Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Highlight Strong Year for Hybrids and Plug-Ins

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2013 was another strong year for the automotive industry, as the ripples born from the most recent financial crisis have continued to dissipate. However, a particular segment has found pronounced success: plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles, and diesels — the “green” cars, as they have been dubbed.

Although still comfortably below their highest peaks, gas prices across the country remain on the more expensive side, though they show little promise of one day deflating in any meaningful way. In efforts to help relieve pressure on their wallets, consumers have taken to looking into more fuel-efficient modes of transportation, in many cases with cars that consume no gasoline at all.

With the numbers in, Green Car Reports says that plug-in electric vehicles — inclusive of extended range hybrids like the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Volt — nearly doubled their sales numbers over 2012, reaching about 96,000 units total in 2013. More impressively, this is nearly five times the number of plug-ins that sold in 2011, when numbers totaled just 17,500.

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