PHOTO CAPTION: Ford Focus EV delivers 76 miles driving range for Floridian Andrew Frey.

Plug-In Cars Playing Catch-Up with Hybrid Models

Jenny Staletovich recounts the sales trajectory of electric cars like the Ford Focus EV compared to hybrids that were introduced some fourteen years ago.

Published: 04-Mar-2013

Last fall, Andrew Frey, a local apartment developer with an interest in sustainable building, made the decision to look for a new car. The hybrid he’d been driving was not coming close to the mileage he anticipated and he had a new baby boy. So he set himself a goal.

“I was going to the cutting edge,” he said. “Nobody out there could say they had a more fuel efficient car than me.”

Then he did what many of us to do when we need to answer a pressing question. He Googled it.


Chevrolet Volt (top), Nissan LEAF (below).

Leaf sales increased 617 percent, year-over-year, while sales of the Volt increased 264 percent, according to the latest sales number from February.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco with e-Assist included in hybrid category, though technically it isn't a hybrid.

Year-to-date sales figures for automakes with hybrids and electric cars with the first 10 months of 2012 showing a 68 percent increase over same period in 2011.

Ford Focus EV now be leased for $199 a month.

As a percentage of total vehicle sales, Leaf sales in B.C. are more than double those in any other province.


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