That’s What She Said…And Everyone Else

From about 2000 to 2006, many of the same people criticizing electric vehicles had the same beef with the Toyota Prius. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Diane Katz and Henry Payne said hybrid cars are not “what the public wants.”

Fast forward to 2012 and the Prius is now almost universally considered a success no matter your take on the environment or the geopolitical ramifications of our dependance on oil. The Prius line is now the third best selling line of cars, with 1.2 million sold in the US since its introduction. That’s pretty exciting news for electric car owners and supporters, but could a car like the Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i-MiEV ever sell 1.2 million cars? The answer is yes.

Amid the news reports on an idling Chevy Volt plant and the feigned anxiety about battery explosions, it is helpful to look at the numbers. Sales data on the first full year for which the Prius and the Leaf were sold (in the US) show that the Leaf outsold the Prius by more than 4,000 units. The Prius, in its first full year on the US market sold 5,600 (1) cars compared with 9,674 Leafs sold in its first full year of US sales. (2)

Add to the fact that while the concept of a hybrid was a departure from a 100% internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, it pales in comparison to the leap in technology that a 100% electric vehicle represents.

History is indeed repeating itself, and this time the world will be a better place because of it. (1) (2)


2 thoughts on “That’s What She Said…And Everyone Else

  1. Well put Kayne, but let’s not forget as residents of the Commonwealth of Electric-Cars-Are-Just-Another-Hybrid, Priuses still get access to all of Virginia’s HOV lanes while the LEAF only get access to the toll roads! They gave Hybrids this perk over 10 years ago but why is it EVs don’t get the same perk. Why are they treated as the millionth hybrid here instead of the new and expensive, generations ahead technology that needs just as much a boost as the Prius did all those years ago!?!!!

    • Great points, Jeffery. I don’t understand either why they are not viewed as a separate, and in my opinion, better option that could benefit tremendously from the same boost the Prius received.

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