MADISON, Conn.—Tire dealers who like to stay on top of the latest market trends may want to consider installing a charging station in their shops as an added customer service for the growing number of electric vehicles (EV) in the U.S. vehicle parc.
Sales of plug-in EVs in the U.S. jumped 35 percent through the first five months of 2014 to 43,480 units, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). This raises the number of plug-in EVs registered to more than 211,000.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the “EV Everywhere Grand Challenge” with the goal of making the U.S., within 10 years, the first nation to produce plug-in electric vehicles that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as gasoline-powered vehicles. Today, there are more than 15 models on the market and sales doubled from 2012 to 2013, according to the DOE.