Sale of hybrid and electric vehicles increase in 2012
|   Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Hybrid cars have been doing well in the market for the past couple of years and this is beneficial both strategically and environmentally. The increase in sales has been made possible due to the improvement and progress that the car makers have made in the field of vehicle development and the cost cutting measures apart from the government's help and tax benefits. In the last fiscal year itself, close to 53,000 hybrid cars have been sold.

Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Toyota and Nissan have been the biggest players in this segment so far and the car makers have launched a variety of electric and hybrid cars for a vast number of customers to choose from and with the improvement in technology, the figures are expected to increase.
Tesla although is an electric car company, their sales have not increased as much as those of the other major players and neither do the cars from Wheego, Coda or Fisker sell in high numbers. This is primarily due to the technological differences and price issues.

Chevrolet Volt has been named the most successful hybrid of the year by popular car tabloids and the results have been declared keeping in mind the vehicle's track record and sales figures. Even though the Volt featured many problems, it did manage to sell in huge quantities in the US.

The Toyota Prius Hybrid has also managed to score modest numbers in terms of car sales this fiscal year. Nissan came into this segment with the Leaf and the product has seen a lot of buyers too, from different segments of the society. Electric vehicles do not seen huge number of sales as this technology is still nascent in the market and as a result there are many problems associated with these vehicles.

The electric cars are not as fast as petrol vehicles and have a certain distance limit after which they need to be charged, this means that they cannot be taken for long distance trips. The battery is quite heavy and built in and therefore, charged batteries cannot be carried in the car as backup.
Moreover hybrid vehicles have a small fuel tank to accommodate the extra space for the battery network and although they can be used to travel longer distances, they are not as suitable and user friendly as petrol vehicles. The sale of the hybrid cars have picked up within the last few months and electric cars are soon to follow with car makers coming up with newer technologies that allow people to travel longer distances.

Ford has launched the C Max and this vehicle showcases what future electric cars could be capable of. Most car makers are working on newer technologies and the list includes local players to German giants such as Audi and BMW. This field needs funds and a lot of research and it is expected that in the very near future proper electric cars will be manufactured which will have no probable faults and negative aspects and will finally produce zero emission.
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