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Hybrid Vehicles
Hybrid vehicles employ technology that combines an electric motor with a gasoline engine, rather than a traditional gasoline-powered
internal-combustion only power plant. Hybrid vehicles provide better fuel economy and reduced emissions than comparable,
standard-powered vehicles; some having the ability to run intermittently in a zero-emissions or “ZEV” mode. Recharging the vehicle’s
batteries today is a process that is transparent to the driver, accomplished through a combination of electricity being generated by
the on-board gas engine and four-wheel regenerative braking systems that convert kinetic energy to electricity for storage. As this is
written, ultra-efficient plug-in hybrids that will extend “ZEV” performance and provide even greater fuel economy are making their way
to market.
U.S. registrations of hybrid vehicles totaled 4.4 million as of January 1, 2018, an increase of 7.8 percent over last year’s 4.1 million.
California accounts for 27.3 percent of the nation’s hybrids, with the next three states, Florida (5.3 percent), Texas (5.2 percent) and
New York (4.3 percent) combined to total 14.8 percent.
Of the 3,155,483 hybrids registered from 2012 to 2017, Toyota holds four of the top five model spots with a combined 39.6 percent
market share. The Prius is the most popular hybrid model with 696,814 (22.1 percent) of U.S. hybrid registrations, followed by the
Camry Hybrid with 202,485 (6.4 percent). Toyota’s Prius C is ranked at number four with 188,853 (6 percent) and rounding off the list
at number five is the Prius V with 159,423 (5.1 percent) of registrations. The top non-Toyota hybrid is the Ford Fusion at number two
with 252,678 (8 percent).
The number of hybrid vehicles sold in America peaked in 2013 and has fallen since then, both in numbers and in market share. In
2013, a total of 578,413 hybrid vehicles were sold, accounting for 3.8 percent of 15,383,000 total light vehicles. In 2017, hybrids
ended the year totaling 559,235 for 3.3 percent market share when Americans bought 17,134,995 vehicles.
Hybrid Registrations by State
State
Total
Registrations % Share
California 1,200,638 27.3%
Florida 233,887 5.3%
Texas 230,379 5.2%
New York189,3494.3%
Washington 172,228 3.9%
Illinois 165,461 3.8%
Virginia 140,758 3.2%
Pennsylvania 131,285 3.0%
North Carolina120,4592.7%
Massachusetts 110,843 2.5%
All Other States1,700,46438.7%
Total 4,395,751 100.0% nnana
3.0%
a
38.7%
ana
2.7%
n
3.8%
ann
3.9%
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2.5%
a
5.2%
na
3.2%
ana
27.3%
a
5.3%

4.3%
Hybrid Registrations by State
Total as of 1/1/18 = 4,395,571
Source: IHS Markit © 2018, IHS Markit. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited
without written permission of IHS Markit, 248-728-7000, www.IHSMarkit.com
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