Sales of electric cars are growing and in two years, two updated vehicles will be put on the market. Advanced technology, new game changing models and federal incentives are creating a surge in the sales of electric vehicles.
According to an article in The Westchester County Business Journal by Chris Bosak on September 26, 2016, the national drive electric week was recently held. Two new or advanced electric vehicles will be coming out within a year. The Bolt by Chevrolet has been made more efficient. It is priced at $30,000 and goes a whopping 238 miles on a single charge. The Bolt is less expensive and has a higher range than the new Tesla. According to Ingersoll of Danbury, Connecticut, the Bolt, Chevy’s first all-electric vehicle attempts to address two main concerns consumers have, price and driving range. Presently, EV’s are priced higher than gasoline vehicles and most current EV’s travel only 80 – 120 miles on a charge. Nissan produces the all-electric Leaf, which is one of the most popular EV models.
In 2014, Connecticut joined seven other states and revealed plans to put a combined 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The other states are California, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island and Oregon. In 2011, President Barach Obama declared a goal of putting 1 million EV’s on the road by 2015. Unfortunately, that goal has not been met. Only one-third of that goal has been reached. According to The Electric Drive Transportation Association, as of last month, just under 500,000 plug-in vehicles has been sold in the U.S. including plug-in hybrids. In Connecticut, there are 2700 plug in vehicles on the road as of June, 2016.