Sales in the U.S. Accounted for Nearly 2 Million Units
Toyota is celebrating sales of 5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide, and says that nearly 2 million – 1,951,243 – of them have been Toyota and Lexus models sold in the United States.
The two marks account for 70% of the U.S. auto industry’s total hybrid sales, the automaker says. They account for 16% of overall Toyota and Lexus sales.
Toyota estimates that its global fleet of nearly 20 hybrid vehicle types has saved owners more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline, and resulted in approximately 34 million fewer tons of carbon dioxide emissions than those emitted by conventional gasoline-powered vehicles.
“With more than 50 hybrid vehicle models from various manufacturers available in the U.S. today, hybrids on the road are saving nearly 500 million gallons of petroleum annually in this country,” National Renewable Energy Laboratory senior engineer Tony Markel says in a Toyota release.
Collaborative research between the Energy Department’s NREL’s and the auto industry spurred the development of hybrid-electric technology for the mainstream market.
18 New Hybrids Planned
“With millions of hybrid vehicles on the road today, hybrid powertrains are mainstream market reality,” Markel said.
Toyota and Lexus sell 19 hybrid models and one plug-in hybrid in 80 countries and regions around the world. Twelve of the models are available in the United States, including seven from Toyota and five from Lexus.
Toyota says that between now and the end of 2015, it will introduce 18 new hybrid models “and expects global sales of its hybrids to be at least 1 million units a year in the same period.” About a third of the sales will be American.
“The first Prius was a surprising success and we never imagined the market would become as vast as it has for the hybrid powertrain,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior VP of automotive operations. U.S. sales of the first-generation Prius began in July 2000. Just 5,562 were sold in the first six months.
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Source: Toyota News with Fleets & Fuels follow-up