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Sales of U.S. Plug-In Vehicles Double as Makers Expand Offerings

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles doubled in the first half of the year, the U.S. Energy Department said.

Motorists bought more than 40,000 plug-in cars in the first and second quarters, up from 17,500 a year earlier, according to an Energy Department statement today. Full-year 2012 sales more than tripled to about 52,000 from 17,000 in 2011.

Ford Motor Co. added hybrid and plug-in models to its lineup and demand increased for Tesla Motor Inc.’s battery-powered sedan. That helped spur first-half growth rates, as more carmakers offer vehicles that consume less fuel and emit less carbon.

“As the market continues to grow, electric vehicles will play a key role in our effort to reduce air pollution and slow the effects of climate change,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Doom in New York at jdoom1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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