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Ford Executive: “Hybrids Are Flying Off The Shelves Out In California”

An executive from Ford has said that its hybrid electric cars are flying off the shelves out in California. He also added that the US hybrid market is steadily growing as a whole, but gradually.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Image Credit: Ford

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
Image Credit: Ford

Hybrid cars have been around for many years. Hybrid production goes even as far back as 2001 (2002 Toyota Prius). It is now 12 years later and the hybrid market is no longer a tiny niche like the electric car market is.

Remember when hybrids used to cost tens of thousands more than their gasoline-only counterparts? Now they cost just a few thousand more, sometimes the same (Lincoln MKZ), and save you a boatload of gas money.

Hybrids are still not terribly common, but they are certainly more or less mainstream, as they have become financially very attractive, which may be reflected by the fact that most major car manufacturers offer at least a couple of hybrid models in various sizes, such as Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Lexus, Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and more.

Hybrid models offered vary from compact vehicles to SUVs and even trucks.

Naturally, California is the greatest market in the US for alternatively-fueled green cars, which probably explains half of the Ford executive’s statement.

According to Autoblog Green: “Ford’s newer plug-in hybrids – the C-Max and the Fusion Energi – are also exceeding company estimates, though Mays said a more comprehensive infrastructure will be needed for that particular sector to make substantial gains. The numbers bear May’s statements out. Through May, Ford’s hybrid, plug-in electric and battery-electric sales were five times their 2012 levels.”

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