Americans appear to be re-embracing their inner tree-hugger, as the growth in US green-car sales again accelerated last month. July ended up having the second-fastest growth rate of the year.

July US sales of hybrids, plug-ins and diesels jumped 50 percent from 2012.

July US sales of hybrids, plug-ins and diesels jumped 50 percent from a year earlier to 59,161 units, reflecting the fastest year-over-year gain since January's 58 percent growth rate. Plug-in vehicle sales rose even faster, nearly doubling July 2012's clip to reach 5,892 units and illustrating continued strong demand for models like the Nissan Leaf battery-electric and Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in. Specifically, the Nissan EV more than quadrupled its year-earlier sales to 1,864 units, while the Volt held steady at 1,788 vehicles. And that overall plug-in vehicle growth rate was actually substantially faster, but since Tesla doesn't report monthly sales of its Model S, we don't know the exact numbers.

All told, Toyota boosted total Prius sales 40 percent.

Toyota continued to rack up big hybrid sales, which each one of its four Prius variants boosting year-over-year sales. All told, the Japanese automaker boosted total Prius sales 40 percent from a year earlier to 23,294 vehicles, with the standard hatchback sales up 54 percent. Camry Hybrid sales jumped 31 percent to 4,193 units, while Lexus boosted its hybrid sales count by 34 percent to 3,663 vehicles.

Ford also increased its green-car sales based on newer models like its two C-Max variants and the latest version of its Fusion Hybrid, which more than doubled sales to 2,914 units. The C-Max Hybrid moved 2,267 vehicles, while plug-in models such as the Fusion Energi PHEV, C-Max Energi PHEV and Focus Electric combined for 990 vehicles sold. In all, the US automaker almost quadrupled its July 2012 green-car sales to 6,817 units in July 2013.

Honda continued to reverse its long-term green-vehicle sales slump.

Meanwhile, Honda continued to reverse its long-term green-vehicle sales slump by increasing July sales 20 percent from a year earlier to 1,609 units. Civic Hybrid sales advanced 23 percent while CR-Z sales were up 16 percent.

Additionally, German automaker Volkswagen and its Audi division each posted increased green-car sales. VW sold 10,698 diesels and 417 Jetta Hybrids to total 11,115 units, up 55 percent from year earlier green-car numbers. Audi's diesel sales rose 44 percent.

And Mitsubishi and Daimler's Smart division each chipped in with small EV gains. Mitsubishi increased sales if its i by 39 percent to 46 vehicles, while the recently introduced Smart ForTwo ED moved 58 vehicles.

The only notable laggard was General Motors.

In fact, the only notable laggard was General Motors, whose mild-hybrids such as the Buick LaCrosse and Regal eAssist lost ground in July. In total, GM's green-car sales fell 21 percent to 4,010, though the automaker did sell 102 Spark EVs.



