Published on June 10th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


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

June 10th, 2013 by  

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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  • jburt56

    That must be a sturdy shelf!!

  • Mohammed Alnajjar

    The topic is great, Hybrids are another excellent example of the smart approach Renewables are adapting to evolve, the other example is the integration with the existing Grids, to solve, (from cost point of view), the storage problem, (in both), and to save transmission costs in the second, even the tow examples present a reasonable partial solution for the basic problem (Energy Independency ), but it it will be for the short to medium run, simply because a transition period is crucial for both ( RE & Traditional Energy Resources), for RE to gain more time to continue in the rapid achievements in decreasing cost and solving storage problem which still relies heavily in Batteries ( the other face of the coin “Sustainability”), and to give more time for the existing Utilities to minimize the down ,thank you

    • Bob_Wallace

      We are living in a most interesting time during which we’re moving from a fossil fuel energy base to a renewable base. Like any major change, the path is not always clear. Lots of solutions will be tried and the best adopted.

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