Tesla likely Q1 US PEV leader with 4,750+ sales in North America; Nissan surges with LEAF in March in US
With the US sales numbers for the first quarter of 2013 in, Tesla appears to be the leading seller of plug-in vehicles for that period, with more than 4,750 units of the model S sold in North America. (Earlier post.) (Tesla doesn’t break out sales by country at this time, so there are no US-specific figures from the company.)
GM posted sales of 4,244 Volt extended range electric vehicles in the US in the second quarter, representing an 8.4% increase year-on-year. March sales of the Volt in the US were weaker in March, with 1,478 units, compared to 2,289 units in March 2012, a decrease of 35.4%. (In Canada, GM sold 177 Volts in Q1, and 82 in March.)
Nissan, which sold 3,539 units of the LEAF battery electric vehicle in the US in Q1 (a 104.2% increase year-on-year), sold 2,236 LEAFs in March, a 286.2% increase from March 2012’s 579 units.
Toyota followed with 2,353 units of the Prius PHV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle sold in Q1, up 158% year-on-year. For March, Toyota posted 786 units of the plug-in hybrid, down 11.8% year-on-year. The company also sold 212 units of the RAV4 EV in Q1, 133 of those in March.
Ford sold 1,999 units of its three electric-drive vehicles during the first quarter: 419 units of the battery-electric Focus Electric; 414 units of the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid; and 1,166 units of the CMAX Energi plug-in hybrid. The figures for March are 180 Focus Electric; 295 Fusion Energi; and 494 CMAX Energi.
Honda sold 46 units of the battery-electric Fit in Q1, and 45 units of the Accord PHEV plug-in hybrid. Figures for March were 23 units of the Fit and 26 units of the Accord.
Mitsubishi sold 625 units of the battery-electric i-MIEV in Q1, and 31 units in March.
Taken altogether, plug-in sales in the US reached about 17,800 units in the first quarter of 2013 (the uncertainty, again, surrounding the number of non-US Model S sales included in the 4,750 number). Of that figure, Tesla had about a 27% share, GM a 24% share, Nissan a 20% share and Toyota a 14% share.
Overall, light-duty vehicle sales for the US in Q1 2013 reached 3,688,662 units, according to Autodata, an increase year-on-year of 6.4%. Plug-in vehicles thus represented about 0.5% of the market.