After a strong sales performance in July, the Chevy Volt is now the first car with a plug to sell more than 100,000 vehicles in the US market. The Nissan LEAF was leading the sales parade in America until the second generation Volt was introduced last last year. Since then, Volt sales have zoomed while LEAF sales has slowed to a crawl.
Volt sales in July were 2,406 — its best month since August 2014. For calendar year 2016, total sales are 12,214. Since the Volt was introduced in December 2010, 100,964 have been sold. Tesla Motors refuses to report sales by region, so it is impossible to say how many have been sold to US customers, but is assumed to be the third best selling plug-in car in America. The LEAF has now sold 96,447 cars in the US market. It should cross the 100,000 unit threshold in November.
Fourth on the list of plug-in vehicles is the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid at more than 42,300 total. It is no longer sold in the US but its replacement — the Toyota Prius Prime — is expected to go on sale later this year or early in 2017. which goes on sale later this year. Its introduction has been pushed back a few months while Toyota fusses with final specifications. “We decided to reduce initial production from our original plan to make sure we deliver better vehicles,” a Toyota official said, according to The Japan Times.
Ford has enjoyed strong sales of its plug-in hybrid Fusion and C-Max models this year. It will announce 2nd quarter sales numbers tomorrow.
Source: Green Car Reports