US Sales of Plug-In Hybrids Rising - EVs Not So Much

Chevy Volt 1 photo
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It has become clear to us that the Chevy Volt is a very appreciated car and since it came onto the scene, sales of full EVs, like Nissan’s clever Leaf have fallen dramatically. The Volt registered far superior sales numbers, surpassing the Leaf month after month since its launch, while also achieveing an amazing feat!
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.
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