2014 Plug-In Sales End On A High Note In December
With 2014 now in the books, we start a fresh canvas to begin the year anew for plug-in vehicle sale
Having a quick look back, sales in 2014 improved by 23% over the year prior with an estimated 119,710 sold, compared to 97,507 moved in 2013. The bulk of the gains came late in the year, as December saw a new all-time record of 12,874 EVs sold.
The All-New 2016 Chevrolet Volt Will Help Push Sales Higher In The Second Half Of 2015...Not So Much For Current Generation Sales Now However
Unfortunately, we won't see those kinds of monthly results again until at least Spring, as the cold winter months are notoriously bad for plug-in sales. The fact that the federal credit of up to $7,500 is also not recouped on purchases (via income tax filing) until 2016 is no help either.
2015 is a bit of a transitional year for EVs in the US, so we expect a similar 25-odd percent increase for this year (powered mostly in the second half) before the market really heats up with many long-anticipated offerings being introduced or finally getting a full year's worth of selling in 2016.
That being said, January of 2015 still managed to net an almost 7% gain over a year prior as an estimated 5,924 EVs were sold.
Heading in January the stories of interest are (with answers as they come in):
- Can Nissan make it 24 record sales months in a row? Just 1,253 LEAFs need to be sold. (Nope)
- The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt debuted in January in Detroit, but does GM have any interest in producing (and selling) enough of the current generation at a discount to support sales until then? (Nope)
- Will Toyota snap their self-inflicted 5 month wound of low sales on the Prius PHV due to lack of inventory? (Nope)
- Can the BMW i3 once again be the fourth best selling plug-in for America as it was in December? (Even better - 3rd)
(last updated: 5:51 PM February 4th, 2015)
2014 Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt: Whoosh...that is the sound of the current generation of Chevy Volt being flushed away as the debut of next generation 2016 Volt (full details here) sucked all the demand out of the market.
For January, an abysmal 542 Volts were sold. A number that was off by 41% from last year when 918 were moved, and the lowest monthly total since August of 2011 for the extended range car.
Looking at GM's very low production level of 2015 MY Chevrolet Volts throughout 2014 and into 2015 it has become clear the company is looking ahead to the next generation launch of the car in the second half of the year.
That demand malaise even translated into some fairly anemic sales in the last 4 months of 2014. Previous to January, just 1,490 were sold in December - a month where EV demand is highest. That number was off 38% from the 2,392 Volts sold in December 2013.
For full year 2014, 18,805 cars were been sold - which was down 18.6% from 2013 when GM moved 20,702 Volts. This means that the Volt is the first electric vehicle to post two consecutive years of falling sales in America.
Behind the numbers: GM decided to shutter the Volt's assembly plant in late August for about 8 weeks as some of that $449 million dollar investment that went into a Hamtramck facility upgrade in anticipation of the 2nd gen Volt as well as some other unnamed plug-in vehicles.
Production came back online in mid-November, but new 2015 inventory has hovered around the 2,000 unit mark since the first week of December into February of 2015, indicating that General Motors only intends to stock a skeleton amount of' 'current generation' rather than be faced with a lot of inventory to clear when the 2016 Volt arrives in the fall. Nutshell? Get used to some pretty low results until the fall.
2014 Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF: For the first time in almost 2 years, Nissan had a month one could consider a disappointment.
The streak of 23 consecutive record monthly sales was snapped in January as just 1,070 LEAFs were sold, off about 15% from January of 2014 when 1,252 were moved.
Nissan's Brendan Jones tried to explain the January slowdown as a function of December's impressive 3,000+ sold result.
“We saw a significant increase in demand in December from Nissan LEAF customers looking to take advantage of federal and state incentives at the end of the tax year, which pulled some sales ahead." - Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure
In fact, in December Nissan almost set an all-time sales record for themselves selling 3,102 LEAF in total (August was the high at 3,186).
With that result Nissan can now claim 2 things: 1.) the first car to crest 30,000 units sold in one calendar year and 2) 23 consecutive monthly records for LEAF sales in the US
Nissan has sold 30,200 LEAFs, which is a big 34% improvement over 2013, when 22,610 were sold.
For some perspective on how high that 30,200 sales number is, the previous best was by the Chevrolet in 2013 with 23,094 Volts sold.
An interesting "perk" of the January slowdown in plug-in sales is that Nissan has been able to expand national inventories to around the 5,000 unit mark in January for, well, the first time ever - which should help sales once we exit February.
