EV sales strong in March, led by LEAF
Despite brutally cold weather in the first two months of 2014 for much of the US, electric vehicle sales improved by 25% over the same period last year (courtesy of Inside EVs). January and February set the stage for a strong month nearly across the board for EV sales in March. For the month 9,376 electric vehicles were sold, which represents a 17% increase over last March's 7,982 units.
March sales were highlighted by the Nissan LEAF, which moved 2,507 units in the month. Just shy of its own monthly sales record set last December, this represents a 12% increase over March of last year, the first month following a significant price cut. Nissan has sold 5,184 LEAFs year-to-date, which is a 46.5% improvement over last year’s totals but is skewed by the price cut that didn’t occur until after January and February of 2013.
The Toyota Prius plug-in model nearly doubled its March 2013 numbers, posting 1,452 sales that may have been inflated by vanishing HOV lane access stickers for plug-in hybrids in California. For the year, though, Toyota has moved 3,297 vehicles or 42% more than last year to this point.