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Number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road hit record high in 2012

GasBuddy Blog -- For years, alternative fuel vehicles appeared to be a somewhat futuristic dream for environmentally concerned individuals but today they are a reality for an increasing number of US consumers.

The latest research from Mintel shows that sales are up an astounding 73%, with nearly 440,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electrics sold thus far this year. The rapid sales growth in hybrid and electric vehicles makes the segment the fastest growing in the US for 2012, supplanting the still fast growing, compact car vehicle segment.

The number of plug-in and electric models available to the public has nearly quadrupled over the year too (from 3 models in 2011, to the 11 available today). And, despite the dramatic growth in 2012...


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WEB0153
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 10:50:10 AM

Good news, let's hope the service stations keep pace.
millerin
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:28:17 AM

go forward
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:56:37 PM

good news
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:51:52 PM

th marketpace will decide what the people want--just like when NEW COKE failed and they had to bring back Coke Classic
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 4:18:11 PM

Wait until the fossil fuel regulation hit with fury. The electricity prices will spike.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 3:52:15 PM

Maybe someday...
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 3:13:00 PM

Not for me.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:31:16 PM

New technology is on the move.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:28:07 PM

Change can be good
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:27:54 PM

It will continue to raise until the market reaches saturation.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:26:37 PM

25-34 - buying to impress others. probbly has enough income to do it without even thinking of how the extra cost will ever pay for it self in savings. When they line up trying to recharge they can watch the cars on gas drive by. Hy brid, electric not wanted by us.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:24:15 PM

Hybrids are not for me!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:22:53 PM

if only we could afford the current prices of the hybrid vehicle.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:21:59 PM

No surprise when gasoline hits record highs. Nice that the Chevy Volt offers a choice of 'fuels' for the most frequent trips Americans take.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:21:33 PM

soon there will be more alternative vehicles than lifestyles.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:19:04 PM

Yesterdays story
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:17:54 PM

Good. Competition to fossil fuels is always good.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:17:04 PM

I wouldn't consider an EV an alternate fuel vehicle.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:15:26 PM

The statistics are just being interpreted as they want. If you sold 2 hybrids last month and then sold three this month, sales would be up 50%. The number sold compared to gas powered vehicles is miniscule.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:14:15 PM

not many compared to gas power cars
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:12:46 PM

I'm not ready for one yet.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:12:40 PM

Good for them but I will keep my gas engine untill they can prove the batteries will last longer than the life of the body of the car
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:10:40 PM

It is only going to goi higher in the next couple of years.
littlebigboy
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:07:21 PM

At thesse numbers, % doesn't mean much !! Sold 10 last yr and 20 this yr. big % jump for 20 cars.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:07:08 PM

I still will not buy one.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:05:58 PM

I'm a customer for an electric in 2013 if the price is right.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:05:17 PM

Gad price makes everyone looking.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:03:52 PM

Interesting...
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:03:33 PM

that dosen't include natural gas powered vehicles that will soon be increasing as infrastructure improves.
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Next year the "man" will be using the black box installed to calculate your taxes.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:03:08 PM

No thank you.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:01:26 PM


Fortvancouver01""""""" ...and am I having to pay their share of the road use taxes..? """"""

That's not all you also paid about twenty to twenty five percent of the purchase price in the form of " tax intensives".
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 2:00:37 PM

None get over 100 mpg... so?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:57:34 PM


This surprised me.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:55:01 PM

ok
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I have a "friend" who has not paid his share of highway use taxes for over a year. .Give me a break.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:50:03 PM

What good does it do if there is a great expense to get and keep the vehicle running (gas, electric, etc.) I'm all for alternative measures but it's all talk and little action.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:45:35 PM

As these technology improves and less costly will we see even more.
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...and am I having to pay their share of the road use taxes..?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:38:08 PM

more the better
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:38:06 PM

As long as they are propped up by the government, they will keep making them, what a boondoggle.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:37:16 PM

I think the number is relative to the fear that we are running out of oil and prices of fuel were going to skyrocket.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:36:30 PM

and more next year
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:35:43 PM

More of some peoples dream.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:35:39 PM

Good gas price should go down lower.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:35:18 PM

People are more informed about these new technologies but I think the cost of gas will be a big factor in purchasing these vehicles.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:35:01 PM

Hopefully they make gas cheaper for me. :D
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:32:07 PM

Great news! (Less batteries!)
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:30:24 PM

Still not that much.
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Makes sense!!!
RBob
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 1:26:22 PM


Love my Duramax diesel pickup, and is very cost effective in the long run.
I also pay highway use taxes, unlike some alternative fuel vehicles...
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