05 Feb '13, 1am

Official: January 2013 advanced-powertrain vehicle sales jump 57% from 2012

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 vehicles in January, up from 26,000 vehicles in 2012. With gas prices in January rising about 20 cents a gallon to their highest levels since October, Americans bought about 42,000 advanced powertrain vehicles in January, up from about 26,000 vehicles a year earlier. Plug-in vehicle sales rose even faster, more than doubling from January 2012 to 3,375 units, not including low-volume models such as the Tesla Model S electric vehicle and Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in. Remarkably, these gains were achieved without the benefit of strong demand for either the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf...

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