The Tesla Model S was not only the best-selling EV in the US, it was also the best-seller worldwide for 2015. So for a hybrid that is meant as a fuel-efficient variant to a standard gas-powered vehicle to outsell it is a big deal.
Out of the 76,112 units of the RAV4 SUV that found buyers so far this year, Torque News found that about 10 percent or 7,484 units are the semi-electric variant.
In comparison, the Model S sedan sold an estimated total of 6,390 units from January through March, while other popular EV models Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Model X combined to achieve only 4,971 sales.
Honda could certainly learn a thing or two from the dominance of the RAV4 in both SUV and EV segments. However, there is no guarantee that recent sales slump of the CR-V is down to it having no hybrid model.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has an entry-level price near $30,000 and adds 8mpg to the mileage of the standard model to attain 33mpg combined. The SUV is good for a hybrid total of 194hp and 206lb-ft torque.