Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Sales Slip in November After Huge October

DEC 3 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Last month, our headline for the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid October sales result post was “The Toyota Prius PHV Is The Best Selling EV In America For October- And No, We Aren’t Kidding.”

More Than 2,000 Americans Plugged In A Prius PHV in October

More Than 2,000 Americans Plugged In A Prius PHV in October – But Not Nearly As Many Did in November

This month, the story (along with the title) has changed.

In October, sales of the Prius PHEV checked in at 2,095 units.  That result edged out the Chevy Volt at 2,022 units and the Nissan LEAF at 2,002 units.

As we reported then:

“Thanks to a considerable reduction in the MSRP of the 2014 Prius plug-in, Toyota sold an amazing 2,095 copies in October, almost double the 1,152 sold in September.”

For Toyota, October was a coming-back-out-party month for the Prius PHEV, but was November more of the same?

Nope…as it turns out, Toyota almost sold out of its Prius PHEV stock in October and, as such, sales fell off dramatically this month.

2014 Prius Plug-In Hybrid Pricing - Click to Enlarge

2014 Prius Plug-In Hybrid Pricing – Click to Enlarge

But still, the results were decent.

Toyota reports selling 1,100 Prius PHEVs in November.

The YTD figure for the Prius PHEV now checks in at 11,169.  That’s nearly in line with the 11,389 sold through the first 11 months of 2012.

We figured it would be difficult for Toyota to maintain the October sales pace for the Prius PHEV, especially when you consider that it’s still not available nationwide (that’s a shame really).

“The Prius Plug-in is available in 15 states (California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Hawaii).”

If it were to be made available in all 50 states, then we believe the plug-in Prius would have a shot at continually being the top dog on the monthly US sales chart.  Toyota’s reluctance to sell this nationally truly perplexes us.

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12 Comments on "Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Sales Slip in November After Huge October"

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GeorgeS

still a long way to go to get to 10000 this month like was claimed in the other article.

David Murray

Agreed – The only way it will happen now is if Ford surprises us all. Looks like we’ll be lucky to hit 9,000 for November.

I wonder if ppl are holding their cash for a BMW i3?

Ocean Railroader

Somehow I think Ford could do something like that in that their sales have been growing slow and steady and the C Max is being offered for $26,000 in my area without any tax gimmicks and a lot of people are buying C max in my area.

David Murray

As many of these as they are selling, I still don’t understand why they don’t make these available nationwide?

“If it were t0 be made available in all 50 states, then we believe the plug-in Prius w0uld have a sh0t at c0ntinually being the t0p d0g 0n the m0nthly US sales chart. T0y0ta’s reluctance t0 sell this nati0nally truly perplexes us.”
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I dunn0. They are selling t0 36% 0f the US p0pulati0n, and many n0t l0cated in th0se states are right next t0 0ne that d0es sell the PiP. The states they sell in are als0 the “plug-in states” (There aren’t a wh0le l0t 0f pe0ple in Nebraska buying plug-ins), The c0asts are als0 the “imp0rt states”, s0 n0t nearly as many T0y0ta’s s0ld per-capita in say.. Michigan vs Calif0rnia.

I think Texas w0uld pr0bably make an impact, and Ge0rgia seems t0 g0ing after plug-ins.. but n0t really the hybrid type, m0re BEVs.

(had to change the “o’s” to zeros to avoid the comment filter)

The comment filter avoids real words but accepts your comment when you type in zeros instead of o’s? Has a hacker taken over this site? Who runs this dive, anyway?

(Note: Jay first said that dive quote before when I corrected something on a story. To this day, it still cracks me up.) 😉

*** MOD EDIT (statik) *** I had to try it myself, and yupe the comment filter doesn’t like you on that one kdawg. For some reason it was the underline that set it off…I have no clue way adding all those 0s fixed the problem, maybe it thought you were doing math. Don’t worry we aren’t actively filtering you kdawg…or anything for that matter, other than the 19,035 pieces of spam (not kidding) the site has acquired in the last 14 days. (below is my successful attempt at “breaking through”) *** MOD EDIT (statik) *** “If it were to be made available in all 50 states, then we believe the plug-in Prius would have a shot at continually being the top dog on the monthly US sales chart. Toyota’s reluctance to sell this nationally truly perplexes us.” I dunno. They are selling to 36% of the US population, and many not located in those states are right next to one that does sell the PiP. The states they sell in are also the “plug-in states” (There aren’t a whole lot of people in Nebraska buying plug-ins), The coasts are also the “import states”, so not nearly as many Toyotas sold… Read more »

Nice detective work Jay! Glad that spam filtering is working so well, too… 19,000+ posts that are spam? Boy that would hurt to have them not filtered!

Dave K.

kdawg, I have seen a PIP here in Atlanta but Ga. favors pure EVs because the state tax credit isn’t available for PHEVs. This for example makes a Volt $11K more expensive than a Leaf after tax credits. Nissan has also made plenty of cars available at local dealerships and leases are very reasonable.