Surprise Of January Results? Definitely The 6-Figured Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid With 141 Cars Sold In January

Surprise Of January Results? Definitely The 6-Figured Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid With 141 Cars Sold In January

When looking at electric vehicle sales in America from one month to the next, the tendency is to overreact to plummeting numers as the calendar flips from one year to the next.The two main reasons for this is:

  • The tax implications of the federal $7,500 credit deadline for 2013 tax returns causing extra demand in December, and a hangover in January for the opposite reason
  • It's January.   As in, the height of winter; translating to shrinking ranges, and in turn - sheepish sales people to sell them
However, putting the numbers into context you find that 2014 sales at an estimated 5,450 units, which was almost a 1,000 better than a year prior, good for a 19.1% increase of 2013.  Not too shabby.

CLICK TO ENLARGE – 2014 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla US Sales Numbers (Precise quarterly results updated during Tesla's Q1 report due mid-May) *Fiat 500e estimated based on available data.

CLICK TO ENLARGE – 2014 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla US Sales Numbers (Precise quarterly results updated during Tesla's Q1 report due mid-May) *Fiat 500e estimated based on available data.

Once again this month we saw the ratio of BEV to PHEV almost even, as well as the 5 major builders of electric vehicles draw closer to each other in overall sales, with Ford surprisingly climbing into the #2 spot with 3 plug-in offerings for customers to choose from.  Further statistical breakdowns can be found below.

All Electric/ Plug-In Hybrid splits:

  • PHEV - 2,954  (54%)
  • BEV - 2,516  (46%)
 

Sales By Automaker:

Thanks To Offering 3 Plug-In Offerings, Ford Is Now A Serious Competitor In The Race For First

Thanks To Offering 3 Plug-In Offerings, Ford Is Now A Serious Competitor In The Race For First

  1. Nissan - 1,252
  2. Ford - 1,104
  3. Chevrolet -  1,052
  4. Toyota - 866
  5. Tesla - 800*
  6. Everyone else - 376
 

New 12-Month Highs Set In January:

  • Porsche Panamera S-E Hybrid: +94 units (141 vs 47 in December 2013)
  • Cadillac ELR: +35 units (41 vs 6 in December 2013)
 

New 12- Month Lows Set In January:

  • Chevrolet Volt: -222 units (918 vs 1,140 in Jan 2013)
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: -10 units (1 vs 11 in December 2013)