The Chevy Volt is Certainly One Reason Why the US Leads the PHEV Charge

The Chevy Volt is Certainly One Reason Why the US Leads the PHEV Charge

After sloshing through more sales figures than we ever thought were available, we've come to the conclusion that the United States is digging them plug-ins.

Ford C-Max Energi is Reason Number Two

Ford C-Max Energi is Reason Number Two

We're not about to bore you with all the figures we poured through to arrive at that conclusion.

Rather, we'll present 2 highlights that show just where the US stands in the plug-in vehicle charge.

The United States currently accounts for nearly 70% of all the plug-in hybrids sold globally.  That's a cumulative result, meaning that since the launch of the first mass production plug-in hybrid back in late 2010, the US has bought 70% of the world's running total of that particular type of vehicle.  In this group is the Chevy Volt and its several siblings (as well as other extended-range electrics), which we don't usually classify as plug-in hybrids, but here they don't slot into the next group either.

The other figure is for pure electric vehicles.  Though Japan initially led the world in the segment for some time, it seems the US is catching up quickly.  Japan leads in cumulative sales of pure electrics (since late 2010), grabbing roughly 25% of the global market so far, but the US is hot on Japan's heels and will likely surpass Japan by the end of 2013.

After that happens, the US will then lead the world in both plug-in categories.  How's that gonna sit with those naysayers out there who still insist that US buyers have no interest in electric vehicles?