Ford Motor Company set a record for hybrid sales in the second quarter of 2013, with sales of 24,217 vehicles - up 517 percent over last year and up 15 percent over the first quarter of 2013 - as demand grows in markets across the United States.
It is Ford's best-ever quarter for hybrid vehicle sales and the first time the company sold more than 24,000 hybrids in a quarter. Ford's share of the U.S. electric vehicle market grew to nearly 16 percent in the first half of 2013 - a 12-point gain over last year.
Fueling the growth is increasing demand for Ford C-MAX and Ford Fusion hybrid vehicles in California and other new hybrid markets. For example, demand also increased more than 1,000 percent in New York. Chicago saw an 840 percent gain, while hybrid sales rose almost 730 percent in Seattle and close to 500 percent in Washington, D.C. More than 60 percent of U.S. customers are coming from non-Ford brands, with Toyota and Honda vehicles the top competitive trade-ins, said the company in a recent statement.
Through June 2013, Ford sold more than 46,000 electric vehicles. The company's strong product lineup has led to Ford's U.S. market share growing at a faster rate than competitors - gaining nearly a full percentage point through the first half of the year.
Ford offers a variety of electrified vehicle options, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and a battery electric vehicle. The company now has six electrified vehicle choices available in the U.S., including Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, Ford Focus Electric and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
Already Ford's most fuel-efficient sedan, the all-new Fusion Energi has an EPA-rated total range of up to 620 miles and the ability to drive 21 miles in electric-only mode - nearly triple the electric-only range of plug-in hybrids from Toyota and Honda. Recent data shows that Ford's customers are using their hybrid vehicles for short trips and operating in electric mode nearly 60 percent of the time.
Over the last year, the company has invested more than $355 million in hybrid and electric vehicles. An additional $50 million is now planned for research and development facilities that will double Ford's electrification battery-testing capabilities.
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