Plug-in car sales hit 100,000

Plug-in car sales hit 100,000

Plug-in car sales hit 100,000

Sometime over the weekend, the electric-car movement is going to hit a major milestone: 100,000th plug-in car in the U.S. is likely to be sold.

So says Plug-In America, an advocacy group that that is doing its best to point out how electric cars are starting to make an impact on America’s highway. But is the adoption happening fast enough?

To put the milestone in perspective, the 100,000 plug-ins sold since the first major models were introduced almost three years ago is just slightly less than the sales of a single conventional model, the Ford Fusion, over the first four months of the year. And the Fusion was only the sixth most popular model in the U.S.

Plug-ins are expensive because batteries are still costly. That’s slowing sales. But major makers like Nissan, with its Leaf, and General Motors, with its Chevrolet Volt, have offered their cars with lucrative lease deals that bring down the cost. In California, Chrysler is leasing its 500e at the same effective cost, after incentives, as a conventional model. So, hey, there’s hope.

The other big sales bugaboo is range, which is limited to less than 100 miles per charge on many models. But it’s slowly increasing, and sales and raves of the Tesla Model S, which a range per charge of up to 265 miles, are helping defeat that complaint as well.

How to celebrate the 100,000 milestone? Plug In America is going to have a drawing for a free vehicle charger. The drawing is open to anyone who purchases a plug-in vehicles between May 15 and June 15.

“Our current estimate, based on monthly sales figures from automakers, is that the 100,000th highway-capable plug-in vehicle will be sold on May 20,” says Tom Saxton, Plug In America’s chief science officer, in a statement. “We are calling this the #PIA100K mark, and we are excited to see the continued growth of the market.”

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