Much like John Kerry's run for President a decade ago, defeat was almost snatched from the jaws of victory last month, as the September's sales results just barely beat the year prior after front-running nameplates such as the Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius PHV and Ford's Energi twins stumbled badly during the month.

Newest Kid On The Block: The Kia Soul EV Hit The US In Early October

Newest Kid On The Block: The Kia Soul EV Hit The US In Early October

And because more than 10,000 plug-ins were sold in October of 2013, this month's battle to best last year's numbers was even more fierce.

Lending a hand this month however is the Kia Soul EV (rated at 93 electric miles of range), which is the 20th major plug-in model  available this year.

But in the end, October of 2014 failed to reach the 10,055 cars sold from last year (results still streaming in), and the US market that had seen 46 consecutive monthly improvements since that first Volt was sold back in December of 2010 came to an end.

Heading in  October the stories of interest were (with answers as the come in):

  • The Nissan LEAF looks to set its 21st consecutive record sales month (and the all-time US sales record for one year) - provided more than 2,023 cars moved off dealer lots during October.  (Mission accomplished)
  • After posting 7 consecutive months of improving sales, the Chevrolet Volt fell off a sales cliff last month by only selling 1,394 cars vs more than 2,500 in September.  Can Chevy get Volt sales back on track?  (Not really - but better than September)
  • Ditto for the Toyota Prius PHV, whose lack of inventory has seen the car drop from 2,692 sold in May all the way down to 353 in September?  Can the model rebound with such thin inventories?  (Slightly, but still pretty bad)
  • Kia Soul EV first deliveries happened in October. And while the record for "most BEVs sold in the first month" is held by the BMW i3 at 336 (and Fiat 500e at 200) and won't be touched...Mitsubishi's 3rd place standing of 80 i-MiEVs sold in December of 2011 seems achievable (Yupe - 109, good for third all-time)

Additionally, waaaaaay down at the bottom of the story is the 2014 YTD chart as well as the complete 2013 results. (last updated: 3:15 Nov 15th, 2014)

2014 Chevrolet Volt

2014 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt: In October, sales improved marginally from September as 1,439 Volts were sold - up 3%.

However versus a year ago, sales were off 29% as 2,022 cars moved off lots in October of 2013 After improving month-to-month sales throughout 2014, the Volt took a step back in September, selling just 1,394 copies, which was off by about 45% from August when 2,511 Volts were sold.

Perhaps not helping things of late has been the sudden tsunami of 2nd generation Volt news. GM executives announced that not only would the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has a large gas engine (1.5l that now runs on regular instead of premium), but that the car would have both a greater range (we suspect about 50 miles), and overall efficiency. For the year to date 15,979 cars have been sold - which is down 14.9% from 2013 when GM moved 18,783 Volts.


Before 2014 model year production of the Volt ceased, GM decided to once again have production of the extended range car go nuclear heading into the summer. Then once model year 2015 production began, GM kept up that same torrid pace, which led us to wonder "what was up?" as more than 10,000 units were available at one point.

It turns out "what was up?" was that GM was planning to shutter the plant in late August for about 8 weeks as some of that $449 million dollar investment went into a Hamtramck facility upgrade in anticipation of the 2nd gen Volt as well as some other unnamed plug-in vehicles (*cough* CUV *cough*) as well as a new Cadillac offering.

The plant is expected to return to produce Volts during the 3rd week of November. Given the current pace of Volt sales, 2015 inventory (and therefore sales) will probably be a little thin regionally by year's end...a time which is also notorious for being the month that plug-in vehicles are most in demand.  GM enters November with about 3,500 2015s Volts available (and another 3,000-odd 2014s) on dealer lots.



2014 Nissan LEAF

2014 Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF: The unstoppable force in EV sales in America was...well, unstoppable again as 2,589 more copies were sold - an improvement of 29.3%.

Previously in September, Nissan moved 2,881 LEAFs, which also was a strong 35.7% improvement over the 1,953 units sold in the same month in 2013.

Nissan has sold 24,411 LEAFs, which is a big 35% improvement over 2013, when 18,078 were sold.

In October, Nissan passed not only their own yearly sales record, but the all-time record for any plug-in - passing the Chevrolet Volt's 23,094 sold in 2013.

