California car buyers are America’s top consumers of hybrid and electric vehicles, reports Edmunds.com.
Edmunds.com, an automotive shopping and information site, conducted a thorough analysis of hybrid and electric car buying in each of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) and found that California residents are buying a larger proportion of these vehicles.
Edmunds.com’s analysis of Polk’s new car registration data finds that 32% of all new electric vehicles and 24.7% of all new hybrid vehicles sold in the U.S. this year were registered in California, ranking the state first in the nation in both categories. The rates far exceed the state’s share of all new car registrations in the U.S., where California also ranks first overall at 11.1%, year to date.
The news comes in what’s shaping up to be the strongest year yet for alternative fuel vehicles nationwide. Edmunds.com found that 3.4% of new car registrations this year (through August) were hybrid or electric vehicles, which is a full percentage point higher than the rate of 2.4% for all of 2011.
“Mainstream car buyers have been slow to accept hybrid and electric vehicles, but the numbers are trending up, and you can almost hear a sigh of relief from automakers who made big bets on these vehicles,” said Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Jessica Caldwell. “As more alt-fuel vehicles come to the market and as prices for these cars become more affordable, we expect a higher percentage of shoppers will at least consider an alternative fuel vehicle the next time they’re buying a new car.”
Edmunds.com projects that at least 43 all-new conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, diesels and fuel-cell electric vehicles are planned for introduction in the U.S. from now through the 2015.
Thinking of making a switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle? The Hybrid and Electric Center at http://www.edmunds.com/hybrid/ provides comprehensive information on every alternative fuel vehicle on the market.
Edmunds.com lays out all the pros and cons of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles at http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-or-electric-car-right-for-you.html.