If you want to analyse the US green car sales for November, you first have to start with the fact that Volkswagen stopped selling its diesel vehicles for a year now. That means that, statistically, demand levels for hybrids, plug-ins and diesels in November could finally be measured on an even playing field for the first time in 2016. But there’s more to the story of what was easily this year’s most impressive month for green-car sales.
Americans bought more than 39,000 green cars in November, marking a 26-percent surge from a year earlier. For comparison purposes, October and September green car sales were little-changed from 2015, while all prior months this year were marked by substantial declines. When we factor in only plug-in vehicle demand, sales jumped 60 percent from a year earlier to more than 13,000 units. Most notably, Toyota, whose green vehicle sales had been lagging all year, boosted sales by about two percent to more than 19,000 vehicles on a combination of the recent debut of its Prius Prime plug-in hybrid and more than 3,700 units sold of its RAV4 Hybrid.