The PR director of a US-based website called ComplianceandSafety.com e-mailed us to share some colorful information graphics on "The Impact of the Electric Car." It's an interesting piece that attempts to shed light on the current state of the EV industry. Some of the more amusing facts found on this illustration include the following:
* Transportation accounted for 20 percent of the world's energy consumption in 2009;
* US President Barack Obama wants 1,000,000 EVs sold in his country by 2015;
* In 2012, EVs are on track to account for just 0.45 percent of the projected 14 million new cars in the US;
* While the US sold 18,000 EVs last year and projects to sell 62,400 units this year, European countries are lagging far behind: France at 2,630, Germany at 2,154 and the UK at 1,000;
* The lithium-ion battery is the primary reason electric vehicles are so expensive;
* Kanagawa in Japan is the most prepared place in the world for the EV revolution, having 450 charging locations; and
* China has already invested $15 billion in electric vehicles.
For more facts and numbers about electric vehicles, check out the infographics below.