Analysts expect the sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to significantly increase in the US over the next several years. The anticipated annual growth rate is expected to be 43 percent between 2011 and 2017. Annual sales will reach approximately 360,000 vehicles by 2017.
As the most populous states, California, New York and Florida will see the highest sales. However, when assessed as a percentage of total vehicle sales, smaller states will outperform larger ones. A 2011 report from Pike Research indicates that Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Delaware will all be among the top states for PEV penetration.
PEV sales of total light-duty vehicle sales in 2017 are expected to be 6.3 percent in Hawaii, 5.4 percent in California and Oregon, 4.6 percent in Washington, D.C. , and 4.5 percent in Delaware .
Part of the sales of PEVs are determined by availability. New York and California account for more than half of the available PEVs in the US, while Southern and rural states have limited PEV availability.
Pike Research’s “Index of Positive Opinion” toward PEVs indicate that consumers in each state have differing attitudes toward EVs. The research shows that in certain regions like Northern California people are very positively disposed towards EV whereas in places like North Dakota people have a very negative opinion of EVs.