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America Records the Best Plug-in Car Sales

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The first plug-in car was introduced in the United States six year ago and since their introduction, the 2016 sales were the highest. At the top of the list of the achievements, plug-in electric car sales totaled 157,181 last year. This was an all-time high, a figure that went up by 37.6% from 2015s sales that were 114,248. Sales for 2014 were 123,347, 24.7% less than the 2016 sales. The previous highest sales records had been those of 2014. Hence, 157,181 is such a healthy number to add to 570,187 cumulative total number of plug-in electric cars sold in the United States since 2008.

Monthly Breakdown

Monthly analysis shows that the strong results were largely contributed by December sales. The month recorded an all-time highest of 23,288 plug-in electric car sales. This was up from the former record held by September 2016 of 16,069 sales. Consequently, the market share for 2016 rose to 0.90%, with battery electric comprising of 0.48% and plug-in hybrids contributing to 0.42%. This was a huge improvement from the year 2015 where the market share for plug-in electric vehicle was 0.66% and 0.75% in 2014. As predicted, the market share for December 2016 hit the highest record of 1.39%. Plug-in hybrid comprised of 0.78%, while the battery electrics contributed to 0.61%. September, the prior-record month had 1.12% market share for plug-in electric vehicles.

What’s Selling?

Regarding the best sellers, Tesla’s Model S was at the top of the list for a second consecutive year. There were 29,156 units of Model S delivered, with about 5,300 accounting for December only. The model outdid the revamped Chevrolet Volt, whose December sales were 3,691 adding up to a total of 24,739 units for 2016. At the third place was Tesla’s Model X, which recorded 18,028 sales, with December sales being about 3,300 units. This clearly shows the strength that Tesla has, regardless of having higher prices for its vehicles in comparison to other models. Ford’s Fusion Energi took the fourth place with its yearly sales totaling 15,938 units. Nissan Leaf recorded 14,006 sales. Overall cumulative figures show that Chevy Volt is at the top with a total of 113,489 units. These units are close to 10,000 more compared to the Leaf, with both cars introduced in 2010. Currently, there are 17 plug-in hybrid and 13 battery electric cars sold in the United States. This is in comparison to hybrid electric cars, which are 33. The year 2016 also saw remarkable sales in conventional crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.

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Why You Should Purchase the 2017 Toyota’s Prius Prime

toyota_prius_iv_-_heckansicht_19-_september_2015_frankfurtThe first shipment of the Toyota Prius Prime is now in the United States on its way to dealers. It is part of the national “soft launch” rollout with the new plug-in having a higher level of competitiveness compared to its predecessor. The 2012-2015 version of Toyota Prius Plug-in was recognized for its battery of 4.4 kWh and EPA-rated range of 11 miles for combined electric and gas power. The sales of this version are in fifteen U.S. states with the pre-subsidy pricing ranging from $30,000 to $40,000.

With the new Prime, the battery size has been doubled to 8.8 kWh, while the electric only range has been increased to 25 miles. The EV-only speed has been increased from 62 to 84 mph. Its electric drive efficiency of 95 MPGe is higher than the old plug-in. The fuel efficiency is also higher in comparison to that of its predecessor. Although the Prime’s speed is almost the same as that of the old plug-in, it clearly handles much better. Additionally, it qualifies for a higher tax credit compared to the previous model. For a new entrant, it is cheaper and economical. Hence, it is aggressive considering the fact that most plug-ins often require a premium, usually offset by incentives such as tax credits.

The 133 MPGe of the Prius Prime is higher than that of every other plug-in hybrid or all-electric car in the United States market. Toyota has also added that its range of 25 miles should serve more than 50% of all the daily traveling needs of all drivers. Having said the above, success isn’t a guarantee, especially at this time when gas is cheap and vehicles are competitive. One of the key competitors is the Toyota Prius Liftback, which is currently the best-selling green vehicle globally. Judging from the specifications sheet, both the Prime and the Liftback have a similar underlying hybrid vehicle of 1.8 liter. Toyota says that in terms of range, the Prime is a clear topper.

Ford’s C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi are other competitors worth mentioning. The Energi is the whiz kid of technology within the Fusion lineup. The C-Max Energi has similar hybrid powertrain of 2 liters. Although, the EPA numbers for 2017 haven’t been give, it’s 2016 rating was 88 MPGe with the hybrid mode rating being 38 mpg. This is in comparison to the Fusion’s 2017 rating of 97 MPGe and a hybrid mode rating of 42 mpg. Despite a stiff competition, the Prius Prime is a worthy choice.


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Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Expected in 2016

Chevrolet_Bolt_Concept_(front)_NAIAS_2015The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt entered the plug-in vehicle market almost six years ago, and other cars have followed suit while others are yet to enter the market. According to the current alternative energy cars’ list published in HybridCars.com, the total number of battery electric cars is 12, while hybrid electric cars are 11. The numbers are slightly differed from those reported last year where there were 9 plug-in electric cars and 13 battery electric cars. The current market share for plug-in hybrid electric cars is approximately 0.24% in comparison to last year’s 0.34%. Battery electric cars current market share is 0.41% while for the previous year was 0.39%.

One of the vehicles to expect this coming year is Kia’s 2016 Optima plug-in, which has some clear similarities to Hyundai’s Sonata plug-in. It is basically, a plug-in form of the recently redesigned Kia Optima hybrid. Kia’s Optima plug-in car’s battery is the same as that of Hyundai’s and has a capacity of 9.8 kwh. This implies that its electric vehicle range of 27 miles is the second highest. This vehicle has been said to enter the market mid next year to aim towards Kia’s plan of becoming one of the leading manufacturers of hydrogen fuel, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars. Its powertrain of 2.0 liters is also similar to Hyundai’s.

2017’s Chevrolet Bolt is another vehicle to expect this coming year. This vehicle will have a range of about 200 miles and its price will be around 30,000 dollars. The price of this vehicle coupled with its specifications makes it a significant plug-in vehicle to look forward to. To address the issue of range, the Chevy Bolt gives a range that is two times that of other electric vehicles within the same price range. Its major competitor is Tesla Model S with 70 kwh. Bolt evidently presents a major leap forward, regardless of the fact that it may not be fully satisfactory to those demanding more. Automakers are using plug-in electrification as a way of improving the emission scores and mpg of their fleet. Some of the honorable mentions that are likely to enter this market include BMW’s 3 and 7 series, Audi’s A4 plug-in hybrid electric car, Volkswagen’s Passat and Mercedes’ E-Class. Although Ford is already through with the production of its Fusion Energi, it has announced its intention to release the plug-in hybrid car’s next generation. Tesla’s Model X is also worth mentioning, with bulk deliveries expect to begin in 2016.


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