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DECEMBER 2016 : A HAPPY MONTH FOR GREEN VEHICLES

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Green Vehicle sales in the USA did in fact get a Bolt of energy last December, 2016. Yes, we needed to go there. But, Chevrolet’s new electric car wasn’t the main piece of uplifting news for those pulling for better green vehicle sales.

The sales of hybrids, plug-ins, and diesels propelled 23 percent a month ago from a year prior to around 49,000 units, and made up a decent lump of the deficit that had been tormenting green vehicle sales all the year. All the more astonishingly, plug-in car sales bounced 61 percent a month ago to more than 16,500 units.

Driving the charge (pardon me, another joke) on the plug-in front was the Chevrolet Bolt electric car and Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid. The previous model moved 579 units amid its first month of offers, while the last mentioned, the latest era of which appeared in the fall, had December sales of 1,641 units.

Except for German automakers Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler’s Smart division, December numbers were either up or even from a year prior no matter how you look at it. General Motors practically multiplied year-before deals to 5,109 units. Notwithstanding the presentation of the Bolt, sales of the Volt broadened range plug-in bounced 75 percent to 3,691 units.

Ford additionally scored well for the occasions, boosting green vehicle sales by 41 percent from a year prior to 7,628 units. Fusion Hybrid deals climbed 83 percent from a year prior to 3,577 units, while C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid sales dramatically increased to 1,289 vehicles.

Nissan’s numbers profited from abating sales in late 2015, and expanded December sales of the Leaf electric car by 41 percent to 1,899 units. Honda’s green vehicle numbers nearly quadrupled to 3,336 units, basically on more than a ten times bounce in sales of the Accord Hybrid. Toyota turned out dead even in December with green vehicle sales of 24,615 cars. The bounce in Prius Plug-in deals and in addition increments in Camry, Highlander, Avalon, and RAV4 Hybrid demand balance drops in sales of the standard, conservative, and wagon variants of the Prius.

In the meantime, Volkswagen e-Golf deals fell 27 percent to 443 units, when sales of BMW’s i plug-in division dropped 56 percent to 924 units. Also, sales of the Smart ForTwo ED declined 78 percent from a year prior to only 40 vehicles.

For the year, US green vehicle sales fell 11 percent to around 446,000 units, plugin vehicle deals rose 27 percent to just about 130,000 units.

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