It has been revealed that the first quarter of 2012 has seen a big jump in hybrid and electric car sales from the previous year in the U.S.
Over 110,000 (113,457) electric and hybrid cars were sold in the first 3 months of the year. For the same period last year, around 79,000 were sold.
Most of these cars sold were hybrids, 106,207, but it’s certainly a good sign for electrified car industry in general. The bumper sales included substantially higher sales of the Toyota Prius, which now has 4 different models to choose from, including a plug-in version.
In fact, Toyota has just had its best April ever with 32,593 hybrid cars sold. This is an increase of 124.9% over the same month last year. Additionally, as we’ve recently reported, Toyota will be releasing an all-electric RAV4 soon, with a batteries and motor designed by Tesla.
As well as the higher sales of the Prius, other hybrids include Chevrolets and Buicks. All-electric cars amounted to 7,250 in sales for this first quarter. For the whole of last year, sales of electric cars amounted to 17,000, so if 2012 keeps going the way of the first quarter, there should be substantial growth – perhaps and many as 30,000-40,000 plug-in cars sold, analysts estimate.
There will be a growing number of all-electric car makes and models hitting American showrooms over the next year or two, including the previously mentioned Toyota RAV4 EV, Ford’s Focus Electric, as well as Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV, among others.