This June Ford finally posted electrified vehicle sales worthy of note. The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle sold 1,939 units, which was more than Tesla’s battery electric Vehicle (BEV) and more than the recent number two seller, the Prius Plug-In. Only the clear leader in US electric car sales, the Nissan Leaf, sold more.
2015 Ford Fusion Energi Sales Trend Up
The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi did not come out of left field. Last month, the Toyota Prius had a tremendous month of sales or the Fusion might have gotten some attention with its May sales of 1,342 units. If Ford maintains these sales numbers the Tesla Model S may be relegated to fifth place in US monthly sales. Tesla’s US sales have dipped back down to roughly 1,100 per month.
Plug-In Hybrids Are Where The Market Is Accelerating
In order to catch the Prius Plug-In for 2014 total sales the Ford Fusion Energi has some catching up to do. It would need to beat the Prius by 3,000 units between now and year’s end. That could happen, but it seems unlikely. Looking at the sales numbers it seems more reasonable to predict that the Ford could possibly catch the Volt and Tesla, though sales of these green cars tend to swing on so many variables it is really like reading tea leaves. Many EV advocates predicted that the Prius Plug-In would suffer a sales reduction when the California HOV stickers ran out. Instead The Prius with a plug's sales leapt up to their highest back to back months sales since the car’s introduction in 2012.
Could Toyota Be Right About Fully Electric Cars Not Working?
One trend worthy of its own separate article is that full electric vehicles are not selling better than vehicles with some form of electric drive combined with some form of gasoline engine to propel the vehicle. The Volt was the first of these "sort-of-electrics" and there are many more now. This is the dirty little secret that many in the EV community are not talking about. Gasp! Could Toyota be right! Horrors.
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Note: For this story we did not look at which model year made up the Ford's June sales, 2014 or 2105. Frankly, we don't think it matters. Ford is now advertising the 2015 Fusion Energi model.