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Tesla Likely 1st Quarter EV Sales Leader In US

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).

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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.

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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.

2013 Ford Focus

Coming in just below Toyota was Ford (1,999 EVs and PHEVs in total). The rundown for Q1:

And for March:

  • 180 Focus Electric
  • 295 Fusion Energi PHEV
  • 494 CMAX Energi PHEV.

Mitsubishi i via Mitsubishi

Unfortunately for Mitsubishi and Honda, they were far below the others.

625 units of the Mitsubishi i were sold in Q1, 31 in March.

46 Honda Fit EVs were sold in Q1 (23 in March), and 45 Honda Accord PHEVs (26 in March).

tesla model s

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

 
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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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