Monthly Plug-In Sales Scorecard

Real Time EV Sales Reporting and Historical Charts Can Be Found Here

Real Time EV Sales Reporting and Historical Charts Can Be Found Here

NOVEMBER 2015 CAR SALES will be reported On Tuesday,  December 1st, 2015 beginning with the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt sales at 6:30-7:30PT (9:30-10:30 AM ET).  Ford will be reporting separately on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

Every month InsideEVs tracks all the plug-in sales for the United States by auto maker and brand.  Below, readers can find all the historical sales charts for the “current generation” of electric vehicles, as well as a synopsis of the current month’s sales happenings by specific EV below the charts..

Individual reports/recaps below of plug-in vehicles sales for the current month are available below charts.

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2014 Update:  Fiat 500e estimate restated to reflect numbers based on incentive data over less accurate 3rd party data previously used.

2014 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals from Earnings Report (Q1 Sales reported @ 6,457-3,000 Intl Delivers, Q2 7,579 total-approx reported International registrations, Q3 7,785 total deliveries ~ 3,900 US, Q4 via 55% net NA deliveries from 31,655 total) ** Update: Fiat 500e data estimated via incentive data

2014 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals from Earnings Report (Q1 Sales reported @ 6,457-3,000 Intl Delivers, Q2 7,579 total-approx reported International registrations, Q3 7,785 total deliveries ~ 3,900 US, Q4 via 55% net NA deliveries from 31,655 total) ** Update: Fiat 500e data estimated via incentive data

2013 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla Numbers have been included in this graph. Tesla Total US Sales Based On Quarterly Disclosures (Q1 & Q2 from filings, Q3 based on shareholder letter, and Q4 based on company estimate of half of sales out of North America) *Fiat 500e estimated based on available data.

2013 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers *Estimated Tesla Numbers have been included in this graph. Tesla Total US Sales Based On Quarterly Disclosures (Q1 & Q2 from filings, Q3 based on shareholder letter, and Q4 based on company estimate of half of sales out of North America) *Fiat 500e estimated based on available data.

2012 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers (click to enlarge) Tesla sold approximately 2,650 Model sedans in 2012 (as per Tesla financials – monthly estimate shown)

2012 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers (click to enlarge) Tesla sold approximately 2,650 Model sedans in 2012 (as per Tesla financials – monthly estimate shown)

2010/2011 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers (click to enlarge)

2010/2011 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers (click to enlarge)


October 2015 Monthly Sales Recap

September's Results Won't Surpass The All-Time Best Set In August - But Still Very Strong

Only One Of The Three Major New EV Additions Notched Significant Sales In October

Heading into October the anticipation was for the second generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt and new 107-mile option 2016 Nissan LEAF to push sales much higher than a year ago.

BMW X5 xDrive40e Arrived For US In October - Which Now Makes 4 Consecutive Months A New EV Offering Has Debuted In America

BMW X5 xDrive40e Arrived For US In October – Which Now Makes 4 Consecutive Months A New EV Offering Has Debuted In America

For the most part, the Volt arrived in considerable numbers starting the 9th of the month (at least in relation to its first partial month of availability), but the 2016 LEAF – of which we expected to be driving our own copy at the beginning of October, was a disappointing no show.

Separately, the Tesla Model X (as expected) posted essentially no results for the month after delivering the first six copies at the end of September to fulfill a promise to shareholders to start deliveries in the 3rd quarter.

For the month, an estimated 9,943 plug-ins were sold, which was down a about 200 units from a month ago (~10,134), but up 200 units from a year ago (~9,739)

The unexpected technical delays in released the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, and the corporate delays behind the 2016 Nissan LEAF have now virtually assured that US EV sales for 2015 overall will slightly down to flat for the full year.  The only major region in the world to show such as result.

Also of note in October: the BMW plug-in SUV with the worst name – X5 xDrive40e debuted during the month – and a lot of inventory showed up to back up future sales. It will be interesting to see in the future months if demand is closer to that of the low volume/high performance i8 supercar (~200 month) or the BMW i3 (~1,000/month average).

Separately, and without a plug, the Toyota Mirai sold 34 copies in its first month on the market in the US.

Editor’s Note: This sales recap and chart is reported in real time as the numbers come in on Tuesday, November 3rd. So if you are not seeing your favorite EV’s sales numbers for October, just check back later in the day and they will added once available – unless your favorite plug-in is a Ford (or a Porsche), who will not be reporting sales for the Fusion/C-Max Energi and Focus EV until Wednesday, November 4th in the early afternoon.

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 4th @3:02PM




Below: Individual sales reports on each plug-in brand for the US


2014 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt: Even thought the 2016 edition only arrived mid-month, it did so with some decent volumes.

By month’s end GM sold 2,035 Volts (about a 50% mix of old and new), more than double the 949 sold in September, and 41% better than a year ago.

October’s result was the first time the Volt crossed the 2,000-mark in 2015, setting a new year high. We expect to see Volt sales only get higher through the end of the year.

