In August, the US sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) from the major OEMs (Chevy Volt and Prius PHV) totalled 3,336 units, while battery-electric vehicles (Nissan LEAF, Honda Fit EV, and Ford Focus Electric) sold a combined 728 units. Year-to-date, plug-in hybrid sales from these majors have totalled 19,579 units, while their battery-electric vehicle sales reached 4,406 units.
The Chevrolet Volt sold 2,831 units, setting a new monthly sales record and maintaining its lead in plug-in vehicle sales among the major OEMs. Volt set its prior sales record in March, with 2,289 units. The August 2012 results marked an 837.4% increase in sales by volume compared to the 302 units posted in August 2011. Year-to-date Volt sales reached 13,497 units, up 325.5% from the same period in 2011.
The Toyota Prius PHV maintained second place, with 1,047 units sold. Year-to-date, Toyota has sold 6,082 of the plug-in hybrid variant of the Prius. The Prius sedan sold 13,311 units in August; the Prius c sold 3,428 units; and the Prius v sold 3,325 units. Total Prius family sales were 21,111, up 122.4% from August 2011. Year-to-date sales of the Prius PHV climbed to 6,082 units, 3.7% of the year-to-date sales of 164,408 units of the entire Prius family.
Nissan sold 685 units of the LEAF battery-electric vehicle in August, down 49.7% from the 1,362 units in August 2011. Year-to-date, Nissan has sold 4,228 LEAFs, a drop of 31.5% from the 6,168 units sold in the same period in 2011.
Honda posted 9 units of the Fit EV in August 2012. (The company also posted 1 unit of the hydrogen fuel cell FCX Clarity.)
Ford sold 34 units of the Focus Electric in August, bringing the year to date total to 169 units.