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Published January 13, 2019 |
Zachary Shahan

January 13, 2019 up to Zachary Shahan


Following my report on the sale of fully electric cars, I intend to write a report highlighting the growth of plug-ins over the years last year in the United States.

Based on sales data for 11 plug-in hybrids that are published or shared with them CleanTechnica compared to 2017, this segment increased by 31%.

The BMW plug-in hybrid models had a 28% increase in sales, and the sales of Toyota Prius Prime increased by 33%. Other plug-in hybrid models that I can trace were either a drop in sales or they were new to the market in 2018.

In other words, there is no empty article in this segment.

Then I noticed the total sales of these 11 plug-in hybrids in 2018 – 95,909. This is much lower than the sales of nearly 140,000 Tesla models in the US in 2018. Even if you add 20,000 to 30,000 sales plug-ins that I don't have a sales number, the Tesla model 3 wins easily – despite its challenging journey through production hell in 2017 and 2018.

Don't get me wrong – almost 30,000 Toyota Prius Primes, nearly 20,000 BMW plug-in hybrids, nearly 20,000 Honda Clarity PHEVs, and almost 20,000 Chevy Wolves are much better than buying these clean gas machines. Although Tesla, to the extent that it affects the net impact on the reduction of toxic contamination, clearly outperforms most other US car brands. #ThanksTesla

The issue that has been under discussion for several years now is that there is a place on the market where hybrids are added. Even their strongest supporters usually admit that they are stones for fully electric cars, and 100,000+ of them seem to serve this role a year.

In 2019, we now have a $ 44,000 fully electric car that can easily travel on the road and be filled with a ton of shit. (Of course, this is the Tesla model 3). It is a whole point of change that goes beyond some of these cars (Chevy Volt, who leaves production this year, costs $ 33,520; Prius Prime $ 27,300 and Clarity PHEV $ 33,400). However, when model 3 is lowered to $ 35,000 – if a standard range of model 3 is available – it will be difficult to justify any of these models, especially if you consider the expected gasoline savings and lower long-term maintenance costs.

Some people, of course, prefer followers. Even with hundreds of thousands of Tesla vehicles on the road, it is a new, new company, not that many consumers are familiar with it. In addition, many buyers feel comfortable with existing brands or simply prefer to join them. For those who are just not ready for Tesla, they still have to wait a bit for them to get a fully electric car with a superfunctional or ultrafast charging network. I have long argued that you do not really electric car needs electric (especially if the electric car is not the only car in the family or you travel often long distances) and we live with 2 years old + 4 years old and only one electric car with a moderate range but people who are not ready to buy Tesla, usually will not aspire to make this adventure. So, in the coming years, these plug-in hybrids will remain a useful starting point for this number of customers.

There are also many buyers who wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a fully electric Tesla and an electrified conventional hybrid, such as the typical Toyota Prius. However, these buyers are usually satisfied with the hybrid idea – a vehicle that has good fuel economy thanks to some kind of electric magic under the hood. Such buyers can follow a typical car dealer when they want a new car – every few years. With battery costs and plug-in hybrids, perhaps becoming more competitive, it may be easy (and useful) to sell such buyers with a plug-in hybrid with the body style they like without much effort. Just take note of the high fuel economy and federal tax credit, ignore everything else and make a sale.

Of course, I think it would be better if all the cars had their own Tesla model 3, but because they are not able to do this, maybe the bigger plug-in is ideal. Hyundai and Kia play this game – offering convincing fully electric and plug-hybrid versions of Kona, Niro and Ioniq. While companies can, of course, do this with several models, including their most popular vehicles.

How will voltage hybrid sales show up in the US in 2019? Will they grow again by 30%? Maybe 70% Maybe just 1%?

Related: Sales of electric vehicles 130% in 2018, 210% in the 4th quarter of 2018 – in the US


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about the author

Zachary Shahan Zach tries to help the public (and other species). He spends most of his time here CleanTechnica as its director and editor-in-chief. He is also the President of the State Important Materials and director / founder EV obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized worldwide as an electric vehicle, solar energy and energy storage expert. He has introduced the cleantech conferences in India, UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

Zacham has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, and ABB – after years of solar and electromagnetic compatibility, he is just convinced of these particular companies and believes they are a good cleantech company to invest. he does not give any professional advice on investment and is not responsible for losing money, so he does not pass the conclusions.



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