As you can see in the table above, 100% electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric cars (PHEVs), and conventional hybrid electric cars continue to do better and better.
100% electrics were up 457.48% in August 2013 compared to August 2012. And they were up 515.51% January through August 2013 compared to January through August 2012.
The increases for each of the above (compared to 2012) are quite similar to the increases we saw in July. August was clearly the best month ever for 100% electric sales in the US, as well as PHEV sales. It’s also the best month I’ve seen for conventional hybrid vehicle sales, but I haven’t been tracking those long enough to know if it was indeed the country’s best month ever in that category.
Who Are The Big Movers & Shakers?
Not much has changed as regards the leaders in EV and hybrid sales. The Tesla Model S continues to do exceptionally well. The Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt also each continue to do very well, both of which broke their monthly sales records. The Volt is now doing a little better than the Leaf in cumulative 2013 sales, but it’s neck and neck. If I’m not mistaken, this is the 4th month in a row that the two have swapped places.
As far as plug-in cars, other than the Leaf (2420 sales), Volt (3351 sales), and Model S (~1300 sales), the Toyota Prius PHEV did quite well in August (1791 sales), and Ford’s Fusion Energi PHEV (600 sales) and C-Max Energi PHEV (621 sales) did okay. Otherwise, other plug-in cars are inching along (“compliance cars” as many of us call them).
That’s what stands out to me this month.
Do you have any other thoughts?
To see how August sales compare to July sales, check out the July electric car and hybrid sales summary.