Wait a minute, you're counting the Volt here? EV World giddily reports that for what may be the first time in modern US automobile history (i.e. not counting the turn of the 19th century), there are more electric vehicles on US roads than there are gas stations beside them. Specifically, there are about 120,000 electric vehicles, compared to about 119,000 gas stations. Granted, that gas station number is based on 2007 estimates, but EV World says any growth in chain stations has likely been offset by closures of independent operations.

But we have to quibble that the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, which as we all know isn't a pure electric because its on-board generator is powered by gas, is being counted here. That's a pretty big difference, given that the Volt's moved more than 46,000 units since the beginning of 2011 (for the first eight months of the year, Volt sales were up 11 percent to just a smidgeon under 15,000 vehicles). How long will it take pure EV sales to make up that difference? Well, with the Nissan Leaf selling about 2,000 cars a month, the Tesla Model S moving about 1,700 (the other pure EVs sell in far lower volumes), we could be celebrating a truer version of the EVs-beat-gas stations milestone this time next year. We'll supply the party hats and streamers.


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      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it's only just the start. Let's get 1 million EVs on the road by 2015!
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Weird comparison, but it is nice to see EV adoption grow.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad I'm not the only one who did not get the point of the comparison.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it has a plug then it should have a public charging station, just like gas vehicles have gas stations. So I have no problem including the Volt in that number.
      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of a silly comparison, EV's to gas stations? Really? Oh, we are looking for page clicks to enhance ad revenue! How silly of me to think that an article ought to make sense. And my Volt has been an EV for 28 days according to Voltstats. This whole "The Volt isn't an EV" discourse is kind of lame. If it has a plug and is using American electricity instead of gasoline, half of which we import, it is an electric vehicle. But some animals are more equal than others. For a price. The Tesla S is the 400 pound gorilla in the room of EV's. It is the fastest, the coolest, and, unfortunately, the most expensive by a large margin... So for us mere mortals, the Volt is still the best choice for most of us, as demonstrated by the sales figures here in the US. Until we get a 4 seat, 200+ mile AER BEV under $40k, the Volt will probably remain the champ for most of us, with the Leaf coming in a close second.
        noevfud
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ziv
        This is typical ABG garbage to get traffic, you nailed it. Any EV with a gas motor is a hybrid electric vehicle not a pure EV. Actually a PHEV where a LEAF and Tesla are EVs. Those that do not think the Volt is a hybrid need to know the Volt also runs on gas believe it or not. If the LEAF had a gas tank and motor it would also be a PHEV as well. I wonder why Toyota calls the PIP a PHEV and not an EV? Because it it!
          mustang_sallad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @noevfud
          If you want to avoid this ridiculous argument over what does and doesn't count as an EV, just call it a PEV, or Plug-in Electric Vehicle. That name is gaining acceptance (all the latest SAE standards use it) to describe anything with a plug. Also, garbage traffic? If you weren't interested, then you didn't need to comment. Besides, a number of the other green transport blogs posted about this too.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      other than the model s the volt is the best looking "EV" available
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Really? I think the Focus EV and the Fiat 500 EV are much better looking cars than the Volt. (not that they are better cars, just better looking) Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave
          I love my Volt and I think that the Focus EV is moderately more appealing. The 500EV is ok, but it is too much a girls car for me to think of it as being attractive. The Focus EV is a nice car, too bad Ford isn't doing what needs to be done to make it more attractive to potential purchasers. Price, availability and a scrawny boot are the Focus EV's problems. Styling is not.
      Naturenut99
      • 1 Year Ago
      Odd comparison, # of Electric Vehicles vs # of the oppositions (gas cars) energy supply. EV's vs ICE's or plugs vs gas stations would make more sense. The thing about comparing the plugs is we have to count home and work plugs along with the public stations. So it would still be an odd/lopsided comparison.
        Naturenut99
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Naturenut99
        Btw, I am a Volt owner. And while yes it has a generator for longer distances. It really is an electric vehicle, but with a range extender. I and most others don't use it (range extender) at all on a daily basis. I really have only used it on long trips every couple months. Electric on an everyday basis (and as much as possible) and gas when you need it. I know I just changed the tag line.
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm looking forward to the first modified Volt.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      A very convoluted way for Danny King to slyly start a controversy about whether a Volt is really an EV ! Despite fierce opposition at home and timid promotion abroad, the GM Volt has persisted and is selling in growing numbers. This GM product literally sells itself by virtue of it's good build quality, customer satisfaction, and technical brilliance.
        Jim1961
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        I don't understand all the hate for plug in hybrids and it's not rational at all to save the biggest hate for the PHEV with the highest AER, the Chevy Volt.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim1961
          @Jim1961 Yeah, the hatred began with EV purists toward hybrids even before an EV was commercially available. Once GM's Volt was announced, the US crazy-right reacted with a totally bizarre campaign against the Volt. The Volt was attacked for all sorts of reasons, mostly political, and became the focus of every false news story. Un verified stories about fires, secret deals by Obama, outrageous losses per vehicle, dangerous batteries, no vehicles produced (or thousands unsold on dealers lots) dealers refusing to stock the Volt, powered by coal, batteries being highly toxic, etc circulated widely through the more lurid media outlets. But criticism between hybrids, PHEV's and EREV's and EV's also remained debate, even among EV enthusiasts some of whom who insist on dismissing EREV's like Volt, as merely a type of hybrids. Even ABG promoted a rivalry between the Volt, Leaf and Tesla, when in fact each vehicle appeals to a different market sector. These three vehicles, far from competing with one other, compete with ICE competitors. But because of the political controversy surrounding the GM bail-out, the Volt/Ampera has had more than its fair share of negative publicity. Due to reaction in the US, GM has been overly cautious in restricting production numbers for export markets, and has been far to restrained in aggressively marketing the Ampera version overseas. But it's a great car, and hopefully will prove to be the fore-runner for a whole family of GM models employing Voltec technology.
      noevfud
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.autoevolution.com/news/evs-versus-phevs-which-will-be-smarter-to-own-23388.html
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Exactly Ziv, something along those lines would be fun to see. Extending its range would also be an interesting mod that I feel many people may want to explore.
      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      RC, how do you want to see it mod'ed? I would like to see someone dig a bit deeper into the pack, say using 13 of the 16.5 kWh. And even more fun would be either tuning the current motors to deliver more torque quicker. I believe there is a 1 second delay between stomping on the accelerator and full torque delivery, though I can't find the links to the articles that discussed it way back when. I understand that you can't deliver all the torque instantly, but ramping up to full torque in 0.4 seconds would make the car even more responsive. Finally, switching out the current electric motors for higher performance motors would be very interesting. I think that only one of them is used to move the Volt and the other as a generator, but given the complexity of the Volt you may need to switch both.
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