|Star of the Month|
The Missing Piece Edition
A record 12.913 plug-ins were sold in the US last month (120k YTD, also a new record), which is the is the best result ever by a single market, and much of this result should be credited to Tesla, thanks to the AWD models, it sold a record 3.500 units, the best result for a single model in the US and the best result anywhere for a BEV, as well as a return to the US monthly leadership, the first since April '13.
Despite Toyota and Ford dragging down the market, both the Model S , together with the new EV Best Seller in the United States, the Nissan Leaf, were responsible for almost 7.000 of those 13k record.
A mention to the good results by Daimler, the veteran Smart Fortwo ED made a new personal best, with 351 sales (And over a third of Smart US sales), while the Merc B-Class ED (326 units), is slowly winning pace, the question many ask now is: "Will it be a real fighter to the BMW i3?".
|5||Ford Fusion Energi||789|
Speaking of full year performances, the Nissan Leaf recovered the Best Seller title it had won in 2011 (With 9.674 units then, that result would put it in #6 on this years ranking) and established a new worldwide YTD record to beat: 30.200 units. The japanese hatch is more and more the golden standard when it comes to electric cars.
In Second we have the car that is still the most common plug-in in America, the Chevrolet Volt, leader in 2010, 2012 and 2013, this time it was way behind (Some 12.000 units way behind) the leader, worst still is that it hasn't won a monthly Best Seller title in over a year (Since August '13, to be exact) and it has been losing sales since 2012 (23.461 then, 23.094 in '13, 18.805 now), the sooner the Second Generation Volt arrives, the better.
The Model S by Tesla ended more or less with the same units of last year and with the same Bronze Medal, things were a bit bumpy this year for Tesla, with a weak summer season, but a strong year-end combined with a dismal second year half from the Prius Plug-In were enough to recover the Third Spot and even close in to the Number Two.
Looking at the manufacturers ranking, Nissan (25% Share) continued head and shoulders above the rest, with Ford in Second Place with 18% share and Chevrolet in Third (17%).
For 2015, a lot will depend on the 2nd Gen Volt and Tesla Model X launch timings, both will win many consumers and contribute extensively for the global outcome, regarding the existing models, the Leaf might see its share drop a little (It is a 2010 car, after all), while the Model S will have a strong beginning of the year (Maybe even an early leader), while the BMW i3 could win some Third spots over some months.
For a volume number to forecast in twelve months from now, i would go for 150.000 units.
|3||Tesla Model S e)||3.500||17.300||14|
|4||Toyota Prius Plug-In||492||13.264||11|
|5||Ford Fusion Energi||789||11.550||10|
|6||Ford C-Max Energi||659||8.433||7|
|8||Smart Fortwo ED||351||2.594||2|
|9||Ford Focus Electric||53||1.964||2|
|Toyota RAV4 EV|
Chevrolet Spark EV
Porsche Panamera PHEV
Mercedes B-Class ED
Honda Accord Plug-In
Honda Fit EV
Kia Soul EV
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In