As for EVs, prices are coming down as battery costs drop and governments continue providing incentives. In fact, a new Nissan Leaf, including tax breaks, costs about $3,000 less than a Toyota Prius. And plug-ins are seemingly less impacted by fluctuations in gas prices than hybrids, whose sales have cooled as gasoline prices have dropped. For the 2016 model year, there will be about 30 plug-in vehicles in mass production, compared to about 70 hybrids.
Granted, sales have been plateauing for plug-ins, as the growth rate of PHEV sales in the US slowed to 28 percent last year from 55 percent in 2013. Still, that marked sales of almost 100,000 plug-ins sold in the US for 2014, and that doesn’t include the 25,000 or so Model S sedans that Tesla Motors sold last year stateside (Tesla doesn’t break out its US sales).
What do you think, will PHEV sales pick up in 2015, or will they continue to slide? Have your say in Comments.