Plug-In Electric Car Sales For 2015 Fall Slightly From 2014 Page 2

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2014 BMW i3 REx, scenic New Jersey, Apr 2015 [photo by owner Tom Moloughney]

2014 BMW i3 REx, scenic New Jersey, Apr 2015 [photo by owner Tom Moloughney]

BMW sold 11,024 i3s last year, against 6,092 in the eight months of 2014 it was on sale. (For May through December last year, i3 sales were 7,937, or 30 percent more than the same period in 2014.)

And the Volkswagen e-Golf delivered a surprisingly high total of 4,232 sales last year, with an especially strong fourth quarter in particular.

Perhaps not coincidentally, that corresponded precisely to the period in which all of Volkswagen's TDI diesel vehicles were pulled off sale after the VW diesel-emission cheating scandal erupted in mid-September.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

Plug-in hybrids

The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid--which had sold 12,000 to 13,300 units in 2012, 2013, and 2014--saw sales fall to just 4,191 after production ended last summer.

A plug-in version of the new fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid is expected to be unveiled at an auto show this year as a 2017 model.

Sources suggest it could have 25 to as much as 35 miles of electric range, against the low 11 miles of the previous version.

Both of Ford's plug-in hybrid Energi models saw sales decline last year over their 2014 totals.

The Fusion Energi mid-size sedan fell to 9,750 from 11,550 in 2014, and the C-Max Energi compact tall hatchback declined to 7,591 from 8,433.

2016 Ford Fusion Energi

2016 Ford Fusion Energi

Finally, the low-volume Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid sedan made its final bow last year, with only 64 delivered against 449 in 2014.

It is to be supplanted by a new plug-in hybrid model expected to use the underpinnings of the 2017 Honda Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell sedan, which will also spawn an all-electric version as well--sometime in the future.

Low-volume plug-in hybrids

Following those eight higher-volume plug-in cars, there are close to two dozen other models that sell in much smaller volumes.

Among the plug-in hybrids, we've covered the Cadillac ELR and Honda Accord already.

2016 BMW i8

2016 BMW i8

The pricey, sexy BMW i8 gull-wing plug-in hybrid coupe delivered 2,265 sales last year, its first full year on sale.

Not bad for a car that costs $140,000 and up, although--as we've said before--we think it'd sell equally well even if powered by coal and ground-up baby seals.

Porsche, too, has pricey plug-in hybrids; last year it delivered 1,098 Cayenne S e-Hybrid SUVs and another 407 Panamera S e-Hybrid luxury sedans.

And a new entrant, Audi, got its first plug-in hybrid certified at the very end of December, squeaking into the current calendar year with only a couple of selling days.

The Audi A3 e-Tron sold 49 units in December, and with Audi's ambitious goals for the car--and all A3 TDI diesel models pulled off sale as well--we look forward to seeing how it sells this year.

2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Sportback, San Francisco Bay Area, Oct 2015

2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Sportback, San Francisco Bay Area, Oct 2015

Small numbers of plug-in hybrids from Mercedes-Benz have also been delivered, likely less than 200 each of the S 550e, ML/GLE 550e, and C 400e.

Similarly, BMW snuck a few low-volume plug-in hybrids onto sale this year, with deliveries of the BMW X5 xDrive 40e starting in 2015.

There's also the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid and the Volvo XC90 T8 'Twin Engine' SUV. We'll add precise figures as we track them down.


 
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