Record Sales of Electric Cars in the United States

Because of rise in gas prices, Americans are more leaning toward hybrid and electric cars. Another reason is their improved models offering the greatest share of the U.S. auto market.

In March 2012, consumers purchased a record 52,000 gas-electric hybrids and all-electric cars compared to last year’s record of 34,000 in the same month.

According to the Ward’s AutoInfoBank, the above categories when combined together give 3.64% of the total U.S. Sales, which are the highest monthly market share. This data has broken the previous record of 3.56% because of following the Cash for Clunkers program.

Most buyers getting attracted towards new models such as Toyota Prius C sub impact, the Prius V wagon and Camry hybrid. As a result of fluctuating gas prices near or above $4 per gallon, more buyers are approaching showrooms.

A Denver Software engineer, David Martin said that he saves at least $150 per month on gas with his Chevrolet Volt.

He said: “As the cost of gasoline rises, my future savings can only increase.”

As a result of increasing demand for electric cars such as the Volt and the Nissan Leaf, makers can take a relief.

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