Sales of Plug-In Hybrids Hit All-Time High in US in August

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

PHEV Sales Growth Chart - via Green Car Congress

PHEV Sales Growth Chart – via Green Car Congress

2014 Chevrolet Volt Sets The Sales Bar At An All-Time High For "PHEVs" In August

2014 Chevrolet Volt Sets The Sales Bar At An All-Time High For “PHEVs” In August

A quick glance at out plug-in scorecard for August shows that it was a month of record-setting all around.

There were 11,000-plus plug-ins sold in August.

The Chevy Volt became the first plug-in to exceed 3,000 units sold in a single month.

And the Nissan LEAF set an all-time sales high.

But what if we turn only to the plug-in hybrids on the list?

Well, there’s a record there, too.

As it turns out, 6,407 plug-in hybrids (here we’re sort of forced to include the EREV Chevy Volt) were sold in August—up 83% compared to July and 65% compared to August 2012.

The previous high-water mark for plug-in hybrids was 4,994 back in October 2012.

Source: Green Car Congress

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3 responses to "Sales of Plug-In Hybrids Hit All-Time High in US in August"

  1. s says:

    The other obvious question is then how does the August number of pure EVs sold compare to past months. Maybe the Tesla uncertainty in the numbers (and export vs US) will deny August the record month? Looks like March 2013 is the record?

  2. Roy_H says:

    Chevrolet has done well to market the Volt as an EREV to distinguish it from the other PHEVs that have smaller batteries but the Volt is most definitely a hybrid. Simply the best! In reality it does not deserve a separate category.

  3. Spec says:

    I find the battle between pure EVs and PHEVs very interesting. Ultimately, they both win. Each has its advantages and thus it really depends on your specific needs as to which is better for you.

    But it has been an interesting back & forth battle. At first pure EVs looked better as the Leaf cost so much less than the Volt. But then the Leaf price went up and deals were made with the Volt to make PHEVs look better. The Model S came long and made pure EVs look awesome and the Leaf got a big price cut. But now the Volt got a big permanent price cut.

    I think PHEVs will take the lead for a while as it is evolution not revolution. Slow & steady change . . . cheap & easy EVs miles for the first X miles and no need for a charger. And then drive on gas after the battery is depleted. Batteries are great but for now, they are too expensive for most people unless you are willing to deal with the 80 mile range.