Monthly EV sales continue to grow

Leaf Volt

It’s that time again – September sales figures are in. Overall EV sales are up, and the standings remain the same.The Chevy Volt sold 2,851 units, a slight improvement over August’s all time record of 2,831, for a year-to-date total of 16,348. The Volt’s Hamtramck assembly line will remain idle until October 15th. 

Toyota’s Prius Plug-In scored 1,652, a healthy improvement on August’s 1,047 and almost a tie with April, its best month ever. 7,734 PPIs have been sold to date.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s prediction of a September sales surge came true, as 984 LEAFs found homes – the best month ever for the US’s only mass-market pure EV. Year-to-date sales are 5,212. The company is now producing batteries at its plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, and the company expects to be building LEAFs there by December.

Tesla doesn’t release monthly sales figures, but the company reported that 255 units of the Model S had been produced through September 23rd. Tesla’s challenge is not sales, but production, as it has a backlog of orders.

Fisker also doesn’t release monthly sales figures, but CEO Tony Posawatz said in a speech on Monday, “On the retail sales front, we beat our forecasts for September,” and added that the company has sold over 1,000 Karmas this year.

Once again, the Honda Fit EV and Ford Focus Electric sold mere double digits for the month. Neither company seems to be making any effort to market its EVs.

We don’t know what to say about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. They are available around the country (yes, on dealer’s lots, ready to buy), but continue to sell only a few dozen a month in the US, although sales in Europe have been substantial.

 

Images: Chevrolet, Nissan