Nissan Leaf Tops Plug-In Car Sales for March
Plug-in vehicles are still a small part of the market, but March proved to be a successful month for these cars. Around 9,000 electric cars were sold, up from 6,900 in February. The Nissan Leaf has been on a sales spree for the entire year, and last month continued the trend. So far this year, sales are up 47 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The Leaf managed to set an all-time record for March with 2,507 units sold. Along with its success in the U.S., the Leaf remains the best-selling EV in the world. In second but far behind is the Chevrolet Volt. Sales of this plug-in car have dropped about 15 percent for the year. In March, however, the Volt stayed steady at 1,478 units sold. Par for the course, Tesla has not released monthly sales for its Model S all-electric luxury sedan. It likely, however, didn't beat the two top contenders. A competitor, the all-new Cadillac ELR, started its first March with 81 units. Other lower volume electric vehicles include the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, the Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi , and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Sadly, the new Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid recorded only 18 sales, much lower than usual. Even more sadly, this car was outdone by the Mitsubishi i-MiEV minicar, of which 24 units were sold. This is tragic. Hopefully Honda's plug-in will do better next time. Sources: Nissan, Chevrolet, Green Car Reports
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