November 10, 2014
photo: David Noland, Tom Moloughney
Green Car Reports grouped the cars by maker so that, for instance, General Motors includes both Chevrolet and Cadillac plug-in sales.
And they included compliance cars; even if they’re limited in volume, they do have plugs.
Here are the percentages of a carmaker’s total U.S. sales this year that are made up of battery-electric, range-extended electric, and plug-in hybrid sales:
- Tesla: 100 percent
- BMW: 2.3 percent (4,534 of 201,000)
- Nissan: 2.1 percent (24,411 of 1.17 million)
- Ford: 0.9 percent (18,859 of 2.07 million)
- GM: 0.7 percent (17,969 of 2.43 million)
- Toyota: 0.6 percent (12,321 of 1.98 million)
A couple of things stand out.
November 3, 2014
2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Courtesy of Toyota
Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.
The research firm studied the total cost of owning a hybrid, and found that 10 of the 31 hybrids included in the research were more cost-effective to own that their gasoline counterpart. The percentage of cost-effective hybrids has fallen to 32 percent from 39 percent in the 2013 study and 44 percent in the 2012 study.
The Lexus CT200h and the Toyota Avalon Hybrid returned impressive lower ownership costs with savings of over $7,600 and $3,200 respectively. Additional hybrids from Acura, Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, and Toyota also showed cost advantages, according to Vincentric.
However, when the costs to own and operate all 31 hybrid vehicles were taken into account, the average five-year cost-of-ownership for hybrids was $1,339 more than their gasoline-powered counterparts.
October 27, 2014
Brent Belcher, Toyota of Albany , left, instructs Jason Ribolla (white shirt) and other firefighters on Toyota hybrid cars. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — In the event of a vehicle emergency, firefighters are trained on how to safely enter a disabled vehicle and free its occupants. But times are changing and not all vehicles operate with standard internal combustion engines. Responders could face unfamiliar dangers in the form of extremely high voltage.
That’s why a dozen or so members of the Albany Fire Department were at Toyota of Albany on Ledo Road this past week, poking around the innards of some high-tech hybrid cars. “It a whole different thing with a hybrid,” said Jason Ribolla, training officer at the AFD. “These cars are silent when they’re running on electricity and if you don’t know what you’re doing, power goes to the wheels and the vehicle starts to move.”