Before we start, let's state that the annual Labor Day sales bump was included with September sales in 2012 and with August in 2013. The change means that, overall, a drop in 2013 sales doesn't really represent a decline in sales, since there were fewer official sales days and no Labor Day sales in September 2013. You can get details on the industry's quirky calendar over at Forbes.

The Leaf has now seen seven straight months of record sales in the US.

So, with that disclaimer out of the say, it is impressive that sales of the Nissan Leaf are up this September compared to last year. In 2012, Nissan sold 984 copies of the EV. This year, it sold 1,953. Nissan's Travis Parman told AutoblogGreen that the Leaf has now seen seven straight months of record sales in the US (which means that each of the last seven months were higher than the months before, even though March was higher than April, for example). The Leaf also recently passed 35,000 total sales. Atlanta is coming to the fore as the country's hottest Leaf market, taking the number one spot for the second month in a row. Parman also said that the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina and "all major Texas markets" also saw sales increases.

Turning to the Chevy Volt, the numbers aren't as good, but still nothing to sneeze at. Last year, a whopping 2,851 Volts were sold in September. This year, the number was a more modest 1,766, meaning that the Volt saw a drop of 38.1 percent this September compared to last year. The September 2013 number is also a big drop from the record-setting 3,351 units sold in August. For the 2013 totals thus far, the numbers are almost equal: 16,760 for the Volt and 16,076 for the Leaf. Both vehicles are benefiting from big cost drops ($6,400 for the Leaf and $5,000 for the Volt) this year.

That wraps up the flash report on the grandaddies of the plug-in vehicle scene. In August, Toyota sold 1,791 Prius Plug-In Hybrids. Toyota hasn't yet released September sales, but Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, said in a statement that, "September was a solid month for the auto industry despite two fewer selling days." We'll see if that car beats the original plug-in duo when we write up our detailed report on last month's green car sales soon. Now, if only we could get monthly sales data for the Tesla Model S, we'd really have a good idea of the US plug-in sales picture.


