Electric vehicles getting traction: 'good for our economy . . . good for our environment'
Sales of made-in-Michigan vehicles break sales records in October
Electric-vehicle sales set new records across the country in October, and “that’s good news for Michigan -- good for our economy, good for our workers and good for our environment,” according to Charles Griffith, climate and energy program director the Ecology Center.
The Ecology Center is one of the founding members of the Built by Michigan coalition, which works to promote the manufacturing and sales of electric vehicles. The coalition includes small and large businesses, labor groups, electric vehicle owners and car buffs, and environmental organizations.
In October, the made-in-Michigan plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt broke its monthly sales record the third month in a row, selling 2,961 vehicles in the month. In the first 10 months of the year, General Motors has sold 19,309 Volts, up 286 percent from the same period last year. The Volt, the most popular electric-drive vehicle,is outselling half of all cars on the market today.
“Other companies are also reporting record sales in October, and while the numbers are small, they’re promising,” Griffith said.
Ford sold 118 Focus Electrics in October, totaling nearly 300 of the cars sold this year and they only went on sale in June. And in the first month Ford C-Max Energi hybrid was on the market, they sold 144 of the plug-ins. Both Ford models are built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, which recently added more than 1,000 workers to keep up with demand.
“The evidence is becoming clearer every month, that consumers are embracing these new vehicles,” according to Griffith. “Sales of electric cars tripled during their second year on the market, far outperforming the sales of hybrids during their own second year on the market, back in 2001.”
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EcoLink — November 2012 An online publication of the Ecology Center