“2017 was a great year for Plug-ins and the pace continues: Quarter 1 deliveries of this year were 312 400 units worldwide, 59 % higher than for Q1-2017. The numbers include all global BEV and PHEV passenger cars sales, light trucks in USA/Canada, light commercial vehicles in Europe and now also light commercial vehicles in China as a new, emerging category. Plug-in hybrids (+69 %) increased faster than pure EVs (+52 %) again, PHEVs stood for 39 % for Q1-2018.”
See Global Plug-in Sales for Q1-2018The fantastic growth of plug-in EVs continues. It’s dramatic. I’m not exactly an early adopter as TLW bought an hybrid SUV last time against my objections. It’s useful and reasonable in the city but it’s a gas-guzzler with all the problems that pertain.
EVs have been growing from a rather small base for years. I had recommended the original Leaf or a VW diesel to TLW based on economy. My next car will be a simple plug-in EV, the Electra Meccanica Solo, a single-seat trike. It’s enough car for retired people. I’m not moving any more furniture or lumber in my personal transporter. The kids can drive their kids around in a gas-guzzler or large EV if they want. I only need a small car to carry me and my stuff where we need to go. There’s nothing more efficient or less costly than a small EV for driving ~160 km or less. I do have a bicycle and I walk but gone are the days when I would set out for a long distance that way. The bones and the endurance just aren’t there any longer.
No, an EV is the way to go. I live in Manitoba, Canada and renewable wind, solar and hydroelectric power abounds. I’m going to construct my own solar plant to feed my small EV and provide shade to a picnic table at the same time. With an EV one can live in harmony with the environment. It’s the right thing to do.