June marked the second-fastest year-over-year growth rate for US green car sales for 2013 so far and helped put sales of green vehicles – pure electrics, hybrids and diesels – for the first half of the year about 19 percent ahead of 2012 levels. Americans bought 57,614 advanced-powertrain vehicles last month, up 35 percent from June 2012. Only January's 58 percent year-over-year growth rate was faster than last month's, which represented a bit of an acceleration from May's 30 percent growth rate.

June 2013 plug-in vehicle sales more than doubled from 2012, to 6,862 units, and that doesn't include the Tesla Model S.

While Toyota, with its Prius hybrid, continues to be a bellwether of sorts for green car sales, numbers were particularly helped by increased demand for plug-in vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in and Nissan Leaf battery electric. Volt sales jumped 53 percent to 2,698 vehicles, while Nissan sold 2,225 Leaf EVs, quadrupling year-earlier figures and falling just short of the model's March 2013 monthly record of 2,236 units. Because of this demand, total June plug-in sales more than doubled from a year earlier to 6,862 units, and those numbers don't include Tesla's Model S (Tesla doesn't publish monthly figures).

And while Toyota's growth numbers were less gaudy, the Japanese automaker started putting some distance between its 2013 and 2012 numbers, boosting June sales by 19 percent to 30,663 vehicles. Sales among the four Prius variants rose 10 percent to 21,079 vehicles, with a jump in demand for the standard hatchback more than offsetting declines in sales of the Prius C compact, Prius V wagon and Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Camry Hybrid sales were up 12 percent, Highlander Hybrid sales rose 11 percent, and Toyota moved 1,394 units of its recently introduced Avalon Hybrid. Hybrid sales at Toyota's Lexus division jumped 39 percent from June 2012.

Overall, Ford's green-car sales surged almost sixfold to 7,736 units. Honda also continued to turn things around.

Ford also continued to come up big on its newer C-Max models and recently reintroduced Fusion Hybrid, which almost quadrupled year-earlier sales to 3,057 units. Ford sold 2,889 C-Max hybrids and 455 C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrids last month while moving 390 Fusion Energi PHEVs. The US automaker also increased Lincoln MKZ hybrid sales by 70 percent to 768 units while moving 177 Focus Electrics. Overall, Ford's green-car sales surged almost sixfold to 7,736 units.

Honda also continued to turn things around, increasing its green-car sales by 12 percent compared to 2012 by selling 1,758 green vehicles. While Civic Hybrid and CR-Z sales were pretty much the same, Honda's Acura ILX Hybrid increased sales by 42 percent – to 163 units – and the Japanese automaker moved a monthly record 208 Fit Electric Vehicles. Volkswagen also did well, boosting diesel sales by 23 percent from a year earlier to 8,981 units while moving 438 of its new Jetta Hybrid model.

Such increases more than offset a relatively tepid month for General Motors, whose green car sales other than the Chevrolet Volt plunged last month. The Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu eAssist mild hybrid models saw their year-over-year sales decline by 50 percent and 17 percent, respectively, while low-volume SUV hybrid sales were down 20 percent. In total, GM sold 5,328 green cars, down 1.1 percent from June 2012. Audi diesel sales also fell, with numbers declined 42 percent to 380 units. Porsche hybrids followed suit, down 1.5 percent to just 66 units.

Still, the first half of the year went well for green-car manufacturers. Through June, Americans bought 318,346 hybrids, plug-ins and diesels, up 19 percent from a year earlier. Highlight the plug-in models and the numbers get even better, with Americans boosting sales of PHEVs and EVs by 83 percent to 30,655. Add in the Tesla, and plug-in sales through June may have exceeded the 40,000 mark, or more than 80 percent of 2012's full-year total.



