March Auto Sales: 2013 Nissan LEAF Overtakes Chevy Volt
Toyota Sweeps Hybrid Podium with Prii, Camry Hybrid
Well, it looks like that new, more affordable version of the 2013 Nissan LEAF is hitting ye olde sweet spot with EV buyers. Now on sale with a starting price that’s some $6,000 lower than for the 2012 model, the LEAF had its highest monthly sales volume ever in this country: 2,236 deliveries that marked a 286.2 percent year-over-year increase and helped Nissan's all-electric LEAF outsell the Chevy Volt for the first time in more than a year.
As a reminder, the MSRP for the 2013 Nissan LEAF is a friendly $28,800, and with $7,500 in federal tax credits, the net cost to drivers is a mere $21,300; in California and other states with their own incentives, that amount can drop even further. (See: http://www.autobytel.com/nissan/leaf/news/nissan-net-price-of-2013-nissan-leaf-slashed-to-18-800-115033/.)
March also saw a new name charge to the top of the first-quarter EV sales rankings: the Tesla Model S. According to the folks at the Hybrid Cars Dashboard, who provided all the numbers here, the Tesla S delivered approximately 1,950 units last month to become the best-selling plug-in vehicle in the country through the first three months of the year. The car’s Q1 sales of about 4,750 units were 500 more than the No. 2 player, which was the Chevy Volt, with 4,244 sales during that time.
Overall, sales of plug-in vehicles climbed 84.3 percent last month, albeit on just 7,632 deliveries that represented 0.53 percent of the market. Other notable EV/plug-in performers last month included:
- Toyota Prius Plug-in—786 sales, -11.8 percent
- Ford C-MAX Energi—494 sales in its first March on the market
- Ford Fusion Energi—295 sales, also new in March
- Ford Focus EV—180 sales, also new in March
- Toyota RAV4 EV—133 sales, also new in March