A recent study of new car registrations by Edmunds reveals that some big car-buying states aren't as interested in electric or gas-electric hybrids as other states.

It's no surprise that California – the Number One car-buying state – is the top green car buyer as well. A large number of "early adopters," strong local incentives and access to High Occupancy Lanes with a single person in the cab likely tilted a large number of buyers into alternative power trains, experts said.

Through August, Californians bought 11.1 percent of all of the vehicles sold in America. They also bought 32 percent of all electric vehicles sold and 24.7 percent of all hybrids, according to retail registrations tracked by R.L. Polk and examined by Edmunds. Edmunds estimates that electric and hybrid vehicles make up 3.4 percent of the total mix of vehicles sold, a full percentage point higher than last year.

"Mainstream car buyers have been slow to accept hybrid and electric vehicles, but the numbers are trending up, and you can almost hear a sigh of relief from automakers who made big bets on these vehicles," said Edmunds senior analyst Jessica Caldwell in a statement. "As more alt-fuel vehicles come to the market and as prices for these cars become more affordable, we expect a higher percentage of shoppers will at least consider an alternative fuel vehicle the next time they're buying a new car."

However, the study also points out that residents in places like Michigan, who buy up 3.7 percent of the total vehicles sold, only bought 1.8 percent of the hybrids sold.

Caldwell says that low gas prices, fewer traffic problems and smaller urban areas – resulting in fewer places to charge electric vehicles – creates little incentive for car buyers to switch to an electric or plug-in hybrid.

However some anomalies do make sense. For example, Tennessee is the ninth ranked state in the list of who buys electric vehicles, buying 2.9 percent of all electrics, even though the state is 19th in total volume at 1.7 percent. Tennessee is home to Nissan's US headquarters and builder of the Leaf.

Scroll down to see the top 10 states in electric vehicle sales, hybrid sales and overall market sales.
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Top 10 States Buying Electric vehicles
California 32 percent
Florida 6.6 percent
Washington 5.7 percent
Texas 4.3 percent
New York 3.5 percent
Ohio 3.1 percent
North Carolina 3.1 percent
Illinois 3.1 percent
Tennessee 2.9 percent
Hawaii 2.9 percent

Top 10 States Buying Hybrids
California 24.7 percent
Florida 6.6 percent
Texas 5.9 percent
New York 5 percent
Illinois 3.6 percent
Virgina 3.6 percent
Pennsylvania 3.4 percent
Washington 3.1 percent
North Carolina 3.1 percent
Ohio 2.5 percent

Top 10 States for Car Buying
California 11.1 percent
Texas 9.6 percent
Florida 7.1 percent
New York 6.9 percent
Pennsylvania 4.7 percent
Ohio 4 percent
Illinois 3.9 percent
New Jersey 3.8 percent
Michigan 3.7 percent
North Carolina 2.8 percent


Oregon Buying Hybrid and Electric Cars at Supercharged Rate, Reports Edmunds.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - October 31, 2012 - Car buyers in the state of Oregon rank among America's top consumers of hybrid and electric vehicles, reports Edmunds.com, the premier resource for automotive information.

Edmunds.com's analysis of Polk's new car registration data finds that 1.9 percent of all new hybrid vehicles sold so far in the U.S. this year were registered in Oregon, ranking the state 16th in the nation. This rate is more than twice the state's share of all new car registrations in the U.S., where Oregon ranks 31st overall at 0.9 percent. The Beaver State also buys a higher proportion of the country's electric vehicles (1.8%), ranking 17th in the nation.

The news comes in what's shaping up to be the strongest year yet for alternative fuel vehicles nationwide. Edmunds.com found that 3.4 percent of new car registrations this year (through August) were hybrid or electric vehicles, which is a full percentage point higher than the rate of 2.4 percent for all of 2011.

"Mainstream car buyers have been slow to accept hybrid and electric vehicles, but the numbers are trending up, and you can almost hear a sigh of relief from automakers who made big bets on these vehicles," said Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Jessica Caldwell. "As more alt-fuel vehicles come to the market and as prices for these cars become more affordable, we expect a higher percentage of shoppers will at least consider an alternative fuel vehicle the next time they're buying a new car."

Edmunds.com projects that at least 43 all-new conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, diesels and fuel-cell electric vehicles are planned for introduction in the U.S. from now through the 2015 model year. Car buyers can learn specifics on each of these vehicles at http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/whats-coming-alternative-vehicles-2013-15.html.

Thinking of making a switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle? The Hybrid and Electric Center at http://www.edmunds.com/hybrid/ provides comprehensive information on every alternative fuel vehicle on the market at this very moment. And Edmunds.com lays out all the pros and cons of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles at http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-or-electric-car-right-for-you.html.

About Edmunds.com, Inc.
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