Ford News and Reviews
A leading consulting and research firm in Mountain View, California, Frost & Sullivan, has released its prediction for 2015 electric car sales. The group believes that about 480,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) will be sold worldwide by the end of the year.
The company estimates that 320,000 EVs were sold globally in 2014, meaning that the prediction for 2015 would equal a 50 percent increase in sales. While this is certainly impressive growth and reflects the slow process of mass adoption among consumers, it's important to put these numbers in perspective.
Now, I know this is an old argument "the Hot-rodder vs. pollution." but there is a specific point I'd like to make. Why is it that you can't buy a used set of catalytic converters? I mean if they work, why not? Why is it that 49 states say you can buy aftermarket catalytic converters but CA says no? Yes, there are some aftermarket catalytic converters that you can get IF they have an "E&O" number on them which is an "Executive Order number." What is an "Executive Order Number?" I'm glad you asked! It is the number the state of California stamps on a "smog part" if it isn't an OEM part.
Why Is It A Pointless Comparison?
From the naked eye, you may be thinking what’s the big deal? These trucks both have a rugged look to them and feature lift kits, suspension upgrades and large, knobby tires. Also, they may seem to both share a place outside of the “regular” truck lineup meaning they are ripe for cross-shopping by consumers. If this is your thinking, stop. You are only looking like a fool.
Don't believe us that fuel economy isn't the number one buying factor? Here is the proof.
Monthly Truck Sales
One of the tell-tale signs on consumer behavior is monthly truck sales. Historically truck sales rise throughout the year and due to various market conditions. For example, gasoline prices have been often tied to new truck sales. When gasoline prices are low, consumers buy more trucks than when it is high.