The share of electrical car in new car gross sales within the US was shut to six% in 2022. On the finish of 2022, there have been over 50 electrical car fashions obtainable for buy on the US retail market. The market chief within the US is Tesla, however different manufacturers are additionally beginning to get some important traction. I just lately traveled to the US and spent a while close to Orlando and Jacksonville in Florida, San Jose California, Manhattan NY, and New Jersey. I additionally drove with a pal of mine for about 3 and a half hours on the I95 to Jacksonville and was consistently looking out for EVs on the interstate. All through my travels, I used to be at all times looking out for battery-electric autos on the highway and round parking tons. As of late one doesn’t actually must look onerous to stumble upon EVs, in contrast to a decade in the past or so when one must go on a treasure hunt to search out some EVs.
With near 50 electrical car modes now obtainable within the US, I used to be actually curious as to what number of of those fashions I’d stumble upon with out trying onerous for them or going to a dealership showroom. What was constant all through my journey was the clear proven fact that that is the house of Tesla. There are Teslas in every single place. Within the San Jose and San Francisco space, Teslas had been actually outstanding. It’s like for those who shut your eyes and spin round and then you definitely level in any path after which cease, by the point you open your eyes, chances are high fairly excessive you’ll level in direction of a Tesla. I additionally noticed lots of Teslas in all of the locations I visited as nicely, though they didn’t look like as many as within the California areas I visited. Which Teslas did I see? Effectively, most of them. I noticed Mannequin S, 3, X, and Ys, each outdated and new fashions, customary vary fashions, lengthy vary fashions, and efficiency fashions in addition to Plaid fashions.
So which different EV fashions did I spot? In all of the locations I visited, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 stood out as nicely. It appears to be a preferred EV. The outdated Hyundai Kona additionally made some cameo appearances. Ford Mustang Mach Es additionally had been comparatively straightforward to identify, and BMW i4s additionally appear to have a following. I used to be actually excited to see a Mercedes Benz EQS SUV. I actually like this one and hopefully sooner or later after I land on a pile of money I can get one. It’s a Mercedes and it’s electrical! I additionally noticed some BMW iXs and a few of Audi’s e-tron variants. The second technology Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Kia, and eNiros had been additionally comparatively straightforward to identify. In San Francisco, I additionally noticed one among Waymo’s Jaguar iPaces, which was fairly cool. It simply drove previous us on the freeway.
The one factor that basically stood out for me was the fashions I didn’t see. I had been hoping to see these fashions, nevertheless it seems I didn’t get to see them in all these locations. In all of the cities I visited, I didn’t see any Ford F150 Lightnings, I didn’t see any Rivians, and I didn’t see any Lucid Airs. Might it’s as a result of they aren’t but so frequent? Perhaps I’ll see some subsequent time. I didn’t exit of my technique to search for explicit EVs as I wished to get a way of how EV adoption goes simply by taking a look at automobiles going by or parked at locations I ended at.
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