The 'all-time' record for Nissan LEAF sales in a single month (or any fully electric car for that matter) is 3,186 units sold, set this past August. On a worldwide level, Nissan moved almost 7,000 LEAFs in September - also a personal best for the company. To help future sales, Toby Perry - Nissan's EV marketing director, said a new ad program would commence in November:

“Halloween may be over, but we still have a few tricks up our sleeves. For starters, we have a new TV commercial that encourages consumers to kick gas by going electric with the Nissan LEAF. The ad airs in major markets starting today and features real consumers finding out how much they could save on fuel costs each year.”

Nissan continues to both accommodate demand and slowly grow inventory in the United States, the inventory averaging about 4,200 units for October.



2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR: For October 152 ELRs were sold - the extended range Caddy's 3rd best result to date.

The all-time high for ELR sales came in August when 196 were sold. Cadillac also crested 1,000-units sold for the year, with 1,037 moved so far in 2014.

Heading into November just over 1,000 ELRs remained to be sold, but this now seems like a manageable level, as production of the Caddy stopped several months ago, and will not restart in November alongside the Chevy Volt.

In fact, there will be no model year 2015 ELR, as that model will be skipped in favor of the refreshed ELR that will be show this month at the LA Auto Show.

GM says the new ELR will also receive some "engineering enhancements" for its next iteration.  We expect some clues as to what will be "new and hot" on the next gen Chevy Volt when the next ELR bows  (full story on that here).






2015 BMW i3

2015 BMW i3

BMW i3: BMW set a new personal best, and third consecutive month of sales over 1,000 units, showing previous results were no fluke.

For October, 1,159 i3s were sold. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America noted this in regard to i3 sales this month:

“Our new models, especially the 2 and 4 Series, are giving BMW a great boost as we head into the final two months of the year but I am also very pleased to see our born-electric BMW i3 doing so well, averaging a thousand per month in sales after only four months on the market.”

Still, we don't have a real good feel for what to expect on a month to month basis for the BMW i3, as just over a 1,000 copies have been sold in the past three months (1,159/1,022/1,025), but less than 400 in the three month prior.

Curiously, while inventory seemed to be rapidly growing throughout the summer at BMW dealerships, cresting 2,500 at one point in September, that number has now dropped below 2,000...perhaps some distribution idiosyncrasies from the i3 plant in Leipzig, Germany, which seems to be having trouble allocating the appropriate inventory levels for the EV around the world.

Since going on sale last November in Germany, BMW has now sold more than 10,000 units of the i3 globally through the end of September- not too shabby at all, and pretty much on track with company forecasts. Separately BMW announced in October that they are readying two new production lines for battery packs and motors at their Dingolfing plant in Germany.

This will both aid in i3/i8 production but also will supply "several future models", including the X5 with eDrive for 2015. In July, BMW also launched a new low cost DC fast charger that uses the new CCS (COmbo) standard. BMW says it will charge the i3 80% in about 30 minutes (max power 24 kW) and costs just $6,458 to dealers and approved BMW partners.



2014 Tesla Model S

2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S: Tesla does not give out exact monthly sales… so we never know for sure what the monthly numbers total up to until their quarterly updates, but we do our best to keep our finger on the pulse of what is happening.

Unlike other (like all) publications, we don't simply take an expected number of sales for the Model S given by analysts for the quarter and then divide it by 3 to get a monthly number and hope it all works just doesn't work like that, even for the larger OEMs.

We actually put in a little research/tracking effort into the estimated number of deliveries in the US and attempt to explain what is happening behind the scenes. (and so far, that has worked out pretty well)


Before getting into our October estimate, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our September estimate of 2,500 Model S EVs delivered in the US...which we outlined at the time was because of diverted US production in July and August, but still had us taking some flack from the wider media.

Thankfully, Elon Musk took to twitter to address a WSJ article that said Tesla Model S demand was waning in the US, to state that sales were up 65% year-over-year in September....which basically jives to what we had put out there.

The task for October and November sales is to not only judge how many cars Tesla is planning to deliver in America, but also allow for many existing order changes have been made up to the newly announced, longer range, AWD versions of the Model S, as well as the ultra-high performance P85D, with 691 hp, and 687 lb-ft of torque - thanks to a 221 hp motor up front.

