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Despite low oil price green vehicle registrations in double-digit growth

Staff writer |
Despite lower gasoline and diesel fuel prices in the second half of 2014, the registrations of fuel-efficient clean diesel and hybrid cars and SUVS both showed double-digit increases in vehicle registrations in 2014.

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This is according to the latest data compiled by IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum.

Clean diesel cars and SUVs showed an increase of 13.5 percent in 2014 over 2013, and hybrid cars and SUVS increased by 15.1 percent.

According to the IHS Automotive data, California (+23.74%), Massachusetts (+21.01%) and Nevada (+17.76%) lead the nation with the fast growing registrations for clean diesel cars and SUVs (2014 vs. 2013).

Large population states Texas (893,553), California (650,252) and Florida (333,593) are the top states with the highest number of diesel car, SUV, pickup truck and van registrations. These three states were also the top states in 2013 registrations.

California is the only state in the U.S. that has more hybrid registrations (826,468) than diesel registrations. All 50 states and the District of Columbia showed increases in diesel registrations and hybrid registrations in 2014 compared to 2013 – except Georgia which showed a 4.6 decrease in hybrid registrations.

Diesel car, SUV, pickup truck and van registrations reached 7.4 million in 2014 – an increase of 360,121 over 2013. Hybrid vehicle registrations jumped 427,302 for a total of 3.2 million total registrations.

Diesel car and SUV registrations have increased 47.6 percent since 2010 and hybrid car and SUV registrations increased 89.4 percent. The overall car and SUV market increased only 6.4 percent during the same period.

Western states like Wyoming (11.0%), Montana (8.3%) and Idaho (7.1%) have the highest percentage of diesel vehicle registrations. In fact, all of the Top 10 states with the highest percentage of diesel vehicles are West of the Mississippi River.

North Dakota (+ 8.60%), South Carolina (+ 8.11%) and the District of Columbia lead all states in the growth of diesel pickup truck registrations in 2014 over 2013.

California leads the nation with more than 1.47 million combined hybrid and diesel registrations followed by Texas (1 million) and Florida (512,456). Washington-state with 379,785 and New York (346,875) round out the Top 5 diesel-hybrid states.

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