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      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      So nearly 6,000 plug-ins were sold last month, compared to last July when only about 3,000 were sold. That's a GREAT improvement! @ABG, one thing that would be great to see would be the percentage of hybrid/plug-in sales every month in relation to total car sales nationwide (including ICEs). I know the percentage is small right now, but it's only going to keep growing as the months and years go on. :-)
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        No . . . more than 7500 plug-ins were sold. That total doesn't include the Tesla Model S.
        Luc K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        % can be found here: http://www.hybridcars.com/july-2013-dashboard/
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Luc K
          Awesome, thanks.
      Luc K
      • 2 Years Ago
      Proper detail with % can be found here. And yes diesel is not green sales but alt. fuel sales: http://www.hybridcars.com/july-2013-dashboard/
      chargefan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't think diesels should be in this list.... but any number for Chevy Cruze diesel.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chargefan
        According to http://www.hybridcars.com/july-2013-dashboard/ Cruze diesel = 347
      Wm
      • 2 Years Ago
      As far as the cross-town rivalry, Ford is far ahead of GM on alt fuel vehicles, selling about 70% more. Although when you look at just plug-in hybrids, GM has a sizable lead. In pure electrics Ford leads, but neither one sells many of those. Comparing Hybrids, Ford's are far superior. On plug-in hybrids, it more a matter of taste. Clearly the Volt is preferred, but I'm not sure Energi models are sold nation wide and they are not getting near the subsidy. I expect the Spark EV will out sell the Focus EV soon, but for now the Focus sells almost 50% more.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota owns 55% of the chart. Ouch. That's even higher when you throw out the diesels on the list. While other companies are raising their hybrid and plug-in sales, this shows they still have a long way to go to knock Toyota off it's lofty pedestal.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Toyota has worked long and hard on their hybrid technology and their leadership position is well-deserved. And no one but Honda has really even bothered to challenge them until recently. But Ford is coming on strong now so at least someone is finally threatening them. And as I constantly repeat, GM really needs a hybrid line better than the lame eAssist mild-hybrid dreck.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      I swear Danny... you really are a hack. You've been told again and again, NOT to rename the chart, "Green-Car-Sales". It is "Alt-Fuel"... which, in the U.S., could include diesels. But calling it "Green" is showing your ignorance and inability to read.
      Smoking_dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      again the spreadsheet is broken. please autoblog when do you fix it.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm getting very disappointed at the sales numbers of the Volt. I'm beginning to think that Tesla/Elon is correct when they say that a salesperson selling both ICE and EV (in this case an EREV) will fall back to focusing on the ICE. The Volt is a great car and should be improving in sales. The only other explanation I can come up with is that the Model S is pulling potential buyers away from the Volt and into the more expensive Model S. It's just a guess and I don't think that is happening to any greater extent.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        There is also hesitation among potential buyers due to the 2014 model price. Price drop or not, there is uncertainty right now.
          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          I was right. 2014 Volt is $34,995. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1086039_2014-chevrolet-volt-price-cut-by-5000-to-34995
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        @ Grendal I have just taken delivery of the first of our 4 GM-Holden Volts. (Minus the Better Place battery charger). We have replace 9 of our aging Prius with these vehicles, along 3 new Prius and 2 Lexus CT 200 Sport/Luxury hybrids. Australia offers no incentives for alternate fuels vehicles, and the Volt is priced in the same bracket as the top of the line CT 200h. ( $Aus60-65,000 ). I retained one 4 year old, low mileage, top of the range, Prius as a 'first car', for my daughter who just became old enough for a driving licence. Despite being generally high mileage, hard driven, fleet cars, the Toyota Prius has proved to be a very reliable and exceptionally economic corporate fleet vehicle.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Congratulations Marco! Thanks for your ongoing promotion of EV and EREV/Voltec technology. I appreciate the Prius and Toyota for what they have done to change the transportation mindset of the world. With as many Prii as there are on the roads around the world there has to be a very significant number in the amount of gallons of gas that were saved using the Toyota Hybrid technology. Good luck with your daughter. I can only imagine the fear of putting keys into the hands of a child. I have tried to stress to my niece and nephews that there is likely nothing more potentially dangerous they will do in there lives than drive an automobile. It should never be taken lightly. However, children must live their own lives and driving a car is a part of living in modern society. So good luck. Your daughter has a thoughtful intelligent father and that says that she should do well. :) As for Australia, what is the political reasoning for no incentives? By the way, I did watch a lot of your Australian version of Top Gear when it was around. They kept playing with different personalities trying to get a good chemistry between "the boys." I think they never quite got it right though there were some funny moments.
