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Will 2013 Be the Year of the Electric Car?

Will 2013 Be the Year of the Electric Car?

By CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE

Last year was a good one for electric and plug-in hybrid cars, according to 2012 sales figures and experts.

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Electric Car Sales Increase 228 Percent

Electric Car Sales Increase 228 Percent

By Max Baumhefner

Automakers operate on a different calendar, in which the 2012 model year recently came to a close.  As my colleague, Luke Tonachel, explains, this was the year of the green car, with record new fleet fuel efficiency, a 55 percent increase in hybrid sales, and more than a three-fold increase in plug-in electric car sales.  The last of those three records might come as a surprise to some, given the prevalence of stories pronouncing the electric car dead on arrival.  While it’s true that plug-in electric car sales still represent a very small fraction of total auto sales, model year 2012 saw about 38,000 Americans buying plug-in cars.*  That’s a 228 percent increase over model year 2011.*  Not bad for a new technology, introduced as the country recovers from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

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