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

It’s official: car buyers in the state of California are 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 32 percent of all new electric vehicles and 24.7 percent of all new hybrid vehicles sold so far in the U.S. this year were registered in California, ranking the state first in the nation in both categories. The rates far exceed the state’s share of all new car registrations in the U.S., where California also ranks first overall at 11.1 percent, year to date.

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.
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