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    Hybrid sales up 32% so far this year, could hit 8% of market by 2020
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    Hybrid vehicle sales jumped high in the first two months of 2013 – up 32 percent compared with the same period of 2012, according to Autodata Corp. A long-term forecast by Gartner Inc. is even more optimistic – while the market share for US new vehicle sales has grown to four percent ...

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    Official: Nissan's operating chief shifts roles to oversee Leaf EV sales
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    Nissan is sending more juice to its electric-vehicle sales efforts following disappointing demand forits all-electric Leaf. The company says all "zero emission vehicle planning and strategy" will now fall under Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga's responsibility. EV division corporate vice ...

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    Official: PwC: Electrified vehicle market share will climb to 6.3% by 2020
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    Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles will account for about one in 16 new vehicles sold globally by the end of the decade, consulting agency PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) says. The increase will come as automakers reduce the price premium on advanced-powertrain vehicles and governments ...

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    By The Numbers: February green car year-over-year vehicle sales plateau, Prius lags
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    Americans may have finally gotten a taste of Toyota Prius overkill, hinted at by last month's rare decline in year-over-year sales for the world's most popular hybrid. The Prius' decline caused overall advanced powertrain vehicle sales numbers in February to level off considerably relative to ...

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    Official: February 2013 Leaf vs. Volt sales flash report: bouncing up, slightly, edition
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    The plug-in vehicle field is getting more and more crowded, but the two long-timers remain barometers for how electric vehicles are being accepted in the US. Last month, the Chevrolet Volt was up and the Nissan Leaf held steady. Let's get to the numbers. The Volt continued to bounce up and down, ...

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    Official: Tesla Model S was fourth-best selling plug-in in US last quarter
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    Riding the wave of pent-up demand and a production ramp-up, the Tesla Model S was the fourth best-selling US plug-in vehicle during the fourth quarter of 2012 and was the second-most popular US-made plug-in vehicle. Not bad for a vehicle that costs about twice as much as almost all of its current ...

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    Report: Ford has low expectations for Focus EV sales
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    Ford is quadrupling the number of US dealers that will be certified to sell plug-in vehicles, but that optimism isn't being translated to the Focus Electric, apparently. The automaker says the Focus EV will account for five percent of its alt-fuel vehicle sales, at most, the Detroit News says, ...

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    Report: Toyota hybrids get more popular in diesel-loving Europe
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    Together, Toyota and its Lexus luxury arm broke the 100,000-unit barrier for hybrid vehicle sales in Europe last year, Automotive News Europe reports. Long known for their diesel-buying preferences as a way to boost fuel economy, Europeans upped their Toyota and Lexus hybrid purchases by a ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf tops 50,000 sales worldwide
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    Nissan says that its all-electric Leaf has broken the 50,000-units-sold threshold, as the Japanese automaker looks accelerate demand with the start of US Leaf production in Tennessee this year. Nissan has sold about 7,000 Leafs across Europe, where the EV is sold in 17 countries. About 19,500 of ...

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    GM says young people like Chevy Spark because it's efficient, cheap
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    General Motors is touting some numbers it has, showing that its venture into the low-priced, high mileage mini-car segment seems to be paying off by bringing in young and female buyers who've never owned a Chevrolet before. Since launching in the summer of 2012, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark has sold ...

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    Rumormill: Was Tesla Model S January's best-selling plug-in?
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    And America's best selling plug-in vehicle for 2013 is...the Tesla Model S? That's what Inside EVs calculates by way of extrapolating the company's production capacity of 400 units a week and the fact that the company's still working down its backlog of orders. Tesla, of course, is mum on its ...

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    Official: Average new-car fuel economy hits record 24.5 MPG in January
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    Average new-car fuel economy figures ended two straight months of in January and reached an all-time record of 24.5 miles per gallon, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says. Once again, Americans appeared to respond to higher gas prices by buying more ...

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    By The Numbers: January 2013 advanced-powertrain vehicle sales jump 57% from 2012
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    So far, 2013 has been a Happy New Year indeed for green-vehicle advocates. January's US alt-fuel vehicle sales jumped about 57 percent from 2012 numbers on continued strong demand for the Toyota Prius and a surge in Ford's hybrids and plug-ins. Americans bought 42,000 advanced powertrain ...

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    Official: Nissan 'almost' sold out of 2012 Leafs
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    Nissan has "almost" sold all of its model-year 2012 Leafs in the US on a jump in demand for the all-electric model during the latter part of the year, Nissan spokesman Travis Parman told AutoblogGreen. The Japanese automaker had less than 900 Leafs on hand at the beginning of the year and will ...

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    Report: EV advocate Chelsea Sexton explains what gets potential buyers charged up
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    Our friend Chelsea Sexton, co-founder of EV advocacy group Plug In America, says that Nissan, Coda and other electric-vehicle makers need to focus more on the heart and less on the head when it comes to pitching EVs to prospective buyers. Sexton, who was recently hired by Nissan as a consultant, ...

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    By The Numbers: November alt-fuel sales stay solid with higher Ford C-Max, Nissan Leaf demand
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    November's US alternative-fuel vehicle sales remained steady relative to recent months as strong sales for Ford's C-Max hybrids and the all-electric Nissan Leaf offset the effect of lower Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid sales than October. Year-over-year growth rate slowed markedly ...

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    Exclusive: Nissan Leaf's November, December sales likely to climb back to 2011 levels
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    Nissan is apparently past the problems that plagued sales of its all-electric Leaf earlier past year and is likely to either surpass or be close to matching its 2011 sales numbers for November and December, according to a company executive at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Nissan ran into supply ...

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    Report: Renault Twizy is Europe's best-selling electric vehicle
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    Good news or bad news? That's what some electric-vehicle advocates may be asking after the Renault Twizy mini-car was reported to be Europe's best-selling electric vehicle. The two-tandem-seat Twizy moved 7,895 units between its March debut and the end of September, Business Insider ...

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    Study: California leads in green car sales, but there are surprises on the lists
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    A recent study of new car registrations by Edmunds reveals that some big car-buying states aren't as interested in electric or gas-electric hybrids as other states. It's no surprise that California – the Number One car-buying state – is the top green car buyer as well. A large number ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf: 42,700 sales and counting
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    We'll it ain't quite 50,000, but they're getting there Nissan says it has sold 42,700 all-electric Leafs worldwide and won't slow down its efforts to broaden sales of zero-emission cars. That's what Plug In Cars reports, citing Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga, who also said that ...

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