While we're not exactly sure when or where it happened, some green-minded U.S. motorist helped the nascent battery car market reach a critical milestone this past weekend, purchasing the 100,000th plug-based vehicle—or so claims the advocacy group Plug-In America.
"Our current estimate, based on monthly sales figures from automakers, is that the 100,000th highway-capable plug-in vehicle [was] sold on May 20," said Tom Saxton, Plug In America's chief science officer. "We are calling this the #PIA100K mark, and we are excited to see the continued growth of the market."
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Proponents are hailing the news and noting that it's been barely three years since the launch of the modern battery-car industry with the nearly simultaneous debuts of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the Nissan Lead battery-electric vehicles, or BEV.
Since then, a wave of similar products have hit the market, everything from the little Chevrolet Spark battery car to the new Porsche 918 plug-in supercar the German maker announced last week. In fact, virtually all major automakers expect to have some form of plug-based vehicle for sale by next year, if for no other reason than to meet California's demanding new Zero-Emission Vehicle mandate.
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