Electric car sales rise in February

Electric car sales in the U.S. continued their strong showing in February, and that exactly means that despite rumors we’re having another monthly record. The 12,049 plug-ins sold last month translate to roughly a growth rate of 55 percent and plug-ins now stand at a 0.90 percent market share.

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The big challenge, though, will be March, since that month in 2016 saw nearly 14,000 sales. The best-selling model so far this year has been the Chevrolet Volt, but a maturing market with a growing number of competitors means the differences between the leaders is pretty small. GM sold 3,431 Volts in two months, just a few hundred more than the 2,728 Toyota Prius Primes and 2,650 Tesla Model S EVs (estimated) that were sold. An expanding market for the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the due-any-day-now new Nissan Leaf could mean that these other vehicles will join the race for #1.

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