Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Nov: Leaf Grows, Volt Wanes (FINAL UPDATE) Page 2

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Of the vehicles with sales reported thus far, the Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe saw 155 deliveries in November, bringing total sales to

The sexy BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupe with the gull-wing doors delivered 126 units, down from last month's record 208, but still bringing the four-month total to 397.

And the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, the compact five-door hatchback with a Tesla-engineered powertrain, saw 193 sales--double its best previous month, October, and bringing its five-month total to 448.

The Ford Focus Electric--which some view as a compliance car and others don't--sold 191 units in November, bringing its 11-month total to 1,911.

MORE: BMW Unveiled Not Just One, But Three Plug-In Hybrids Last Week

Finally, we get to four models that are clearly compliance cars, sold solely to meet California's zero-emission vehicle sales requirements.

Those include the Chevrolet Spark EV (of which 61 were sold, for a year-to-date total of 1,014) and the Fiat 500e (for which Chrysler refuses to break out sales).

It also includes two vehicles now in the waning days of their lives: the Honda Fit EV and the Toyota RAV4 EV.

The RAV4 EV delivered 73 cars last month, bringing its overall total to 2,435--meaning that only 150 or so remain to be delivered before Toyota approaches its production cap of 2,600.

And just 5 Honda Fit EVs were delivered in February, the lowest since sales began in mid-2012. A total of 1,037 Fit EVs has been leased since then, nearing its own cap of 1,100.

Rounding out the list of electric cars sold in the U.S. is the Kia Soul EV, now in its second month of sales. Kia so far refuses to release sales figures for its electric Soul--putting it in the questionable company of Fiat's 500e.


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