For October/November, it appears many Model S sedans were delivered early in the month, perhaps as run-off from a Q3 push to deliver as many cars as possible, but not so much ending out the month.

As expected, it appears several hundred existing Model S orders were altered/delayed right out the gate to include new AWD offerings...none of which will be delivered until mid to late December (Canadian cars appear to be running through production first); a month that should be Tesla's busiest to date (given the amount of forecasted deliveries) as well as set a new sales record for the US.  Initial demand for the new "D" class Model S seems very high (as expected), but only time will tell how it affects sales going forward. For October, we estimate that 1,300 Model S sedans were delivered in North America.



2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED

Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED: The refreshed 2015 version of the B-Class ED can't arrive fast enough, as just 98 all-electric Mercs were sold in October.

We don't expect to see any depth of sales for the electric Mercedes until early 2015 at best as Daimler isn't shipping any inventory of consequence, as unfortunately the automaker decided to electrify a model halfway through its shelf life (more than 350,000 petrol cars have already been sold worldwide).

An unintended side effect of that decision to electrify a 'long-in-the-tooth' car is that there is now already a refreshed and "facelifted" 2015 model incoming (pics and story here) for the B-Class Mercedes - first sales of the B-Class ED (and nat gas version) begin in Europe on November 3rd. For the B-Class ED first 4 months on the market, just 255 have been sold.  It is hard to rate and/or gauge the demand of the car because that is pretty much all the cars Daimler shipped out to the US.

Editor's Note:  Daimler lists total B-Class ED sales for 2014 as 2 units higher than InsideEVs - this is cause to a spreadsheet error on Mercedes-Benz's part between August and September.

For the US, the 'old and busted' B-Class will be available only in limited states for 2014 (CA, CT, MD, OR, NJ, NY, RI and VT) — and then nationwide to the unwashed masses in early 2015. "Job 1" of B-Class ED production was completed on April 11th (full story here).

The B-Class ED starts from $41,450 ($100 more than the BMW i3) and has an all-electric range "officially" of 87 miles. However, for an extra $600, one can purchase the extended range package which allows the driver to access more of the B-Class ED's 36 kWh battery, and allows for an expanded driving range of 104 miles. A fact that we think might sway more than a few people away from BMW's $700 cheaper, 81 mile least whenever they start shipping inventory.




BMW i8 Finally Arrives In US In August!

BMW i8 Finally Arrives In US In August!

BMW i8: Considering the pricepoint of the i8, and the limited availability, the 204 plug-in sports cars sold in October was quite a pleasant surprise.

Previously in September, the i8's first full month on the US market, sales reached 58 copies.

For the i8's debut month in the US for August, BMW sold 9 i8s.

The ultra-high end plug-in from BMW arrived on August 16th in the United States. (Check out a nifty video of its journey from production here)

Interestingly, BMW gave away the keys to 7 cars at the launch, then auction one off for charity for $825,000 at the Concours d’Elegance. It is still hard to say what the ultimate demand will be for the i8, but we can report that the BMW i8 has seen a sharp jump in US production volume over the summer. We think any results over that of what Porsche can achieve with the Panamera S E-Hybrid should be considered a success.




2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: For October a solid 97 plug-in Porsches were sold, bringing the YTD total up to 791 ... not bad for a car whose average retail price is about $115,000.

Previously, sales of the plug-in Porsche strengthened in September as 82 more copies were sold. For August and July 68 and 63 (respectively) were moved.

Outside of a big sales month in June (111), Porsche seems to have found a comfortable sales level of around 60-80 copies sold per month in the US, while selling about 200 per month worldwide.

Ironically,we feel  the S e-Hybrid has almost seen its last days for strong sales after only being out a year, as the new Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid (photos, specs here) looks to eat the plug-in Panamera's results for lunch starting in November.

And as the new electric Porsche SUV starts at just $76,400, we are eager to add that offering to the sales scorecard soon...there just isn't enough "non-cars" in the EV space.

