This might be the right time to begin separating monthly sales of plug-in hybrids vehicles from battery vehicles. So here goes.
Plug-in hybrids (PHV) August Sales.
The August PHV sales were up by 83% over July’s sales. Volt led this category with 3,351 vehicle sales and a 52% share of this market. Volt year-to-date sales were 14, 994. The Prius PHV sales were 1,791 and with year-to-date sales of 6,822. Others making a showing were Ford C-Max with sales of 621 and Ford Fusion Energi with 600.
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The chart does show some reasonably good upward movement for PHEV sales. But not to get too excited just yet, Green Car Congress posts that: “With overall light-duty vehicles sales of 1,503,151 units in August (up 17% year-on-year), according to AutoData, plug-in hybrids had a 0.4% share of the August new vehicle market.”
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) August Sales
The Nissan LEAF August sales were 2,420 with year-to-date sales at 14,123.
Tesla is the elephant in the room. The next report on sales will be at the end of the third quarter so it is a guess where they rank in the scheme of things. Green Car Congress reports sales of Leafs plus a number of other models with sales in the 200 or below would add to August BEV sales of 3,206. They estimate that upward of 1700 Teslas were probably sold in August increasing the total BEV August sales to about 4,900 units. BEV sales would be about 0.3% of the August new vehicle sales.
Still far from impressive.