Plug-in car sales hit new highs

Maybe we’re starting to sound like a broken record. Every month in this newsletter it seems like we’re reporting that sales of plug-in vehicles set new records the previous month.

Well, we hope you like that tune because we’re playing it again this month.

Sales of the two highest-volume plug-in electric cars soared in August, with both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf setting all-time monthly sales records, according to a report in Green Car News.

Total EV sales topped 10,000 for the month, the first time it’s ever reached that mark.

Chevrolet delivered 3,351 Volts in August, totaling just under 15,000 Volts sold for the first two-thirds of 2013. Last month's number is a 24-percent increase over 2013's previous best of 2,698 in June. The Volt's previous best-ever sales month was in October 2012, when Chevy sold 2,961--not quite exceeding the 3,000 barrier it broke through this month.

Not to be outdone, Ford delivered its best August electrified vehicle sales ever (this includes their non plug-in hybrids), with more than 8,292 sales, up 288 percent over the same period a year ago. August marks the eleventh consecutive month that Ford has achieved electrified vehicle sales records, according to a company press release.

Ford C-MAX hybrid sales jumped twelve percent in August over the previous month, with 3,032 units sold; they also set a record for C-Max Energi sales, too, the plug-in versions.