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No one here is surprised that Plug In America is confident in the future of plug-in vehicles. This is a group that has fought for years to increase their numbers in the US and was able to celebrate, finally, the sale of the 100,000th EV (a Mitsubishi i-MiEV) here earlier this year. In other words, PIA has reason to see the upside.

In a fundraising email, Richard Kelly, president of Plug In America, took stock of what the group accomplished in 2013, including the third National Plug In Day (NPID, pictured), and he said the year was a "pivotal" one for plug-in vehicles. How, exactly, National Plug In Day affects EV sales is something Kelly said PIA will explore in 2014, along with a plan "to build on what works, go even bigger, and see if we can surpass this performance." The 2013 NPID was the biggest ever, hitting 98 cities around the world.

Kelly wrote that the upswing in EV sales should continues for at least the next three years. "Some journalists are still reporting that plug-in sales are petering out, or have some limit that is fast approaching," he said. "If we believed this, we'd pack it up today. But we see huge potential in the next three years."
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President's Note

Here we are at the end of 2013. With only a day or so remaining, this will be the last reminder to make your tax-deductible 2013 donation. If you haven't already done so, please visit our donation page today.

2013 was a pivotal year for plug-ins and for Plug In America. As Board Chairman Dan Davids noted in an email a few weeks ago, we are proud of our achievements in 2013, which ranged from National Plug In Day and Plug In @ Work events to important legislative achievements.

National Plug In Day 2013 was the largest ever and had more industry support than ever. This year NPID was associated with an easy to see spike in plug-in vehicle sales. One of the premises of Plug In America is that outreach can make a difference in the successful rollout of plug-in vehicles. What is the exact relationship between NPID and the spike in sales? While we explore this, our goal in 2014 is to build on what works, go even bigger, and see if we can surpass this performance.

I don't have to look at graphs, however, to note that something has changed this year. Whereas I used to see one plug-in (if I was lucky) during my commute, I now regularly see a half-dozen. You may be seeing the same growth where you live.

Some journalists are still reporting that plug-in sales are petering out, or have some limit that is fast approaching. If we believed this, we'd pack it up today. But we see huge potential in the next three years.

This combination of Plug In America having an effect, and the effect multiplying out over such a huge potential market, is what keeps us going.

As I've previously mentioned, the Plug In America board is meeting in January. We will look at what resources we have, what initiatives have had the best effect, and plan our actions for 2014. So your donation today is critical because it will directly affect what we will ultimately be able to do in 2014. I hope you appreciate your own important role in this process. Improvements to transportation can mean huge differences for our nation and our personal well-being. We are privileged to continue working in a field where a relatively small group of engaged volunteers and donors can have such an outsized effect on the future.

Wishing you and your family the best for 2014.

Thank you,

Richard Kelly, President


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      danfred311
      • 5 Months Ago
      So PIA is sure EV enthusiasm is growing? what would we do without them... What is PIA doing? they are certainly not here kicking ass, they are not making cars, they are not doing anything to liberate the remaining few EV1s, they are not fabricating the dirt cheap EVSE that are possible, they haven't helped infuse some reason into the various plug standards, they are not establishing a fast charge network. So what are they doing..
        Chuck
        • 5 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Plug in America's role is simply to build awareness of the EV option. I meet people everyday that have never heard of an electric powered car, much less that they can go down to the car dealer and buy one today. There are still more people that don't realize that they can put some solar panels on their roof and supply all the energy they need for both their car and their homes. Prices for both options are on a steady decline and make perfect since even at todays prices.
      Marcopolo
      • 5 Months Ago
      I sincerely hope Richard Kelly's right ! But, then I would be a bit alarmed if the President of Plug In America, was pessimistic about the future of EV's. I agree with Grendal, it's an inevitable evolution as ESD science and technology develops. The modern EV has come a long way, very fast, and I believe that future progress will be astonishing over the next two decades. Just as the massive, but relatively puny and unreliable internal combustion engines of the early days, bear little resemblance to the high tech gasoline cars of today, so will the EV's of today look crude and very primitive in comparison with the EV's of 2034.
        danfred311
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Marcopolo
        High tech my ass. Many GM V8s still have push rods and carburetors . And they all have lead acid starter batteries.
      transpower
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm looking forward to the Porsche Cayenne PHEV.
      Grendal
      • 5 Months Ago
      Every year will be better than the previous year from now on. EV's are here to stay and the ICE will have a long slow withering. It is still a useful engine for industry and transport so it will take 50 to 100 years to be completely gone. With the improvement of ESD's, it is just a matter of time though.
        Ele Truk
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        It's kind of funny now. In the past each year the latest model car had just a little more horsepower (and who cares about MPG?). Now with looming CAFE standards that trend will be reversing, EXCEPT with EVs. There are not going to be any such limitations on EVs for a while, and soon it may be that the EVs become the muscle cars of desire because their specs will be going up, while ICE are going down.
      Craig Ewing
      • 5 Months Ago
      My 2014 Spark EV is somewhat of an odd duck - GM put it together to meet California's mileage / emissions mandate and turned out one fun little car. Most insiders know about its 400 ft-lbs of torque and low center of gravity, making for a lot of fun in a little ride. Hopefully, GM will release it to all 50 states (instead of just Oregon and the Golden State). It makes so many other EV's (Prius Plug-in, Fiat 500e, for example) such boring examples - the Spark EV is a responsible car for those who actually enjoy driving.
        Spec
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Craig Ewing
        I'm tempted to get a Spark EV. But wish they put that drivetrain into a car with a little more curb appeal. Put that drivetrain into something like a Miata or VW Cabrio body and I bet they could sell a lot more.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Craig Ewing
        Curious... what is your real world best distance on 1 charge?
        2 wheeled menace
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Craig Ewing
        It's only available in just 2 states? Ah, so that's why it gets such little recognition. Seems to be a good car otherwise. I'd love to test drive and maybe buy one.. if they would only do the thing that companies are supposed to do, and sell it to me :P
      2 wheeled menace
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nevermind the crap talkers..i think they will become more popular too. It's a situation like the Prius faced.. lots of backlash, image attacks, and the car was pretty so/so.. but through progressive generations and improvement, it became the car that is moving massive numbers today. Everyone said that it would fail, that the battery would be too expensive to repair, bla bla bla.. it's like some people forget that things improve over time..