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      boggin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford plug-in hybrid Energi models(1,508) outsold Toyota plug-in hybrid Prius(1,152) by over 356 units for September. Even with Toyota offering 0% Interest, Zero Down, Zero Drive off....essentially a free car for a month. Volt outsold Ford Energi models by just 258 units for Sept. The Ford incentive on Energi models is set to continue until 2014, so expect Energi model sales to climb over 1600 for Oct.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am seeing a lot of leaf's on my daily drives. My sales territory is basically a 50 mile radius of Atlanta. These are definitely hot sellers here... Atlanta has a lot of public charging station.... Most daily commutes here in Atlanta are under 60 miles and in mostly heavy traffic. I think a lot of people are figuring out that the Leaf at $2000 down and $200/month lease is more or less a wash with the gas savings. I have talked to a few owners and most are keeping at least one ICE car (Usually a large SUV or Truck) but to my surprise, many are actually getting two Leaf's for daily commuter/shopping duty... Most said that they got one leaf and found it work so well for their driving that they got another one for the spouse...
        elctrNmbliT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        Also in Georgia the Lessee gets a $5000 tax rebate.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        Its Autumn. You can expect to see a lot of Leafs on the road.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          I'm into recycling, and expect to use the same joke annually for as long as the car remains in production. Get your groans in now, and get in ahead of the crowd!
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          My puns range from the dire to the excruciating. This one was only medium dire! ;-)
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Leaf littering the street? The custom plates say: http://goo.gl/2b1bMc
          Dave D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          LOL Booooo. Ok, I did vote you up even if it was corny :-)
          GeorgeS
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Not one of Daves more technical posts but a good one non the less.
        rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        Being a resident, my question is why should everyone have to pay for charging stations that 99+% of the residents don't use and are for convenience not a public necessity. I suggest there are many more tax payers that would desire to have exterior/interior outlets installed in their homes but must pay for them out of pocket.
          jeff
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rich
          I am not sure what you mean Rich. Almost all of the public charge stations around Atlanta were installed by private for profit companies (One has recently gone bankrupt)... Public does not = free... So I am not sure where you are getting the Tax dollar thing...???
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is so tiresome to see the Volt versus Leaf headline. I'm ready for a X number of plug-ins sold this month headline. A celebration of the achievement for the advancement of transportation. Oh well, I can hope.
        brotherkenny4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        I agree. The Leaf and the Volt aren't the only plug-ins out there. The toyota is selling well, and others are getting started. It will be an unfair comparison of plug-in sales if the Leaf and the Volt are thought to be representative of demand.
      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see a breakdown of where these vehicles are selling. I live in the northeast and have seen quite a few Volts on the road, but rarely see a Leaf. I've seen a couple Model S's around, there is probably an owner that lives nearby as I've seen the same one a couple times.
        garylai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        Where I live (Seattle), it's the exact opposite. The Leaf far outnumbers the Volt based on just how often I see them, which is many everyday. At my workplace, there are 8 employees with EVs - 7 Leafs, 1 Volt.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @garylai
          Because they live within 80 miles of where they work duh! ;)
        RoyEMunson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        Many more Volts than Leafs around here (Denver). I rarely see Leafs, but a crapload of Volts.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        I think there are slightly more Leafs than Volts where I live. But it is hard to tell, really. Initially it was definitely more Leafs but I think the bleeding-edge early-adopter buying has slowed down and the more cautious adopters are going for the Volt.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        You are over 80 miles from where they live. Duh.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EZEE
          I just love seeing Tesla Volt and Leafs on the road. This is a Great cause and we should all unite. For us the Volt is the better car, but I sure would like to own a Tesla.
      gbrecke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was wondering,.... with these impressive monthly sales numbers, how long will it take to equal the total sales numbers of the Edsel adjusted for population? A second question. If all those people who begged for such a car bought one.. what would the total sales be now? Always smart to qualify your potential buyers.. Toyota did!
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      dont understand what anyone sees in a leaf its absolutely hideous that alone is the determining factor of getting the car and its a no right off the start, bunch of goofs drive the car especially at that plug in day man those leaf owners were lame they didnt want to get in to it about my volt LOL the headlight design of the volt is nicer than the entire body of the leaf
        elctrNmbliT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        I drive a Volt and I personally don't like the design of the Leaf either but the fact is the Leaf has different features than the Volt some good, some bad depending on what you are looking for. They are different cars. There is a reason that in my neighborhood of about 100 homes there is only one Volt (mine) and 6 Leafs (that I know of). I'm in Georgia and here you can get a lease on a Leaf for $200 a month with a $5000 tax rebate going to the lessee. The Volt doesn't have that. The Leaf is a pure EV the Volt is not. I wish I had a pure EV instead of the Volt but my wife's commute is 80 miles round trip with no plug at work. Sure I like the look of the Volt better but that isn't the reason we choose it and it certainly doesn't make others goofs for choosing it.
        mycommentemail
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Dude, Kmart is having a sale on punctuation right now. You should hop into your tesla (ha ha) and swing by and stock up on some now for future posts. Pick up some manners while you are at it.
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Calling the owners tools show a great deal of immaturity and ruins any credibility that you might of otherwise had....
        Joseph Wallace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        I totally agree with you, but i wouldn't be so harsh. Not unless I was on the defensive side at least, then the gloves come off. I love love love my Volt, and I am on my second year of ownership.
        ScubaChris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        You are a sad, strange little man and you have my pity. From a Leaf 'goof'.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Everyone can have an opinion, and that is fine, but when your name is 'Tesla Fan,' people might think you have an emotional bias toward another product. For example, if your name was, "FordRocksandChevyBlowsbecausetheyarereallyawfulandrunpoorlyandsuck" then we might not value your negative opinion on various Chevy products.
          oollyoumn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EZEE
          I was thinking of changing my user name. Nice suggestion.
        ElectricAvenue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Riiiight. Only goofs drive Leafs. Stereotype much?
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Dude . . . you drive a Smart ED. People in glass houses . . .
        garylai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Tesla Fan, Not everyone is so shallow.
        Vlad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        I personally saw in the Leaf the first pure EV that I could afford. Looks are secondary.
      Jim1961
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a Volt and my wife's car is a Leaf. They are both great cars but I must admit I like the Volt better. Better looks, a little more power, no range limitations. It handles well but the suspension isn't overly firm. And it's the least expensive forty thousand dollar car you can buy.
        eric.sales
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim1961
        Better looks?? well putting honey on a pile of shtt might help mask the smell too so ok!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only dolts buy this crap.
      GeorgeS
      • 1 Year Ago
      @Davemart Quote: "I'm into recycling, and expect to use the same joke annually for as long as the car remains in production. Get your groans in now, and get in ahead of the crowd!" I guess I'm going to groan because I bet the Leaf will be in production a long time. This is a good thing. but I'm getting a Tesla next.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GeorgeS
        @ GeorgeS I prefer the Volt/Ampera to the Leaf, but both are great cars. I want both vehicles to succeed, but I wonder if this invented rivalry is still relevant with so many EV's entering the market ? When I decided to order a RHD Tesla model S for use in the UK, I was a little disappointed by the lack of colour options (no Green). However, I've settled for a Black Signature edition with white interior, roof and spoilers, with 21" silver Wheels. Since the model S will join our company fleet as a limousine replacement for a 7 series BMW, I've been a bit apprehensive about the lack of size and rear head room, but the Tesla' s just too exceptional a vehicle not to include in the fleet ! ( I just wish it was British :) Despite being primarily used in London, because the Tesla is exempt from the £9 per day Congestion Charge, with gasoline over £6 gal, government incentives etc, the Tesla should pay for itself.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess the price drop caused a big splurge of sales and that has dropped off. But hopefully sales will remain consistent and move up. The Volt is a great car.
      eric
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other news, Coda sold one sedan. To me, lol.
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