My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: InsideEVS stats says All-Electric Vehicles Growing Strong - 500,000 by 2020 is a potential Robotic Self-Driving Army

Friday, August 1, 2014

InsideEVS stats says All-Electric Vehicles Growing Strong - 500,000 by 2020 is a potential Robotic Self-Driving Army

Even as the Japanese Government is gung-ho about Hydrogen Vehicles using PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) as explained in my blog article entitled “PEM Fuel Cell Technology gets Japanese Government support - Hydrogen Gas Stations Coming in First World and Developing World Countries”, All-Electric Vehicles STILL march forward.

Vehicle Sales analyst InsideEVS has put out some interesting stats that indicate that despite the Range-anxiety concerns of many first-time buyers of All-Electric Vehicles, the sparks are still flying slow and steady. This as All-Electric Vehicles are growing at a rate of 33% annual growth as detailed in the article “First Six Months of 2014 U.S. EV Sales Show 33% Year-Over-Year Gain”, published 7/21/2014 @ 1:29PM, by Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Forbes Magazine.

Based on the numbers listed on InsideEVS Monthly Plug in Sales Scorecard, the popular All-Electric Vehicle listed by Second Quarter of 2014 Sales Estimates are as follows:

1.      12,700 Nissan Leaf
2.      9,300 Toyota Prius
3.      8,600 Chevy Volt
4.      7,400 Tesla Model S 

Clearly the Nissan Leaf is now the most popular model.

During this period the Nissan Leaf beat the Chevy Volt while the current sales figures for the Tesla Model S are actually a decline when compared with Second Quarter of 2013 Sales Estimates. Guess that GigaFactory that Panasonic and Tesla Motors are planning to build may be put on hold as reported in the article “Tesla and Panasonic said to reach agreement on Gigafactory”, published July 28, 2014 4:41 PM PDT by Brooke Crothers, CNET News

Says something about Japanese Vehicle Engineering!

Despite the Nissan Leaf diminutive size, it perks that include a customizable Vehicle Sound and a solar powered Sunroof that can run the car's Entertainment system and the A/C makes this a value buy as I'd concluded in my blog article entitled “Nissan Debuts the 2013 Nissan Leaf - 228 km range good for commute to The House at the End of the Street”.

All-Electric Vehicles Growing Strong - 500,000 by 2020 is a potential Robotic Self-Driving Army

Overall the sales figures are even more promising for All-Electric Vehicles in the First Half of the Year. 54,000 vehicles were sold, compared to 41,000. The InsideEVS also showed an interesting trend; 60% of sales occurred during the last six months of each year, particularly 2013.

This trend is expected to continue this year in 2014. Interestingly too, the pace of sales hit 24,000 in the May to June period in 2014, a 50% increase over the 16,000 sold in the same period in 2013.

Sales of close to the 500,000 by 2020 are possible if the rate of growth remains at 33%. Hopefully, Americans will be still interested in All-Electric Vehicles by the time Hydrogen powered PEM Vehicles hit the US Market.

Most likely they will, especially as there's the possibility that their All-Electric Vehicles can be upgraded to Self-Driving All-Electric Vehicles using an ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) Kit.

A good example is San Francisco, California-based company Cruise Automation Inc Kit, the Cruise RP-1 as described in my blog article entitled “Cruise Automation Inc’s Cruise RP-1 - How Adopting ADAS in Jamaica's Road Traffic Act can reduce Road Fatalites due to 90% of Human Error”.

So the future is STILL All-Electric Vehicles according to InsideEVS, range anxiety issues aside. The Recharging Station issues need to be addressed; albeit Solar Recharging and at-home Induction Charging makes this largely a non-issue that comes down to how forgetful you are as it relates to recharging your All-Electric Vehicle regularly.

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