Published on September 5th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan7
US Electric Car Sales Report: Nissan LEAF Hits Record, BMW i3 Rises Fast
September 5th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
EV Obsession. [Note: Aside from this report below, I wrote up an extra article on the big increase in BMW i3 sales. I’d love to see some comments on that one, as I might be missing some important context or facts. It won’t be reposted here, so click through on the link above and comment if you feel inspired to do so.]
The Nissan LEAF has been crushing it this year in sales. It is far-and-away the leader in electric car sales for the year to date, sitting at 16,853 compared to the Chevy Volt’s 11,598 and the Toyota Prius Plug-in’s 9,748.
August marked a record month for the Nissan LEAF. With 3,186 cars sold, it enjoyed a 31.65% increase over August 2013. For the year to date, it is up 38.3%. Have a look:
Overall, 100%-electric car sales were up 57% in August, and are up 25% for the year to date. Plug-in hybrid electric car sales were down 8% in August compared to August 2013, but they are up 41% for the year to date. All plug-in car sales were up 17% in August, and are up 33% for the year to date.
The Chevy Volt had its best sales month of the year in August. Though, that was still down 25% compared to August 2013, and Volt sales are down 15% for the year to date. Those sales seem to be getting eaten up by Ford’s Energi Plug-in hybrids (the Fusion Energi is up 257% for the year to date, and the C-Max Energi is up 69%). The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, also somewhat of a competitor to the Volt, is also up a lot this year, 57%.
The BMW i3, in its 4th month of sales, seems to have finally hit its stride. It had just over 1,000 sales in its first three months combined, and then hit 1,025 in the month of August alone. Let’s hope that keeps going. (I wonder if the increase is due to greater supply as production has ramped up.)
Here’s a full table of August plug-in car sales (click on it for a clearer view):
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