Hybrid sales skyrocketed 49% in the first half of 2007, thanks to boom in the Midwest. Oklahoma’s 143% increase was the most of any state, but every state except Hawaii saw growth, the AP reports, with 215,997 vehicles registered this year, compared to 144,721 over the same period last year.
Hybrids are the one bright spot, analysts say, in an otherwise moribund US auto market. Over 300,000 should be sold this year, making up 2% of the market, a number only likely to rise as oil prices flirt with record highs. "The data indicates that hybrids have not hit plateau,” said one analyst. “There is room for continued growth.”