From 2010 to 2012 clean diesel vehicle registrations in the US increased 24.3% and hybrids 33%, according to data from the Diesel technology Forum.
“This new data of total national vehicle registrations coincides with what we’ve been seeing in the monthly auto sales – clean diesel and hybrid cars are showing consistent and impressive growth patterns in the U.S.,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.
Diesel vehicle registrations increased 24.34% from 640,779 units in 2010 to 796,794 units in 2012. During this same period hybrid vehicle registrations were up 33.58% from 1,714,966 units to 2,290,903 units, while total vehicle registration in the US increased only 2.75% during these years.
“When all passenger vehicle registrations are included – cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans – the diesels currently account for 6,658,399 vehicles while hybrids account for 2,295,500 vehicles throughout the U.S,” Schaeffer said.
Schaeffer added that even if diesel vehicle registrations currently account for less than 3% in the US, analysts predict that diesel sales will more than double in the following two years and even reach 10% of the US market by 2020. Clean diesel vehicle sales will also go up due to the government’s fuel efficiency standards of 54.5 mpg by 2025.