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US Electrified Vehicle Sales Update (Nissan #1, Ford Fusion Energi #2!)

Once upon a time, the US electrified vehicle (EV) sales rivalry was between the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt. Now, it seems the Ford Fusion Energi has taken the Volt’s place, but the Nissan Leaf is still clearly on top.

Of course, it’s not really clear with the Volt or the Tesla Model S how much supply is meeting demand, but the key issue isn’t demand — it’s sales.

If you click over to the YTD 2014 tab above, Nissan is on track to crush the competition in 2014 sales. It currently has about twice as many 2014 sales as the #5 Ford Fusion Energi. Despite falling to #4 in June EV sales, the Toyota Prius Plug-in is #2 in YTD sales. The Chevy Volt takes third place in both June and YTD.

As far as we know, Tesla Model S production is still far below demand, keeping it at an estimated #5 in June and an estimated #4 for the year to date, if you take into account estimated deliveries to Europe and now China.

The Ford C-Max Energi is a distant but solid #6 for June and YTD. After that, the numbers drop off sharply. The BMW i3 is just getting rolling, of course, and we’re not clear if supply is matching demand yet. Either way, I was hoping the numbers would be higher. We’ll see how it does in the coming months.

If you’re interested in percentage change, or simply seeing a table instead of charts, here you go:

Company/Model May 2014 May 2013 % Change YTD 2014 YTD 2013 % Change
BMW i3 358 0 694 0
Smart ED 278 53 424.53% 889 113 686.73%
Ford C-Max Energi PHEV 988 455 117.14% 3403 2071 64.32%
Ford Focus Electric 197 177 11.30% 780 753 3.59%
Ford Fusion Energi PHEV 1939 390 397.18% 5492 1220 350.16%
Cadillac ELR 97 0 277 0
Chevy Volt 1777 2698 -34.14% 7067 8549 -17.34%
Chevy Spark EV 85 27 214.81% 539 27 1896.30%
Honda FCX Clarity 0 0 #DIV/0! 1 2 -50.00%
Honda Fit EV 38 208 -81.73% 171 269 -36.43%
Honda Accord PHEV 28 42 -33.33% 143 142 0.70%
Mitsubishi i 22 39 -43.59% 85 755 -88.74%
Nissan Leaf 2347 2225 5.48% 10648 7902 34.75%
Porsche Panamera S-E Hybrid 111 0 418 0
Tesla Model S (estimate) 1300 1750 -25.71% 6368 8350 -23.74%
Toyota Prius PHEV 1571 584 169.01% 7559 3615 109.10%
Toyota RAV4 EV 91 44 106.82% 477 338 41.12%
Total 100% Electrics 4716 4523 4.27% 20652 18509 11.58%
Total PHEVs 6511 4169 56.18% 24359 15597 56.18%
TOTAL PLUG-IN SALES 11227 8692 29.16% 45011 34106 31.97%

Overall, it’s the plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that are really picking up their sales. However, that is partly due to the fact that Tesla is shipping many of its cars to Europe instead of the US, with production not growing much due to limited battery cell supply.

Originally published on EV Obsession.

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