October the Best Month for EV and Plug-In Vehicle Sales image

October was the strongest month in 2012 for electric and plug-in vehicles sale.

The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt reached another best-ever month selling 2,961 vehicles and during the Jan-Oct period GM sold 19,309 Volts, up 286%. Nissan also hit the best month this year selling 1,579 Leafs, an increase of 86% compared with the same period last year. But the automaker still won’t be able to meet its target of 20,000 Leafs by the end of the year in the US. For the Jan-Oct period Nissan sold 6,791 Leafs, down 15.6%.

“We don’t plan on the moment of changing the projection,” he told reporters in a roundtable discussion last month. “We’re a little disappointed. … The uptake isn’t as strong as we first hoped.”

GM’s sales saw an increase due to the fact that the automaker offered hefty incentives, which helped boost sales for the Volt, while Nissan has recently started to offer some incentives for its electric Leaf. October was also Ford’s C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid first month of full sales with 144 units. Ford also sold 118 Focus Electric last month, up from 89 units in June, and reached a total of 346 units so far this year.