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Hybrid and plug-in sales show strength in USA

It appears the market for plug-in hybrid electric and hybrid cars is gradually gathering momentum in the USA.

According to figures released by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), sales reached 48,796 hybrids during May. This is an increase of 14 per cent compared to sales levels during April which were at 42,804 units.

Toyota Prius PlugIn Hybrid

The sales were in line with the overall growth for the year as a whole. The number of hybrids sold during 2013 currently stands at 212,711 units in the US market: that's an increase of 14 per cent compared to the same point last year. Hybrids had a three per cent market share in May, and have a 3.3 per cent overall market share for the first five months of the year.

In addition, 7,754 vehicles that can be plugged into the grid were sold during May: that's 0.5 per cent of the market. This is the highest sales month since they were introduced to the market at the end of 2010: albeit that is a natural progression as there are more of these vehicles now available.

What is notable, however, is that May's sales were more than double the figures for May 2012: in fact, plug-in sales enjoyed a 130 per cent increase. There has been a 123 per cent increase for the year so far at 14,519 plug-in vehicles sold.

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Paul Lucas

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