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US Electric Vehicles sales report for May

12 June 2013

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The monthly EV sales report is provided by InsideEVs and is updated with latest information available. In total, 7,554 EVs were sold in May of 2013, representing the 3rd best month of all time. As a point of reference, the record number of electric vehicles sold in a month was 8,559 in December of 2012, followed by March of 2013′s 7,982.
The sales information currently includes sales of 12 car models. 

Monthly EV sales

  May 2013 sales
Chevrolet Volt 1,607
Nissan Leaf 2,138
Toyota Prius Plug-in 678
Ford Focus Electric 157
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 91
Toyota RAV4 EV 84
Honda Fit EV 15
Honda Accord PHEV 58
Ford C-Max Energi 450
Ford Fusion Energi 416
Smart ED 60
Tesla Model S 1,800
Total 7,554

Details per carmaker

“US plug-in sales in May look to at least keep pace with the exceptional results of the past two months. March and April of 2013 marked the first time that over 7,000 electric vehicles were sold in back to back months.” reports InsideEVs.


Sales of the Nissan LEAF closed out May at 2,138 units, up 319.2 percent over May of 2012. At 2,138 units sold, May marks the second best sales month in LEAF’s US history, bested only by the 2,236 LEAFs sold in March 2013.

Nissan says that “Since the March launch of the 2013 LEAF, with vehicle and battery assembly in Smyrna, Tenn., Nissan has sold 6,311 LEAF vehicles, up 332.5 percent over the same period in 2012.”


The name of the game for May at Tesla was to produce as many US-bound cars before the line focusing on Euro-orders in June. This lead to customers being able to both order and receive cars in the same month…an unheard of reality elsewhere in the industry.

InsideEVs estimates the California automaker sold 1,800 Model S EVs in May, bringing their yearly total today to just around 9,000. No other automaker has sold more in the US.


Chevrolet continued to struggle with year over year comparisons, and failed to match May of 2012. This May GM sold 1,607, down about 4% from May 2012′s 1,680

Previously in April, 1,306 units were sold for the month. And what InsideEVsat first considered to be just be a blip in sales earlier in the year, turned into 3 straight declining months

(Feb – 1,626, Mar – 1,478, April – 1,306)

As far as incentives, GM continued to offer $3,000 (€2,260) in cash off the price of a Volt for interested parties.


29 units of the Fisker Karma were sold in May 2013. 59 cars are still left in the inventory.


On May 15th, the US plug-in family expanded by one, as the first Smart ForTwo electric drive was delivered in California. And dispite only a few selling days, and relatively few available cars and dealerships, 60 Smart EDs were delivered in May.

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive sets a couple new benchmarks in the electric vehicle segment.

A new “lowest price” EV price tag, starting at $25,000 (€18,800) before federal credits (the Smart qualifies for the full $7,500 (€5,650)), but is also the first full production electric vehicle in the US to come as a Cabrio.


Prius Plug-In sales ended the month of May at a relatively strong mark of 678 units. The year-to-date total now stands at a decently healthy 3,630 units.

Prior to this month, sales continued to be low for the Prius Plug-In with Toyota, as they sold only 599 units in April. That number was an all-time low for Prius Plug-In for sales in a single month since it launched back in March 2012.


In May, Honda only sold 15 Fit EVs. To help reach the CARB compliance level of 1,100 units, Honda has just announced that the Fit EV’s lease rate of $389 (€293) a month has been reduced to $259 (€195). In addition to that significant price reduction, the electric Honda also becomes the first ever electric car to be available for less with no limits on mileage! 


Mitsubishi continues to sell their 2012 year i-MiEV model in May, with 91 more sold off.

Previous to May, sales of the i-MiEV rebounded quite a bit over the low numbers posted in March. Mitsubishi says i-MiEV sales check in at 127 units in April, which isn’t too bad considering how low the volume was in March (31).


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