US Sales of Plug-In Hybrids Rising - EVs Not So Much
Well, it seems that this is a trend now, as full EVs still lack the appeal to woo buyers away from safer hybrids and range-extenders. According to an article in the L.A. Times, this is in fact the case, as they say that US sales of all-electric cars has risen ever-so slightly, by only 6%, as of last year.
This modest growth figure is overshadowed by yearly increases in sales by huge numbers, such as the Toyota Prius ‘family’ which has registered an increase of 380%, or the aforementioned Volt which has sold 221% more cars than in the same period of last year.
At the other end of the scales sits the Nissan Leaf, a car recently plagued by battery problems, is actually registering falling sales - down 18.8% as of last year. Another car which is doing less-than-very-well is Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV which has sold only 333 cars so far - a less-than-impressive performance.