Plug-in electric car sales in August: All-time Leaf high, Volt best in 12 months

Published: September 3, 2014

Plug-in electric car sales in August: All-time Leaf high, Volt best in 12 months

2015 Nissan Leaf

By John Voelcker, special from Green Car Reports

The best-selling electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf, logged its best-ever U.S. sales in August, selling a record 3,186 units.

This marks its 18th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, and brings the eight-month total to 18,941 and the total sold in almost four years to more than 61,000.

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The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, meanwhile, logged sales of 2,511, its best performance since August 2013. The deliveries increased its year-to-date total to 13,146.

With a new 2016 Volt to be introduced next January, sales of the current model (now in its fifth year) appear to have leveled off at roughly 2,000 per month.

A total of 67,698 Volts have been sold in the U.S. since the December 2010 introduction of the world's highest-production series hybrid vehicle.

Sales of the Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan are estimated, as usual, at about 1,200 units. Tesla Motors refuses to provide monthly sales data, unlike all other automakers.

Plug-in hybrids

Sales for the highest-volume plug-in hybrid cars will be reported later today.

This article will also be updated with sales of lower-volume and compliance cars, roughly defined as those selling 200 units per month or fewer.

The Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe, for example, delivered 196 units, bringing its 2014 sales total to 774 units.

Check back for periodic updates to this article throughout the day.

Figures for Ford plug-in vehicle sales will be added tomorrow; Ford's detailed sales breakout lags by one day.

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