The Volt remained the top-selling plug-in vehicle in the US in October. GM delivered a record 2,961 Volts—a 167% increase by volume from October 2011. From January through October 2012, GM has delivered 19,309 Volts—an increase of 286% from the same period in 2011. Overall, GM reported its highest October sales in the US since 2007, with deliveries up 5% versus a year ago to 195,764 vehicles. Year-on-year sales to retail customers were up 7% and sales to fleet customers were down 2%.
Toyota maintained its second place position with 1,889 units sold of the Prius PHV in October. Year-to-date, Toyota has sold 9,623 units of the Prius plug-in hybrid. Prius family sales in October were 16,774 units, up 52.4% year-on-year. The Prius Sedan accounted for 8,788 units; the Prius c, 3,328 units; and the Prius v, 2,769 units. Overall, Toyota sales were up 15.8% to 155,242 units.
The Nissan LEAF posted sales of 1,579 units in October, up 86% from the prior year. Year-to-date, Nissan has sold 6,791 LEAFs, down 15.6% from the same period last year. Overall, Nissan saw its October US sales drop 3.2% to 79,685 units.
The Ford Focus Electric saw its biggest month of sales yet, posting 118 units in October. Year-to-date, Ford has placed 346 units of the EV, for a total of 354 since its introduction. Ford posted very strong results for the C-MAX conventional hybrid in October with 3,182 units sold (earlier post); the plug-in version of the C-MAX (the Energi) is now going on sale in select dealerships.
Honda reported selling 16 units of the Fit EV in October. Sales of the Civic Hybrid were down 5.6% to 453 units, while sales of the hybrid Insight dropped 49% to 251 units. The Acura ILX hybrid posted 144 units sold.