500,000 Electric Vehicles Sold In United States, EV Era In Full Swing?

Sep 14, 2016 05:09 AM EDT | Jomar Teves


The United States will pass the milestone of 500,000 plug-in electric cars sold during the upcoming National Drive Electric Week, according to Plug In America. This rapid development has come since the first modern plug-in cars went on sale in 2010. More than two dozen electric vehicle models are now commercially available in the United States. 

Everyone is starting to love EVs

"This major milestone shows how much consumers love these cars," Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America, said.

"Ask anyone who drives one and you'll hear how much they appreciate the smooth, powerful ride and how they don't miss buying gas or getting oil changes."

This event is going to be huge

This year, the National Drive Electric Week will be held from Sept. 10-18 in approximately 200 cities in nearly every state, in recognition of the widespread availability of the vehicles. The public is welcome to come test drive more than 20 electric vehicles available at this national celebration of plug-in cars, organized by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association in conjunction with numerous other local partner groups. Support for the event includes national sponsor Nissan LEAF, silver sponsor California Electric Transportation Coalition, and media accomplice PlugShare. 

Understanding why EVs are better

"National Drive Electric Week provides consumers, media and policymakers the perfect opportunity to understand why half a million drivers in the U.S. have made the switch to electric - electric vehicles are better for our climate, save consumers money, and are fun and convenient to drive," Gina Coplon-Newfield, Sierra Club's electric vehicle initiative director, said.

The ultimate goal of EVs

"With plug-in vehicles no longer rare sightings and carmakers around the world expanding their offerings today, it's different than even just five years ago," said Ron Freund, chairman of the Electric Auto Association. "Our events, in virtually every major U.S. city, enable drivers everywhere to try out electric vehicles, test drive and ask questions in a relaxed, informational setting."

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