Toyota Prius Prime and Honda Clarity plug-ins hit remarkable sales in March
The monthly sales figures for plug-in electric cars for March 2018 have revealed that Toyota’s Prius Prime plug-in hybrid managed to achieve a startling sales total for the month among plug-in electric cars.
Toyota Prius Prime managed to achieve an astounding feat by outselling General Motors’ Chevrolet Bolt and Volt electric vehicles (EVs) during the month.
According to the March sales figures, Toyota set a new monthly sales record for its Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, by selling a total of 2,922 units of the model. The March sales of Prius Prime comprised a substantial one-third of all Prius hybrids sold by Toyota.
With 2,922 units sold in March, the monthly sales of Prius Prime surpassed the monthly sales of Chevrolet Bolt EVs as well as the Volt EVs. Chevrolet Bolt sales for March stood at 1,774 units, while the Volt sales for the month stood at 1,782 units.
Another remarkable monthly sales achievement among plug-in electric cars was reported by Honda for its Clarity Plug-In Hybrid sedans which went on sale four months back. As per Honda, 1,061 Clarity units were sold by the company in March. In the first three months of its availability, the average monthly sale of the vehicle was 900 units. Going by the sales figures, Honda Clarity probably ranks among the top five or six plug-in vehicles.
In a recent report, BMW-focused German website BimmerToday has revealed that BMW’s i3 all-electric car will be getting a new battery cell upgrade, aimed at giving the car a range of more than 200 miles.
According to reports, Japanese automaker Nissan would be using LG Chem batteries in its next LEAF EV version, rather than using the battery cells produced by its own Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) battery cell subsidiary.
According to reports, a noteworthy first batch of the new Kona Electric compact CUV has been produced by South Korean automaker Hyundai, and export of the vehicle have also been commenced by the company.
Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has recently updated the Model S and Model X design studio, to make the ‘Premium Upgrades Package’ a standard feature for non-performance versions of both the electric cars.
Recent reports from Norway have revealed that the country’s transit operator Nobina has placed two big orders with fast-growing Chinese automobile company BYD Auto for its new electric buses.
Austria is emerging as a preferred European location for automakers for ‘vehicle development’ purposes, probably because of the tax breaks available in the country to manufacturers that invest in Research & Development (R&D).