Plug In America’s 2017 Top Ten Electric Car Milestones
12.07.2017 - by Joel Levin
Plug In America’s 2017 Top Ten Electric Car Milestones

No doubt about it, 2017 was a banner year for electric vehicles. We have not yet hit the “turning point” that everyone talks about, when the vehicles will explode into the market, but we think we can see it from here.

Here’s our take on the top EV milestones for 2017:

BYD electric bus part of LA Metro's fleet

10. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority committed to turning its fleet of over 2,000 buses all-electric by 2030, making it by far the largest electric bus fleet in the world* United States. (*China boasts the largest, with more than 12,000 electric buses in service in the city of Shenzhen.)

9. National Drive Electric Week celebrated EVents from coast to coast, in all 50 states for the first time, covering every major metropolitan area (276 events in all).

Chevy Bolt on Capitol Hill, Washington DC May 2017

8. The first moderately-priced electric car with a 200+ mile range, the Chevy Bolt, became available in all 50 states and was recognized by Motor Trend as the Car of the Year.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV at LACI, October 2017 Photo credit: MK Campbell

7. The first plug-in hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica, went on sale.

BYD e6 electric taxis

6. China established a requirement that all automakers must sell 10% plug-in cars by 2019—e.g. next model year!

Plug In America EV sales counter, source: Vehicle counter based on

5. The United States passed 700,000 plug-in vehicles sold and the world surpassed 2 million.

close up of an unidentified sportscar headlight

4. 35 different models of plug-in cars became available for sale in the United States. (You can find them all on our vehicle tracker.)

3. The Tesla Model 3 was launched to great fanfare, with a backlog of 450,000 orders and a declaration from Motor Trend that it is “the Car of the Century.”

Test driving EVs in Lynwood CA to celebrate Earth Day 2017

2. General Motors declared that “the future is all-electric” and committed to rolling out 18 pure electric cars by 2023.

Crowd of cheering people

1. China, India, Germany, France, Britain, Norway, and Netherlands (nearly half of the world auto market) all committed to eliminate sales of new gas cars by 2040 or earlier.

11 comments on “Plug In America’s 2017 Top Ten Electric Car Milestones”
  1. jim Stack says:

    If it’s not the Governments job to tell you what vehicle to buy.
    Why has the Government used my tax money to subsidies Oil for over 50 years with no end in sight?
    Why does the Government allow Fracking for Oil make billions of gallons of water polluted?
    Why does the Government not make polluters and Oil spills pay for all the pollution they make?
    Why don’t trucks and motorcycles not to mention lawn equipment have to have pollution reducing equipment on them?

    As soon as we have a fair no subsidies policy we won’t need a short term incentive for any cars.

  2. Herman DeJong says:

    Plug-in s are the future. No ifs or buts.

  3. Ira says:

    I will start by saying that I bought and own a Toyota Prius Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
    The 4 vehicles I owned before buying this were hybrid vehicles.

    Having said that, I will say that it is MY BUSINESS what I buy, and not China or India or Germany or France or Britain or Norway or the Netherlands government’s business to tell me what I can and cannot buy.

    In the United States, electric cars are not sold on their merits.
    The government takes money that someone else earned (taxes) and uses it to bribe people (the $7,500 tax credit) to buy the kind of car that IT WANTS them TO BUY .

    I bought this and the 4 cars before it because I evaluated the cars I could buy, and chose them, not because the government wants me to buy them, or because I am being paid by your tax dollars to buy them.

    I still have the right to buy what I want…… If the United States follows the lead of China, India, ….. etc, I won’t have that right any more. That is NOT what this country is supposed to be about.

    I support REPEALING all of the tax credit for buying electric cars.

    Your taxes and mine pay for that tax credit.

    If electric cars are worth buying, people will buy them. If they’re not worth the cost or the time it takes to recharge them every day, then people will buy something else. I decided on my own that an electric car was worth buying.
    If a 12 miles per gallon super duty pickup truck was what I wanted, I would have bought that.

    It is NOT the business of the government to pick winners and losers in the car manufacturing business or the battery business or any business. Car makers should make and sell the cars that people want to buy, and people should be able to buy what they want, whether it is gas, electric, or hybrid.

    1. Steve says:

      A better term for the EV credit is an EV incentive, When someone switches from a gas mobile to electric vehicle all the money they save ($3k -$5K a year) goes back into the local economy. The fuel money goes to the local utility rather than the multi national oil company and puts downward pressures on rates for everyone. I don’t own EV (live in an older apartment complex), but if benefits me if my neighbor switches over.

      Incenting EV adoption is a sound investment. Credits for fossil fuel exploration and drilling is what should be eliminated.

    2. David says:

      While I agree with you Ira in principal, it is not how the USA or the world works. The government picks winners and losers in many industries. Subsidies for gas, oil, sugar, farms, diary export subsidy, grazing and oil exploration land, real estate; one’s mortgage, etc. There’s many more. If we want to compete we need to keep up with what other governments are doing and they do subsidize their industries. We would be naive to not subsidize our USA industries.

  4. John Field says:

    It’s about time other OEMs electrify. So Glad Tesla has Car of the century ! How bout a 2nd assy plant in Canada! Hey Elon, are you reading this?

  5. Greg M. Bell says:

    I’ll take this good news all day, every day.

  6. Greg M. Bell says:

    Sweeeet. Tks for the summer, I’ll take good news 24 x 7.

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