Electric cars sold well despite prodictions

Are Electric Cars Sales Slow Or Predictions Too High?

No matter where you look in the press these days, you will not be able to miss the continuous stream of negative news from the electric cars lackluster sales number. So are sales numbers low or did “expert” predict too high again?

We Never Learn From Our Past Mistakes. No matter where and how you look at it, economic “experts” rarely hit it right. The last economic bubble drew very few warnings from the so-called economy experts. In fact, less than a handful were raising flags to no avail. Most experts derided those who cautioned the economy to slow down. Along the same vein, early predictions of electric car sales were very, very optimistic. After all, the U.S. was sobering out of an economic out of control party, facing a slump unlike any others it had seen in the past. All hopes went on the bubbling alternative energy vehicle market, focusing squarely on the electric car. The problem is the electric cars, and electric vehicles, EV in general are not meant to do everything for everyone.


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I think EVs *should* be the default choice for most people, with the caveat being it takes some effort and we are probably a bit early to have all your vehicles be EVs (so if you only have one that is a problem), and they only make sense for people in the market for a new car. Since the economy has been lousy since practical EVs have arrived, it shouldn't be unexpected that people defer new car purchases if they can. But, if you are going to buy a new car, you will still have a gas car available, and you aren't a traveling salesman, you really should look at an EV. The cost of operation is so much lower, and with the tax credits it doesn't really cost more than a comparable gas-power car. Right now, all the practical EVs are pretty similar, but over time I think we will have more diversity (and not just those that can afford a Tesla Model S), so EVs will fit more customers' needs.
Hi John, it's a good point. EVs came on the market when the economy finally collapsed and considering, they sold well. Of course, this is just the beginning and that explains why EVs have more or less the same range and look more or less the same. As time goes by, and especially when Tesla brings out their Model X, we should see different shapes and mileage. In the end, I stick to my guns. Rarely do so-called experts get it right, whether in economy, the past real estate bubbles, and certainly not when it comes to the new field of electric cars. Thanks, Nicolas
When consumers better understand the value proposition, there will be greater adoption. Folks who are interested in EVs should also consider solar which is a game changer. Let the sun power your EV and home. Check out WattPeople, they do a great job of making it easy for consumers.
Yes, when people realize these cars are great for our everyday commute, if you slap on top charging from sunshine, it really makes them even more attractive. I think in due time, as gasoline continues its increase in price, more and more drivers are going to go to hybrids, then plug-in hybrids and realize they use their PHEVs in electric mode most of the time. After that, it's hard to argue an electric car that has more mileage for the same price. Thanks, Nicolas