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Are Lower Gas Prices Still The Primary Culprit?

Lower demand for hybrids, EVs again push down US green-car sales from year-earlier numbers

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Chevy Volt Has Reigned Supreme Since Early 2012

After many years of trailing the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf has finally secured the sales total lead. Until the next-gen Volt arrives in the second half of 2015, anyway.

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Plug-in Vehicle Sales Up 5.8 Percent Largely on Tesla

Green-car sales fell 8.9 percent in February compared to 2014 numbers. Faltering Ford and GM sales led the way.

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Used Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts Available For Fraction of New-Vehicle Price

Prices for used plug-in vehicles plunge on cheap leases, glut of lease returns from 2012.

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In February, Leaf Sales Were 1,198, Volt Down To 693

With the just-released February numbers, we discover that cumulative sales for the Nissan Leaf are 74,590 and the Chevy Volt has 74,592 since 2010.

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Nissan Leaf Sales Fall, While Toyota Green Car Sales Little Changed

US green-car vehicle sales in January fell 8.6 percent from a year earlier, as Ford, General Motors falter.

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Latest Sales Figures Prove Once Again That New Car Buyers Don't Like January

While January auto sales are always slow, the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf dropped like rocks last month, to almost historic levels.

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Annual Green Car Sales Drop 6.5 Percent Compared To 2013

US green-car sales in 2014 fell 6.5 percent from a year earlier as gas prices plunge. December green-car sales fall 7.8 percent.

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Annual Totals: 18,805 Volts And 30,200 Leafs

To close out the year, sales of the two most-popular plug-in vehicles in the US kept going in the direction that they had been all year. The Chevy Volt dropped and the Nissan Leaf had another record month.

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Sales Remain 'Geographically Inconsistent'

While 2014 has been a big year for plug-in vehicle sales – the biggest ever, in fact – the overall numbers are still small. In fact, a new study by The Research Capsule says that sale are "geographically inconsistent" and that only five countries will end the year with more than 10,000 EV sales.

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Last month, Nissan and BMW helped stem a disconcerting (for green-car watchers, at least) trend of declining year-over-year sales, as increased demand for the Japanese and German automakers' plug-in models made November slightly less painful than October. The year-over year decline of hybrid, plug-in and diesel sales narrowed to 10 percent in November from 13 percent in October, as Americans bought more than 43,000 new green cars. Last month's plug-in sales reversed their temporary decline, incr

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UC Davis Finds Current Situation 'Troubling'

"Help me help you!" Tom Cruise's title character pleaded repeatedly in the movie Jerry Maguire. That sentiment could be said by appears to be echoed by a UC Davis study that looks at why many car dealers are loathe to sell plug-in vehicles and how they can be, uh, helped.

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Low Gas Prices A Likely Culprit In Big Drop This Month

Like the sun rising in the east, we thought we could always count on year-over-year US plug-in vehicle sales to rise. No longer. Sadly, even counting Tesla Motors' sales isn't likely to change that.

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Nissan Has Now Sold More EVs In A Single Year Than Anyone, Ever In US

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Fans of small victories will appreciate the "progress" that Americans made with their purchases of green-car vehicles last month. Automakers and everyone else, though, will scratch their heads. That's because green-car sales had their fourth straight down month in September, as Americans purchased about 42,000 hybrids, plug-ins and diesels last month. And while the deficit compared to last year wasn't as steep as August's 11 percent year-over-year decline, sales were still down 9.6 percent and c

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Leaf EV Sels 2,881 While Volt PHEV Moves 1,394

The Nissan Leaf continues its streak of "best month ever" sales with 2,881 EVs sold in September. Compared to the 1,953 sold in September 2013, that represents an increase of 47.5 percent and, as Nissan itself must be tired of saying by now, it marks yet another best month ever, same as last month and now the 19th in a row. Okay, sure, we know, Nissan will tout this run for as long as it can, but we're certainly expecting it each month, so if it ever doesn't happen, it'll be interesting to see

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The end of summer seems to inspire people to go out and buy a lot of plug-in vehicles. Last year, for example, the Chevy Volt had its best month ever in August, with 3,351 sales. This year, the Nissan Leaf is going up to the winner's podium, setting its own best-ever record with 3,186 units sold.

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Heaven help the analyst trying to get a handle on year-over-year green-car sales numbers, because there is little rhyme or reason to them. Just when one would think the usual summertime bump in gas prices may spur more Americans to buy hybrids, plug-ins or diesels, the industry turns in another down month in July.

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It was a good sales month for both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, with the two 'elder statesman' plug-in vehicles reaching numerical milestones in July. The Leaf sold 3,019 units and the Volt crossed the 2,000 sales level for the first time in 2014, hitting 2,020 sales. With Tesla also announcing it is delivering around 2,500 Model S EVs a month (but that's globally, compared to the US-only numbers for the Volt and Leaf we're talking about here) and Ford's plug-in vehicles selling well, we

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High Demand From Europe, Japan Mean No US Version For Now

It can be difficult to see from the US, where the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is not yet available, but the all-wheel drive SUV is a big hit in Europe and Japan. In fact, we learned at the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA this week that Mitsubishi has sold over 33,000 copies of the PHEV around the world.

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For The First Time, Fusion Energy Beats Chevy Volt

We have to blame the VW oil burners and Malibu mild-hybrids.

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