Nissan Leaf & Ford EV/Hybrid Sales Surge — GM, Toyota, Honda, Porsche Dip

Compared to April 2012, not many automakers can be too happy about their hybrid and electric vehicle sales. Basically, just Nissan and Ford have something to cheer about, and they certainly do!

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Ford hybrid and EV sales were up 567.8% in April 2013 compared to April 2012 — 8,628 sales compared to 1,292. The bulk of the sales were for the Ford Fusion Hybrid (3,625, or 365.94% more than April 2012’s 778) and the Ford C-Max Hybrid (3,197; not on the market in April 2012). But the Lincoln MKZ (884 sales, 122.67% higher than the 397 sold in April 2012), Ford C-Max Energi PHEV (411; not on the market in April 2012), Ford Fusion Energi PHEV (364; not on the market in April 2012), and Ford Focus Electric (147; not on the market in April 2012) also boosted the companies green vehicle sales.

The Nissan Leaf, still riding the sales surge created by its considerable price drop, rolled off the lot 1,937 times in April 2013, 423.51% more than the 370 figure from April 2012.

Mitsubishi was the only other company to see a sales increase, with a modest 127 units of its Mitsubishi i sold, 60.76% more than the 79 sold in April 2012.

However, everyone else saw a downshift in views.

  • GM had 12.08% fewer views in April 2013 compared to April 2012, with the Chevy Volt dropping 10.67%.
  • Honda had a 12.08% drop over the same time period.
  • Porsche had a 60.77% drop.
  • Toyota had a 12.27% drop.

Overall, hybrids and electric vehicles (combined) grew 12.84% in April 2013 compared to April 2012. For the year to date, however, they are down 14.43% compared to 2012.

As you should be able to see in the table above, there are clear differences between conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and 100% electric vehicles.

  • Fully electric vehicles were up ~413% in April 2013 (compared to April 2012) and ~128% for the year to date (compared to the same period in 2012).
  • PHEVs were down ~12% in April 2013, and down ~16.5% YTD.
  • Conventional hybrids were up nearly 10% in April, but down ~17% YTD.

Of course, Tesla is left out of all this, since we don’t know Tesla’s sales numbers.

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