2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013Enlarge Photo
Sales of plug-in electric cars continued at a relatively steady pace in July, keeping the sector on track for something near 100,000 sales by the end of the year.
While last month's half-year total wasn't quite enough to double the 2012 total of 53,000 electric cars, sales are now running at an average of more than 7,000 a month--with variations in each car from month to month.
Nissan sold 1,864 Leaf battery-electric cars--a record for July sales, though not an all-time monthly high.
That brings Leaf sales for the first seven months of 2013 to 11,703, which is more Leafs than the company sold in the U.S. during all of 2011 or 2012.
Sales of the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, on the other hand, totaled 1,788 in July, fewer than the 1,849 sold in July of 2012.
Total Volt sales are 11,643 in the first seven months of the year, versus 10,666 at the same time last year.
As for plug-in hybrids, Toyota sold 817 plug-in Prius models during July, against 688 during July 2012.
But the total of 5,031 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrids sold so far during 2013 is essentially flat against the 5,035 for the same period last year.
Honda sold another 54 of its 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, more than it's delivered in a single month since the car went on sale six months ago. The year's total is now 254.
Sales of the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid were 433, bringing the seven-month total to 2,915.
Meanwhile, the Ford Fusion Energi delivered 407 cars, for a total through July of 1,991.
Low-volume and compliance cars
Among plug-in cars selling in low volume, sales of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV for July were 46, bringing the year's total to 928.
In fact, it was outsold in July by the Smart Electric Drive, of which 58 found buyers. That bumps the total through July to 173.
In its second month on sale, still filling the delivery pipeline, General Motors sold 103 Chevrolet Spark EVs--in California and Oregon only.
And the Ford Focus Electric, the car its maker keeps insisting won't sell well? It didn't: 150 new Focus Electrics were delivered in July, for a yearly total to date of 1,050.
Toyota delivered 109 of its Tesla-powered RAV4 EVs--more than double last month's figure of 44--bringing the year's total to 517.
Honda leased 63 Fit EVs during July, bringing the year's total to 354. The company does not sell its electric conversion outright, but only offers it on a three-year lease.
This month will see the first sales of the Fiat 500e compliance car in California, although Fiat has not committed to breaking out its sales--so the small numbers of the well-reviewed electric car may remain unknown.
The only other carmaker that refuses to report monthly sales of its plug-in cars is Tesla.
We'll find out how many Model S electric luxury sport sedans the company sold from April through June when Tesla reports its second-quarter financial results later this month.
We will update this story throughout the day as additional sales figures come in.