Early plug-in sales outstripping early hybrid sales

plug-in-hybrideditors-blog-entry3So, there’s this idea — really, it’s a myth, albeit an unfortunately widespread one — that plug-in vehicles aren’t selling well in the United States.

The reality is that, compared to early sales of hybrids in the U.S., plug-ins are through the roof, and there are strong indications that they’re going to continue to be strong — check out the graphic at the top of this entry.

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Prius tops California sales charts
No, sales of plug-in vehicles still aren’t a big chunk of overall auto sales in the U.S. — but give it time. The hybrid Toyota Prius, which saw only a few thousand sold in its first year in the U.S., is now the number one selling car in the state of California, which, not coincidentally has some of the highest gas prices in America.

Oh, by the way, those gas prices?

They keep climbing and climbing and climbing. As they do, so, too, will sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and pure EVs. You can count on it.

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