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March 2013 Proves Best-Ever Month for USA Electric-Drive Car Sales

During March 2013, sales of all-electric cars outpaced sale of electric-hybrid models, according to EDTA analysis.

Published: 07-Apr-2013

While Nissan's 2013 Leaf is setting sales records, the overall market for electrified vehicles is beginning to take off. March 2013 saw the largest sales of all electric vehicles ever, and the first month where all electric vehicle sales outstripped plug-in hybrid sales. It's not just a one-month blip either, but there is a solid trend of electric vehicle sales growth in EDTA's figures beginning in September 2012. This turns out to match the growth of Tesla Model S sales.



Plug In Car Sales from 2012 through March 2013.

EDTA's figures do not break down sales by model, unfortunately. They show in March 2013 hybrid sales were 46,327 units, plug-in hybrid sales were 3,079 units, and battery electric sales were 4,553 units for a total of 53,959 units. In Feb. 2013 the figures were 40,173 hybrids, 2,789 plug-in hybrids, 2,616 battery electrics, for a total of 45,578. In Jan. 2013 the figures were 34,611 hybrids, 2,354 plug-in hybrids, 2,022 battery electrics, for a total of 38,987. The totals for 2013 stand at 121,111 hybrids, 8,222 plug-in hybrids, and 9,191 battery electrics.

TorqueNews' own reporting focuses on Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, with Nissan sold just 1,303 Leaf's in January and February combined and surging to 2,236 Leaf's sold in March, for a total of 3,549 sold since the beginning of the year. For the Volt the figures are 2,766 Volt's for January and February combined, 1,478 Volts in March, and 4,244 sold for the year.

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