Hybrids, electric vehicles steal the show in Detroit

New plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles took center stage at the North American International Auto Show, one of the industry’s premier showcases, in Detroit in January.

More than a dozen of the 41 vehicles that made auto show debuts during press preview days this year were hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric or all-electric vehicles, according to a report on MLive. (the link above is to a different story.)

The trend is expected to grow. By 2017, analysts expect 159 hybrid and electric vehicle models in the U.S. market – up from the 31 hybrid and electric models in 2009, the story noted.Cars are not the only EV news on the horizon, though. Forecasts are for sales of hybrid and plug-in medium and heavy duty trucks to nearly double in 2012.