More And More Plug-In Vehicles Are Coming To The Market Every Year - More And More Are Selling (...but not from Mitsubishi)

More And More Plug-In Vehicles Are Coming To The Market Every Year - More And More Are Selling (...but not from Mitsubishi)

Despite More Than 300 Million Electric Miles Driven By The Chevrolet Volt, The Sales Boost In October Came From Cross-Town Rival Ford

Despite More Than 300 Million Electric Miles Driven By The Chevrolet Volt, The Sales Boost In October Came From Cross-Town Rival Ford

Going into October, sales expectations were high - but not exceptionally high, as it was known through the inventory levels at both Nissan and Chevrolet that the LEAF-Volt combo would not be setting any records this month.

Yet October ended up being the second best month ever for plug-in sales with more than 9,500 vehicles sold...with two unexpected players, once thought to be fringe participants in the segment, leading the way.

The Toyota Prius PHV, aided by a MSRP cut of up to $4,620, translated to a industry high 2,095 plug-ins sold.

When Toyota Decided To Drop The Prius PHV's Price to $29,990, The American Consumer Responded

When Toyota Decided To Drop The Prius PHV's Price to $29,990, The American Consumer Responded

Also contributing to the strong month, the Energi tandem from Ford (Fusion Energi + C-Max Energi) along with the Focus Electric made the Detroit automaker the number 1 manufacturer of cars with plugs in October with 2,294 total electric vehicles sold.

Top 5 Monthly Sales Results To Date In The US (estimated):

  1. August 2013 - 11,073
  2. October 2013 - 9,660
  3. December 2012 - 8,559
  4. June 2013 - 8,292
  5. September 2013 - 8,027

Other points of interest for the month:

  • More Than 1,000 Americans Fell In Love With The Interior Features Of The Ford Fusion Energi In October

    More Than 1,000 Americans Fell In Love With The Interior Features Of The Ford Fusion Energi In October

    1st time Ford ever has been the top plug-in manufacturer

  • 2nd time the Toyota Prius PHV has been the top selling plug-in (November 2012 - 1,766)
  • 1st time 4 separate automakers sold at least 2,000 units in any given month (Ford, Toyota, GM, Nissan)
  • 1st time 3 different models sold more than 2,000 copies in a month (Toyota Prius PHV - 2,095, Chevrolet Volt - 2,022, Nissan LEAF - 2,002)
  • 1st time 5 different models sold more than 1,000 copies in a month (Ford C-Max Energi - 1,092, Ford Fusion Energi - 1,092)
  • 4 models set new year highs - Toyota Prius PHV, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Accord PHV

More Plug-In Supercars (Like The Above i8 In Its 4 Designer Colors) Are Sure To Raise The Profile Of The Segment In 2014

More Plug-In Supercars (Like The Above i8 In Its 4 Designer Colors) Are Sure To Raise The Profile Of The Segment In 2014

In total, an estimated 77,449 plug-in vehicles have been sold so far in 2013, which already handily leads 2012 result of 52,581 by 23,768 or 47%.

And while we don't expect to crest 100,000 this year without two unbelievable months to close-out the calendar, it seems all but assured for 2014.

Coming in 2014 we have the high profile additions of the BMW i3 and the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, as well as the national roll-out of the smart ED, and the limited offerings hitting the market from the likes of Cadillac with the ELR (just priced from $75,995) in January and BMW with the i8 (priced from $135,925) in the Spring- not too mention the continued trend of plug-in MSRPs continueing to fall as automakers get electrification costs under control.

Long story short - everything is going in the right direction for plug-in vehicles!