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Electric Vehicles Sales Update (June 2013 Sales)

Ready for our monthly US electric vehicle sales (including hybrid sales) update? How could you not be?

Below is the full table, including comparisons between June 2013 sales and June 2012 sales as well as between 2013 YTD sales and 2012 sales for the same period. Following the table are my comments/thoughts on this month’s update.

Tesla Caveat: since Tesla doesn’t release sales numbers, it’s not included below. Sorry — petition Tesla to release those numbers if you want to see them!

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Chevy Volt. Credit: GM

Chevy Volt. Credit: GM

Chevy Volt Rises Again

Among plug-in vehicles (100% EVs and PHEVs), the Chevy Volt came in #1 this month, after a couple months sitting at #2 behind the Nissan Leaf.

Also, compared to last June, the Volt saw a strong rise (from 1760 to 2698). For the year to date compared to the same period of 2012, sales are up from 8817 to 9855.

The 2014 Volt is about to roll out, and some attractive 2013 Volt sales are sure to pop up, so I think we can expect another strong month from the Volt in July… we’ll see!

Nissan Leaf. Image Credit: Nissan

Nissan Leaf. Image Credit: Nissan

Nissan Leaf Still Rockin’

While the Volt did inch it out for #1 plug-in electric vehicle this month, the Nissan Leaf still had an excellent sales month.

Furthermore, compared to 2012, the sales are through the roof. June 2013 saw sales totaling 2,225, up from 535 in June 2012. For the year to date, Leaf sales are up to 9,839 from 3,148 (212.55%)!

As I note every month, the number one reason for the sales burst is most definitely the massive price cut (a $6,400 cut) that came with Leaf manufacturing moving to the US. And the Leaf is certainly an EV leader now due to it relative low price ($28,800), great owner reviews, and quite adequate specs.



Other PHEVs Split The Pie

In the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) category, nothing compares to the Volt. All the other PHEVs were a couple thousand units behind the Volt in June 2013 sales. None stood out above the others, as they all split the rest of the pie pretty evenly (except for the low-selling Honda Accord PHEV). For a direct comparison of the PHEVs, here are each of their June 2013 sales totals again:

Ford & Toyota Still Cleaning Up In Hybrid Market

As far as conventional hybrids go, Ford and Toyota cleaned up, just as they have been. The Prius conventional hybrids totaled a whopping 20,495 in sales. Then it also saw another 3,878 in Camry Hybrid sales, 1,394 in Avalon Hybrid sales, 550 in Highlander hybrid sales, and 3,718 in Lexus hybrid sales.

Meanwhile, not doing as well, but in a clear #2 position, Ford raked in the money with 3,057 sales of the Fusion Hybrid, 2,889 sales of the C-Max Hybrid, and 768 sales of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.


Honda continues to lag in green car sales. With just 1,758 in total hybrid and electric vehicle sales, numerous individual models from other brands beat its whole lineup.


Overall, we see another month of strong hybrid and electric vehicle growth compared to a year earlier. And 100% electric vehicle sales skyrocketed (thanks largely to the Leaf).

100% electric vehicle sales were up 310% compared to June 2012 (from 657 to 2693). The story for year-to-date sales is similar — a 244% increase from 3,578 to 12,320.

But it’s also good to see that PHEVs were up 70% in June 2013 and 39% for January–June and conventional hybrid electric vehicles were up 38% in June 2013 and 21% for January–June.

Do you have any additional thoughts on the latest hybrid and electric vehicle sales numbers?

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.


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