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US Electric Vehicles sales report for October

04 November 2013

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The monthly EV sales report is provided by InsideEVs and is updated with the latest available information. October 2013  not only surpassed September 2013, but also December of 2012 and was the 2nd best month of all-time for US EV sales.
While the numbers for October have only just started to come in (and will be updated), it appears as though the month - lead by a surprising resurgence from Toyota, will not only surpass September, but December of 2012 (when 8,559 plug-ins were sold) for the 2nd best result of all-time.

  October 2013 sales
Chevrolet Volt
Nissan Leaf 2,002
Toyota Prius Plug-in 2,095
Ford Focus Electric 115
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 28
Toyota RAV4 EV 91  
Honda Fit EV 40
Honda Accord PHEV 71
Ford C-Max Energi 1,092
Ford Fusion Energi 1,087
Smart ED 111
Chevy Spark EV 66
Tesla Model S 800
Fiat 500e 40
Total (without Ford) 7,366

Details per carmaker

Chevrolet Volt: In October 2,022 Volts were sold after a shaky September in which only 1,766 were moved off dealer lots. While not an exceptional result for the Volt historically speaking, it is the 2nd best sales number for plug-in vehicles in October. So far GM has sold 18,782 Volts, as compared to 19,309 in 2012 – down about 2.7%.
Nissan LEAF: Strong sales of the 2013 model of the LEAF and tight inventories continued in October, with 2,002 were sold.

2014 LEAFs are in production now and will hit US dealerships in December, although there is as yet no word on pricing.
Tesla Model S: Tesla does not give out exact monthly sales figures, however Tesla’s Q2 financials confirmed the first 6 months sales at a level of 10,050 units.

Given the priority to deliver outside North America in September, now that the pressure of the end of quarter deadline (30 September) has passed, InsideEVs estimate that about 800 units of the Model S were delivered into the US in October. Going over the results in Europe (and the varying definitions of a sale and what is the month's end), InsideEVs calculated just over 1,100 units were delivered outside of the US and Canada in September and expect about the same for October.

Exact sales numbers, and the US/European splits will be available on 6 November after Tesla’s quarterly results.

Chevrolet Spark EV: The Chevy electric posted a result of 66 Spark EVs sold during October,  down from September when 78 were sold. However, no one should read into this number too much as GM once again provided little to no new inventory for EVs this month.

Fiat 500e: This month InsideEVs estimated 40 units of the 500e went out to customers.

The 500e’s 24 kWh lithium battery has been rated by the EPA to produce 87 miles of all electric range, and MPGe efficiency in the city is pegged at 122, and 108 on the highway, for a combined 116 MPGe figure.

Honda Fit EV: This month, Honda managed to move 40 Fit EVs, which roughly matches the pace set in previous months.

So, the qustion continues to be: where is the inventory?

SMART ForTwo Electric Drive:  In October 111 smart Eds were sold, bringing the year-to-date total up to 603.

Previously in September the good times kept rolling for smart as 137 copies of the smart ED sold – both of the last two months well above the company’s initial forecasts for the little 2 seat EV.
Ford Fusion Energi: No data for October yet.
Toyota Prius Plug-In: This was the best selling EV in October with 2,095 units sold. This is also a bewt ever for Toyota, as the previous high was exactly a year ago when 1,889 were sold.
Ford C-Max Energi: No data for October yet.
Ford Focus Electric: No data for October yet.

Toyota RAV4 EV:
 For October 91 plug-in SUVs were sold, which was down from the recent upswing over the past 3 months.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Mitsubishi sold 28 i-MiEVs in October, after 20 were sold previously in September.
What is the problem? No inventory. The 2013 models never arrived at dealerships this year; only old 2012 models remain. And no information is yet available on when the new model will be coming to the market, leaving only a few dozen i-MiEV available for sale in the US.
Honda Accord Plug-In: For October, Honda sold 71 electric Accords.
InsideEVs wonders if Honda even wants to sell these as a $40,000 mid-size Honda sedan with 13 miles of electric range is just not something Americans want…and it seems that Honda knows it, with little to no inventory available.


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