The high water mark for sales on the Panamera was set in the first month of the year, with an amazing 141 sold. Currently there is about 200 S e-Hybrids in dealer inventory in the United States.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a combined 416 hp output (333 hp electric) and can get north of 60 mph in about 5 seconds, with a top speed of 167 mph. Pricing starts at $99,000. Also of interest, the S E-Hybrid is currently available at all Porsche dealers nationwide - a rare thing these days.





2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Chevrolet SPARK EV: For the second month in a row, Chevy sold a lower than expected 50-odd Spark EVs - 58 to be exact for October.

Previously, the little electric Chevy retreated to its lowest sales level of the year in September with just 51.

A fleet-inspired May of this year however set the new benchmark for sales on the Spark EV with 182 sales.

Last month we also learned that the Spark EV will die off in favor of the slightly larger Sonic EV (or Sonic platform-based EV in places such as Europe).

That car will feature a reported 200ish mile range and be out in 2016/2017. General Motors closed 2013 with 539 Spark EVs sold over all. For 2014, that number has already been well passed this past August, with 953 sold. However, no one should read anything into any monthly sales number when it comes to the Spark EV ... at least if they are trying to get a handle on Spark EV demand, as GM basically sets their own monthly sales number by curtailing inventory.

GM could sell a lot more if they wanted to. We figure that any 3-digit number probably satisfies GM's internal projections for the car.




2015 Kia Soul EV Went On Sale In Mid-October

2015 Kia Soul EV Went On Sale In Mid-October

Kia SOUL EV: Despite having no issues accepting the $7,500 federal credit (designed to encourage hitting EV sales targets in the US) against sales of the Soul EV, Kia has decided it's no one's business what those sales are (many media outfits, including ourselves have been rebuffed) - a testament to Kia's true dedication to plug-in vehicles.

Given this unexpected/recent development we will estimate the Soul EV sales to the best of our abilities with the information at hand once we are comfortable we have an accurate figure.  Look for that data in the upcoming week.

Update:  Thanks to the folks at Kia World, we can report that 108 Soul EVs were sold in the car's debut month


As we projected earlier this year, the all-electric Kia showed up ahead of its expected November release data and start selling in early October.

That being said there isn't a heck of a lot of them to be found on dealer lots at the moment (~50 units). In fact, InsideEVs' own Tony Williams got his hands on one...and immediate ran the battery down to nothing in an impromptu range test. Check out the report and drive video here. Result? Over 100 miles of range!  /pretty not too bad Kia

The cute-ute from Hyundai/Kia has a more than decent 93 miles of range (with more 103 miles of range in the city), and a price tag of $33,700 (full details, specs and picture can be found here).



Volkswagen e-Golf Comes To The US In November

Volkswagen e-Golf Comes To The US In November

Volkswagen e-Golf:  VW set a record with the e-Golf.  The only debut to sell just a single copy.

As for that 1 e-Golf sold in America, InsideEVs learned exclusively that it was sold at Volkswagen Santa Monica on Halloween.

The first all-electric car from VW to the United states was to arrive in November at selected dealerships...but we know of at least one copy that landed on the very last day of October.

For the US, the Volkswagen e-Golf  only comes in the premium SEL trim, which brings with it a price point of $35,445 - meaning the car will very specifically compete with the top-of-the-line Nissan LEAF SL (from $ 35,020).

Full details on the e-Golf specs, pricing and photo galleries can be found here.

Range has not yet been published officially but the EPA, but with a 24.2 kWh LEAF-like battery, we expect a range of about 80 miles for the electric VW. Also this month, InsideEVs exclusively learned details on a launch leasing program that sees the e-Golf available from $299/month on a 36 month term with $2,000 down.




2012 Mitsubishi I (2014s incoming)

2012 Mitsubishi I (2014s incoming)

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: In a never-ending story of 'failing to deliver', 17 i-MiEVs were sold in America for October.

Previously, another uninspiring month of sales was logged by Mitsu in September with its 62 mile EV, as just 15 were sold. Mitsu continues to learn the lesson of "If you don's ship any inventory, its hard to sell cars."

For October inventories slightly expanded to about 100 units.  Yeah, 100 units - so don't look for November to be the start of something for Mitsubishi.

