Since debuting back in 1997 the Toyota Prius has become one of the best selling vehicles in the world. So the future looks bright for electric vehicles, which are far outperforming hybrids in their first four years of sales. 

A report from IHS Automotive shows just how great EVs are doing. The Toyota Prius moved 52,000 units in its first four years, a mark that has nearly been doubled by the Nissan Leaf with 100,000 units sold since 2010. The Chevy Volt has put 70,000 up on the board, while Tesla is expected to surpass 50,000 sales by the end of this year. 

The reasons EVs are catching the W probably include better initial and overall quality (the first Prii were jokes), unique advantages, and, of course, Tesla. No hybrid has ever had the same degree of cool as Elon Musk's creation. In ten years we can expect EVs to have an even better marketshare than hybrids. 

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[via Clean Technica