The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) today released the May 2013 Electric Drive Sales Dashboard, showing strong ongoing gains in hybrid and plug-in vehicle sales in the US, continuing the steady market rollout.
Automakers reported that 48,796 hybrids were sold in May, up 14% from April’s 42,804 units, showing a larger increase than the overall automobile sales market. This brings the total number of hybrids sold this year to 212,711—14% higher than year-to-date hybrid sales at this point last year, EDTA said. Hybrids thus gained a 3% new vehicle market share in May, and a 3.3% market share for the first five months of 2013.
7,754 vehicles that can be plugged into the grid were sold in May 2013 (0.5% share). Now with more plug-in hybrid and battery electric models available to American consumers, at prices to match a wider array of budgets, this is the highest sales month since their mass market introduction in late 2010.
Cumulative 2013 year-to-date sales of plug-in vehicles hit 32,305 (0.5% share), while overall plug-in sales reached 103,220 in just over two years.
Last month’s sales are more than double the 3,378 plug-in vehicles that were sold in May of 2012, a 130% increase over last year. The 32,305 cumulative year-to-date sales for 2013 is a 123% increase over the 14,519 plug-in sales sold up to this point in 2012.