2012 Shaping Up As Great Year for Hybrids, Electric Car Sales

Alt-fuel vehicle sales, including cleaner diesels, in the U.S. have already reached 446,000 units.

Published: 08-Nov-2012

Is 2012 the year that alternative fuel vehicles finally come into their own? It’s starting to look like that after a particularly strong October saw alt-fuel and hybrid car sales set a sales record for the third consecutive month. All told, more than 46,000 alt-fuel vehicles were sold in the U.S. in October, putting sales on track to break 500,000 alt-fuel sales for the year.

Leading the sales charge was Toyota, accounting for more than half of October alt-fuel sales with over 24,000 units sold. 16,774 of those sales came from the Prius family of hybrids, including nearly 1,900 Prius Plug-In models.

Those are good sales no doubt, but the Chevy Volt still leads the plug-in hybrid market, selling 2,961 Volts in October. The Nissan Leaf also performed admirably thanks to a new $199 month lease deal that helped move 1,579 Leaf EVs off of lots. Even Ford had good news to celebrate, including 118 sales of the Ford Focus Electric.


Illustration of proposed Hybrid Ferry

Each ferry will accommodate 150 passengers and 23 cars or two HGVs, with a service speed of 9 knots.

Infiniti M35h MSRP $67,300

M hybrid as one of just four of the 23 hybrids available in Canada that can actually beat their closest gasoline equivalents based on five-year purchase, finance and fuel costs.

Instruments on Buick LaCrosse with e-Assist show battery state-of-charge. Plug-in not required.

GM claims 2012 LaCrosse gets better highway fuel economy than the much more expensive Lexus HS and Infinity M Hybrid.


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