If you’re thinking about making the switch to a green vehicle, it turns out you’re not alone. According to Edmunds, green vehicles will account for 4.4 percent of the overall market in 2018, up from the 3.2 percent last year.

All Types of Green Vehicles Set to Sell

Green cars, hybridThough the increased sales for green vehicles is predicted to impact all types – Electric Vehicles (EV), Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs), and traditional hybrids – Edmunds analysts say PHEV sales should double compared to 2017, which means they’ll outsell traditional hybrids by year end.

“…2018 will [still] be a banner year for green vehicles,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds' executive director of industry analysis. “The price of batteries is coming down, EV range is rising, and shoppers will have more choices than ever.”

According to Caldwell, the lower end of the EV market will start to feel the pressure in the latter half of the year, when federal tax credits begin to decline for many manufacturers. But this will also signal the first hint of how ready the green car segment is to stand on its own.

New Car Sales Market Continues to Decline

As for 2018 on the whole, Edmunds predicts only 16.8 million new vehicles will be sold, down from the expected 17.2 million sold in 2017. If these projected numbers turn out to be on track, it'd mark the second consecutive year of decline after seven straight years of gain from 2010 to 2016.

Despite declining new car sales, the market is maintaining a healthy position, largely driven by the popularity of trucks and SUVs. According to Caldwell, 2018 vehicle production is slated to be better aligned to demand, but, as sales decline, retaining market share will become intense as manufacturers fight for their piece of a smaller pie. This could lead to some to increase incentives to keep sales strong.

“From a product perspective, many auto brands…will be phasing out slow-selling passenger cars in favor of in-demand small SUVs,” said Caldwell. “The rise in green car sales is really just a precursor to what [original equipment manufacturers] have in the works for the autonomous vehicles promised in 2019 and 2020. [This] will be a year of right-sizing for the present while putting some critical building blocks in place for the future.”

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