Boulder, Colorado – Cumulative sales of hybrid vehicles to fleets will total nearly four million worldwide between 2009 and 2015, according to a recent report by Pike Research. The firm forecasts that hybrid fleet sales will increase from 300,000 in 2009 to more than 830,000 in 2015, as fleet managers strive to reduce both the costs and carbon footprints of their cars, vans, buses and trucks.

“The biggest growth categories for fleet hybrids are medium/heavy-duty trucks and buses,” said managing director Clint Wheelock. “Manufacturers are beginning to turn their attention beyond light-duty vehicles to the efficiency opportunities for hybrid drive in heavy trucks. For example, in North America, nearly ten per cent of buses sold in 2015 will be hybrids.”

Wheelock said that North America will be the leading region in terms of hybrid fleet penetration, with hybrids reaching eight per cent of all fleet sales in the next five years. Early adopters will include government, university and utility company fleets.

Asia Pacific will be the leader in terms of unit volumes by that time, reaching 420,000 fleet hybrids sold per year, although the hybrid penetration will be somewhat lower than North America’s.

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