Ford executive says hybrids are 'flying off the shelves out in California'
Ford's newer plug-in hybrids – the C-Max and the Fusion Energi – are also exceeding company estimates, though Mays said a more comprehensive infrastructure will be needed for that particular sector to make substantial gains.
The numbers bear May's statements out. Through May, Ford's hybrid, plug-in electric and battery-electric sales were five times their 2012 levels, up to more than 38,000 units, making the US automaker the second-best advanced-powertrain vehicle maker, after Toyota.
California, which is easily the country's largest green-car market, has also served Honda and Fiat well, as those companies are now running waiting lists for their Fit EV and 500e, respectively.
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