With gas prices so low in 2015, should electric vehicle manufacturers (and environmental advocates) fear the worst? We don’t think so, and we offer the sales stats of 2014 as evidence.
According to InsideEVs.com, sales of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles rose 23% in 2014 to a record 119,710 units sold. In fact, EV sales shrugged off the effects of cheap gas: The industry’s best month (12,974 sales) came when gas prices were at their lowest in December. Now that the Kia Soul EV and Volkswagen e-Golf have hit the market, expect even better gains in 2015.
Here, we take a look at (and salute) the 10 best-selling electric vehicles in the United States for 2014. Only vehicles that offer pure electric driving are considered. Contrary to our practice of excluding Tesla Model S sales from our lists (because Tesla doesn’t disclose U.S. sales), we include that bright star of the EV universe, even if it will require an asterisk. Sales figures are quoted from InsideEVs.