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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In June: Leaf's Best-Ever June, Volt Up On May (FINAL UPDATE)

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2012 Nissan Leaf in the autumn outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [photo: Ricardo Borba]

2012 Nissan Leaf in the autumn outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [photo: Ricardo Borba]

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It hasn't reached the heady heights of May's record-breaking sales tally, but Nissan still has the highest-selling mainstream electric vehicle on the market.

Nissan rounds off the month's sales having moved 2,347 Leafs.

That's 770 fewer than May's best-ever Leaf sales total, but it's still a record for June, up 5.5 percent on last year's June total.

June's sales bring the Leaf's year-to-date total to 12,736 cars, further increasing its lead over the Chevrolet Volt and other electric vehicles for 2014.

It's also the Leaf's sixteenth straight month of record sales, and means Leaf deliveries are up almost a third over the same period in 2013.

The Chevrolet Volt didn't beat its best-ever monthly total in June, but managed to build upon May's 1,684 total with 1,777 cars finding homes last month.

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Unfortunately for Chevrolet, that's still a third down on June 2013's total, but continues the model's reasonably consistent sales for another month. The Volt's 2014 total is now up to 8,615, and its 43-month lifetime tally tops 63,167 cars.

Chevrolet also offers the Spark EV in its plug-in car lineup, and while overall sales of the diminutive electric car are nothing to write home about, the model is selling strongly next to last year's figures.

Chevy moved 85 Spark EVs in June, a full 215 percent increase over June 2013. That's 97 fewer than May though, and brings the compliance car's 2014 total to 454.

The other volume electric car we're keeping our eye on is the BMW i3.

June sales just topped those of May, its first month on sale. With 358 cars finding homes, BMW beat May's total by 22 units, and brings 2014's two-month tally to 694 cars

We will continue to update this article as sales figures for other electric, range-extended and plug-in hybrid cars come in.

Tesla Motors does not report monthly sales data for its Model S electric car, but we're continuing to estimate around 1,200 cars per month in the U.S, as the factory concentrates on meeting deliveries in Europe and China.

Its 2014 total is likely to be somewhere over the 7,200 cars mark, and its U.S. total may now exceed 28,000 cars.


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