Toyota Prius PHV Sales Surpass Chevy Volt in April 2012

When the electrified Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf hit the market, it was with big hype yet small sales. By contrast, the new Prius Plug-in hybrid quietly started arriving at Toyota dealerships a few months ago, and it is already moving more units than its fellow cord-compatible competitors. Last month, Toyota’s plug-in addition to the Prius family sold more than both the plug-in hybrid Volt and the all-electric Leaf in the United States, helping to cement the Prius nameplate as a dominant force in the green-vehicle market.

According to, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in sold 1,654 units in April, compared to the Chevy Volt’s 1,462 units and the Leaf’s sparse 370 units. The Prius Plug-in’s performance bolstered the best-ever April for the Prius family, which more than doubled its sales year-over-year to become the third-most-popular passenger car on the market last month.

“It shows the strength of the Prius name when a plug-in model can arrive pretty much under the radar and outsell competing models that have had so much publicity behind them,” said Wade Sterry, general manager of Russel Toyota, a Baltimore, Maryland Toyota dealer. “The Prius Plug-in also offers a smaller, less expensive battery than the Leaf and Volt, so recharging takes less time. It allows its owners to benefit from electricity without having to be fully dependent on a charging station.”

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