Ford Sees Significant Increase in Hybrid Sales

Andrew Frick from Ford's hybrid team tells us that these days, choosing a hybrid means you're not missing out on much compared to sticking with a gas-guzzler.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Ford Sees Significant Increase in Hybrid Sales
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Hybrids are making a huge comeback, and it's like they're saying, "Move over, regular cars, we're catching up!" Andrew Frick from Ford's hybrid team tells us that these days, choosing a hybrid means you're not missing out on much compared to sticking with a gas-guzzler.

It's a big deal because it shows just how far hybrid cars have come.

Why Everyone's Talking About Hybrids Now

People are really starting to notice hybrids, especially with all the worries about electric cars — like where you're going to charge them and how much they cost.

Hybrids mix the old with the new, using both a regular engine and electric motors. This means you don't have to plug them in all the time, and they're cheaper than going all-electric. Edmunds says the average hybrid cost about $42,500 in late 2023, which is easier on the wallet than the $60,500 you'd shell out for an electric vehicle.

Experts think that hybrids will make up 14% of all new cars sold in the US this year, which is more than electric vehicles. And with about 70 different hybrids to choose from, there's plenty of options without spending a fortune.

Ford's Riding the Hybrid Wave

Ford is really killing it with hybrids right now. Their hybrid sales went up by 37% in the first bit of 2024, led by the Maverick pickup truck hybrid. It's priced around $25,300, just a bit more than the regular version, and it's bringing a lot of new faces to Ford.

Choices for Everyone

Jim Baumbick at Ford talks about how important it is for people to pick the car that fits their life. Ford's adding more hybrid choices to their lineup, like with the F-150, giving folks even more options.

Toyota's also seeing big wins with their hybrids, like the Prius. They've seen an 84% jump in hybrid and EV sales and have decided that the Camry will only come in a hybrid version starting in 2025. It shows that more and more, people are leaning towards cars that are kinder to the planet.

What's Next?

The car world is changing fast. The White House is giving carmakers more time to get their electric vehicles out there, and the Environmental Protection Agency is setting some tough new rules to make cars cleaner.

With all these moves towards electric and hybrid cars, it's clear that the future of driving is looking greener than ever.

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