To say that a strong month from the Nissan LEAF helped push US sales higher would to be a broken record.  Nissan has set a new monthly record for themselves in 22 consecutive months; which is both impressive to report...and super boring. Nissan sold 2,687 LEAFs in November - no one else came close.

Despite CGI Hamsters And Prominent Billing At Award Shows, The Kia Soul EV Had A 'Meh' November, Selling 150 Copies

Despite CGI Hamsters And Prominent Billing At Award Shows, The Kia Soul EV Had A 'Meh' November, Selling 150 Copies

Overall for plug-in sales in America sales improved year-over-year in November by about 6%, as an estimated 9,525 plug-ins were sold, versus 9,003 a year ago.

Focusing on the sales "not LEAF" for the month, there was quite a few strong performers this month and some familiar let-downs.

On the positive side, the smart ED came out of nowhere to sell 313 copies, an all-time best for the tiny two-seat EV.  Even more significant is this represents almost 40% of all smart sales for the month - gassers included.

Conversely, the negative side of sales is still firmly owned by the Toyota Prius PHV, which entered its 4th month with little inventory support and only sold 451 copies (after selling as many as 2,693 earlier in the year)...its almost like Toyota is trying to hold back total EV sales in the US by themselves.

The US also saw its 22nd major EV hit the market - the Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid (recently rated by the EPA), which sold a respectable 45 copies, although we have to note the Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid also sold about 40 copies less than was expected - so perhaps Peter is stealing from Paul in this case?

In the Kia Soul EV's second (and first full) month on the market 140 copies were sold, while VW sold 119 copies of the e-Golf in month number 2; both results we felt were pretty uninspiring.

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

Some Other Points Of Interest For November 2014:

We Caught The Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED At The LA Auto Show In November

We Caught The Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED At The LA Auto Show In November

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Nissan- 2,687
  2. Ford - 1,587
  3. GM - 1,552
  4. Tesla - 1,200*
  5. BMW - 942
  6. Toyota - 524
  7. Daimler - 506
Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In October*
  1. BEV - 5,404 - 56.7%
  2. PHEV -4,121 - 43.3%
New Individual Yearly Highs Set In September (previous high in brackets):
  • smart ED - 313 (298) - all-time high
  • Mercedes B-Class ED - 193 (98) - all-time high
  • Kia Soul EV - 140 (109) - all-time high
  • VW e-Golf - 119 (1) - all-time high
  • Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid - 45 (0) - first month of availability
Editor's Note:  A full recap of each plug-ins November results (as well as more historical numbers) can be found on our Monthly Plug-In Scorecard here.