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Plug-in Cars More Than Doubled In 2014

A new report by by Zentrums für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), which Green Car Congress somehow ran across, shows that the number of plug-in cars on the roads more than doubled from the end of 2012 to the end of 2013. That followed doubling of the number of plug-in cars on the road the year before as well.

Globally, at the end of 2010, there were approximately 25,000 battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and extended-range electric vehicles registered. At the end of 2011, that had approximately tripled, becoming approximately 80,000. At the end of 2012, that rose to about 200,000. At the end of 2013, that more than doubled again to 405,000.

In terms of car companies, the clear leader is Nissan, which saw a particularly steep increase in sales in 2013. GM/Opel is a solid #2, while Toyota is a solid #3. Tesla and Ford are close there at #4 and #5.

electric car sales top manufacturers

Of course, Tesla sales have increased sharply as production of the Model S has gotten rolling. Demand is still higher than supply, but that’s also been the case for some other models. Ford also just began production of its popular Energi models at the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013.

There’s also a country-focused chart. The US, Japan, and China are clearly the biggest markets. Following them, you have France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Norway. Have a look:

electric car sales top countries

Of course, per capita, Norway leads the pack.

 
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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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