October Plug-In Electric Car Sales: Volt, Leaf Stay Strong

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The good news for plug-in electric car sales just keeps on keeping on.

In October, Chevy sold 2,961 Volts--the highest-ever single-month total--and Nissan continued a recent resurgence, selling 1,579 Leafs.

Those numbers compare with 2,851 Volts sold in September and 984 Leafs the same month.

That brings 2012 sales for each car to 19,309 for the Volt and 6,791 for the Leaf.

October sales of the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, the third of the three best-selling plug-in cars in the U.S. market, totaled 1,889 units--its best month ever, bringing the year's total to 9,623.

For the second-tier players, Mitsubishi sold 30 'i' battery-electric cars in October, bringing the year's total to 469.

In a first, more than 100 Ford Focus Electric hatchbacks were sold in October: 118 to be specific.

And in a surprise, Ford also sold 144 of the plug-in hybrid Ford C-Max Energi--earlier than expected--meaning that the company sold more than 250 plug-in cars in a month for the first time ever.

To round up the compliance cars that recently went on sale, there were 16 Honda Fit EVs leased in October, along with sales of 47 Toyota RAV4 EV all-electric crossovers.

As for the Tesla Model S, it would appear that Tesla just built its 1,000th body for the all-electric luxury sport sedan last weekend, but we don't know how many cars it delivered.

Because Tesla refuses to release monthly sales figures, as every other automaker does, we can only estimate that--at best--Tesla delivered a few hundred Model S cars to buyers.

Of the other makers of plug-in electric cars, Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive decline to provide any monthly sales data.

Overall, the sales reports for October put plug-in sales on track to reach 35,000 to 40,000 sales for the calendar year 2012.

That number would be more than twice the total of roughly 17,500 sold in 2011.

But then, plug-in electric cars are a sales failure--at least if you listen to some news outlets.

With two months left, what's your prediction for the final 2012 sales total for plug-in electric cars?

Leave us your best estimate in the Comments below.

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