Sales of electric vehicles accelerated in 2022, constituting 6% of auto sales in the third quarter, according to CleanTechnica. Argonne National Laboratory data showed that sales of plug-in electric vehicles in November shot up 31.3% from the same month last year.
2022 was the year that California issued a ban on sales of new gasoline-fueled cars by 2035, a move that New York, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington said they would follow.
And the shift toward zero-emission vehicles hasn’t been limited to personal vehicles. With funding from the Federal Transit Administration under its low- or no-emission bus program, more cities and transit agencies are ordering electric transit buses — so many that bus manufacturers are struggling to deliver them.
California is moving toward mandating zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles by 2040, and the U.S. Postal Service said it will acquire and use at least 66,000 battery electric vehicles by 2028.
The trend toward transportation electrification is likely to continue as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 extended the EV tax credit of $7,500, added a $4,000 credit for used EVs and ended the sales cap on manufacturers that prevented buyers of Tesla and General Motors EVs from getting the tax credit. States will also begin building a network of public charging stations along interstate highways under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program.
Check out some highlights of our 2022 electric vehicle coverage below.