Plug-in electric cars will happen at its own pace

The State of Electric Cars Worldwide

Electric cars do sell and despite over-optimistic predictions, those cars are making their way onto our streets but only when and where potential clients feel they need one.

Despite what enthusiast and naysayers say, electric cars sell and their numbers are on par with those of hybrids when first introduced over a decade ago. Politicians, naysayer and over-enthusiastic aficionados blur the reality but consumers are becoming smarter about their budget and actual needs.

European Market. Europe is reacting well to electric cars as deliveries and the crucial electric car-charging infrastructure enabling these electric vehicles to charge at home, at work, and in public spaces is happening simultaneously. According to Pike Research by 2020, more than 2.9 million plug-in electric cars will be on Europe's roads and the continent will have more than 4.1 million electric vehicle charging stations installed.

The results predict as much as Europe’s top five-supply equipment for the electric vehicle markets are Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Italy with more than 60% of the total market.


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I am one of the stronger EV proponents, and I'm as guilty as any when it comes to predicting plug-in vehicle adoption rates. I thought the one million by 2015 was not only attainable, but conservative. I stand corrected. I'm actively working in the business of selling EVs, the Nissan LEAF specifically, but also the Volt (referrals). Business boomed the first year, but has fallen off of late. I suspect we have seen most of the early adopters, and now we have to convince the rest. It's sad that more Americans don't seem to care much about the negative aspects of driving their old, clunky ICE vehicles, but there you have it. They just don't care about the harm they do to other humans or our shared environment. We need better Americans. It's as simple as that.
Yes, we need more people aware of their actions and consequences. I'm starting to think I should go out there and sell EVs. Any spots here in LB? In the meantime, France is looking to trim is chronic deficit by... cutting subsidies to its petroleum industry. Now why couldn't we have thought of this? In the meantime, I always chuckle when people get all flustered because a government gives EV subsidies but never raise an eyebrow at the billions of dollars we give every year to our petroleum industry. How about giving that money to our failing education system so that we can have better scientists and engineers tomorrow? Thanks, Paul.