month

Hybrid (HEVs)

PHEVs & Extended Range Vehicles

Battery (BEVs)

Totals

Total PHEV & EV

January

25,312

2,113

3,977

31,402

6,090

February

27,038

2,589

4,435

34,062

7,024

March

33,655

3,020

5,715

42,390

8,735

Total 1Q

86,005

7,722

14,127

107,854

21,849

Total 1Q 2014

101,436

11,249

10,873

123,558

22,122

% change

(15.21%)

(31.35%)

29.93%

(12.71%)

(1.23%)

April

32,378

2,962

6,037

41,377

8,999

May

40,257

4,416

7,057

51,730

11,473

June

32,330

3,409

6,975

42,714

10,384

Total 2Q 2015

104,965

10,787

20,069

135,821

30,856

Total 2Q 2014

130,882

17,880

14,971

163,733

32,851

% 2Q change

(19.80%)

(39.67%)

34.05%

(17.05%)

(6.07%)

July

35,666

3,836

5,143

44,645

8,979

August

37,633

3,786

5,224

46,643

9,010

September

32,106

3,038

6,704

41,848

9,742

Total 3Q 2015

105,405

10,660

17,071

133,136

27,731

Total 3Q 2014

124,081

15,017

18,159

157,257

33,176

% 3Q change

(15.05%)

(29.01%)

(5.99%)

(15.34%)

(16.41%)

October

30,489

4,081

5,740

40,310

9,821

November

25,153

4,259

6,103

35,515

10,362

December

32,387

5,449

7,954

45,790

13,403

Total 4Q 2015

88,029

13,789

19,797

121,615

33,586

Total 4Q 2014

95,303

11,211

19,413

125,927

30,624

% 4Q change

(7.63%)

23.00%

1.98%

(3.42%)

9.67%

TOTAL Year 2015

384,404

42,958

70,680

498,426

114,022

TOTAL Year 2014

451,702

55,357

63,416

570,475

118,773

% change

(14.90%)

(22.40%)

11.45%

(12.63%)

(4.00%)

Data from Electric Drive Transportation Association
Total light vehicle sales in US during 2015 =

17,386,331

 

Has this small number of electric vehicles warranted the $8,000,000,000 in taxpayer money used for subsidizing the purchase of the vehicles, plus the billions of subsidies and grants to manufacturers and for charging stations?

 

Tesla
Tesla

Tesla was supposed to introduce a lower cost EV, with a selling price of around $35,000 this year, but appears to have delayed its introduction until 2017.

It’s still very much a question whether Tesla, or any other manufacturer, can produce an EV for under $35,000 that will appeal to the average driver.

Both GM, with the Bolt, and Tesla with its model 3, indicate they have plans to begin selling BEVs at around $35,000, but it’s not clear when.

Automobile manufacturers claim they will be introducing many new models of PHEV and BEV vehicles this year. It will be interesting to see whether the large number of new models will increase the sale of PHEVs and BEVs.

Battery powered vehicles continue to be for the rich and famous, with tax payer money being used for subsidies.

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0 Replies to “Electric Vehicle’s Disappoint”

  1. Donn, thanks for the facts. The market and the consumer is much smarter than the Administration regarding the viability of Electric Automobiles.

  2. Donn,

    Thanks for the year end summary on EV’s.

    For Christmas I received a copy of J. Rifkin’s “The Third Industrial Revolution, How Lateral Power is Transforming The Economy, and the World” and I am happy to report that I have taken advantage of various on-line forums to get a feel for what it is like to own a EV.

    I found out that Toyota stopped offering a Plug in Prius in the middle of last year. To meet their CARB zero emission compliance requirements they formally launched their hydrogen car. I forgot to save the reference on how much more value 1 hydrogen fuel car is worth compared to an EV for accounting purposes.

    I have just started looking to see if an EV, or a plug-in, might meet our future transportation needs. For the last 10 years or so we have purchased our transportation vehicles using lateral power (i.e. Craig’s list, e-bay) not to lease a vehicle but to buy one on the secondary (i.e. used) market. I obtained my tried and true 97 300D while visiting my folks in Florida about 10 years ago. The drive back across the country was enjoyable. I am still driving the vehicle. About 18 months ago I thought it might be a good idea to look at replacing my 300D. I found a very low mileage 97 300D on Craig’s list locally and decided to make the move and buy it to replace my 180k mile version of the same car. Naturally, once I got the car home my wife liked it enough that she wanted it instead of her gasoline powered vehicle- a 2005 Saab wagon. So much for upgrading my car. We sold the Saab on Craig’s list to a very nice couple from Ukraine. We both benefited in the transaction, just like Mr. Rifkin said was possible!!!

    As I noted a few months back, we were early adaptors of PV- 2006- after we got a tad annoyed at having to pay $500 month for our electrical power needs- make that usage- during the summer when we had house guests. We have gotten used to modifying our behavior (ie demand response) to minimize our electrical energy used at peak times (between 12 and 6 for our TOU rate schedule). Our rate schedule was discontinued back in 2008 and it appears that we are going to be forced out of our current grandfathered TOU rate schedule shortly. We don’t know exactly what that schedule will look like……. In the meantime our grad fathered rate schedule cost per Tier usage went up 12% on January 1st. Unfortunately, my fixed income in-laws are in the same boat as we are in (rate schedule wise that is).

    I am partly looking into an EV (or more likely a lease returned plug-in) as my wife and I can adjust our usage and the state of CA is supporting EV adaption by offering electrical rates to fill up the vehicle with some energy that make it beneficial to do so. If I plugged into my household service at off peak times with my current rate schedule it would cost me about $.22 a kWh (as our marginal usage in the winter is in Tier 3). Charging would likely push me into Tier 4 prices ($.30 kWh) as it’s been cold and wet this winter. I go to our library once a month or so. I could likely get some free (make that no cost to me) kWh’s when I go to the library as there are a few free charging stations across the street.

    By the way lots of first generation EV’s (and plug in’s) are now arriving in the used car market- looks like most of them are lease returns. Thanks for the update.

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