US Nissan LEAF Sales Increase 118%, LEAF Holds #1 Spot In US Electric Car Sales
Following its market-leading position in January US electric car sales, the Nissan LEAF took #1 again in February. (Though, it was just a little above our estimate for Tesla Model S deliveries*, and if Tesla wasn’t supply-limited and shipping cars to Europe, it would likely have landed at #1.)
The top 6 models were actually exactly the same in February as they were in January. The Chevy Volt remained at #3, still taking a noticeable hit in sales from a combination of increasing competition and potential production bottlenecks. The Toyota Prius Plug-in remained at #4, the Ford Fusion Energi remained at #5, and the Ford C-Max Energi remained at #6. Congrats to Toyota and Ford for holding strong, which is likely a testament to their EV manufacturing approach, which is to have electric models share manufacturing lines with conventional sister models, allowing for easy ramping up or down of production as demand warrants.
The rest of the list isn’t really worth discussing, imho. It’s basically a bunch of compliance cars and a couple of high-end plug-in hybrid models.
Here are static images of some of the charts above for those of you who prefer static images over the interactive ones above:
February 2014 US EV Sales
February 2014 YTD US EV Sales
*Tesla Model S deliveries are based on overall Tesla quarterly guidance, including expected deliveries to Europe.