The flash report for monthly sales for the two best-selling plug-in vehicles* is here, and it was a big turnaround month for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. Chevy's halo car sold no more than 1,626 units in any month this year, so June's sales of 2,698 Volts must be a pleasant surprise for the General. It was also the best June sales month ever for the Volt and a 53.3 percent increase over 2012, making it the first time since February that the Volt outsold the Leaf, for those of you keeping a running tally on the two EVs.

Turning to the all-electric Nissan Leaf, it held steady at 2,225 units last month, up around 100 units from May but way up from the 535 Leafs sold in June 2012. Thanks to a new, lower price and domestic production, the Leaf has been outselling the Volt for most of the year so far, but June's big jump from the Volt means that, year to date, the Chevy has now sold 16 more units than Nissan's EV, 9,855 to 9,839. The Leaf has already sold more in the first six months of 2013 than it did in all of 2012 (when it sold 9,819 units). The Volt is a bit ahead of it's 2012 numbers, since it sold 8,817 through June that year. In all of 2012, Chevy sold 23,461 Volts. For now, then, let's call the first half of 2013 a tie and see where July takes us. As always, we'll have full coverage of the green car sales scene ready for you shortly.

*As far as we know, anyway, since Tesla Motors remains resolutely quiet about Model S sales unless the SEC forces the company to say something.


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      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the Volt selling/leasing 2698 this month, plus the Leaf selling/leasing 2225 that makes 4923 more electric cars on the road in just one month. Over the past six months the Leaf sold 9839, while the Volt pipped them at the wire with 9855 sold in the same time frame. Add Tesla, the FFE, the Fit-EV, the RAV4-EV and the Chevy Spark coming soon, 2013 looks to be a breakout year for electric cars, even if many of them are, so far, compliance cars! Can you imagine what kind of numbers we will be seeing in 2014?
        Rotation
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ziv
        500e coming soon too.
          Ziv
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Rotation
          The 500e is a cute little car, and that is a factor not to be sneered at. I bet it is a ton of fun to drive, like the Spark EV.
          GR
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Rotation
          I rented the Fiat 500 on a trip once and it was great to drive. I can only imagine how much more fun an EV version of that car would be!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bummer that I bought my Volt 2 months ago, but whatever. I've put 5,000 miles on it, and burned up only about 48 gallons of gas to do so; about 100 mpg, basically. Commute about 28 miles to work, and charge there and home with regular 120 Volt setting. LIve in Tampa but have driven to Miami, Tallahasee, Jacksonville with no problem. Also, get bout 45 miles on a full battery, not the 38 listed.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So exciting to see this. While I love my Nissan Leaf, I'm thrilled that all the EVs are getting a nice bump in sales. I purchased my 2011 Leaf used, and got an amazing deal. Been keeping a diary of the experience. EV Curious? Follow along! http://EVearlyAdopter.blogspot.com
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tiefer!
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, the summer vacation season is here. You can't drive a Leaf across the country. Why they can't partner with Tesla is using their superchargers, other than compatibility, is beyond me. Unless Tesla's tie-up with Toyota has something to do with it.
        Rotation
        • 1 Day Ago
        @imoore
        What good would a set of chargers which are 20 miles out of town be to a car with only 40 miles range?
        SublimeKnight
        • 1 Day Ago
        @imoore
        Love my LEAF, but I'm not taking it on a road trip, even if QC stations were as ubiquitous as gas stations. I'm not stopping every hour for 30 minutes to charge. For this reason I don't know why they even bother to offer the port on these cars.
        Rob Mahrt
        • 1 Day Ago
        @imoore
        I don't think the Leaf can support Tesla's quick charging either. MB and Toyota Rav4 on the other hand, should be able to.
        BraveLil'Toaster
        • 1 Day Ago
        @imoore
        I have little kids. I'd rather saw off my own right leg with a rusty spoon than "drive across the country". I think it has something to do with someone's small bladder and his complete refusal to pee anywhere but a flush toilet that makes charging a Leaf every 80 miles look like a piece of cake in comparison.
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Day Ago
        @imoore
        The volt doesn't have the internal circuitry to support dc fast charging, and with an on-board generator there is really not much need to charge quickly.
        @bobbleheadguru
        • 1 Day Ago
        @imoore
        If you have more than one car, the Leaf is a viable option. Otherwise get a Volt. Not everyone has to have a car that travels across the country. What percentage of cars made every year actually travel across the country in a given year... well under 1% would be my guess.
      Rob Mahrt
      • 1 Year Ago
      And related, but not related, for those Fit EV fans and followers out there, from another site: Honda sold 208 Fits last month, for a total of ~300 for the year, and 384 in total, that still means there should be 716 available before they are sold out. This makes it hard to believe every Fit in CA has been sold as previously noted. Unless there are 700 Honda Fits on hold by people who have not even driven one...
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob Mahrt
        I was told by the head of the program at Honda a few months back that they "only" want to place about 1200 cars over the length of the program (2 years), not per year.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob Mahrt
        The Honda Fit EV is not for sale; it is/was available only for lease. Most (all?) Honda dealerships eligible to lease the Fit EV already have long wait lists, far exceeding the approximately 1100 vehicles which Honda proposes to build for the 2013 and 2014 MY.
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      $4,000 discounts on the roof of Volts must have helped shift a few in June.
      Rotation
      • 1 Day Ago
      I'm referring to the Volt. Driving 20 miles to the edge of own, only to add only 40 miles and use half before you get back where you started is near useless. Or if you are driving "straight through" you end up using 40 miles electricity for every 200 miles you drive. Ability to charge off Tesla's chargers just wouldn't be that useful for a Volt given where Tesla's chargers are located. As to the LEAF, I'm not referring to the LEAF. Note if you have a LEAF (as I do), 70 miles on the highway is not something you want to count on. At highway speeds a full charge is often less than 70 miles. And you don't really charge to 100% of a DCFC anyway, you only charge to 80% (actually 78%), so your real highway range at highway speeds (65) when fast charging is about 60 miles.
      KenZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      On a slightly related note, and granted I live in the middle of Silicon Valley, but for the last week (and I have been keeping track), I see a MINIMUM each day of 1 Tesla, 2-3 Leafs, and 1-2 Volts. Each day. And I don't commute far or get out often! The numbers keep climbing. A shame the rest of the country isn't growing in EVs this fast, but I do realize the rest of the country likely doesn't have such a high proportion of families with disposable income. Now, just waiting to convince the GF to lease either a Leaf or a Volt.... shouldn't be long now.
        • 1 Day Ago
        @KenZ
        Mike After Obama bans Coal and Oil and Natural Gas for electric generation, electrictiy will double or triple in price, and your plug in EV will get the dollar equivelent of about 6 miles per gallon like cars in the 1960"s Then what.....Maybe we can hitch them up to horses they use green energy.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          Mike.... as raktmn pointed out... electricity is WAY TOO FUNGIBLE AND DIVERSE to be treated like a petroleum fuel. Plus.... The average household already uses about 1000 kwh of electricity per month. And the average EV would use about 250 kwh per month ..... a 25% increase (or even 30%) in demand would not, and could not increase prices that much. And of course, EVs use electricity during low demand hours... so the effective increase in Electricity demand is negligible in most places. And for those places with a seriously antiquated grid... solar could be a significant measure to cap any price gouging.
          RoyEMunson
          • 1 Day Ago
          "After Obama bans Coal and Oil and Natural Gas for electric generation" Did you read your own statement? If you did you would have realized how ridiculous it was and deleted it before posting... now everyone can see it. What a great way to make your past and future comments irrelevant.
          Val
          • 1 Day Ago
          tripling the price of electricity will be even worse than tripling the price of oil for the economy, Almost all the industry in the US will grind to a screeching halt. The price you pay to go somewhere will be the least of your problems. Obama can't do that even if he wanted to.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Day Ago
          It's always good to see a Republican stroll in and prove the stereotype that they don't know what they're talking about. There is no fool on the planet planning a 3x increase in gas prices. Even now conservatives are discussing a proposal of a CARBON TAX of 25 cents a gallon. With what Exxon does with gas price swings hardly anyone should notice.
          @bobbleheadguru
          • 1 Day Ago
          Mike... perhaps you can hope for that.. but it will not make it happen. 3 reasons why: [There are many others] 1. Electric cars are typically charged at night exactly when there is wasted bandwidth. Powerplants have to stay running even when no one is using the power. Electric vehicles offer a perfect way to use energy that is wasted. 2. The electricity needed to refine oil and make it into gasoline, then transport it to local gas station is not trivial. If the majority of cars were electric powered, the savings from electricity burden of gasoline production and transport would partially offset the electricity cost SAVINGS. 3. Currently, it costs a DTE Energy customer (my energy provider) about $1 to charge their Volt overnight. That $1 charge will get them about 38 miles of travel. Even a very fuel efficient gasoline car would be over 4X that amount. The reality is way off from your made up "6 miles per gallon" number.
          • 1 Day Ago
          Disruptive technology always brings out the Haters. They're fearful of anything and everything that's...different...new...thus the reason they're called "conservative".
          Joseph Wallace
          • 1 Day Ago
          BTW Mike, It costs me $25 a month in electricty to drive 1000 miles a month. You are worried if they triple that? Well $75 a month is still cheaper than gas. Not gonna happen though, since solar will just take over.
          raktmn
          • 1 Day Ago
          With modern solar panels, it is nearly impossible to triple electricity prices. Too many people would just install solar, sending grid-produced electricity prices into a free-fall. Home solar now works as an effective cap on regional electricity prices in most of the US.
          Joseph Wallace
          • 1 Day Ago
          Mike, I have a Chevy Volt and you got it all wrong. They can raise the price of oil and steal from your pocket any time they want. No one can ever steal from me again with the Volt. Sure they can raise the price of electricity, but that will just make me add more solar panels to my house. I already have one solar panel on my house that covers 1000 miles of driving in my Volt.
        Joseph Wallace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KenZ
        Tell her to lease a Volt, much nicer than a Leaf.
      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      In completely unrelated news, the mid-west saw some extremely high gas prices during the month of May. Hovering around 4.25-4.35/gal for regular, it has since dropped down to a more reasonable 3.40-3.60/gal. Analysts have yet to find the correlation between high gas prices, model change over discounts, plug-in vehicle sales, and a market that buys 80% of its vehicles from GM/Ford/Chrysler. /sarcasm Either way I'm glad to see more plug-ins on the road, the best part is its just starting.
      ACPoints
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good news for GM. If Volt sales had not responded to the additional $4000 sales incentive, it might have required a serious strategic reset. Because of the nature of CAFE requirements, they can afford to sell Volts at a loss and still make money, but they can only take that so far.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Strong" Dolt sales? 50,000 Dolts sold in 3 years can hardly be characterized as "strong." The Dolt is a commercial failure by any and all objective standards! 50,000 cars sold for a loss in 3 years is hardly a success story furthermore it's only 950,000 Dolts short of Chairman Zero's mark of having 1,000,000 of those electric lemons on the road by 2015. Politicians need to stay the forking hell out of the automobile manufacturing business....
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