Ups and Downs of Regular Hybrid Sales in the US

Hybrid sales then declined or remained relatively flat until they took another jump of 16.8% to nearly 401,000 in 2019. And then, even in a year of declining auto sales overall of -14% due to the pandemic, hybrid sales actually increased 15%. Hybrids are clearly back on the rise, driven by a strong push from Toyota and Honda and the huge success of the Toyota RAV4 hybrid.


Organizations, OEMs, and States With Goals to Phaseout ICE Vehicles in the US

Various US states have proposed or passed legislation to either ban the sale of ICE vehicles or establish goals of reaching 100% zero-emission vehicles by either 2030 or 2035. Additionally, a few automakers and now FedEx have stated their goals for the end of the internal combustion engine in their fleets. The following table is a high-level overview of 11 organizations and their goals and timing.


Cost Differential Across the Kia Niro Powertrains

The Kia Niro is available in 3 variations: regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and BEV. The BEV version is $14,500 more than the hybrid version – a difference that can’t really be justified or the difference made up with various incentives. The PHEV version, however, qualifies for the federal EV tax credit at $4,543 and depending on where you live it could qualify for additional state and local utility incentives that would put the net cost of the PHEV a few thousand dollars below the regular hybrid.

Current and Future Likely ZEV and/or LEV States

The Virginia Senate approved a bill allowing the State Air Pollution Control Board to adopt both California’s low-emission vehicle standards (LEV) and its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards

DC Fast Charging Network Statistics

Using data from the Alternative Fuels Data Center, the following are new charts that look at three new metrics for DC fast charging networks as

EV Sales Share By State

In these new charts I show the sales share for the period of January 2019 through September 2020.