          pag@optusnet.com.au
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ Grendal Thank you for those kind words. You are right, it's always a anxious time when your offspring start driving for the first time. I suppose it sounds sexist, but I found myself more anxious about my daughter than either of my sons. I'm fortunate that each of my children had the opportunity to learn to drive in the country, mostly on our own property, (ranch) or properties belonging to parents of their school friend's, before becoming old enough to hold official licences. (some Australian rural cattle/sheep properties are the size of small countries ! ) In the past, Australian (centre-right) conservative government, have heavily subsidized and promoted LPG as a transport fuel. The conservatives see Australia's vast reserves of NG and huge LPG infrastructure as a more effective alternative, given Australia's reliance on coal fired power generation. There was a brief, (and disastrous) flirtation with ethanol derived from, sugar cane , but it ended in tears, when a cyclone, followed by a hurricane the next year turned a sugar glut into a shortage. From 2008, Australia has had a turbulent political experience with a ( centre-Left ) Labour government, kept in office by an alliance with the Green Party. This government, despite it's obsession with 'green' rhetoric, has actually proved disastrous on environmental policy, including destroying Australia's solar manufacturing industry, and the Blade Electric Car etc. As for the Australian version of 'Top Gear', it wasn't popular for two reasons, firstly the personalities of the presenters weren't outrageously engaging or controversial enough. They were nice guy's who didn't quite understand that Top Gear is essentially a show about society, with a motoring theme.
          CoolWaters
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          If it's in a fleet, do your volt drivers have sufficient time to recharge, during a lunch hour, to get the range? Or, does the volt's first 40 miles make up for using gas at 41 on?
          pag@optusnet.com.au
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ CoolWaters Good point ! In Australia it's to early to tell. (ask me in 24 months time). In the UK where we now have a much larger and more established fleet of of Volt/Ampera's, our data seems to indicate that the drivers become very energy conscious and voluntarily take pride in maximizing energy efficiency once they get used to the cars unique driving dynamics! I find this really encouraging, as these same employees used company supplied gasoline without any regard for fuel efficiency. On becoming Vol/Ampera converts, it seems to become a point of pride, and satisfaction on how little gasoline they use ! Two of our Volt/Ampera drivers, have recently purchased Leaf's for their wives ! These two were previously devout anti-EV advocates ! So, the GM Volt Ampera, can really change attitudes toward EV technology in a very positive way. I just GM marketing would start reflecting the Volts brilliant technology.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        At $39K, the Volt is pretty expensive for a car that seats four. And many people that want electric want to go full electric. But the Volt does seem to have found a niche and sell reasonably well. If they can get the next generation below $30K I think sales will pick up.
          CoolWaters
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Exactly. The Volt is GM's shining example of superior engineering. If the sales floor doesn't know that then sales will suffer.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          With the incredible customer satisfaction, there should be some way for GM to capitalize on that positive message. Most owners categorize the car on the level of a BMW as far as driving quality. There are plenty of Beemers priced at $39K and higher. I just think that GM has dropped the ball on getting the message out. Or salespeople are not being trained on selling the message correctly. Or something....
      thomas.leopard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its good to see diesel catching on in the US!
      Smoking_dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      ok ok my fault. only with chrome it is not there.
      TPGIII
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure this has been brought up before, but why is it that VW and Audi make this list for alt-fuel with diesel engines. Besides the fact there is nothing alternative with diesel (same as hybrid), how come no one else gets their diesels on this list? Does VW pay some kind of kick back for this? 95% of the VWs are diesels and 100% of Audis are diesels on this report. How come with Porsche only the hybrids are counted, same with Ford and GM. BMW sells diesels, as does MB and RAM. There are a lot of diesels sold, but only VW, and related brands, gets them mentioned on this list. Is there some logical reason the Cuze diesel is not counted, same for the Duramax. Even if none were sold, the Cruze should be on this list. Between Ford and RAM there are more than 100,000 diesel trucks sold every year. If you throw in Duramax, you might get to 120,000/yr. That's 10,000/mo not counted, just in a few models. Is there something special about VW diesels that make them eligible for this list that no other diesels qualify?
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      It doesn't matter how many times the Germans claim it, diesel is NOT green.
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