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Plug-In Car Sales Report: LEAF Withers, Fusion Energi Surges, Volt and Tesla Dominate

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At the end of 2015, sales of plug-in cars went about the same as they had for a while: in the lead was the Model S, using its cool factor to easily take top spot. After that came the LEAF, the EV that had been the most mainstream choice since its inception, then the Volt, the plug-in hybrid that gave the most electric range for the money, followed by the cool little BMW i3 and Ford Fusion Energi.

However, back in May, we heard rumblings that the plug-in car market was about to see a shake-up, as LEAF sales lagged behind the Fusion Energi while Volt sales continued to rise on the wave of its second generation. So, as the first half of the year comes to a close, we can see that this year’s top sellers are going to shuffle everything up.

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To begin with, the Model S continues its hold on the top spot (no surprise, there), followed by the still-popular Volt. However, the number three spot has been seized by the former number five, as sales of the Fusion Energi has bumped it up two spots. Following the Fusion closely is another Tesla, the Model X, which despite constraints still finds itself high on the list. Sales of the LEAF continue to fall behind, pushing the all-electric car to fifth place. As for the i3, well, it has been dropped down to a lowly seventh place behind another Ford, the C-Max Energi.

In large part due to the rising sales of the Volt and Fusion Energi, plug-in hybrids are gaining in popularity, climbing back to their peak levels last year around this same time. All-electric cars are still riding at about the same height as they did before, although I expect that to change come November when the Bolt starts hitting dealerships. Whether it does or not, though, EV sales are still on the rise, as this year has already seen two record sales months in the US (March and June), and the future seems bright as ranges rise and prices fall.

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News Source: InsideEVs.com

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    Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.

  • Steve

    Last year of the federal tax credit, that’s it’s why the volt is surging. Once $7500 disappears no one will buy them unless the price goes down. They will buy the Tesla model 3.

    • Daniel Susco

      That is a fair prediction, although a lot of people also seem to be predicting that once the incentive is gone, Chevy will just lower the price. I’m not sure that people interested in the Volt would jump ship for the Model 3, however, since however good it will be, it isn’t likely to get to their house for a good, long time and doesn’t have the same sort of gas/electric flexibility of the Volt.