NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sales of plug-in electric and hybrid cars in the U.S. basically tripled in 2012, from little over 17,000 cars to little over 50,000 cars. I am counting both pure electric cars ( Tesla (TSLA - Get Report), Nissan LEAF, etc.) and plug-in hybrids ( Chevrolet Volt, Ford (F - Get Report) C-Max Energi, etc.) here, as I believe this is the relevant measurement in the market at the moment.The 2012 best-seller in the U.S. market was the Chevrolet Volt, which sold little over 23,000 cars (plus some 7,000 units abroad, for those who are counting). The Toyota (TM - Get Report) Prius plug-in came in second at 13,000 cars, and the Nissan LEAF third at 10,000. Those three cars at 46,000 total were close to 90% of the plug-in electric market. At 2,374 cars starting late in the year, the Ford C-Max Energi was the bulk of the balance, at least if we don't count the Tesla Model S, which hasn't reported numbers yet, but where the final number was likely just above 3,000.
Electric Car Sales to Double in 2013
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