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2013-11-07

Electric Car Sales Grow 361% In 2013 (YTD)


The strong growth of 100% electric car and plug-in hybrid electric car US sales is really no longer a story ó theyíve been growing strongly month after month without a break

The strong growth of electric car and plug-in hybrid electric car US sales is really no longer a story ó theyíve been growing strongly month after month without a break
Month after month the fact that electric car sales are rocking it in 2013.
Strong Growth For EVs & PHEVs
First of all, as the title indicates, itís quite awesome that 100% electric cars have seen about 361% growth in 2013 through October (compared to 2012 through October), and more than 52% in October 2013 compared to October 2012.
Plug-in electric cars have also seen strong growth. Compared to 100% electric cars, it may not seem so impressive, but 34.4% year-to-date growth and 27.5% October growth is also very strong.
Ford Strong Growth
Ford continues to see extremely strong growth in electric and hybrid car sales ó 48.5% in October 2013 compared to October 2012; 263% growth in 2013 to date. Wow.
Also, while Iíve previously attributed a lot of Fordís sales growth to the fact that it didnít have its Ford Fusion and Ford C-Max models on the market until late 2012, itís clear that the Ford Fusion conventional hybrid is selling much better this year than last year and that the Ford Fusion and Ford C-MAX Energi/PHEV models are doing quite well in an increasingly competitive market.
GM Suffering
Well, maybe not suffering, but sales have dropped. October 2013 sales were nearly 35% lower. Year-to-date sales are down 12.31%. I can genuinely say that I think the only reason for that is the greatly heightened competition in this market, and especially in the PHEV market. WellÖ actually, I also think itís due to GM not pushing the Chevy Spark EV, a very hot and awesome electric car, out to more markets. Reviews have very clearly put the Chevy Spark EV as better than the Chevy Spark gasmobile. That car should be selling like hotcakes, but itís only available in a few markets.
Despite the drop in sales, it should be noted that the Chevy Volt was still the 2nd-best-selling plug-in car on the market, just barely below the Toyota Prius PHEV, which just saw a big price cut and also carries that very helpful Prius name. I imagine dealers could do quite well upselling people looking for a conventional Prius, turning them into PHEV buyers.
Nissan Leaf Going Strong
The Nissan Leafís sales continue to grow very strongly. Nearly 27% growth in October and 166% growth year to date ó pure electric, pure awesome!
The Leaf is barely trailing the Volt for year-to-date sales, but itís still very close.
Tesla
As always, we donít have exact monthly sales stats from Tesla. Theyíre based on quarterly sales. Notably, while Teslaís US sales may seem a bit lower than what youíd expect, there are two key attributions for that: 1) Tesla is a bit supply constrained, resulting in lower sales than thereís demand for (this is getting worked out); 2) Tesla is moving into the European market and had to ship a number of its limited cars over to Europe rather than to customers in the US.