Contrary to persistent, uninformed reports, US sales of electric cars have not stalled: through April, Leaf sales were up by 33% compared to 2013. As of 23 May, 50,000 Leafs had been sold in the US and nearly 115,000 have been sold worldwide. And sales will likely increase: Navigant Research projects that US sales of light-duty plug-in electric vehicles willexceed 514,000 annually in 2023, up from the nearly 100,000 sold in North America in 2013.
So many electric cars have been sold in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live, that cities are scrambling to deploy infrastructure to accommodate them. What’s it like to be an EV early adopter? Four months into life with a Leaf, here are some notes and lessons that we learned:
And same as many say, more stations are needed, and their current "free" charging situation "wont last"...However, even if one of us held a job requiring a commute equivalent to the average American’s daily round-trip commute by car – less than 30 miles, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE) – the Leaf’s range would be more than sufficient. In fact, unless you’re a “megacommuter”, why base the decision to purchase a car on the handful of times each year you might need a car with a 250-mile range or more for long trips?