The sale of electric vehicles in the U.S. haven’t gone over as well as the Biden administration wanted but as a result, the sale of hybrids jumped dramatically in the past year.
It shows Americans want a combination of fossil fuel and electric power in their vehicles. A report from Edmunds.com showed that so far this year, a record of more than 1 million hybrids were bought—an increase of 76% from a year ago. The figures do not include the sales of 148,000 plug-in hybrids, reported the Associated Press.
Toyota is the number one seller of hybrids followed by Ford and Ford plans to manufacture more hybrids, hoping to quadruple sales in five years. General Motors dropped production of hybrids about four years ago, but in light of record sales by other manufacturers, GM is considering making the hybrids again.
What makes the hybrids popular? How about 40 to 50 miles a gallon. One Kansas City Toyota dealership owner said, “People are perfectly fine with a car that gets 45 or 50 miles per gallon, and you don’t have to do anything.”