Is the Toyota Prius Losing its Green Car Crown to Plug-In Cars?

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Is the Toyota Prius Losing its Car Crown to Plug-In Cars?

For the ten years, hybrid cars been seen as the number one way for car to get into a greener car. As a Toyota’s Prius family of the Prius C, V and Liftback, have healthy sales, along hybrid cars made by and Honda.

But are hybrids losing crown on the green car market to and plug-in hybrids? US sales from the first quarter of seems to suggest so. As reported, an increase in sales for EVs and hybrids compared to the first of 2013 suggests that could be losing out to plug-in .

Standard hybrids lose out

All of Toyota’s iconic Prius, bar the suffered a sales drop compared to last year. range from a 10% drop for the C to a 30% drop for the Prius V. The Prius Hybrid, however, had an increase of a over 40%.

This through to Ford too, the Ford C-Max Energi hybrid electric vehicle increasing sales by just 40%. This puts the C-Max Hybrid to shame as it 53% drop in sales.

The Ford C-Max Energi Saw an in Sales of 40% from Q1 2013.

The applies to Ford’s Fusion The standard hybrid saw a sales of nearly 6.5% while the Energi PHEV gaining a sales increase of 434%.

figures lead us to ask, are forsaking standard hybrids for plug in counterparts? Certainly, if for a specific model that the least fuel a plug-in look more attractive a standard hybrid.

But not all manufacturers comparable models. For example the Fit EV doesn’t have a standard to compare with. Which a customer looking at a standard Fit has the choice to jump from the gas to fully electric. Possibly a too far for someone just looking for a runaround.

In these cases a look at the Honda range paints a picture: The Honda Civic CR-Z and Insight all suffered sales drops of 15%, 21% and 8% But the Honda brand saw an increase in for their Fit EV and Accord PHEV of and 53%.

The Nissan Leaf – with no hybrid nor, any internal combustion version for – saw a massive increase in sales of 45% from last year.

Plug-in cars that do so well

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

In fact, the only in cars that didn’t on their sales over the quarter of 2013 is the Chevrolet that saw a drop in sales of 15% and the Focus Electric that by 3%.

The Volt Saw a Drop in Sales of 15% in the Quarter of this Year.

possible trend is interesting and at the moment there still enough plug-in sales to anything with confidence it possibly suggest that customers are looking for the most car they can have.

Could it be that the rise of the and other hybrids really was to them being the best ‘at the rather than the ‘car people really wanted’? Are of these hybrid drivers making do until a plug in or fully electric version of a car need comes out?

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
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