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      Luc K
      • 1 Year Ago
      What happened to Lexus, Hyundai, Kia sales? Why not in the charts? Looks to me pretty incomplete. There are more hybrids.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luc K
        Lexus is there. Its at the bottom of the Toyota list. But you are right, Hyundai/Kia aren't there on the list. Totally forgot about them. I guess ABG forgot too. From Hybrids.com Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2,129 Kia Optima Hybrid 1,100
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi are the pits the lowest of the low sales down -71% on the year, is the what VW call taking over the US market. Shame on you.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        Well I can tell you that Audi is getting its butt kicked badly by Tesla in Silicon Valley. All the Silicon Valley execs that would have previously got a high-end Audi are now buying Tesla Model S cars. I can't go out for a drive or a run without seeing a Model S.
        Luc K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        The A3 (and diesel) just got discontinued but A3 sedan is coming next year. Q7 is pretty old and will be redesigned next year so no wonder sales are very low. New diesel models have been announced so should go up again (although pretty expensive so I doubt high volume). If you take out Q5 model then Audi sales would be down overall. They have many aging models and need to refresh their lineup soon (next 2 years few new models are coming). Seems Q5 hybrid is missing as well from the chart but sales are pretty low. They are only offering fully loaded and mpg isn't really that much better.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never thought i'd see the day that GM sells ~5x more "green" cars than Honda.
        Kimmi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yep, Honda has a lot to recover, it's still the #2 hybrid manufacturer worldwide, having surpassed the 1 million mark last year, but Ford is closing in...
          Luc K
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kimmi
          They are fixing it slowly with upcoming first full mode Accord hybrid in October. Next year TLX and after that Civic Hybrid full mode finally. They are just much slower to respond to market changes unfortunately.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      French sales of the Zoe have picked up to the same level as April after a poor May, with 764 sales. The Leaf sold 94 vehicles: http://www.automobile-propre.com/2013/07/03/le-marche-des-voitures-electriques-a-double-au-premier-semestre-2013/ I haven't been able to track down sales of the Renault Kangoo ZE yet - they don't appear to break them down monthly. In US terms adjusted for population total electric vehicle sales in France are about equivalent to 4,300 sales in the US
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        Whoo hoo! David Martin, that is great about the Zoe, it looks like a nice car.
      dgh1981
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm one of those June Fusion hybrid sales! Love the car!
        Ziv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dgh1981
        The FFH is a cool car. I see the 2013 mpg is up to 41.1 mpg on Fuelly. Let this be a lesson to Ford, and all the carmakers. Don't release high efficiency cars late in the fall or during the winter. Your mpg will be horrible for at least a quarter. And 41.1 is just tolerable considering they are claiming 47 mpg, but it is an improvement over the early numbers.
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford Focus electric with 177 sales with a +827% increase in sales is the boosting the percentages, is this months star car of the month. 35% thats piss poor, EV plug-in sales were up 904% in the UK in May.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see the Volt have as significant a jump in sales as the Leaf has done. Doubling is good, but Quadrupling is better. Why are the totals estimated when they don't include the estimated Tesla numbers? A reminder that the estimated Tesla numbers are low because they built a bunch of cars that are being shipped to Europe and can't be counted.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        I went through and added it up . . . yeah, that number does NOT include Tesla. When you include the Model S, the total of plug-in cars (pure EVs and PHEVs) is 8495 . . . just shy of 8500 plug-in cars per month! That number has continued to grow. I was worried that we might see sales plateau after the pent-up demand of early adopters was satisfied but apparently more & more people are continuing to buy plug-ins.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Really wtf ? If tesla comes out with a new color it is stop the presses time t ABG, but not including sales? On pure EV's, they are what....second only to Nissan/Renault?
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        I was under the understanding that Tesla has the factory in Europe for that market. Are they really exporting there even with the factory out there? I would be more inclined to believe that they will probably export to Asia rather than Europe.
          JakeY
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          Like Spec says, the "factory" in Europe is just some final assembly and a place to prepare the cars for final delivery.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          I think they are doing most of the manufacturing here and there is just small amount of final assembly done in Europe (probably for some tax reasons).