Of random interest: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that "more than 400 km (249 miles)" will be coming to the LEAF in just a "few years". Important to note that this conversation took place in Japan where range ratings are wildly optimistic, however Mr. Ghosn was asked directly if the range will double - to which he replied "yes" while declining to add any further information.
2014 Cadillac ELR
Cadillac ELR: A rare bright spot of EV sales in January has to be the ELR, as sales of the premium plug-in from Caddy improved 124% to 92 units during the month.
Previously, in the best selling month of the year for EVs, 118 ELRs were moved a month ago in Decemeber, which is just about bang on with the year average.
A lot of dealer-level discounting has turned the luxury Cadillac plug-in into a fairly decent seller recently.
Overall, 1,310 plug-in Cadillacs were sold in 2014. The all-time high for ELR sales came in August when 196 were sold.
Heading into February just about 700 ELRs remained to be sold, but this now seems like a manageable level, as production of the Caddy stopped in August and isn't returning any time soon.
In fact, there will be no model year 2015 ELR, as that model will be skipped in favor of the refreshed ELR (full story on that here). GM says the new ELR will also receive some "engineering enhancements" for its next iteration.
It should be noted the debut the 2016 ELR at the LA Auto Show was scrapped at the last minute. The reason? Its "autonomy" functions weren't ready to go....which seems a little week considering no one expected the car to be driving around by itself on stage.
Instead of the 'next' ELR debut, we got an interview with new Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen (yes, that Johan de Nysschen), that could not have been more of a wet blanket, complete with the labelling of the brand "niche" and not a priority right now.
2015 BMW i3
BMW i3: For January BMW sold 670 i3s - fairly decent showing for the German plug-in.
Last month in December, BMW returned to 4-digit land - the fourth time in 5 months, by selling 1,013 copies during the month. The all-time high still stands at 1,159 from October.
In 2014, BMW sold 6,092 i3s, good for the 7th best overall spot for plug-in sales in America...not bad considering it was only available for 7 full months in the US.
Current owners got some good news in December as earlier, long standing issues surrounding the onboard chargers being muted to avoid failure incidents has now been rectified and BMW has a recall/repair bulletin out for owners to now get new units installed. 7.4 kW charges again for everyone!
Still, details on the 2015 model year BMW i3 are out (details) and include some new creature comforts (heated seats for all models), DC fast charging across the range; as well as some product fixes (ala the keyfob).
Looking at the inventory situation, the three month fall was arrested in January and has return to the 2,000 level...which for BMW, and its smaller dealer footprint compared to the larger OEMs, is close to the ideal amount.
2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S: Tesla does not give out exact monthly sales (apparently because the public can't handle the concept of regional allocations and delivery lead times)… 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 out...it 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)
In December Tesla was in an incredible rush to flood the US mark with high performance P85D Model S sedans in order to hit 4th quarter guidance of 11,000 cumulative/worldwide Model S sales. (We will see if that truly was accomplished on Wednesday, February 11th after the market closes when Tesla reports earnings).
However, as soon as US production could no longer deliver US cars, the focus at the company's Fremont plant turned to international production, and by international production we mean Europe, and by Europe we mean Norway (for the most part).
This should have meant that US deliveries of the Model S would fall off the virtual cliff in January.
Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your prospective of things), December P85D production and delivery didn't go terribly smooth for Tesla, and while they did sell an all-time record number of cars during the month (in our estimation), early sourcing problems and troubles physically delivering the cars to the northeast and into Canada at the end of 2014 meant eager buyers expecting a Holiday delivery - didn't get it. Instead January arrivals where had in there place...artificially inflating the month's results considerably.
We estimate for January, 1,100 Model S sedans were delivered.
Of note: Unlike other EVs on this list, we estimate Tesla deliveries in North America cumulatively, and a much higher proportion of these deliveries than normal were made in Canada.
Also of interest regarding production: The 'regular' all wheel drive 85 kWh Model S cars (or S85D if you will) were originally expected to go into production in the second half of January, but it appears the combination of many P85D deliveries for the US in December, and then European/standard fulfillment in January has pushed the start of "85D" production back to February 9th.
Looking ahead (at the information at hand as a whole), it would appear that both international and domestic deliveries will be low in February, and then spike together at the same time in March to end out Q1.
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED
Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED: Showing no ill effect from the winter EV sales blues, the all-electric Mercedes sold 240 copies in January.
Previously, the B-Class ED broke through in a way many cars with a limited release can not in December. For the month, 326 were sold as inventories filled out on dealer lots.
Can the electric B-Class compete with natural rival BMW (with the i3)? It still seems highly unlikely, at least for now...but a lot more probably than just a couple months ago.
In November of 2014, Mercedes broke into 3-digits for the first time with the B-Class electric as 193 were sold.
A new and slightly "facelifted" 2015 model hits Mercedes dealership very early this year (pics and story here) - first sales of the 2015 MY B-Class ED (and nat gas version) begin in Europe on November 3rd.
Introduced in the second half of 2014, 774 B-Class EDs were been sold. It is hard to rate and/or gauge the demand of the car because that is pretty much all the cars Daimler has shipped out to the US so far.
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 and the first couple of months of 2015 (CA, CT, MD, OR, NJ, NY, RI and VT)). Later, it will head out nationwide to the unwashed masses."Job 1" of B-Class ED production was completed on April 11th (full story here).
Separately at the NAIAS in Detroit in January, Mercedes debuted the C350 plug-in hybrid (photos and details here) which has a 20 mile range and a 0-60 time of under 6 seconds. Mercedes promises this cars release by year's end in America.
BMW i8 Finally Arrives In US In August!
BMW i8: Even though though the i8 is A) an electric vehicle and B) a premium sports car, BMW managed to sell 85 copies in January...which is pretty much exactly how many i8s landed at dealerships during the month.
How popular is the i8? It has been on the market since August and demand is still far outstripping supply. Just this month a new i8 came up for auction in the US and it fetched more than $20,000 over the sticker MSRP!
Sales of the i8 continue to impress a month ago as 158 were sold in December, remember this isn't your mother's plug-in car, these are $150,000 dollar machines.
The high mark for the i8 was set at 204 plug-in sports cars sold in October of 2014.
555 i8s were sold in total in 2013...out of the approximate 555 that were shipped from BMW's Leipzig assembly plant.
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)
2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The Panamera plug-in had a bit of a rebound month in January as 61 were sold.
Previously in December just 31 of the plug-in Panamera were sold - a 2014 year low. For the full year, 879 copies were sold...not bad for a car whose average retail price is about $115,000.
As feared, the introduction of the Cayenne e-Hybrid has meant some Porsche buyers have made the switch to the SUV.
The high mark for sales on the Panamera was set in the first month of the year, with an amazing 141 sold. The advent of the Cayenne plug-in means that this level will never be seen again.
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.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S e-Hrybrid
Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid: As more inventory of the Cayenne plug-in arrives, ore sales are realized by Porsche. For January 83 were moved...a new high.
Previously, during the Cayenne plug-in's first full month on the market in December, 55 were sold.
While the Cayenne S e-Hybrid and cousin Panamera S e-Hybrid are selling relatively close to the same level, don't be fooled, the Cayenne plug-in's demand is much, much higher.
How high? We can't say. But what we can tell you is that since its arrival, days worth of inventory in stock at dealerships has hovered in the very low teens.
In the SUV's debut month of November, the 22nd major production EV for 2014 (in the US) sold a strong 45 copies.
Probably the most anticipate plug-in car you have not heard of is the 416 hp/435 lb.-ft. S e-Hybrid (full details on the electric Cayenne here).
Here is why it really should be hard for the electric SUV to not be a hit:
a) it's a Porsche
b) its a plug-in SUV, that can get to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and drive all-electrically for up to 22 miles
c) and most importantly it starts at $76,400
d) it's available coast-to-coast.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevrolet SPARK EV: The all-electric Chevy also bucked the downward trend of January by selling a very respectable 86 units this month.
As a sidenote to sales: So many darn Spark EVs hit the port in January, as the electric Chevy's inventory exploded in January to north of 800 vehicles - historical norms have been around 250 units.
Previously, sales perked up for the Spark EV in December as GM tells us that they sold 131 of them during the month. They also added that all of those went to retail customers (no fleet this month at all).
December was the second the best result since May, and GM sold 1,144 in total for the year against 539 in 2013.
A fleet-inspired May of this year set the new benchmark for sales on the Spark EV with 182 sales.
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
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.
But none of that matter because there is more than one way to split out plus-ins sales from petrol ones.
For January Soul EV sales were depressed down to just 69 units, which was lower than the 110 sold previously in December.
The high water mark still stands at the 140 EVs that were moved in November...which means that, at least for now, the low 100s seems to be the acceptance level for the all electric Kia.
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
Volkswagen e-Golf Comes To The US In November
Volkswagen e-Golf: Slowdown in demand in January? VW has no idea what you are talking about!
Volkswagen sold 181 e-Golfs in January, its second best result, and just behind the 237 sold in December.
After two pretty decent selling months (by their standards and expectations), Volkswagen served notice that they won't be relegated to the small volume compliance category of EV sales...they are going to the top.
Historically, cresting the 200 level of sales has been reserved for only the 7 major EV models and the smart ED.
How high could it go? Still fairly hard to say, but as inventories spread out and VW eventually sends it across the country, 500 per month 'in season' doesn't seem hard to fathom today - at least when (and if) inventory levels get high enough to support that many sales.
Heading into February, just over 300 copies were available to be purchased in America.
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.
The e-Golf has been rated at 83 miles by the EPA and carries a 24.2 kWh LEAF-like battery. Previously, InsideEVs 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)
Mitsubishi i-MiEV: If you want to look at the i-MiEV's January sales positively, you could say it was up 300% from a year ago in beating out the Fit EV.
Another way to put it however, would be to say only 3 were sold. Woof.
In December, just 12 fully electric cars were sold by Mitsu, which comes off the 18 EVs from November. In October, continuing a never-ending story of 'failing to deliver', 17 i-MiEVs were sold in America for October. In September just 15 were sold.
Mitsu continues to learn the lesson of "If you don't ship any inventory, its hard to sell cars."
For December national inventories contracted further still, with about 80 2014 MY cars available...and suspiciously zero 2015s.
The cold hard fact on the i-MiEV is that Mitsubishi really doesn't make any money on the car, and they do on the Outlander PHEV...which they still can't make enough of, so they aren't shipping i-MiEVs to the US, and they may never ship them before the model fades away shortly. No better example of this unwillingness to sell the car is in states such as Georgia, whose generous state-level incentive almost makes the car completely free on a lease.
We are pretty much ready to call it, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is done for the United States in any significant way. A new model year may come, but sales will be inconsequential. We feel that is is just place-holding the EV parking space at Mitsu dealers until the Outlander PHEV shows up - which unfortunately was just announced as arriving in Q2 of 2016.
Mitsubishi did announce in October however that they will have a plug-in crossover (the ASX) to market as well in 2017 and the full size Pajero plug-in a year later.
The new 2014 i-MiEV pricepoint of $22,995 continues into 2015 and 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!
2014 Honda Fit EV
Honda Fit EV (OTHER): Indicating Honda is just about out of their limited run Fit EV...they sold zero cars in the US for the first times since the car's introduction in July 2012.
Previoulsy in December, Honda was just cleaning up what was left to sell, and sold 32 all electric Fits. For the year total, 407 were sold, off 28.5% from 2014 when 569 were moved.
So, the story continues to be: Inventory, where is the inventory?
Well, there isn't any, and it isn't coming as Honda has DISCONTINUED production of the car in favor of future-tense fuel cell vehicles (the Honda FCV debuted this month in Japan) and ZEV credit buying to solve California compliance regulations.
Editor's Note: With the Fit EV now out of production, sales of the electric Honda will now fall under the 'other' category on the scorecard as the remaining few trickle into customer's hands
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
SMART ForTwo Electric Drive: For January smart continued to impress with 147 units sold.
Previously in December, the all-electric smart came out of nowhere to destroy expectations as 351 were sold! A new monthly record (again) for parent Daimler.
All we could say previously for November (and we did when speaking to the Daimler rep) was "holy cow", as smart sold 313 electric versions of their ForTwo.
We had felt that even in October smart had continued to defy the odds by selling 150 EDs, which was about a fifth of the entire brands sales for the month...a number that has risen to more then 1 in 3 (or 33% today).
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.
Ford Fusion Energi
Ford Fusion Energi: Ford's electrified Fusion continued to stuggle into 2015 as just 426 were sold during the month. In fact you would have to go back to July of 2013 to find a worse result.
Previously in December, the Fusion Energi had its best result since the summer with 789 plug-ins sold, but that is still far below what Ford had been achieving earlier in the year when 4 digit results were the norm.
Part of the issue plaguing the electric Fusion is national inventories - as in they continue to be low...very low.
Heading into February, only about 1,500 were available to be purchased of Ford dealer lots.
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.
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 been rated by the EPA at a combined 88 MPGe and has an electric range of 19 miles.
2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In
Toyota Prius Plug-In: It would be nice if Toyota stopped messing with the US EV sales results and got to stocking the Prius PHV already.
For the first month of 2015, just 401 were sold - which was off by 52% from January 2014 when Toyota moved 803.
Previously, in December 492 were sold, which if you like to look at the "glass being half-full" was an improvement over November's 451. October was an equally dismal 479 units...which on a technical level was better than the year-low of 353 sold in September.
Again, we do have to note - that recent results was/is not a reflection on the demand for the car as...well, there isn't that many to be had.
Thankfully, 2015s finally started sloooowly arriving at Toyota lots late last year, and arresting the sales free-fall that was affecting not only the model, but the overall plug-in sales picture in the US.
National inventories held steady for Toyota during December, but still at an unacceptably low level just over 1,000 units throughout January.
Anyone remember the record 2,692 Prius PHVs sold just five months ago? More of that please.
For 2014, 13,264 plug-in Prii were sold, 10% more than 2013, when 12,088 moved off lots. Again, a result that could have been much, much better.
Much like the Nissan LEAF was for almost all of 2013, the Prius PHV has been a demand vs allocation story over the past 6 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
Ford C-Max Energi: It is no secret that the C-Max Energi (and the 'regular' C-Max) are struggling to find aspot inside Ford's automotive lineup. Combine that problem with the winter EV malaise and you get some pretty poor results.
For January only 393 C-Max Energis were sold - its worst month since February of 2013.
For 2014 overall, 8,433 plug-in C-Maxs were sold, good for being the 6th 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
Ford Focus Electric: At one point Ford sold 100+ Focus Electrics for 22 months in a row. And while that wasn't great, a new, much worse trend has begun - selling less than 100 units 2 months in a row.
For January just 85 were sold.
Previously in December, only 53 cars were sold, despite a $6,000 MSRP price cut (down to $29,995) just 2.5 months ago, and big discounts at the dealer level. We hate to say it, but the current generation of the plug-in Focus EV as it stands, is pretty much dead when it comes to consumer acceptance.
You have to go back to August of 2012 to find a worse result...and December has typically been the easiest month to sell a plug-in.
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.
2014 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 HybridCars.com (big props).
In January 119 500Es were moved, which comes on the heels of a near identical 115 moved in December.
In November Fiat reached a new year/all-time low with just 100 units sold after selling 140 in October.
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
Toyota RAV4 EV (OTHER): For January, just 7 electric Toyota SUVs were sold as few are remaining to be had from dealers in California.
With the wind-down in full effect as well in December, Toyota sold 37 RAV4 EVs previsouly in December.
SELL, SELL, SELL
For 2014, 1,147 were sold, with the high coming in August 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, 2,479 have been sold in total.
Editor's Note: TheRAV4 EV joins the Honda Fit EV on the scoreboard sidelines for 2015 - remaining sales will be classes as "other".
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.
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In (via automedia)
Honda Accord Plug-In: How does January's incredibly low demand for electric vehicles overall translate tot he Accord PHV?
Well, as their is absolutely no demand for the extended range Accord - it really doesn't, and Honda sold 28 of them...about the same as the 27 sold a year ago.
By the way, did you know Honda had a plug-in hybrid to sell? Few seem to. In fact, it has been on sale now for 24 months - debuting in January of 2013.
Well they do sell them....and for just $17,675 dollars more than the base Accord sedan you too can enjoy up to 13 miles of electric driving...provided you don't accelerate too hard, or drive to fast.
Previously, in December 63 Accord PHVs were sold - a year high for Honda!
Relatively speaking, when looking at the summers' results, the Accord plug-in has had some decent results closing out the year by its (pretty low). For 2014, 449 were sold, off from the 526 moved in 2013.
So, to say Accord PHEV sales are flat in the US would be an understatement.
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.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 918 (OTHER): Ok, we hear you! People always ask us, "why don't you report on the 918 Spyder?"
Honestly, it didn't fit our traditional mantra of reporting only "mass produced EVs for America"...especially as we already know the total number of sales to come for America.
To that end, 918 sales will fall under the 'other' category on the scorecard.
Only 918 of the super exotic plug-in will be build over several years, and they are already all sold out, with exactly 297 destined to come to the US.
For January, 34 more of those 297 US cars were delivered, after 39 918s arrived in December.
Previously in November, 20 units were sold, coming off just 5 in October. For the year to date (well, at least since the US launch in June) 96 have been delivery.
Check out Top Gear's video review of the car that can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.3 seconds...and plug-in, here.
BELOW: Chart of 2015 results so far, as well as 2014 year end results: