The general consensus in the automotive world seems to be that the transition to electric vehicles is in full swing. However, new data seems to suggest otherwise. Not only do electric vehicles make up less than one percent of vehicles registered in the United States, but only a few states are making inroads into the market.
The study conducted by Axios is based on data provided by S&P Global Global Mobility. It tells a much darker and slower story about the transition from fossil fuels than most realize. In May, 4.6% of all new vehicles registered in the United States were electric vehicles. This is more than double than in May 2021, but despite this, only 0.6% of all registered vehicles in the country are fully electric.
Of course, this takes every vehicle into account, including used vehicles. Chances are the transition will continue to accelerate as new models become available over the next few years. There were 46 electric vehicles on the market in May and S&P Global expects there to be 63 before the end of the year. At the same time, more states will need to be willing to adopt the technology.
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Not surprisingly, California leads the nation in EV adoption with nearly 39% of all EVs registered. Florida comes in second with 6.7% of all electric vehicles registered in the country and Texas rounds out the top three with 5.4%. Only Washington (4.4%) and New York (3.6%) have more than 3.5% in their own state.
Again though, when we’re talking about the percentage of electric vehicles on the road out of the total number of vehicles, not just new vehicles, the numbers are pretty low. Less than 2% of vehicles registered in California are fully electric.
Are you surprised to learn how slow the adoption of electric vehicles is or does this pace seem right to you? Certainly, with the creation of more infrastructure for electric vehicles, the transition will accelerate, but it seems that we are far from cutting the essence of our lives.