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USA: Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-In, Nissan Leaf all see drastic sales drops in January

Sales of plug-in cars like the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-In, and Nissan Leaf saw big drops in sales in January compared to December sales. Despite January’s trend of being one of the slowest months for car sales, the sales drops for these battery-powered cars was significant. Price, limited inventories, and slow production on the cars have all been suggested as possible causes.

January sales on plug-ins like this Toyota Prius Plug-In, which saw a 36 percent sales drop from December, were down across the industry.

U.S. plug-in electric cars started 2013 slowly, as sales of the Chevrolet Volt, the Toyota Prius Plug-In and Nissan Leaf each had deep dropoffs in January from December.

Volt sales fell 57 percent in January from December, Leaf sales fell 56 percent and Prius Plug-In sales were down 36 percent. Industrywide, U.S. auto sales fell 23 percent from December, and rose 14.2 percent from last January.

Even after accounting for the fact that January is one of the slowest months of the year for auto sales, the dropoff for plug-in electric cars was considerable, said Michelle Krebs, analyst with Edmunds.com.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/plug-in-sales-drop-january-sales-article-1.1254764#ixzz2KSDEKe1S

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