Nissan LEAF Breaks Another Electric Car Sales Record (November EV Sales Report)

Originally published on EV Obsession

To no one’s surprise, the Nissan LEAF led US electric car sales in November, with a total of 2,687 sales. It commanded  of the electric car market in November (excluding Tesla, of course, since we don’t have Tesla numbers and “estimating” them is now just a big guessing game). Nissan also set a new November electric car sales record! No electric car has ever seen so many US sales in November.

Despite dropping 30% compared to its November 2013 sales, the Chevy Volt still managed to hold onto second place. It ended up with 1,336 sales, 16% of the market.

The BMW i3 took third (coincidentally), with 816 sales and 10% of the market. It was followed closely by the Ford Fusion Energi (752 sales / 9% of the market) and Ford C-Max Energi (644 sales / 8% of the market).

In November 2013, the LEAF had 27% of the market (2003 sales) and the Volt 26% (1920 sales). The Toyota Prius Plug-in was then third (15% / 1100 sales), and the Ford C-Max Energi and Ford Fusion Energi were fourth and fifth, respectively.

For January through November 2014, the Nissan LEAF has a commanding lead at 25,010 sales (30% of the market), followed by the Chevy Volt (15,767 sales / 19% of the market), Toyota Prius Plug-in (11,031 sales / 13% of the market), Ford Fusion Energi (10,018 sales / 12% of the market), and Ford C-Max Energi (7,249 sales / 9% of the market). Of course, the BMW i3 was introduced in the middle of the year, and sales didn’t get going for a few months (presumably because of supply issues). The Toyota Prius Plug-in was performing very well for many months, but has dropped off dramatically. It’s hard not to assume that’s a supply/production issue. However, the BMW i3 and two Ford Energi Models could simply be eating into its share of the market.

As I’ve noted previously, there seem to be 5 companies that are somewhat or very serious about selling electric cars: Nissan, BMW, Ford, GM, and (of course) Tesla. Hopefully Volkswagen and Kia (and others!) will join them, but we’ll have to wait to see.

Here are a couple of tables if you want to examine the numbers more yourself:

US EV Sales 2014 - November 1


US EV Sales 2014 - November 3

As you can see in the last two rows of that table just above, it seems the Chevy Volt has lost market share to the Ford Energi models, Toyota Prius Plug-in, and BMW i3. How much of this is due to supply, we have no idea.

Zachary Shahan

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