2012 Electric Car Sales Forecast

So just how many plug-in electric cars are expected to be sold in the U.S. in 2012?  (This doesn’t include hybrid vehicle) Last year in the U.S., just under 18,000 electric plug-in cars were sold.  Halfway through 2012, here are the projections for the whole year:

Chevrolet: 20,000
Nissan: 15,000
Toyota: 14,600
Ford: 3,000
Tesla: 5,000
BMW: 700
Mitsubishi: 1,000
Coda: 1,000
Honda: 1,100
Fisker: 1,000
TOTAL: 62,400

That would easily more than triple the 2011 sales level, but still constitute just under half of 1% of the total U.S. car market in 2012.  It would take 140,000 electric plug-in vehicles to make 1% 0f the 2012 U.S. car market.  Check out the article on TheStreet.com;  2012 Electric Car Sales Forecast that breaks down the different models per automaker.  You can also look at Top 10 Electric Car Makers on CleanFleetReport.com.

If you include hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles the number of vehicles sold increase!

2012 Electric Vehicles Plug In PEV

Leave it up to the automakers to have new names for the different types of Hybrid and electric vehicles.

  • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)
  • Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)
  • Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)

Keep in mind that the hybrid and electric vehicle market closely follows gas prices.  When gas prices fall, so do the sales of hybrid and electric vehicles. This demonstrates that while there is consumer interest in hybrid and electric vehicles, demand is heavily influenced by the economic environment, rather than pure interest in the technology.   Hybrid and electric vehicle sales are expected to account for 3.2 percent of total light-vehicle in 2012.

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