This month Mitsubishi did announce that they will have a plug-in crossover (the ASX) to market in 2017 and the full size Pajero plug-in a year later.  These cars will joing the Outlander PHEV - which arrives in the US in about 12 months. The 2014 i-MiEV, priced from $22,995 should mean at some point there is going to be a lot of i-MiEV sales to report...that is whenever they feel like selling them.

The new pricepoint of $22,995 also INCLUDES standard fast charging and a host of other standard features that used to be options. The MSRP price reduction equals $6,130 less than the outgoing 2012 model. Want to know more about the new cheapest EV in America? Click here! Our forecast for i-MiEV sales for 2014? Next to nothing until the Fall, then all they can build and ship (which might be a problem according to Mitsu's Chief) thereafter.




2014 Honda Fit EV

2014 Honda Fit EV

Honda Fit EV: As remaining Fit EVs to be sold dwindle, so does the sales. A further 23 all-electric Hondas were sold in October.

For September just 27 copies were moved, which came just ahead of the 'year high' 55 Fit EVs sold in August. 

For the year 368 have now been sold.

So, the story continues to be: Inventory, where is the inventory?

Well, there isn't any, and it isn't coming as Honda is building about 40-odd units a month until the fall...when they will DISCONTINUE production of the car - that story here.

Honda has an estimated 80 Fit EVs left to sell out of inventory heading into October. So why is the Fit EV America's most in demand car to be cancelled? Well, Honda has found the holy grail when it comes to selling a limited number of compliance vehicles. Lease them out cheap ($259/month including partial insurance with nothing down)...and give customer unlimited mileage on those leases. (all the details here) So if you get one...count yourself "lucky".




2014 smart ED - As Always, Black Is The Proper Choice When Selecting The Color Of An Electric Car

2014 smart ED - As Always, Black Is The Proper Choice When Selecting The Color Of An Electric Car

SMART ForTwo Electric Drive: "There can be only one" ...champion of the "B" Division of EVs. 

And that champion is the smart ED. For October smart continued to defy the odds, and sold 150 more EDs, which was about a fifth of the entire brands sales for the month.

Previously in September, the littlest EV sold an amazing 182 copies, leading the "small and compliance" segment of the US industry for the umpteenth time.

The summer of the smart ED continued in August as 208 EVs were sold in August.  In July, the company set a personal sales record in with 298 sold.

The smart EV is now technically available nationally, although there isn't inventory yet spread out across the country to make physical sales everywhere.

The smart ED is the first plug-in for America to be offered with a "battery rental" option, which brings the cost of the Smart ED down to $19,990, but adds a $80 month battery rental payment, as well as includes a wider (and longer) battery warranty. Check out all the specs, options and pricing here. The 2-seat Smart electric car gets 68 miles of range from a 17.6 kWh battery.





2014 Ford Fusion Energi

2014 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion Energi: The depression of plug-in sales at Ford extended into its second month as just 686 Fusion Energis were sold.

Previoussy,  640 were sold in September. This after the Fusion Energi had reported well north of 1,000 units sold per month through the summer.

Earlier this year, Ford set a new all-time best, and sold an astounding 1,939 copies of the electric Fusion in June...which was 44% better than May, the previous best month on record for the Ford.

Of note in June not related to sales: The Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, both had their EPA ratings slashed by the company, and compensation cheques are heading out to owners.

Both Energi vehicles now have a 88 MPGe rating (down from 100 MPGe), a 38 MPG extended range efficiency (down from 43 MPG) and a 19 mile all-electric range (down from 21 miles) - full story on that here.

For 2013, the Fusion Energi was the surprise hit of the Ford family, finishing the year with just over 6,000 sold - not bad considering it was only introduced in February.

The upward trend has continued throughout 2014. The Fusion Energi basically offers the same package as the C-Max Energi, but in a larger sedan package. The third plug-in to be offered from Ford has just been rated by the EPA at a combined 88 MPGe and has an electric range of 19 miles.



2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In

Toyota Prius Plug-In:  Some seriously not great inventory planning at Toyota USA has caused US sales of plug-in cars to pretty much flat late as just 479 more copies were sold in October.

