Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Top EVs In Quarter 1 2013 (Tesla Is #1)

April 8th, 2013 by  

If you’re a fan of sales updates and such, I think you’ll find the below post titillating. Not only is it a wrap-up of March EV & PHEV sales numbers, but also Q1 2013 sales numbers. Enjoy!

Reposted from EV Obsession:

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).

tesla model s white

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.

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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  • Marco Caligari

    It tells me that EVs are still a high luxury not very price sensitive market where range anxiety is the deciding factor. Tesla’s superior range makes it lead the pack.

    It is also good news because sustaining this market will eventually allow companies to increase production and lower costs and finally make affordable versions of these cars.

    • to narrow the Model S down to simply having better range is overly simplistic. this car has one several awards for being a wonderfully built car. it’s beating out its gasoline competitors because it’s simply a hot, high-quality car. and, obviously, it has quite an enthusiastic following. plus, it has a whole different sales approach. as Musk has argued, dealerships are going to inherently be biased against EVs. he has said that if the Model S were being sold through dealerships, Tesla would be dead. there’s a lot more to Tesla’s success than the extra range.

  • Shiggity

    It’s technically a business advantage by not disclosing your numbers. They can do this because they don’t have ‘dealers’, they get around it with a technicality.

    I agree with you though, I want to see moar numbers!

  • beernotwar

    That 18,000 figure is encouraging. For comparison, that’s a few more cars (of all types) than Chevy sold during the same quarter. Imagine if every car Chevy sold was an EV! That’s a lot of EVs and a lot of customers learning to change how they drive to the new paradigm.

  • jburt56

    That first 1% market share is the hardest.

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