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January Green Car Sales Show Consumers Are Still Observing Trends

January Green Car Sales Show Consumers Are Still Observing Trends


Americans were not cashing in to purchase green cars in January, as Tesla's Model 3 and Nissan's Leaf electric vehicles still remain unrevealed.


The sales of hybrids, plug-ins, and fuel-cell vehicles for January went down by over 8 percent from the previous year to just 30,000 vehicles. It was a 6 percent decline for plug-in vehicle sales and 10 percent for green-car sales.


Only a few automakers emerged unaffected. Both Ford and General Motors, which had increased green-car sales in 2017, had months that show decline. It was a 37 percent plummet for Ford's green-car sales. Even the Chevrolet Bolt EV sales went down by a whopping 56 percent. GM also declined 3.3 percent to 3,028 vehicles. Even Honda's green-car sales went down, as its Accord Hybrid sales plummeted to 72 percent, translating to 487 units. On the other hand, BMW's i sub-brand of plug-in vehicles experienced 4.2 percent sales drop to 414 units.


As for Toyota, it was the only brand to stay afloat, increasing green car sales by 5 percent. While the four Prius variants netted an 11 percent decline in January, Camry, Highlander, Avalon and Rav4 Hybrid sales balanced it out with an increase in sales, while Mirai fuel-cell vehicle sales increased by almost twice.