If you are a "silver linings" type of person, this is actually a 36% increase over September when 353 were sold - easily Toyota's worst result ever (not counting its limited release debut month in February of 2012).

This result comes after an August that logged just 818 electric Prii sold, also off significantly (52%) from a year ago.

We do have to note - that recent results was/is not a reflection on the demand for the car as...well, there isn't any.

Thankfully, 2015s finally started filling up Toyota lots mid-month in October, and arresting the sales free-fall that was affecting not only the model, but the overall plug-in sales picture in the US. Anyone remember the record 2,692 Prius PHVs sold just five months ago?  More of that please.

Year-to-date through September, 12,321 plug-in Prii have been sold so far in 2014, 22% more than last year at this point, when 10,069 moved off lots.

The Toyota Prius PHV fell out of 2nd place in August on the EV sales charts, passed by the Chevrolet Volt.  If the picture doesn't improve significantly, the Prius PHV will find itself in 4th in November. Much like the Nissan LEAF was for almost all of 2013, the Prius PHV has been a demand vs allocation story over the past 5 months since Toyota reduced the price of the plug-in by $2,010 to $4,620.

The allure of the car, now from $29,990, has essentially meant Toyota can set the amount they want to sell as a function of how many they build.




2013 Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Ford C-Max Energi:  Like its stable mate, the Fusion Energi, sales continued to be off for the plug-in C-Max.

And while the Fusion Energi recorded a slight improvement over September's disaster, the C-Max fell even further - down to 644 units sold. Previously in September when just 677 cars were sold, which came after a strong August showing.

That previous August result (1,050) had represented the strongest showing of the year, so there may have been some exhaustion at the dealership level heading into this month.

Of note in June not related to sales: The Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, both had their EPA ratings slashed by the company, and compensation cheques are heading out to owners.

Both Energi vehicles now have a 88 MPGe rating (down from 100 MPGe), a 38 MPG extended range efficiency (down from 43 MPG) and a 19 mile all-electric range (down from 21 miles) - full story on that here.

For 2013 overall, 7,154 plug-in C-Maxs were sold, good for being the 5th best selling plug-in for America. In 2013, the high water mark for the C-Max Energi was set in October as 1,092 plug-ins sold. It would not surprise us to see the C-Max Energi live only as long as it takes to introduce a Focus Energi.




2014 Ford Focus Electric

2014 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric:   Despite some big, big incentives (see below), the Focus once again set a 'meh, that's normal' result for October with 186 electrics sold.

After finally cresting the 200-sales level in August (with a all-time record 264 units sold), the Focus Electric once again sold "100-and-something" cars - for September that number was 176.

Previous to August Ford had 18 consecutive months of 100ish it looks like we might have to reset the streak once again.

Thankfully though, the days of sleep-inducing sales should be at an end as Ford slashed the 2015 model year MSRP by $6,000!  Meaning that for $29,995 you can get a whole lot of EV for not a lot of money.  Now if we could only get Ford to start a dealer inventory program for the car.  /here we come 200s

Also as announced recently, the Focus got a slightly refreshed look for the 2nd half of 2014. And if you squint really hard, you might be able to spot the changes in the 2015 Focus Electric here. And no, the battery intrusion into the trunk has not changed - that will have to wait for a full platform upgrade in about 3 years - provided the car continues to be produced alongside the rumored Focus Energi.




2014 Fiat 500e

2014 Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e: When it comes to reporting plug-in sales, we have had another Tesla on our hands here (as in they don't report sales). Chrysler/Fiat had been giving us a bit of the stonewall treatment when it comes to reporting 500e sales.

But thankfully that 'black hole of knowledge' seems to have ended, thanks to data from Baum & Associates via (big props). In October a reported 140 500e were sold.

Previously in September 137 were sold.

Overall steady sales means Fiat has turned into a steady performer - selling about 150 each month of the year so far.

As promised earlier this year, the Fiat 500e sales footprint in the US ventured outside California, as the EV is now on sale in Oregon.

Still in play is a $199/36 month lease deal ($999 due on signing), but for model year 2015 there has been some changes to 500e, a new dash, some new cupholders, and a couple new exterior colors that, well...don't thrill us too much.

