Originally published on Gas2.
I’m generally not a fan of infographics — they often pack a little bit of information into a maze of colors. However, I think the one below is super interesting. It uses what us old-schoolers call “charts” and “graphs,” and it uses them to paint a really succinct and interesting picture of the US electric car market, from the beginning of 2011 to the end of the 1st half of 2015. Have a look (click to embiggen), and then check out my commentary if you care for it:
Here are some of the things that popped out to me looking at those charts and graphs:
- You can really see the BMW i3 pop onto the scene in 2014 (and I’m sure it’s not just because of the bright green color it was given…).
- The Toyota Prius Plug-In really drops off a cliff, doesn’t it?
- I think buyers are very ready for the 2016 Chevy Volt.
- Compliance cars, a lot of them….
Of course, tracking US electric car sales like it’s my job (oh, yeah…), none of this is news, but cool to see visualized.
Wow, yeah, that tells the story.
2015, come on! Get moving!
Also, I think the note on the right is a bit wrong to claim the 2015 stagnation is due to low oil prices. More likely, it is due to the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf getting old, people eagerly waiting for the 2016 Chevy Volt and next-gen Leaf, and also for long-range, affordable electric cars from Nissan, Tesla, GM, Volkswagen, and potentially others.
Wow, Florida and Texas just surprised me! Of course, they’re two of the most populous states in the country, so….
Seriously, note the wide variation in gas prices there. Gas prices are highly volatile. Electricity, not so much. And if you get cheap electricity from solar panels, well, then you are rocking it, while driving on sunshine.