The World Resources Institute just came out with an excellent new report, Seeing is Believing, that highlights the fact that combating global warming and pollution can also creating economic benefits (beyond the health, life, and quality of life benefits that come from doing so). Seeing is Believing focuses on electricity generation, transportation, and other matters.
I already highlighted one really interesting electric vehicle chart over on EV Obsession, one showing that electric cars often cost less than gasoline or conventional hybrid cars on a total cost basis. Joshua Hill also highlighted the general findings from the report and potential electricity savings from renewables in an article on CleanTechnica. But there are two more charts from the report related to electric vehicles that I wanted to highlight.
First of all, the main one is this one showing that plug-in electric car sales in their first years of sales have been much stronger than the sales growth of conventional hybrid cars in their first years of sales:
As you can see, plug-in car sales have been growing much more quickly than conventional hybrid car sales did during the same stage in their market availability.
Actually, plug-in car sales look like the beginning of an S-curve typical of disruptive technologies. The thing is, that’s also very logical. Conventional hybrid cars don’t have a whole lot going for them. They are more efficient than conventional gas cars, saving drivers money and doing less harm to the environment. However, they don’t really have any other benefits. Plug-in, battery-electric cars, on the other hand, have excellent acceleration, offer owners much greater convenience and time savings than with gas cars, and are often much cheaper in the long term. They are also tremendously more efficient than gasoline or conventional hybrid cars.
Electric cars offer so many benefits over gasoline cars that I’m convinced electric cars will replace gasoline cars in short order. Others are not so convinced, but I really don’t see how they could miss the writing on the wall.
Keep an eye on monthly electric car sales in the US via our monthly sales and exclusive charts.
For more on the study referenced above, you can see the whole report here. The other chart I was going to share from the report doesn’t need much commentary. It is a map of electric car charging locations across the US: