Electric car sales in the U.S. continued their strong showing in February (see detailed report) setting another monthly record.
The 12,049 plug-ins sold last month translate to roughly a growth rate of 55 percent and plug-ins now stand at a 0.90 percent market share. The big challenge, though, will be March, since that month in 2016 saw nearly 14,000 sales.
The best-selling model so far this year has been the Chevrolet Volt, but a maturing market with a growing number of competitors means the differences between the leaders is pretty small.
GM sold 3,431 Volts in two months, just a few hundred more than the 2,728 Toyota Prius Primes and 2,650 Tesla Model S EVs (estimated) that were sold. An expanding market for the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the due-any-day-now new Nissan Leaf could mean that these other vehicles will join the race for #1.
U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – January 2017
Chevrolet Volt has never been selling better, setting monthly or all-time records in recent months:
Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. – January 2017
The new Toyota Prius Prime quickly took significant part of total Prius sales - 17.4 percent in January and 15.1 percent in February. For comparison, the old Prius PHV peaked at 13.4 pecent in October 2013, but overall Prius sales were higher in those days.
Toyota Prius Prime sales in U.S. – January 2017
Toyota Prius PHV sales in U.S. – January 2017