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Plug-In Sales Reach 250k in the United States

(Credit: Nissan)

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Plug-In Sales Reach 250k in the United States

2015 Nissan Leaf

2015 Nissan Leaf (Credit: Nissan)

A new milestone has been reached for plug-in vehicle sales in the United States. According to the automotive blog HybridCars, the 250,000th plug-in model was sold in August. That conclusion was arrived at after tabulating plug-in model sales from 2008 to the present. That sales total is a big deal, because right now the U.S. is the leading automotive market when it comes to plug-in vehicles. The analysis also concluded that about 12,000 plug-in models are sold monthly.

That number might not sound like much to some people, but considering that there has not been a shortage of critics when it comes plug-in cars, it is significant. In the recent past, some pundits and others have loudly voiced confidently their doubts that Americans would be warm to the idea of having to take on the laborious task of plugging in their vehicle at night. After all, remembering to switch out the filter in the coffee maker and add fresh grounds is just about as difficult.

The Center for Sustainable Energy has concluded that about 75,000 plug-in vehicles have been sold in the state of California, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. After all, the Golden State has been a bastion for alternative fuel models, including the Toyota Prius and Tesla Model S. In addition, more than 160,000 of the plug-in vehicle sales come from just three models: the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet Volt.

What does the future look like for plug-in cars? Considering that the Volt, Leaf and Prius all will be updated in the near future, there is a possibility that sales could increase even more. Some proponents of plug-in cars believe that once the public learns the advantages of running a car on an electric motor, sales will truly soar.

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