Production issuesslowed the first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3
to a veritable crawl, but that didn't stop the U.S. green-car market from showing solid September sales gains relative to year-earlier demand.
Americans bought about 44,000 hybrids and plug-in vehicles, up more than 8 percent from a year earlier. Plug-in sales were even more robust, advancing 18 percent from a year earlier to more than 14,500 units.
Of course, the long-awaited debut of theModel 3
didn't make much of a dent, moving just 220 units last month. But fellow American automakersFord
boosted green-car demand. The Blue Oval's green-car sales rose 24 percent from a year earlier to 9,158 units.Ford Fusion Hybrid
sales surged 68 percent from a year earlier to 6,326 vehicles, more than offsetting a 54 percent drop inFusion Energi
Plug-in Hybrid sales.C-Max Hybrid
sales were also up, rising 11 percent from a year earlier.GM
once again was buoyed by demand for theChevrolet Bolt EV
, which resulted in 2,632 units sold. That more than offset the 28 percent decline inChevy Volt
extended-range plug-in sales. Overall, GM green-car sales jumped 56 percent from a year earlier.Honda's
sales jump was even more impressive, though the gross numbers didn't match Ford's or GM's. Honda's green-car sales jumped 89 percent from a year earlier to 2,630 units, mainly becauseAccord Hybrid
sales just about doubled to 2,278 vehicles. Meanwhile, sales ofBMW's
plug-in i sub-brand rose about 3 percent from a year earlier to 565 units.
green-car sales were down, though by just 3 percent to 20,777 units. While thePrius
' four variants combined for a 26 percent decline in sales,Highlander Hybrid
sales almost quadrupled from a year earlier to an even 1,500 units, whileRAV4 Hybrid
sales jumped 40 percent to 5,759.Camry Hybrid
sales rose 10 percent to 2,090 units, helping to offset a 12 percent drop in Lexus Hybrid sales.
electric-vehicle sales fell 20 percent from a year earlier to 1,055 units.
For the first nine months of the year, U.S. green-car sales were up 8.6 percent to more than 354,000 units, putting that number almost 30,000 ahead of last year's pace. Plug-in vehicle sales surged 31 percent to more than 122,000 units through September.Related Video: