Like most automobile dealerships during the outbreak, Hudson Hyundai, located in New Jersey, is selling practically any vehicle it can get its hands on. However, some models advance more quickly than others. “The hybrids definitely go first,” stated Alicia Mandona, a sales agent. “At least three customers are waiting.” Hybrid automobiles enhance fuel economy by assisting gasoline-powered engines with batteries, and their popularity is growing. According to Wards Intelligence, hybrid sales rose 142 percent in the first part of 2021, compared to a 29 percent increase in the overall U.S. vehicle market.
For the past two years, hybrid vehicle sales have outpaced those of electric vehicles, according to many experts, who believe that consumers’ apparent willingness to shift to hybrids that have happened to coincide with more popular brands becoming readily accessible could be a positive indicator for a future shift toward electric cars.
“The more people get comfortable with hybrids, the more they could be comfortable with electric cars in the future,” noted Ken Gillingham, a Yale University professor of environmental economics. Hyundai’s hybrid sales are outpacing the national average. The Tucson, Santa Fe, and Elantra are three of the company’s most popular vehicles, and they now come with a hybrid choice. Sales skyrocketed. The corporation delivered 32,983 hybrids in the U.S. from January to July 2021, a more than fivefold increase over the same time last year. According to Michael Stewart, a spokesperson for Hyundai Motors USA, “our data suggests that there is significant consumer demand in eco-friendly automobiles.” “As we progress toward a zero-emissions future, hybrids are excellent transition models.”
That is the future that President Joe Biden is aiming for. The Biden administration unveiled tighter fuel-efficiency standards. The President signed an executive order mandating that by 2030, 50% of all new automobiles be electric or plug-in hybrids (cars with a gas engine that can run on electricity for a short distance). In the brief period, the hybrid surge should benefit the environment as well, according to Gillingham. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest automotive trends report, hybrid cars, except trucks, averaged 41.7 miles per gallon in the model year 2019, while non-hybrids averaged 29.4 mpg. Hybrids save around 1,000 gallons of fuel every 100,000 miles traveled, avoiding the emission of 9.8 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Millions of tons might lower emissions during the lifetimes of the thousands of hybrids delivered in that model year.
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