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Electric vehicle sales grow in Sonoma County | PressDemocrat.com

Last Modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.
Once the bailiwick of tinkerers and hobbyists, electric vehicles are popping up all over Sonoma County as green-minded and tech-savvy drivers warm up to plug-in cars.

Facts
What kind of car is that?
Three types of vehicles use electricity for some or all of their power. But they are very different under the hood.

Hybrid: These vehicles combine an internal combustion engine with an electric powertrain. More than 2.8 million hybrids have been sold in the U.S. since 1999. The Toyota Prius is the top-selling hybrid.

Plug-in hybrid: These vehicles run on batteries and have a gas-powered generator to extend the battery life. The batteries can be recharged by plugging into the grid. About 65,000 plug-in hybrids have been sold in the U.S. since 2011. The Chevrolet Volt is the top-selling plug-in hybrid.

Electric vehicle: These vehicles run solely on batteries that are recharged by plugging into the grid. More than 47,000 EVs have been sold in the U.S. since 2011. The Nissan Leaf is the top-selling electric vehicle.

Source: Electric Drive Transportation Association
The market for EVs has expanded dramatically since December 2010, when the Nissan dealership in Petaluma became the first car dealer in the nation to sell the Leaf, the world’s first mass market all-electric car.

Today, consumers can choose from more than a dozen all-electric vehicles, including two Tesla models and the top-selling Nissan Leaf, as well as plug-in hybrids, like the Chevrolet Volt, that run primarily on batteries but have gas-powered generators to extend battery range.

More and more are showing up on the roads in Sonoma County, which has the ninth-highest concentration of EV drivers in California, according to data compiled by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, which manages the state rebate program for electric vehicles.

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