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February 2013 Green Car Sales 15% Higher Than February 2012 Green Car Sales

And that’s the bad news.

Apparently, 48,364 green cars (primarily hybrid and electric vehicles, but also green-ish diesels) were sold in the US in February 2013 (est.), 15% more than the 41,933 green cars sold in February 2012. While that does obviously mean that sales increased, it also means that the growth decreased — there was 57% year-over-year green car growth in January, and 44% year-over-year green car growth in December.

Who’s Down?

Anyone who follows “green car” sales, however, knows that the Toyota Prius dominates. Where Prius sales go, overall hybrid and electric vehicle sales go. It is the #3 car in global auto sales. So, basically, what the above means is that Prius sales dropped off a bit. AutoblogGreen writes:

“While Prius C compact and Prius Plug-in sales surged from February 2012, just after the two variants were introduced, the standard Prius Liftback sales dropped 31 percent from last year, while Prius V wagon sales plunged 38 percent. Over all, Americans bought 17,812 Prius units, down 14 percent from a year earlier.”

Overall, Toyota green car sales were down 1.7%, saved a bit by an 11% increase in Toyota Camry Hybrid sales, a 20% increase in Lexus hybrid sales, and a record 1,361 Avalon Hybrid sales. Here’s a look at more details regarding Toyota’s green car sales:

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toyota green car sales february 2013

Toyota wasn’t the only big name that saw a drop in sales, however. Top green car competitor Honda also saw a drop. At 1,388 vehicles sold in February 2013, they were down 30% compared to a year prior. The Honda Civic Hybrid and the Honda Insight each saw a 40% drop in sales. While sales have only just begun, only 15 units of the highly efficient Honda Fit EV were sold in February. Here are more details on Honda’s sales:

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honda green car sales 2013

Who’s Up?

It ain’t all bad news, of course. As stated above, overall green car sales are up 15%. It was basically just a bad month for Japanese EV and hybrid car companies.

US-based Ford saw its green car sales nearly quadruple, reaching 7,433 sales in February 2013. Here are some details for its EVs and hybrids:

US-based GM also got a boost. Its leading plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt, had a 59% increase in sales, reaching 1,626 in February 2013. The  Chevrolet Malibu eAssist and Buick Regal “mild hybrids” also did quite well (258% and 74% greater year-over-year sales, respectively, with 1,254 and 375 sales). More details:

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gm green car sales 2013 2012

Volkswagen‘s green diesels also increased in sales. They were up to 7,046 sales in February 2013, 8.25% higher than the 6,509 sold in February 2012.

Minor Players

Here are some numbers from other minor players in this space:

  • Nissan Leaf — 36.61% increase (635 Leafs sold in February 2013 vs. 478 sold in February 2012)
  • Mitsubishi i — 666% increase (337 sold in February 2013 vs. 44 sold in February 2012)
  • Audi — 7.95% increase (421 units of its A3 TDI and Q7 TDI sold in February 2013 vs. 390 sold in February 2012)
  • Porsche — 78% decrease (37 of its Cayenne S Hybrid and Panamera Hybrid sold in February 2013 vs. 171 sold in February 2012)

Not Included

Of course, Tesla vehicles (in particular, sales of the Model S) were not included in the overall comparison above. Tesla, with its reservation model and tendency to do just about everything differently, doesn’t release monthly sales figures. However, it says that it has gotten up to a production of about 400 vehicles a week. Let’s hope it starts sharing more specific numbers soon-ish.

The totals also don’t include Coda, smart, Wheego, and Fisker sales.


Not including the companies mentioned above, here are the totals AutoblogGreen came up with:

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total ev hybrid sales 2013

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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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