Hybrid Cars published its monthly round-up of hybrid sales. May 2018 showed sales up year on year and from last month. Plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles pushed the growth in sales. Full hybrids, however, saw a continued decrease as the Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion sold fewer models.
There were 31,918 hybrid cars sold in May, with the Toyota Prius Liftback and Ford Fusion Hybrid leading the category. Though both models sold over 4500 units, the numbers were down significantly off of this time last year. However, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid sold well.
11,236 plug-in hybrids were sold in May with the Toyota Prius Prime leading the category by a wide margin. The Prius Prime performed well compared to the previous month and to the same month last year. Hybrid Cars estimates that the Chevrolet Volt sold the second highest amount of PHEVs in May. (As noted previously, General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent, no longer reports hybrid sales numbers monthly.)
Tesla again led the category for battery electric vehicles, selling more than 9,300 units out of the total 12,996 for the month. 6300 units of the Tesla Model 3, 1500 of the Model S, and 1500 of the Model X were sold in May. Though Tesla took the 1, 3, and 4 spots in the sales rankings, Nissan took the number two spot with its Leaf. The Nissan Leaf sold over 1500 units for the month, an increase both year on year and from April. Read more.