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Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Chelsea


Electric Car & Hybrid Car Sales up 164% in June

July 23rd, 2012 by  

No matter the roller coaster ride gas prices take us on, or perhaps due to it, consumers are steadily purchasing hybrid and electric vehicles. Highlights of the last year in electric and hybrid cars include a 164% increase in June 2012 sales, compared to June 2011. Folks at Kelley Blue Book expect hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) sales to slow a bit — but not nosedive — as gas prices decline.

Chevy Volt via Yaro / Shutterstock.com

Movers and shakers in the alternative-energy car category include Lexus and Chevrolet. The Blue Book Market Report highlights a 500% increase in sales of the Lexus CT200h year-over-year. The Chevy Volt had a 200% year-over-year increase in sales. The Volt may be more popular because of its longer driving range — 379 miles; however, the Volt is not entirely electric, a sticking point for some of the EV hardliners.

Toyota had a big year with its Prius, as well. Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book, said Prius sales surged “more than 300 percent from June of last year. The Prius has been in high demand since the introduction of the subcompact Prius c and wagon-esque Prius v. Sales numbers for the Prius look especially strong due to the inventory shortages that plagued Toyota at this time last year.”

Not all EVs and hybrids had stellar years, though. The Blue Book reported the Honda CR-Z, Honda Insight, and Nissan Leaf had a bummer of a year, failing to reach the same figures from 2011.

Check out Zach’s nifty Car Answers / EV Facts page for a side-by-side comparison of what’s on the market.

Source: Kelley Blue Book



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is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.

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  • Bob_Wallace

    There are reports of 2012 Leaf prices being significantly discounted by dealers.

    Deep discounts are not uncommon in the car business right before new models are released.  I wondering if in this case it might mean that the 2013 models are going to have longer range, lower prices, or some reason that left over 2012 stock might not sell well.

    It could also mean that Nissan wants to reduce the ‘burned’ feeling for someone who pays full price for a 2012 and then a couple of months later a better 2013 deal appears.

    Just speculatin’….

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    • Hey,

      Good stuff. Would you be interested in reposting any of it on CleanTechnica?

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