Electric Car Sales Triple In 2012

January 9, 2013 10:37 AM

Electric Car Sales Triple In 2012
" U.S. car buyers took home about 17,500 plug-in electric cars in 2011.

Last year, the numbers got better.

A lot better.

In 2012, about 53,000 electric cars were likely sold–essentially triple the prior year’s number.

Not bad, huh?

We know that at least 50,000 sales of plug-in cars will have been reported by Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota.

We don’t have final sales figures from Tesla, and won’t until Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] releases its fourth-quarter financial results, most likely in early February.

We also don’t have data on electric-car sales from Fisker, Coda, or Wheego.

But here’s what we do have data on.

Chevrolet Volt

Hands down, the Volt has become the most popular plug-in electric car in the U.S.

Despite hostility to the car among certain sectors of the media, the Volt’s shaky start in 2011 has solidified into a sales lead for the range-extended electric car.

In December, Chevy sold 2,633 Volts, bringing its year’s total to 23,461. That’s three times the 7,671 sold in 2011, and it locks the Volt into the leading position among all plug-in cars on sale in the U.S "

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