U.S. sales of electric vehicles have increased an astronomical 522 percent since 2012 – July sales are up 529 percent compared to last year. When plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and conventional hybrids are thrown in to the mix, sales are up 80,000 cars in 2013. Hit the jump to see our breakdown by car company (not including the new Fiat 500e, which launched in the U.S. in April and has already sold out in California.)
- Ford: July sales of the Ford Focus Electric increased 295 percent and YTD sales are up 678 percent. A strong performance from the Ford Fusion Hybrid also helped Ford’s total July increase of 281 percent and YTD of 392 percent.
- GM: Total alternative vehicle sales actually decreased for General Motors, with the Chevy Volt experiencing a July decrease of -3.30 percent. However, YTD sales of the Volt have increased 9 percent. With the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF dropping its price by over $6,000, the LEAF actually passed the Volt in sales. That’s one reason why GM announced they are cutting 13 percent off the price of the Volt to boost sales.
- Honda: The Honda Fit EV July sales increased 800 percent and YTD sales are up 4,957 percent
- Mitsubishi: The Mitsubishi i electric vehicle July sales increased 39 percent and YTD sales increased 154 percent.
- Tesla Motors: While Tesla doesn’t report monthly sales, an estimate of quarterly sales of the Model S finds an increase of 3,584 percent and a YTD increase of 33,932 percent.
- Toyota: The Prius family of hybrids performed exceptionally well in July compared to last year, but only the Prius C showed YTD gains with a 26 percent increase.