by Jon LeSage
- Electric Drive Transportation Association just released numbers on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicle sales, just prior to start of its annual conference.
- While yet to make their mark in total new vehicle sales, the numbers were strong in May.
- Hybrids reached 48,796 units sold in May, reaching an overall percentage increase larger than total new vehicle sales. For this year, hybrid sales have reached 212,711, 14% higher than year-to-date sales at this point in 2012.
- As for plug-in vehicle sales, the number reached 7,754 – highest sales month since mass market introduction in late 2010.
- Plug-in sales have reached 32,305 so far this year, and just passed 100,000 units in the market, closing May at 103,220 units sold in just over two years.
- May sales are more than double the 3,378 plug-in vehicles that were sold in May 2012, – 130% increase over last year.
- “With constantly advancing technology and building consumer confidence, the electric drive industry is well positioned to carry this momentum forward,” said EDTA President Brian Wynne. “These cars use far less gasoline than their combustion engine counterparts — or no gas at all. Not to mention they’re incredibly fun to drive.”
- Automakers have been lowering prices this year on models such as Nissan Leaf and Honda Fit EV, making market more competitive and helping to increase sales.
- EDTA annual conference taking place June 10–12 at Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. Sales figures will be a big topic of discussion there.