Electric-Drive Car Sales Off to Slower Start In January

Sales of plug-in vehicles, including Chevy Volts, Nissan LEAFs and Toyota Prius PHV were all off their December 2012 highs.

Published: 03-Feb-2013

Electric vehicles and plug-in electric hybrids are off to a tough start in January after a disappointing 2012.

General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. all reported much lower sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids in January over December, citing lower inventory and the decision of many customers to buy before the end of the tax year.

GM said sales of its plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt rose 89 percent to 1,140 over January 2012.


Chevrolet Volt (top), Nissan LEAF (below).

Leaf sales increased 617 percent, year-over-year, while sales of the Volt increased 264 percent, according to the latest sales number from February.

Ford Focus EV now be leased for $199 a month.

As a percentage of total vehicle sales, Leaf sales in B.C. are more than double those in any other province.

Plugged in Ford electric vehicle.

Pike Research forecast for 2020 includes worldwide sales of electric and hybrid class vehicles, with the company reporting plug-in electric sales reaching 120,000 in 2012.


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