Best Selling Electric Cars of 2012
By Jennifer Thayer
Whether it’s due to increasing fuel prices or the concept of saving the environment one thing is for sure — the sales of electric cars have really hit the fast track. Consumers that are in the market for purchasing new vehicles are considering the benefits that electric and hybrid cars provide them with.
From the Chevy Volt to the Ford Focus, dealers around the country are making sure that their customers have access to the hottest trend in vehicle purchasing history.
While electric and hybrid vehicles have been on the market since the late 1990s, it became evident in 2011 that consumers were finally taking notice of these vehicles. According to Green Car Reports, carmakers delivered more than 17,000 plug-in vehicles in 2011.
These numbers nearly tripled in 2012, with sales from January to November hitting 47,500, according to investment firm Maxim Group.
According to Yahoo! Finance the top three selling electric car models for 2012 include the Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Nissan Leaf. Here are some features of the top three selling electric vehicles in 2012.
According to CNN, General Motors sold more than 23,000 Volts in 2012. The 2012 Chevy Volt has proven it has what it takes to stand on its own within the electric and hybrid vehicle class. The safety features on this vehicle alone include eight air bags, 4-wheel ABS, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, a pedestrian-friendly horn chip alert system, and LED daytime running lamps.
This vehicle does not lack in interior comforts and conveniences either as it comes equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink System that features a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen. This system allows you to easily navigate through a wide selection of information and entertainment options that are available. The Bluetooth wireless technology that can be used on a diverse selection of mobile phones is found in all of these vehicles as well. SiriusXM and OnStar with Remote Link mobile application are also available for the 2012 Chevy Volt.
Toyota Prius Plug-In
More than 6,000 Toyota Prius Plug-In units were purchased in the first six months of 2012, according to Green Car Reports. This vehicle offers much in the way of safety, versatility and comfort as well. The cargo capabilities in the Prius Plug-In models truly set this vehicle apart from other electric vehicles that are available.
The Prius Plug-In comes equipped with aerodynamic LED headlights, HDD Navigation System with Entune, Head-Up Display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Pre-Collision System.
Nissan sold nearly 10,000 Leafs in 2012, according to CNN. The technology of the 2012 Nissan Leaf is well ahead of its time. Drivers can stay connected with their vehicle directly through their cell phones and other compatible mobile devices. This is one of the only 100 percent electric vehicle models that you will find available.
With easy maintenance and charging requirements of the Nissan Leaf, you can spend more time planning your trips than worrying about whether or not your vehicle can handle it.
If you are planning on purchasing an electric vehicle, get ready for the ride of your life. You will find that narrowing your choices down to just one is going to be quite difficult with all of the luxuries, safety features, and other such amenities that these vehicles are designed to include. It will be quite interesting to see just how successful the sales numbers will actually be for the 2013 sales around the country.