Chevy Volt Leads Growing Plug-In Vehicle Market

For July, the Chevrolet Volt again led the small-but-expanding North American market of all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids, with 1,849 sales representing an uptick of 89 units more than June, and the Volt’s second-best month since selling 2,289 in March.

Following the Chevy was Toyota’s Prius PHEV with 688 units sold. It stayed very consistent next to its 695 sold in June. Nissan’s ailing Leaf – with yet-to-be answered questions about heat-induced battery degradation – saw sales decline to 395 units from 535 in June.

Next in line from the Leaf comes the Ford’s Focus Electric with just 38 units sold, down from 89 in June. And doing comparably, was the Misubishi i-MiEV with 33 units – the exact same number reported in June. Mitsubishi is now selling this car through certified i-MiEV dealers in all states except Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota, with no plans for U.S. territories at this time.

After Mitsubishi comes Honda Motor Co., which dipped its toes in with its first seven California-lease-only Fit EVs sold to retail customers.

Smart delivered just six ForTwo EVs in July compared to 127 in June. BMW’s limited-availability Active E went to zero last month, compared to 79 in June.

Fisker and Tesla have chosen not to report sales on a regular monthly basis, but if we’re able to get that info later we will post it.

More competition is on its way, including the $33,745 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid due this fall. It will have 20 miles all-electric range and a combined rating of 95 mpg.

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  • YegorT

    Thank you for the numbers!

  • Van

    I wonder if the plunging profits of GM indicate increased Volt sales, or decreased high profit margin vehicle sales?

  • ACAgal

    From what I’ve read, GM is hurt by the falling Euro. Apparently sales overseas have been quite strong.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    On the Fisker plug-in is all electric at any speeds like the Volt….


  • Capt601

    Actually the fisker and volt are both hybrids. Not pure electric. Only for very short range and then become gas guzzlers with around 30-40 mpg. Just advertised as electric to fool the public.

  • Duncan

    @Capt601, “very short range” is typically 40 milles or more. For many people that is more than enough for their daily use to be entirely electric. In the two weeks since I bought my Volt the only times I’ve used any gas were the trip home from the dealer (90 miles and used 1.1 gallons after the battery expired), and one round trip of 49 miles which ran out of battery 0.4 miles from home.

    Perhaps you’re confusing the Volt with the plug-in Prius which does about 12 miles on electricity and even then only if you never exceed 50mph?

  • haroun

    Don’t be cynical!
    Gas guzzler nothing. I drive 34 miles to work and back; plug it in, eat dinner, ready to go. We’ve only bought 30 gal of gas since January.

  • healy

    People do want electric cars but they want tio know they will have extended range when the battery runs out. Extended range plug in cars is the future. The Volt with a 100 mile range would sell like crazy.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @ Capt601,

    You mean the Volt has a 38 miles rated EPA electric miles and it is the FASTEST EV for under $45k? In that case, sure…

    But within the battery range, Volt operates just like any other EVs except that it is the fastest one. Once the battery range is depleted, other EVs are dead weight that will require a diesel tow truck to tow it home, Volt will be driving home like a Hybrid….

  • orwa

    It’s only a hybrid once the battery runs out and then it is a series hybrid – not parallel. It eliminates range anxiety. We travel about 1500 miles a month and fill up about once every 3 months.