Californians dig hybrid wheels

California is trumps for green cars. The Golden State topped the figures for sales of clean diesel and hybrid cars with a whopping 24% rise during 2014. The stats released […]

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By Sumit Bose

California is trumps for green cars.

The Golden State topped the figures for sales of clean diesel and hybrid cars with a whopping 24% rise during 2014.

The stats released by IHS Automotive data to the media in New York yesterday, showed overall hybrids and energy efficient motoring was on the rise across the whole of America.

Clean diesel cars and SUVs showed an increase of 13.5% in 2014 over 2013 and hybrid cars and SUVs increased by 15.1% nationally.

The new data was unveiled by Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

He said: “Clean diesel cars, trucks and SUVs typically achieve an impressive 20 to 40% improvement in fuel economy and 10 to 20% reduction in emissions when compared to a similar gasoline powered vehicle.

“This fuel economy advantage is a major factor in the steady increases we’ve seen in diesel vehicle sales and registrations since 2010.”

California (+23.74%), was followed by Massachusetts (+21.01%) and Nevada (+17.76%) in terms of rise in registrations for clean diesel cars and SUVs during 2014.

There are 3.2 Million hybrid vehicles now registered in the USA.