The Toyota Prius is fighting a battle that it cannot win when it comes to the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf as plug-in cars are outselling the hybrids within the US.
It was only six years ago that some of the big carmakers began to launch electric vehicles and it started with the likes of the 2011 Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. Now more than 15 carmakers offer plug-in hybrids or electrics or both.
Electric vehicles do go back to the 2000 Honda Insight or course and the Toyota Prius hybrid. This year was one that introduced vehicles that allowed savings on fuel and cut emissions down and more and more models are being introduced onto the market and will continue to do so.
Today carmakers take things even further as they offer vehicles that are able to run full time or part time on both battery and motor. Hybrid cars said that out of 33 hybrid electric vehicles that were sold during January, 7 of them are now discontinued and the existing supplies are being sold sown. These include the Honda CR-Z, Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid and others.
Sitting among the plug-in electric vehicles are 13 battery electric models and 18 plug-in hybrids, bringing the total of PEVs to 31. This means that the count is 27 hybrids and 29 plug-ins. Last year sales of hybrid vehicles accounted for 1.99% of the 17.5 million passenger cars on the US market and 0.9% for PEVs.
Hybrid sales during 2016 came in a total of 347, 029 units, which was down by 9.7% from the year before. Plug-in vehicles saw 157, 181 sales, which was a bug in increase over the 114, 301 sales from the year previous.
One of the main benefits of the plug-in vehicle is that there isn’t anxiety about range as they come with a gas engine backup, while the electric vehicles don’t. Plug-ins also benefit from the federal tax credits for new car sales and this is between $2, 500 and $7,500 per vehicle. The Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt and the Chevy Volt qualify for around $10,000 to offset the price tag.
So it does look as though the Toyota Prius is fighting a battle that it cannot win when it comes to the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt, but what do you think?