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US Electric Vehicle Sales Increased by 81% in 2018

Updated: May 21, 2020

By Julia Pyper, Green Tech Media

U.S. electric vehicle sales may be finally seeing the hockey stick growth market watchers have been waiting for.

The 2018 numbers are in, and total U.S. EV sales came in at 361,307 for the year — up 81 percent over 2017 — according to the tracking website InsideEVs.

For Chris Nelder, manager of Rocky Mountain Institute’s mobility practice, the results came as a surprise.

“I did not expect the growth rate to be over 30 percent" for 2018, he said. “I expected it to be in the 20 percent range, which is where it’s been.” 

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