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        Tesla will probably see a significant increase in demand as the Model S's hit the streets in Europe. That happened in the US and I don't see any reason it won't happen in Europe as well. All in all, it just keeps getting better.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        I'm very pleased with the numbers but I'd still prefer more.
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford Mo Co are the star-turn of the month sales up +413% helping out most to boost the percentages.
      John Sun
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guys claim it was over 40k plugins sold this year. This site claim only 30k was sold. Where the difference come from?
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Sun
        Part of it is because I don't think ABG counts Tesla sales.
        John Sun
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Sun
        Opps, forgot to include link,where is EDIT button? http://insideevs.com/june-2013-plug-in-electric-vehicle-sales-report-card/
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shocking Porsche Panamera Hybrid selling poorly. Guess the rich only know how to Throw Money Away. I guess if you don't act like a massive spendthrift you don't feel rich.
        kEiThZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        And the truly green and poor would never drive or fly. What's your point? Did it ever occur to you that a lot of rich people might simply be buying a Corolla or a Volt or a Tesla?
        skierpage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        My rich friends traded in their Volvo S80 for a Prius. If you care about the environment but not so much about cars, you don't buy the slightly more efficient version of a Porsche Panamera. That should change as luxury car makers introduce plug-in models (like the 2014 Panamera E-Hybrid) that are highly efficient for short trips; but if the dealership has one plug-in model and 10 gas-only, the sales people won't spend time pushing the plug-in. (More reasons why Elon Musk is so damn smart!)
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        I do notice the "rich" also don't build Zero Energy homes as well, they burn money up like it grows on trees, instead of the robbery of working people, where it really comes from.
          Edge
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoolWaters
          This is a reply to EZEE post. Thanks for that! Awesome post.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Thanks ziv, edge. I am not trying to make Bush out to be a saint - he has faults, obviously, but when we make blanket statements or become too emotionally involved in a position, bad things happen. We ignore the sins of those on our side, or ignore the good on others. Everyone tries to engage emotion as then, one is more susceptible to manipulation. What is the result? We have a fiscal conservative (Bush) turn a surplus into a deficit. And we have a civil libertarian (Obama) continue, and out on steriods, the domestic (and I guess, international) spying program tht has probably logged calls from all of us, and used the IRS for his own ends. We have been so conditioned to think this way, however, that I can see little way for any actual progress. But hey! Enjoy a beautiful weekend, have a beer and a hotdog...life is good!
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Actually, I read of one rich guy that has a very nice green house! Check this out: Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, this house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape. Now- for equal time, I read of another rich guy that has an extremely wasteful house. Start seething when you read this: A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average American household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or Midwestern "snow belt," either. It's in the South. The second example of extravagant waste, where children are starving and the world is being destroyed, while this rich guy gets fat flying Gulf Stream 2 jets (the worst of the line) is owned by Al Gore. The first house, the one of green technology, geothermal heating/cooling, rainwater catching - the owner of this house likes hosting mountain bike rides for veterans - is George W. Bush. And now you know....the rest of the story.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Excellent post, EZEE. It is easy to forget that W was a pretty decent guy. I see he is helping build another hospital in Africa, though it looks like his funding for fighting the AIDs epidemic there has been reduced quite a bit.
      kEiThZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good to see the Jetta Hybrid I bought picking up!
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kEiThZ
        What kind of MPG are you getting with that? The examples I have seen on fuelly have been hovering around 40 MPG. Are you getting similar? I was just curious.
          kEiThZ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          I'm the second lowest guy on fuelly. Averaged 3.7 mpg so far. But I'm still in break-in period with the mileage improving every time I gas up. I'm now consistenly seeing over 40 mpg. But the thing to keep in mind is that I live in suburban Toronto and drive in suburban peak traffic. Not the best for mileage, even for hybrids. Lots of bursts of acceleration to position in traffic. I don't hypermile or drive any specific speeds to save gas. I drive like I want to drive and still get 40+ mpg these days. I'm pretty happy with that.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      57,614 green cars. Wow. I wonder how many buyers were smug jerks or yellow journalists, Danny Do tell. The 163 people who purchased the ILX hybrid were pretty stupid, probably all smug about the difference they aren't making, don't you think? I appreciate people who buy more efficient cars and getting info on them shouldn't involve 'writers' insulting his readers. Insulting and offending your readership is such a lame move and I can't believe you still work here. I won't forget.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        Danny called readers smug in an article about Tesla about 4 weeks ago I'd gladly provide the quote but I don't have it. (Editors please show it again, wait, no editors? really? Oh, I get it now.) He insulted everyone who comes here to read up on and discuss Tesla. The line was something like "...and this is news smug Tesla fans might like to ignore...". Then he went on with a insulting attitude, insinuating that folks should really view Tesla as a having sketchy issues and that we were smug because of having some admiration for the company and it's technology. He went on to provide some hideous yellow journalism hyping lies, burying the lead and spreading alarming falsehoods. It may have been about how 'dirty' EV car batteries were, something like that. But the best way to put it is that people who come here to read up on 'green' car technology shouldn't be insulted and called smug for simply making his job possible by coming here, reading and participating in the community. I have no issues with any of the cars mentioned. I was VERY PROUD to see that this story was 100% not insulting of the readership. I will take credit for that. I am keeping this up to prove a point, if only to Danny, that he should never insult his readers again. But it was disgusting and it is a big deal to me. Again, I have no problem with any of the cars or buyers of the cars. But I'm gratified to see that at least a few people are hearing me, so thanks EZEE and Marco Polo. Knowing you've been heard and understood can go along way to mending broken fences as do apologies.
          purrpullberra
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          I hear you. Unprofessionalism is a slippery slope and people would do better to rid themselves of it. I don't expect anything to change. I now use ad blockers and I keep mentioning that Danny is an idiot and AB is foolish for keeping him. I'm fine with that. He may be different too, who knows. I have to be a jerk to unprofessional jerks. Is smug the worst thing I was called that day, probably not. But I come here to read and discuss and be insulted by readers not writers.
          DBrown
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Wow. Grudge much? If he's such a terrible writer, stop reading. Keep holding your breath for that apology...
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          http://green.autoblog.com/2013/06/02/epa-looks-into-negative-environmental-health-effects-of-li-ion/
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          I am not sure 'smug' is an insult. It may be... When I got me Beloved 2000 Ford Ranger ULEV, FFV truck, I was admittedly, quite smug. I would have fun with liberal friends. Most had suv's or ther larger vehicles. I would ask what the emission rating was. None knew. I would ask what types of fuel it could run on. Besides gas, no one even knew why I asked. I would explain, while shaking my head sadly, at how they were destroying the environment, while me, a radical right wing extremist, cared enough to not only know this stuff, but buy something that backed my my beliefs. Nowadays, of course, one can do much better than simple ULEV, and FFV. But oddly,one of them owns a chevy avalanche, another had a V6 Escape, and another had a Mercedes diesel(!). So did I consider myself smug? Yes. It was too much fun not to be.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Oh! I read this article twice and kept thinking...it seems like...news...
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        purrpullberra, I liked the comment on the 163 people who purchased the ILX, I though it was funny. The smug stuff, I don't know? I am smug in my EV. Every time it takes me 30 mins to go 10 blocks and get on the highway during rush hour in my EV, I am smug. So smug knowing all those around me are going no where and they just keep burning gas, pushing poison out their exhaust, wasting close to three quarters of what they spend putting into the tank. (Oh wait, when they are idle it is much more then wasting three quarters.) I am sure it is wrong but I feel smug. Here in Portland I can't hardly drive my car without seeing a Leaf.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        Not being picky, but how were we insulted? I know the writers sometimes add smug, annoying commentary, but did not see anything...
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        @ purrpullberra You really should either give up so much coffee, or cut back on those energy drinks !! On this occasion Danny King's article was factual, and devoid of any opinion. Where is the insult in his reportage to anyone ? Oh, and by the way, what have you got against people who bought Honda ILX hybrids ?
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