Volt Anyone? Prius? Start Your Engines…

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The Toyota Prius hybrid at the 2012 Washington Auto Show.

Obama’s not the only one who wants to drive a Chevy Volt.

Hybrids, plug-ins and battery-powered cars — the models that make up a category called electric-drive vehicles — posted the fastest sales growth in the U.S. auto market in the first quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 49 percent to 117,182 vehicles in the first three months of the year.

The Toyota Prius and GM’s Volt each had record sales in March.

President Obama said he’ll buy a Volt when he’s done being president. With gas approaching the July 2008 peak, other folks aren’t waiting. AAA says gas prices averaged $3.93 a gallon on April 3.

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