Electric car sales numbers are in for the US! I’ve created a few charts below to share the big picture for January 2014 versus January 2013. However, I’m changing one huge thing this year with these monthly electric car sales updates — I’m dropping the conventional hybrids. Frankly, I just don’t care about them, since they don’t have any of the benefits of 100% electric and even plug-in hybrid electric cars. Hopefully you also don’t care about them and these updates will be more useful to you as a result.
January 2014 didn’t see spectacular growth over January 2013, but it still saw growth. 100% electric cars saw about 19% more sales in 2014 while plug-in hybrid electric cars saw about 25% more sales.
The net effect was about 22% electrified car sales growth — 5590 sales versus 4577 sales. Of course, that is building on a January 2013 versus January 2012 sales increase of about 248% (211% growth for 100% electrics and 290% growth for plug-in electrics). January 2014 electrified car sales are up about 325%.
But, anyway, on to the specific models:
As you can see, the Nissan Leaf has taken over the #1 spot, starting 2014 with a solid lead over its “arch rival” in EV sales — the Chevy Volt. The Tesla Model S might come in at #2, but since Tesla doesn’t release monthly sales figures, that 1,000 sales figure is just a rough estimate — one which I will update (though, not precisely) when 1st quarter sales figures come out in May.
Toyota’s Prius Plug-in continues to sell fairly well, surely eating into Chevy Volt sales a bit, which were at 1,140 in January 2013.
And Ford’s two PHEVs also continue to do well. I generally like to think of them as one model, since they are both offered by Ford and are both PHEVs. If you counted their sales together, Ford’s 1,024 Energi sales actually would have come in #2 in January. Aside from Honda and Daimler (which shouldn’t count), Ford also had the strongest sales growth in January 2014 compared to January 2013.
Similarly, if you look at electrified vehicle sales by brand, this is how the top 3 stack up:
Aside from the Leaf’s solid rise to the top, not too much has changed this month. Ford’s continued EV sales growth and GM’s sales dip would be the other most interesting stories, in my humble opinion.