The summer kicked off with record sales for electric drive in May as automakers posted their highest numbers for plug-in and battery electric vehicles since market roll-out. Sales of plug-in vehicles reached 12,453 last month, including 5,802 battery electric vehicles and 6,651 plug-in hybrids.
Meanwhile, 52,227 hybrids moved off of lots in May, the second highest month on record.
The total number of plug-in vehicles sold in the U.S. since market roll-out is now at 211,097, more than double the number at this time last year.
These positive trends are all detailed in our electric drive market snapshot below. This information, as well as historical sales data on the electric drive market, can be found at www.electricdrive.org/sales.
EV Matters Ltd is well known, in motoring circles for their advocacy of sustainable transportation, using renewable energies. They have already been involved in a number of trials seeking to demonstrate the flexibility and versatility of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and has published several articles in the motoring press etc.
For 2014 they have committed themselves to two further trials – even more challenging than anything attempted before. The principal event is this summer’s World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) – the event promotes: technological innovations, ecological principles, zero carbon transportation and reliance of sustainable energy sources. It’s a marathon course through Germany, Austria and Switzerland and features the world’s largest gathering of electric vehicles. Start Date is 31 May 2014, in Stuttgart, Germany – End Date will be 10th June 2014 in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Total distance to be covered UK/UK – about 3000 miles! » Read the rest of this entry «