Plug-in sales dropped slightly in November with Nissan Leaf's steady sales unable to make up for the drop in Chevy Volt sales, Voelcker writes. The Chevy Volt range-extended electric car, logged 1,519 sales.
With just a month left in the year, up to 50,000 electric cars are likely to find buyers during 2012--almost triple the 2011 total of about 17,500.
This year's sales leader, the Chevy Volt range-extended electric car, logged 1,519 sales.
That brings the Volt's total so far this year to 20,828, though the November number is barely more than half the October total of 2,961--a number helped bynow-expired sales incentives.
"We had a really low daily stock for most of the month," she continued, "and expect to have more Volts available in December."
Sales of the Toyota Prius Plug-In, the second best-selling car with a plug, will be reported later today.
While it has the lowest electric range (6 miles continuous, 11 miles total) of any plug-in car on the market, the plug-in Prius clearly benefits from being part of the best-known family hybrids in the world.
Sales of the Nissan Leaf battery-electric car rose to 1,539, almost matching last month's total of 1,579, and more than double its November sales of 672 a year ago. November marks only the second time this year that more than 1,000 Leafs have found buyers.
That still leaves the Leaf in third place, however, with 8,330 sales so far this year. If the December sales keep pace, it will at least ensure that more Leafs are sold this year than last year's 9,674.
Ford will break out the sales of its plug-in Energi models, along with the battery-powered FordFocus Electric, in a report due tomorrow.
Analysts suggest a likely number might be in the mid- to high hundreds, but the actual number won't be known until Tesla's quarterly report in early January.
Smaller makes Fisker, Coda, and Wheego also do not report monthly sales.
[Editor's note: The name of Nissan's alternative-energy vehicle was misspelled in the summary of the original version of this blog.]