…Electric Vehicle Status Report, 9 Months 2018…
The third quarter showed a significant increase in the sale of Battery-Powered Vehicles (BEVs), which was probably the result of Tesla’s push to build its Model 3.
Another significant change was the drop in the sale of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs).
The table shows sales of HEVs, BEVs, and PHEVs for the first nine months of 2018.
While the increase in BEVs sold in the third quarter was significant, i.e., 169% compared with the 3rd quarter of 2017, BEVs remained a tiny percentage of all light vehicle sales in the United States at 1.12%.
It’s not clear why HEV sales declined 26% during the third quarter.
Other automobile manufacturers have announced a slew of BEV models to be introduced over the next five years.
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How many of these newly announced BEVs will be built in volume remains to be seen.
The market for BEVs, and also Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), is being supported by government actions, especially in China and Europe. The Chinese market has also produced golf cart-sized BEVs, using Li-ion or lead-acid batteries. These, while meeting China’s desire to promote electric vehicles, could be misleading if their sales numbers are included in reports of BEVs sold. It’s doubtful these BEVs meet normal safety standards for light vehicles, such as crash tests and airbags.
While the third quarter was a significant success story for battery-powered vehicles (BEVs), we will have to wait and see whether the momentum can be sustained in the fourth quarter and into 2019.
- Fuel cell vehicles use a fuel cell pack to generate electricity rather than using batteries. (These vehicles are experimental and are not included in the above data.)
- BEVs are vehicles powered entirely by battery power.
- PHEVs use the battery to travel the first 35 miles, then switch to an internal combustion engine to extend its range.
- HEVs are essentially battery-assisted vehicles that use the internal combustion engine to power the car. Batteries don’t provide the motive power for the vehicle.
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