2015 Nissan LeafEnlarge Photo
Sales of plug-in electric cars in April held few real surprises, coming in at about the average rate of previous months.
The now-aging Nissan Leaf saw deliveries of 1,553 units last month, bringing the year's total to 5,638 and the total delivered in the U.S. since December 2010 to almost 78,000.
The Leaf is by far the world's best-selling electric car, with global sales expected to cross the 200,000 mark sometime this summer.
The range-extended electric Chevrolet Volt, meanwhile, saw 905 sales and leases in April, its highest monthly total since last December.
The Volt continues its long, drawn-out wind-down before production of the new 2016 Volt starts later this year.
That brings the year's four-month Volt sales to 2,779, and overall sales since December 2010 to 76,136.
The Leaf passed the Volt last month to become the best-selling plug-in car in the U.S.
"Truck and crossover sales have been strong all year," in the words of Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations for GM--a segment in which no plug-in vehicles are presently offered.
Spark EV is a shock
Perhaps the month's biggest surprise was the 920 Chevrolet Spark EV electric minicars sold and leased to both retail and fleet customers during April.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV - Driven, July 2014 (NWAPA Drive Revolution)Enlarge Photo
The little compliance car normally averages about 100 sales per month, though it sold 151 copies in March, its second-best total since the June 2013 launch.
But the April total of 920 is more than five times its previous-best total of 182 (in May 2014), and likely reflects the effects of price cuts in the three states where it's now sold.
As our colleagues at Autoblog Green pointed out in a tweet, that means the Spark EV actually outsold the Volt--for the first time ever.
Sales of the BMW i3, however, were down significantly. Last month's total was 406, the lowest number since last July.
The i3's four-month total is now 3,087, and 9,179 have been sold since sales began a year ago.
As always, Tesla Motors declines to report monthly sales broken down by country or region, so we don't know how many of its Model S luxury electric sedans it has delivered.