June 2012 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card
As another month has come to a close, it is time to report on the monthly successes or failures of specific brands inside the plug-in industry. The list will be populated as it is reported by each manufacturer throughout the day.
Overall the industry is expected to be up considerably this month, but against some weak comps due to the fallout from the tsunami last year in Japan, which left Toyota, Honda and Nissan with some barren dealership lots. Versus the month previous (May), overall sales should be about flat.
Chevrolet Volt: GM sold 1,760 Volts in the month of June, which bested the 1,680 Volts last month, and is the second best month for Chev’s extended range electric car. Total sales for the half year stand at 8,817, which now outpaces the mark set for all of 2011 (about 7,600). Total production of the vehicle in Hamtramck, MI was only 1,141 for the month, due to the extended summer shut down. (sales pdf here)
Nissan LEAF: June sales were a disappointing 535 units. That figure is still slightly better than the 510 LEAFs sold in the month of May, and the third consecutive monthly increase for the company. Nissan insists production to the US has been constrained by worldwide demand, and has stated that no huge improvements are expected until the 2013 model year is out in September. (Nissan sales pdf here)
Toyota Prius Plug-In: 695 Prius plug-ins were sold in 14 states in the US for June of 2012. Overall, Toyota announced sales of 19,150 (vs 4,340 from June 2011) for the entire Prius family of cars. For May Toyota sold 1,086 copies of the plug-in version of its best selling hybrid, down from an all-time high of 1,654.
Ford Focus Electric: Ford sold an impressive 89 Focus Electrics last month, given that last month, Ford stated that “the company delivered the first Focus Electric vehicles to retail customers this month,” with total electric sales for the month coming in at 6. (Total for year: 97)
Mitsubishi i: In June the Japanese automaker only sold 33 copies of its supermini electric vehicle, that compares to May results of 85 copies, bringing total sales since the car launched last November to 328. Mitsu began a attractive lease deal (at least on the surface) late last month and that may help sales somewhat for July.
Smaller, boutique car companys, Fisker, Tesla and Coda do not currently publish monthly results. We can confirm that Tesla did sell at least 10 Model S Signature Performance edition cars for the month. (First impression of the car, and the video of the launch/first delivery ceremony earlier this month can be found here)
(Last Updated: 07/05/2012 @ 5:03 AM)