Diesel And Hybrid Vehicles Gaining In Popularity

California, Texas and Florida lead the U.S. with the most registrations of fuel-efficient clean diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles.

This fact comes out of new analysis and data released yesterday by the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF).

The DTF analysis is based on data that includes the registration statistics of all passenger vehicles – cars, SUVS, pickup trucks and vans – that were compiled by R.L. Polk and Company in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through December 31, 2013.

“Consumers have an ever-growing number of choices for more fuel-efficient vehicles and this analysis shows that clean diesels are gaining in popularity all across the nation,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “Diesel car registrations are up 30 percent since 2010 while the overall market only increased 3.6 percent. Clean diesel technology is likely to continue to grow in the U.S. based on consumer acceptance of diesel as a clean and proven high-fuel economy choice. Diesels are about 30 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline vehicles and do not require compromises in vehicle performance, driving patterns or vehicle utility.”

Diesel & Hybrid Registrations Are Both Increasing

In 2013, DTF said diesel registrations increased by 410,040 nationally and hybrids increased by 531,385.  The analysis also showed that while overall diesel sales were up 30 percent in the 2010-2013 period, hybrid sales increased by 64.5 percent.

“We fully expected that hybrids would outpace diesel sales based on the number of choices available to consumers during this timeframe,” Schaeffer said. “In 2013, there were 23 diesel cars and SUV choices for consumers, but more than double that – 50 choices – of hybrids.  We are poised, however, to see the number of clean diesel choices grow in the next 18 months to encompass more vehicle classes and price ranges which will make diesels increasingly accessible to more consumers. Already we know of 16 announced new clean diesel options that are coming to the U.S. later this year through 2017.”

Illinois, Arizona & California Are Showing Fastest Growth in Diesel Car Registrations

According to the Polk data, Illinois (+25 percent), Arizona (+15.5 percent) and California (+11.3 percent) lead the pack of states with the fastest-growing registrations for clean diesel cars and SUVs (2013 vs. 2012).

“One of more interesting findings is the universal appeal of clean diesel cars trucks and SUVs as we see new registrations of diesel cars trucks and SUVs growing in all regions of the U.S. – red states, blue states, urban and rural regions alike,” said Schaeffer. “This can be explained by clean diesel cars proven fuel efficiency and because diesel fuel is widely available at more than half of all service stations today.”

Western States Like Wyoming, Montana & Idaho Have Highest Percentage of Diesels

On a percentage of all registered vehicles – cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUVs – basis, there are more diesel drivers in Western states like Wyoming (10.8 percent), Montana (8.1 percent) and Idaho (6.9 percent).

“Consumers there have long valued the high fuel efficiency and driving ranges of diesel vehicles – some which approach 800 miles on a single tank of fuel,” said Schaeffer. “But these results show an equally high interest in clean diesel in populated and more urban states. Among the top ten states for diesel car and SUV registrations in 2013 were California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington, New York, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey.

Diesel Pickup Trucks Now Gaining Ground in the Northeast

“The popularity of diesel powered pick-up trucks in Western states is a well-known, but five of the top 10 fastest growing states in 2013 for diesel pick-up trucks are Northeastern states – Vermont, Delaware, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” Schaeffer said. “Pick-up trucks continue to dominate the overall registration numbers for diesel, but we can see that changing in the coming years as new diesel engine options appear in an increasing number of cars, crossovers, SUVs and light-duty and compact pick-up trucks.”

7 Million Diesel & 2.8 Million Hybrid Passenger Vehicles Now Registered In U.S.

Per this DTF study, among passenger vehicle registrations, diesels currently account for over 7 million vehicles while hybrids account for 2.8 million vehicles in the U.S., according to the Polk data. Diesel registrations accounted for 2.8 percent of all passenger vehicles – cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans. However, diesels accounted for 10.6 percent of all pickup truck registrations.

The following data comes from the DTF report and is based on data compiled by R.L. Polk and Company.

Total Diesel & Hybrid Passenger Vehicles 2013 (Cars/SUVS/Pickup Trucks/Vans)

State                         Diesels                     Hybrids

Texas                        837,426                    153,557

California                 609,212                    698,560

Florida                      314,228                    150,885

Washington              245,306                    103,429

Pennsylvania            226,574                    86,499

Colorado                  198,906                    56,869

North Carolina                                  197,305                    77,943

Ohio                         191,924                    69,739

Georgia                    189,018                    76,168

Oregon                     188,976                    59,465

National Totals                                  7,068,439                  2,826,885


Fastest Growth All Hybrid Passenger Vehicles 2012-2013

(Cars/SUVS/Pickup Trucks/Vans)

State                         % Increase

Georgia                    54.32%

Oklahoma                 47.38%

Michigan                  35.70%

Illinois                      33.82%

Alabama                   30.14%

South Carolina         27.67%

California                 27.40%

Missouri                   27.26%

Hawaii                      26.77%

Arizona                     26.32%


Total Diesel Pickup Trucks 2013

State                         Total

Texas                        747,760

California                 478,847

Florida                      243,887

Washington              202,384

Colorado                  174,332

Pennsylvania            170,274

Oregon                     161,007

North Carolina                                  159,679

Georgia                    157,332

Ohio                         157,005

National Total           5,891,198


Total Diesel Cars & SUVS 2013

State                         Total

California                 93,654

Texas                        70,311

Florida                      53,061

Pennsylvania            36,373

Washington              33,940

New York                 32,478

Illinois                      31,776

North Carolina         29,229

Virginia                    27,237

New Jersey               25,224

National Total           833,324

Various top ten lists published by DTF are available as a pdf here.

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