December 2015: Best EV Sales Month on Record

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Jan 9, 2016

The lowest gas prices since 2009 didn’t stop US consumers from purchasing more electric vehicles in December 2015 than ever before. That month, 13,650 drivers bought or leased one of the many all-electric vehicles available on the market today. The new sales zenith marks a 10-percent increase over December 2014.

US gasoline prices in 2015 averages $2.40 per gallon while prices at the pump in 2-14 averaged $3.34 per gallon. Overall, EV sales in 2015 saw an expected downturn of 5% due to the lowered gas prices, as well as other market factors such as the halt in Prius production and delays of several months for the new Audi eTron, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf models.

However, December’s record sales occured despite gasoline prices dipping to just $2.01 per gallon. The record-breaking EV sales, which followed a strong November showing as well, suggest that 2016 may be a big year for EVs and their contented drivers. I think we’re headed in the right direction, but we need to do more to pick up the pace.

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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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