US EV Drivers Have Logged More Than 11 Billion Miles −

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Published on April 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley


US EV Drivers Have Logged More Than 11 Billion Miles

Originally published on Gas2.

Since the electric car era began in 2010 with the introduction of the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF, US electric car drivers have logged 11 billion miles according to Plugless, a website that promotes wireless charging. It also claims US EV drivers have accumulated more than 1 million hours of wireless charging. The Volt and LEAF are responsible for the majority of those miles but the Tesla Model S is catching up fast. Together, the three cars account for 76% of those miles.

Electric cars total US miles

Plugless estimates the Chevy Volt is responsible for about 3 billion miles, the Nissan LEAF just under 3 billion miles, and the Tesla Model S about 2.2 billion miles.

“While the Volt and LEAF total cumulative miles are essentially a dead heat, why is the Tesla Model S, with its longer range (which seems to account for a larger monthly e-miles driven) lagging? It’s just a matter of time. Volt and LEAF sales began a few years ahead of the Model S and this chart shows the Model S tracking at roughly the same curve just two years later,” says Plugless.

With the Model S and Model X now each selling strongly,  Tesla is poised take the lead soon. It gained 3% in share of total US e-miles between January of 2016 and 2017, while Nissan and GM’s share each shrank by 3%. Its surge toward the front of the pack is due to two primary factors. First, each Tesla owner drives more e-miles because Teslas have a long enough range to be “everything cars.” Second, the addition of Model X e-miles is rapidly adding e-miles to the Tesla fleet and will help accelerate that growth.

At at time when auto executives like Ford’s Mark Fields are whining constantly that no one wants to buy an electric car, the figures indicate that actually quite a few Americans do want to and are racking up electric miles at an exponentially expanding rate.

Source: Electric Cars Report  Graphs by Plugless

Reprinted with permission.


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  • vdiv

    GM is the EV-miles leader with a 40-50 mile range EV (gasp!) It will be interesting to see if the Bolt EV accelerates the adoption and increases their lead.

  • bngtb

    Unless big US auto decides to truly back EV’s and invest in battery production of some scale, they will never catch up with Tesla. It is more likely that Chinese brands will come in to fill that gap.

  • Brian Kent

    Sorry Steve but the Volt isn’t an electric car. It’s a plug in hybrid.

    Let’s everyone get this straight once and for all:

    *if you pump gas into it, it can never be more than a hybrid.

    *if it has a combustion engine, it’s prolonging the inevitable transition to fully electric transportation.

    *the billions consumers have spent on hybrids would have gone a long way toward expanding the electrification process.

    A vegetarian who eats meat on Tuesdays is an omnivore. An “electric” that uses gas is a hybrid.

    • Null66

      Pendantic much?

      • Brian Kent

        Actually no. Not sure why you’d say so other than to self rationalize support for burning fossil fuels.

        • Null66

          Actually yes! Very pendantic.
          But as others have tried to discus with you, you’re beyond discussion.

          • Brian Kent

            Coming from a guy who doesn’t have the balls to post his opinions with his own name that’s not saying much. Reported, btw.

          • Null66


            You must be new to the internet. I used Null66 a long, long time, way before social media and presumed names.

          • Brian Kent

            Incidentally, pedantic means overscrupulous. With a problem as serious as climate change it’s pretty moronic to even suggest a person could be pedantic about considering it. But keep on plugging your Volt. That is, when you don’t feel like pumping it full of gasoline.

            You don’t even get it. There’s no information about how far the Volts went on gas versus electric–merely the implication that the electric miles were higher than the other (actual) electrics. It would be ‘too scrupulous’ to demand such a detail though, right, Null?

          • Null66

            Total electric miles driven are greater with Volts then Leafs. This has horse race has been reported for quite some time in several places not just here.

            Ok, overly literal in a tiresome way, certainly non-productive. Again rather pendantic to use quote literal definition while ignoring the common useage.

            I also presume you have reported many people.

            Yeah, i would have preferred a full electric, but none exist in the normal person car price range while still capable of occasional 200+ mile days.

            Yeah, I’ll live with the 85% fuel reduction now, instead of waiting, and waiting.

            Don’t let the perfect get in the way of much, much, better.

  • Bobby Fore

    Are they counting all the miles driven by the Volt or just the ones driven using the battery?

  • Marion Meads

    I was expecting Tesla’s mileage to be at least 7 times than that of the Chevy Volt because of it’s longer EV Range. The Chevy Volt allows its owners to max out the EV Range without range anxiety and most of the trips are within the EV range of the Chevy Volt. Another reason is that the Teslas are only driven by the owners for showing off, but they can’t use it practically for many unplanned long range trips.

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