Hybrid sales up 32% so far in 2013 compared to same period last year

2014 Honda Accord PHEV plug-in hybrid© Honda

People are hungry for fuel-sippers

According to the latest data for the months of January and February 2013, sales of hybrid cars are up an impressive 32% compared to the same months last year. So about 61,000 hybrids were sold in the first two months of 2012, and around 80,000 were sold in the first two months of this year. Still only around 3.6% (or 4%, according to other estimates) of the U.S. car market, but you have to start somewhere, and I wouldn't be surprised if future progress wasn't linear at all. Like many technologies - for examples computers and cellphones - it can take years to get a small foothold in the market, and then some tipping point is reached (because of price point, technological maturity, demand caused by external factors, etc) and progress becomes much faster.

Ford C-Max Hybrid© Ford

The journey is not over yet, and the real action is now with plug-ins (either plug-in hybrids or fully electric), but in the meantime, good old hybrid technology is still helping save fuel and reduce air pollution.

Ideally, people should do most of their trips by walking, biking, or taking public transit, but if they are going to drive, they should use the most fuel-efficient and cleanest vehicle that meets their needs and budget. In many cases, hybrid models will fit the bill.

See also: Toyota Prius: From Niche Oddity to Global Top 3

Via LA Times, ABG

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