2013 Ford Fusion Energi
Last month's plug-in hybrid sales charts are have acquired a blue tinge: In October's sales of plug-in hybrids, Ford overtook Toyota for the first time ever in overall deliveries.
October sales for the Ford C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid models added up to 2,179 vehicles, compared to 2,095 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrids sold.
However, neither individual model outsold the Prius Plug-In. The C-Max Energi accounted for 1,092 sales, while the Fusion Energi racked up 1,087 sales.
October was also the first month that either Energi model has exceeded sales of 1,000 units in 2013. To date, Ford has delivered 5,386 C-Max and 4,428 Fusion Energi plug-ins so far in 2013.
Last month was the second in a row in which Ford posted a record number of plug-in hybrid sales. October's total was a 45-percent increase over the 1,508 total vehicles sold in September.
Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
As well as taking the plug-in-hybrid sales crown away from the Prius, the two Ford Energi models also outsold the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car.
Chevy sold 2,022 Volts in October, a 14-percent boost from September's total of 1,766.
The two Ford plug-in hybrids together also topped the Nissan Leaf electric car's 2,002 October deliveries.
Ford's strong showing in October marks a resurgence of plug-in hybrids, which surprised analysts by outselling battery-electric cars through the first six months of this year--largely due to strong numbers posted by the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan.
For its part, the Toyota Prius Plug-In's October sales total of 2,095 units was a huge increase over September's number of 1,152--possibly due to a price cut on the 2014 plug-in model.
Meanwhile, 71 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrids were delivered, bringing total deliveries since January to 420.