The first major manufacturer built battery electric cars in this present era started slow in 2011, but progress is happening.
In a recent fact sheet, the U.S. EPA documented as much for electric cars – not including the discontinued GM EV1 of the 1990s – saying median range has risen while there are four-times as many models.
Specifically, there were just three models for sale in 2011 – the Nissan Leaf, BMW Active E, and Smart fortwo electric coupe – while today there are a dozen and counting.
In 2011 the median all-electric range of the battery electric cars was 73 miles – with a span from 63 to 94 miles – and in model year 2016, the median is 83.5 miles – ranging from 62 miles to 294 miles.
This top limit factors the upper level Tesla Model S AWD 90D, but does not include the Model S P100D with 315 miles announced on Tuesday this week.
So, the median has already inched up further, and while not stated by the EPA, the median is expected to rise with release of more higher range models.
As battery costs come down, and more automakers jump into the game, the next half decade is projected to see significant increases, possibly more than the last half decade documented.
To date, the EV market is yet in a niche with just half of 1 percent of the U.S. market share.
Despite that, the EPA has also noted many more people than are presently driving EVs could meet their daily driving needs with even the first-generation, lower range models that are available today.