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US Sales of Plug-in Cars Power Past 150K Milestone

America could be a quarter of the way to a million PEVs by 2014.

Published: 01-Dec-2013

Assuming the counter on the Plug In America web site actually reflects reality, Americans have now acquired, either by purchase or lease, more than 150,000 plug-in automobiles, with the wager being it'll hit the 200,000 point by sometime in early Q2 of 2014.

Just to be clear, plug-in electric vehicles as a category encompass battery electric, electric-hybrid or what's generally referred to as plug-in hybrids. The former would be cars like the sales-leading Nissan LEAF, Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e, Mitsubishi i, and Chevrolet Spark EV. The later would be the Chevrolet Volt, the Ford Energi line of hybrids, and the Prius PHV.

And the category is growing with the coming of BMW's i3 all-electric city car, as well as e-drive models from Volkswagen, just to name a few, in 2014.

While most of the battery electric models, with the exception of Nissan's LEAF, are currently limited to sales in California, all of the plug-in hybrid models are generally available nationwide.

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