By the end of August, 59,000 electric vehicles had been sold in the U.S. — more than during all of 2012, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) shows.
That’s good news for a technology sector that’s expected to play an important role in cutting future U.S. oil consumption, says UCS deputy director of clean vehicle research Don Anair.
Over the past three years, Americans purchased more than 140,000 electric vehicles (EVs), which have saved more than 40 million gallons of gasoline each year. California is leading the nation, with 29 percent of all U.S. plug-in vehicle purchases made this year.
EV sales rates have more than doubled in that state over the past year, according to the report. Although East and West coast cities continue to be hotspots for EV sales, purchases are picking up in cities like Denver, St. Louis, and Dallas, Anair says.