Plug-in elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cle sales are on their way to mov¬≠ing past 2011 results (about 17,000 last year and over 14,000 in the first five months of this year), whether or not that‚Äôs sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant to auto indus¬≠try ana¬≠lysts. Plug-in hybrid/extended range cars are con¬≠tin¬≠u¬≠ing to take the lead, with the Chevy Volt tak¬≠ing back its top spot over the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Toy¬≠ota is con¬≠tin¬≠u¬≠ing to dom¬≠i¬≠nate hybrid elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cle sales, account¬≠ing for two thirds of hybrid sales in May 2012. Its three Prius hybrid vari¬≠a¬≠tions and Cam¬≠ry hybrid are lead¬≠ing the cat¬≠e¬≠go¬≠ry. May hybrid sales were down from the pre¬≠vi¬≠ous month, but were up dra¬≠mat¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly rel¬≠a¬≠tive to May 2011 when avail¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty was lim¬≠it¬≠ed due to the earthquake/tsunami.
One of the more sur¬≠pris¬≠ing things to see on the sales fig¬≠ure chart is the fact that the Ford Focus Elec¬≠tric has only sold eight units since being launched this year. Ford Motor Co. has been aggres¬≠sive¬≠ly mar¬≠ket¬≠ing the Focus Elec¬≠tric for the past cou¬≠ple of years on TV and social media. Per¬≠haps the Ford C-Max plug-in hybrid will be more com¬≠pet¬≠i¬≠tive with the Volt and Prius Plug-in, though that Ford pro¬≠duc¬≠tion won‚Äôt be com¬≠ing out until 2013.