As for the car itself, the 500e's 24 kWh lithium battery has been rated by the EPA to produce 87 miles of all electric range, and MPGe efficiency in the city is pegged at 122, and 108 on the highway, for a combined 116 MPGe figure.




2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV: Toyota sold 97 RAV EVs in October.


With the finish line in sight, Toyota seems to be putting the sales accelerator (almost said gas pedal) to the floor. Previously in September 125 more electric SUVs were sold.

In August however, Toyota set a new yearly high as the model goes into the sunset with 228 sold.

The RAV4 EV is (and always has been) a CARB compliance play, with Toyota needed to produce and sell about 2,600 units.

To date through September, 2,352 have been sold in total. Using our l33t calculator skillz (with an estiamted 150 units never to be being retailed), we figure there is about 100-150 left for Toyota to sell. Speaking of which (CARB compliance), the vehicle displacing the RAV4 EV, the Toyota FCV made its official debut in the US in late June...if you are into that sort of thing, check out the story on Toyota's fuel cell vehicle here.




Honda Accord Plug-In: Did you know Honda had a plug-in hybrid like a cross between the Prius PHV and the Fusion Energi?

Well they do, they sold 34 of them in October...and for just $17,675 dollars more than the base Accord sedan you do can enjoy up to 13 miles of electric driving...provided you don't accelerate too hard, or drive to fast.

Previously in September 42 Accord PHVs were sold.

Relatively speaking, when looking at the summers results, the Accord plug-in has had some decent results by its (pretty low) standards, as 46 were sold in August and 41 in July. August's 46 sales also ties the high water mark for 2014 (May also notched 46 Accords sold).

The all-time "record" for sales in any one month was October of 2013 at 71 units. So, to say Accord PHEV sales are flat in the US would be an understatement.

Through October,  343 have been sold so far this year, which is off about 20% from last year's 433 result. Practically speaking, the Accord plug-in is the anti-Fit EV, as they just can't sell these things. And that have something to do with pricing, as the Accord PHEV doesn't come cheap; Honda has put a sticker of $$38,780 on the car, which was markedly higher than consumer expectations for the car.

Pricing update:  Good news, Honda is bucking the trend of falling plug-in vehicle prices, and the 2014 Honda Accord PHV is now retails for $39,780 - up $1,000

We expect Honda to eventually realize the pricing is way off on the Accord PHV and start deep discounting the model - or perhaps just discontinue it entirely in America. The Accord plug-in has a 13 mile all-electric range, and has been given a MPGe valuation of 115 MPGe, the highest rating of any plug-in extended range vehicle.


2014 will see the introduction of quite a few new plug-in models, many of them being the premium variety.

America's First Widely Available Plug-In SUV Arrives In November...and yes, it is available in black.

America's First Widely Available Plug-In SUV Arrives In November...and yes, it is available in black.

Here is a list of what is on the horizon, and when it is expected:

  • Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid - Priced rather reasonably from $76,400 and with an all-electric range of 22 miles (full details, specs and pics here), the Cayenne S e-Hybrid will be the first real plug-in SUV to go on sale nationally in the United States on November 1st.

BELOW: Chart of 2014 results so far, as well as 2013 year end results:

2014 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals from Earnings Report (Q1 Sales reported @ 6,457-3,000 Intl Delivers, Q2 7,579 total-approx reported International registrations, Q3 7,785 total deliveries ~ 3,900 US) *Fiat 500e data estimated for Jan/Feb

2014 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals from Earnings Report (Q1 Sales reported @ 6,457-3,000 Intl Delivers, Q2 7,579 total-approx reported International registrations, Q3 7,785 total deliveries ~ 3,900 US) *Fiat 500e data estimated for Jan/Feb

2013 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla Numbers have been included in this graph. Tesla Total US Sales Based On Quarterly Disclosures (Q1 & Q2 from filings, Q3 based on shareholder letter, and Q4 based on company estimate of half of sales out of North America) *Fiat 500e estimated based on available data.

2013 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla Numbers have been included in this graph. Tesla Total US Sales Based On Quarterly Disclosures (Q1 & Q2 from filings, Q3 based on shareholder letter, and Q4 based on company estimate of half of sales out of North America) *Fiat 500e estimated based on available data.


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