I wrote yesterday that the Nissan Leaf beat the Volt (by quite a bit) in March sales — to be specific, 2,236 to 1,478. Looking at the full quarter, however, the Volt was on top. The Volt had 4,244 sales, while the Leaf had 3,539 sales. I think the second quarter is likely to turn in favor of Nissan due to the Leaf’s steep price drop (thanks to US manufacturing starting up).
However, the company that probably took the #1 spot was Tesla. We don’t know for sure, since Tesla doesn’t break out sales by country (I’m not really sure why), but its quarterly Model S sales totalled 4,750, and those were surely almost entirely in the US.
Coming in at #4 (behind Tesla, GM, and Nissan) was Toyota — 2,353 Prius Plug-in Hybrids and 212 RAV4 EVs were sold in quarter 1. For the month of March, the Prius PHEV logged in at 786 and the RAV4 EV had 133 sales.
Coming in just below Toyota was Ford (1,999 EVs and PHEVs in total). The rundown for Q1:
- 419 units of the Ford Focus Electric
- 414 units of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid
- 1,166 units of the Ford CMAX Energi plug-in hybrid.
And for March:
- 180 Focus Electric
- 295 Fusion Energi PHEV
- 494 CMAX Energi PHEV.
625 units of the Mitsubishi i were sold in Q1, 31 in March.
In total, nearly 18,000 plug-in electric (or hybrid electric) vehicles were sold in Q1 2013. Though, we don’t know the exact number since we don’t know Tesla’s exact number.
Image Credits: Tesla Model S via Tesla; Toyota Prius PHEV via Toyota; Ford Focus EV via Ford; Mitsubishi i via Mitsubishi; Tesla Model S via Tesla