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US Electric Vehicles sales report for November

09 December 2013

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The monthly US EV sales report is provided by InsideEVs and is updated with the latest available information. Inventory problems for last month’s biggest three selling models (Toyota Prius PHEV, Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF) have limited sales numbers in November despite high demand. November ended with about 8,700 plug-ins sold.
Despite a relatively muted first half of the year, electric vehicle sales have been surging since August – a record month when over 11,000 plug-ins were sold. Previous to November, the second best result was posted as 9,695 vehicles were sold.
In fact, over 36,600 EVs have been sold so far in the first four months of this half, which is only about 4,000 shy of the January to June period (40,847). Given the tax implications of the $7,500 federal tax credit putting pressure on would-be buyers of electric vehicles, both November and December should continue this strong trend to close out the year.

In November, 8,698 EVs have been sold.
  November 2013 sales
Chevrolet Volt
Nissan Leaf 2,003
Toyota Prius Plug-in 1,100
Ford Focus Electric 130
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 12
Toyota RAV4 EV 62  
Honda Fit EV 23
Honda Accord PHEV 68
Ford C-Max Energi 941
Ford Fusion Energi 870
Smart ED 153
Chevy Spark EV 87
Tesla Model S 1,200
Fiat 500e 125
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 4
Total 8,698

Details per carmaker

Chevrolet Volt: Despite five weekends contained in this sales month, just 1,920 Volts were sold in November. Previously in October, 2,022 Volts were sold, following a shaky September in which only 1,766 were moved off dealer lots.

Thankfully for GM, for year-over-year numbers they are up against a fairly weak November of 2012 when only 1,519 cars were sold. Overall GM has sold 20,702 Volts, as compared to 20,828 in 2012 – down fractionally at .6%
Nissan LEAF: In November 2,003 LEAFs were sold – which is only 1 more car than then in October.

Nissan continues to have the most consistent electric vehicle sales in the US, as November is the 9th month in a row during which around the 2,000 units were sold.

Overall, 20,081 LEAFs have been sold in 2013, which is an improvement of 140% from 2012 when 8,330 all-electric Nissans were bought.
Tesla Model S: Tesla does not give out exact monthly sales figures, however Tesla’s Q3 financials confirmed the first 9 months sales at a level of 15,500 units, with just over 14,000 sold domestically.

InsideEVs estimate 1,200 Model S sedans were sold in November as Tesla tries to balance US demand with European deliveries.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: This is the company's new PHEV being offered in the US, and if November sales were only at 4 units sold, this number should increase soon.

Chevrolet Spark EV: Sales improved in November, with 87 units moved off California and Oregon lots – a 32% increase over October

Previously in October, the Chevy electric posted a result of 66 Spark EVs sold during October, which was down from September when 78 were sold.

However, no one should read into any monthly number too much as GM once again provided little to no new EV inventory this month – less than 200 units were available at the end of November.

Fiat 500e: This month InsideEVs estimated 125 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: For November 23 Fit EVs were sold. Previously in October, Honda managed to move 40 Fit EVs, which roughly matches the pace set in previous months.

September and August continued a familiar story at Honda as they managed to sell 35 and 66 EVs (respectively) from almost zero national inventory. The question remains: where is the inventory?

SMART ForTwo Electric Drive:  153 units of the the little smart were sold in November as more ‘coupe’ inventory rolled in.

Previously in October the positive trend continued for the small off-shoot of Daimler, as 111 smart Eds were sold, bring the year-to-date total up to 603.

In September 137 copies of the smart ED was also sold. In fact the last three months have beaten smart’s early expectations of selling about 60 per month until the vehicle was available nationally.
Ford Fusion Energi: For November 870 sales were confirmed by Ford. Although not their ‘best month’ ever, this was still an impressive result.

Last month was the zenith of sales results as 1,087 were sold.

Passing the 4-digit mark in October was uncharted territory for the Fusion Energi as the car’s previous high was set just last month in September when 750 were sold.
Toyota Prius Plug-In: Now almost completely exhausted of new inventory, Toyota still managed to sell 1,100 copies of the plug-in Prius.

Previously in October the Prius PHV turned the plug-in world on its head as America’s best selling hybrid car also became the best selling plug-in for the month.

In total 2,095 units were sold in October.
Ford C-Max Energi: Sales were off ever-so-slightly with the C-Max plug-in for November as 941 were sold.

Previosuly, everything at Ford seemed to sell well in October (not taking into account the Focus Electric), and the C-Max Energi turned in its own “best month of the year” result with 1,092 plug-ins sold.

The C-Max Energi first broke out of its sales rut in August as it set a new year high, although this record only lasted one month as Ford sold 758 in September.

The all-time record was set in the Energi’s first month on the market, as there was a sizeable demand backed up after the standard hybrid was released, with 1,259 sold in November (2012).
Ford Focus Electric: Always as consistent performer, the Focus Electric sold 130 units in November.

Previously in October 115 Focus Electrics were sold, which continues a downward trend of late for the 76 mile EV.

Previously in September, 110 all-electric Fords were sold.

Toyota RAV4 EV:
 Sales of the RAV4 EV sloped off a little in November as Toyota logged 62 more copies sold.

Previously in October 91 plug-in SUVs were sold, which was down from the recent upswing over the past 3 months for the compliance-built Toyota plug-in.

Overall however, Toyota has experienced a resurgence in the last four months for their CARB compliance SUV. 167 were sold previously in September – the second best result for the electric SUV since it went on sale.

Like its sister Prius, the RAV4 EV set a new high for 2013 in August, when 231 were sold.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 12 i-MiEVs were sold in November. Continuing the steady, but low trend that is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Previously sales for October came in at 28 units, after selling 20 in September and 30 in August.

What is the problem? No inventory, as 2013 models never arrived at dealerships this year; only old, 2012 models remain.
Honda Accord Plug-In: In November 68 copies were sold, close to the all-time high that was set in October with 71 Accord plug-ins.

InsideEVs has asked 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. Perhaps Honda knows  this, with little to no inventory available.


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