Published on May 7th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


US Electrified Car Sales Update (April Sales)

May 7th, 2014 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Apologies for the late monthly sales report. I was delayed by my visit to the UAE for Abu Dhabi Ascent. Nonetheless, here are the numbers:

The Nissan LEAF was the #1 top-selling plug-in car in the US in April again, making that the third month in a row that the LEAF was #1 … if my estimate for January Tesla Model S sales was correct and it beat the LEAF by a mere 15.

Quite surprisingly, the #2 plug-in car in April was the Toyota Prius Plug-in, beating out the Chevy Volt (#3) and my estimate for the Tesla Model S (#4), which is based on general statements from Tesla regarding its weekly manufacturing capacity and how deliveries are being split between the US and Europe.

The Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi were the only other plug-in cars with very notable sales in April. If grouped together, their sales were 1 car higher than my estimate for Tesla.

Overall, 100% electric car sales were actually a bit lower in April 2014 than April 2013 (2.55% lower), but plug-in hybrid electric car sales were up 72.5%, making all plug-in car sales 27.91% higher than in April 2013. For the year to date, 100% electric has increased 71.3% and plug-in hybrids 36.82%, resulting in an overall plug-in car sales increase of 20.72%.

The BMW i3 is now being delivered, so we’ll see how far up the list it lands to start things off.

Here are static images of the charts above:

US Electric Car Sales April 2014 1

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US Electric Car Sales April 2014 4

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  • Otis11

    Any chance on getting what % of cars sold EVs/Plug in hybrids make up in these reports? Would be interesting to see the trend…

  • After nearly 3k miles on my Volt, I continue to be impressed and amazed. I’m surprised with somewhat tepid sales. How much of that is due to limited production and availability? Locally, my dealer claims they only see one every couple of months and it is sold before it hits the showroom floor.

    • hmm, i thought they had gotten their supply bottleneck worked out by now. if not, think that’s been an issue for well over a year now.

  • mike_dyke

    Can someone post a link to the UK version of these graphs?
    I must have missed it.

  • LookingForward

    Over 20% growth in the first 4 months, compaired to last years first 4 months!
    But if anual car sales in the US are 1 million (probably more) it’s still only a gain of 5.3% to 6.5%, but just like solar they will get there and start dominating more and more!

  • Others

    BMW i3 has gone on sale, so we can see some boost in EV sales. Soon Benz B Class and Mitsubishi i-MIEV is coming in and this is all good.

    Soon’s EVs may compete with Hybrids given the slow growth in Hybrids and fast growth in EVs.

    • do you know when the next version of the i-MiEV comes out? i thought it was supposed to be on the market by now.

  • spec9

    Solar PV plus an EV is such a great combo. No gasoline bills and no electricity bills. 🙂

    • Jouni Valkonen

      indeed! electric cars are perhaps the most important single part in the solar energy revolution as they are fine with the intermittency of solar power.

      I would say indeed the most important, as solar panels as such are already cheap enough. Most of the current high costs of solar are from installation and grid integration. But first one is not economic problem, as installing roof-top solar panels creates local jobs, therefore wealth is not removed from the local society. And the electric cars will make the grid integration of solar MUCH cheaper.

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