June 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Electric vehicle sales rise in May

Electric vehicles sales jumped in May, as the Nissan Leaf had its best-ever sales month and General Motors’ plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt rose nearly 5 percent.

Nissan said sales of the EV Leaf rose 46 percent and added overall sales since the vehicle was launched in 2012 now top 50,000.Toyota Motor Corp. said sales of its plug-in hybrid-electric version of the Toyota Prius were up 282 percent to 2,692 in May — and are up 111 percent this year to 7,729.

GM said sales of the Volt rose to 1,687 in May, but said sales for the year are still off 4.5 percent to 6,838. GM also sold 52 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrids and has now sold 293 this year.

Sales of the Honda Fit EV rose to 33 in May up from 15 in May 2013, but sales of plug-in hybrid Accords fell from 58 to 46.