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The Toyota Prius hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) was first released in the U.S. market in January 2000 and 324 were sold in the first month. The Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid-electric plug-in, and the Nissan Leaf, an all-electric plug-in vehicle, were first released in December 2010. The Prius plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) began sales in April 2012. The chart below shows a comparison of the sales of the Prius HEV from when it was first introduced, to the sales of the Volt, the Leaf, and the Prius PHEV when they were first introduced. The first month sales for the Volt were 326—two more than the Prius HEV's first month. Sales for the Leaf started out slower than the other vehicles, but rose dramatically from month 3 to month 7. Over the first 24 months from introduction, the Prius HEV achieved monthly sales of over 1,700 in month 18, the Leaf achieved about 1,700 units in month 7, the Prius PHEV achieved nearly 1,900 sales in month 8, and the Volt achieved more than 2,900 sales in month 23.

Monthly Sales since Market Introduction
Line graph showing the monthly sales since the introduction of the Prius HEV, Volt, Leaf, and Prius PHEV. See table below for more detailed information.

Notes: Month 1 for the Prius HEV = January 2000.
Month 1 for the Volt and Leaf = December 2010.
Month 1 for the Prius PHEV = April 2012.

Supporting Information

Monthly Sales since Market Introduction
Months Since Market Introduction Prius HEV Volt Leaf Prius PHEV
1 324 326 19 911
2 299 321 87 1,654
3 344 281 67 1,086
4 218 608 298 695
5 281 493 573 688
6 383 481 1,142 1,047
7 259 561 1,708 1,652
8 327 125 931 1,889
9 472 302 1,362  
10 532 723 1,031  
11 989 1,108 849  
12 1,134 1,139 672  
13 1,298 1,529 954  
14 1,198 603 676  
15 1,378 1,023 478  
16 872 2,289 579  
17 1,126 1,462 370  
18 1,534 1,680 510  
19 1,037 1,760 535  
20 1,311 1,849 395  
21 1,148 2,831 685  
22 1,294 2,851 984  
23 1,580 2,961 1,579  
24 1,780 1,519 1,539  
Total as of 24 months 21,118 28,825 18,023 9,622
Note: Total for Prius PHEV is for the eight months it has been on sale.
Source: Data compiled by Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, December 2012.

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