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Plug-In Electric Car Sales For 2013 Near Double Previous Year’s: UPDATE

In their third full year of sales, more plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S. than ever before.

The 2013 total of roughly 96,000 90,000 electric vehicles didn’t quite double the 2012 total of about 53,000, but with 16 different plug-in cars offered for sale as of this month, the numbers seem likely to grow again this year.

And last year’s total was more than five times the total first-year sales of 17,500 in 2011.

As it has been since going on sale in December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car was the plug-in leader, with a total of 23,094 sales last year–just slightly down on the 23,461 deliveries in 2012, though far ahead of the first-year total of 7,671 in 2011.

It’s worth noting that General Motors also sold 6 Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury sport coupes, even at a $76,000 starting price.

2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

But for the first time, the Nissan Leaf was hot on the Volt’s heels, with total 2013 deliveries of 22,610.

The 2013 total was boosted by a last-minute 2,529 sold in December, the highest single-month Leaf sales in three years, and better than the Volt’s 2,392 for December.

That Leaf total is, of course, far better than its 2012 number of 9,819 or the 2011 total of 9,674, supplied by cars from a single Leaf plant in Oppama, Japan.

Now that the Leaf and its lithium-ion battery are assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, you can expect higher sales volumes throughout 2014.


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