March Plug-In Electric Car Sales: Tesla On Top, Leaf Roars Back (FINAL UPDATE) Page 2

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2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

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Next: Tesla Q1 sales call in May

Analysts will now be looking for comments from Tesla--which may not come until its Q1 earnings call in May--about the level of reservations for Model S.

Not all reservation-holders will convert into sales, but the rate at which the company can add new reservations versus starting to clear its queue of more than 10,000 Model S depositors will be keenly watched as an indicator of its ability to sustain sales beyond its first audience of early adopters.

Finally, one note on sales outside the U.S.: In its first full month of deliveries, 1,089 Renault Zoe all-electric subcompact hatchbacks were registered last month in France.

That number is fully 80 percent of plug-in electric car sales in the country for March.

French carmaker Renault is an alliance partner of Nissan, with the two companies together having delivered 70,000 battery-electric vehicles since December 2010.

The Zoe is its first high-volume battery electric vehicle, following the Kangoo ZE small electric delivery van and the low-volume Fluence ZE mid-size sedan with a swappable battery pack, designed for--and mostly sold to--the Israeli company Better Place.

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