Plug-in Driver’s Save 45 Million Gallons in 2013

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Apr 2, 2014

Plug-in vehicles, battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids are cutting US gasoline use by 45 million gallons a year. That means Americans are already saving $100 million a year in refueling costs thanks to EVs.

Those numbers come from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which estimates there are almost 200,000 plug-in vehicles on US roads. Some 170,000 of those plug-in vehicles were bought within the past three years.

Plug-in vehicle sales in the US last year came up just short of the 100,000-unit mark, with EV sales rising 90 percent to 99,827 vehicles.

The Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S battery-electric vehicles combined to account for about two-thirds of those sales.

Leaf sales doubled in 2013 while Tesla sales jumped by a factor of eight. Meanwhile, the four Prius variants that Toyota sold in 2013 totalled 234,000 units.

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About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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