Published on September 7th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


100% Electric Vehicle & Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Sales Have Record Month!

September 7th, 2013 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

August Electric Car & Hybrid Sales

As you can see in the table above, 100% electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric cars (PHEVs), and conventional hybrid electric cars continue to do better and better.

100% electrics were up 457.48% in August 2013 compared to August 2012. And they were up 515.51% January through August 2013 compared to January through August 2012.

PHEVs are also up considerably, as are conventional hybrids.

The increases for each of the above (compared to 2012) are quite similar to the increases we saw in July. August was clearly the best month ever for 100% electric sales in the US, as well as PHEV sales. It’s also the best month I’ve seen for conventional hybrid vehicle sales, but I haven’t been tracking those long enough to know if it was indeed the country’s best month ever in that category.

Who Are The Big Movers & Shakers?

Not much has changed as regards the leaders in EV and hybrid sales. The Tesla Model S continues to do exceptionally well. The Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt also each continue to do very well, both of which broke their monthly sales records. The Volt is now doing a little better than the Leaf in cumulative 2013 sales, but it’s neck and neck. If I’m not mistaken, this is the 4th month in a row that the two have swapped places.

Otherwise, Ford continues to do well with its sales of the Ford C-Max Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid, as does Toyota with its various Prius offerings (+ other hybrids).

As far as plug-in cars, other than the Leaf (2420 sales), Volt (3351 sales), and Model S (~1300 sales), the Toyota Prius PHEV did quite well in August (1791 sales), and Ford’s Fusion Energi PHEV (600 sales) and C-Max Energi PHEV (621 sales) did okay. Otherwise, other plug-in cars are inching along (“compliance cars” as many of us call them).

That’s what stands out to me this month.

Do you have any other thoughts?

To see how August sales compare to July sales, check out the July electric car and hybrid sales summary.

Check out our new 93-page EV report, based on over 2,000 surveys collected from EV drivers in 49 of 50 US states, 26 European countries, and 9 Canadian provinces.

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  • Adam Grant

    We’re less than an order-of-magnitude improvement in battery performance away from electric vehicles with mass appeal. Once battery prices halve and range doubles, EV’s will be selling by the hundred thousand.
    Considering the large number of battery technology startups working on the problem, it seems reasonable to expect this performance level in less than five years.

  • Omega Centauri

    Supposedly August was a huge auto sales month in general. Did the increase in the various forms of EVs do better than the increase in SUV and pickup sales? I’m skeptical, that our way of thinking is catching on.

    And its really tough to compare EVs (except maybe traditional hybrids) against last year, or even a few months ago. Their availability has (for most models) been so recent.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I think it’s a bit early to start comparing EV and ICEV sales numbers. Right now what is important is that more EVs /PHEVs are getting out into the public so that less adventurous people can get familiar with them.

    • In US all forms of plugins captured 0.75% of the the market – best month ever.

      In Norway pure EV captured 6% of the market in August – also new record.

  • Marshall Harris

    This is excellent and uplifting news. My next car will be an electric. Once the Tesla Gen3 is released. 😀

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