Overall, 11,299 Volts have been sold so far in 2015, which is off 29% from a year ago when 15,979 were sold through the first 9 months. (full Volt sales/Oct recap here)

The 2016 edition is only available in 11 US states and Canada, before production will be turned in a couple months, and a new, slightly improved 2017 edition will be introduced – with that model going into production in February.

2016 Chevrolet Volt availability states: California, Oregon, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire



2014 Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF: The new and improved 2016 Nissan LEAF was a no show in October, and sales suffered as 2015 inventory continued to deplete.

For October, 1,238 were sold, which was about equal to the malaise of September when 1,247 were moved.

Full details on the 2016 Nissan LEAF and its new 30 kWh battery option can be found here.

We can tell you that we have spoken to Nissan and they have said that the 2016 LEAF is shortly on the way. A quick check of production has assigned cars ready to be shipped, so we imagine they will begin popping up in the second half of November.

Separately (and ultimately more importantly) this month we got a look at Nissan’s new IDS Concept from Japan – which was basically a ‘nod and a wink’ to the new e-technology that will be found in the next generation LEAF.

The IDS Concept houses a 60 kWh NMC battery pack good for more than 200 miles (320 km) of real world/EPA driving.



2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR: Some new 2016 inventory helped sales of the ELR in October as 82 where sold.

Previously in September the plug-in Caddy hit a new low for 2015, with just 36 ELRs sold during the month – mostly thanks to a very short inventory supply of 2014 MY cars (which is something we have not been able to say about the plug-in Cadillac for a couple years)

Overall, 822 have been sold this year, which is off 21% from the 1,037 sold through September of 2014.

In August, the new 2016 Cadillac ELR production (there was no 2015 model year ELR) was underway at GM’s Hamtramck, Michigan facility.

The only thing we really don’t know, is how many GM is intending to build, and how fast those will be accepted by dealers around the country – especially after having a particularly difficult time moving the 2014 edition (there was no 2015s due to low sales)

A quick check of inventory at Cadillac dealers during October, and it appears about ~60 2016s were in stock on average during the month.

The 2016 ELR does gain some performance over the 2014 model (0-60mph comes up in 6.4 seconds – 1.5 seconds than the older model), despite still using the 17.1 kWh battery found in the current Chevrolet Volt. The Cadillac also gets a $9,000 MSRP haircut (now starting at $65,995), which should help it move a little more product.

It is our opinion that the 2016 model year ELR was born out of the desire by GM to get a little more value from the outgoing ‘gen 1’ Voltec line, and the company will produce an undisclosed amount of ELRs this summer before turning off production and discontinuing the model indefinitely. 2016 Cadillac ELR production is now underway.



2015 BMW i3

2015 BMW i3

BMW i3: The BMW i3 returned to historical norms in October moving 986 i3s.

Last month in September, BMW came out of no where to obliterate all previous sales records for the i3. By the time September expired they had sold 1,710 i3s.

Once again – 1,710 i3s!

This not only set a year high, but an all-time high – crushing the 1,159 sold in October of 2014.

In truth, 2015 in general has been a bit of a roller coaster for sales on the plug-in BMW, with a sales spread of almost 1,300 between the highs and lows. For the first 9 months of the year, the i3 has now sold 8,879 cars, for an average of about 900 per month.

The inventory situation looks fairly decent to end out the year with about ~2,500 on hand on average during October.

In 2014, BMW sold 6,092 i3s, good for the 7th best overall spot for plug-in sales in America…not bad considering it was only available for 7 full months in the US.




2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S: Tesla does not give out exact monthly sales (apparently because the public can’t handle the concept of regional allocations and delivery lead times)… so we never know for sure what the monthly numbers total up to until Tesla’s quarterly (or annual) updates add more clarity, but we do our best to keep our finger on the pulse of what is happening.

To come to an estimated monthly, number, we don’t simply take the quarterly estimate given by Tesla and divide it by 3 and hope it all works out…it just doesn’t work like that in the real world.

We simply report from the data we accumulate ourselves, the first hand accounts available from the factory and from the community itself when available – and the number is what it is. So far that has worked out pretty well, with no quarter being off by more than 300 units versus information Tesla has reported publically, and for the full year results last year we came within 100 units with our net estimate of 17,300.

That being said, we only estimate this number because Tesla does not, and to not put a number on Model S sales would be to paint an even more inaccurate overall picture of EV sales. Despite our fairly accurate track record, we are not analysts, portfolio managers and we do not own any positions in Tesla the company.

October was another decently strong month for Model S sales in our estimation – but it was no September.

For October, we estimate 1,900 all-electric sedans were moved in North America.

Last month we received word from Tesla that they hit its Q3 guidance for worldwide Model S sales with ~ 11,580 sold (link to story). However, full year guidance of 50,000 to 55,000 EVs sold seems unobtainable now that we have a better handle on the Model X delivery scenario for 2015 (see below).

Including Tesla’s early Q3 sales guidance of 11,580 sold, that would mean ~33,157 EVs have been sold though September 30th – leaving another ~16,843 to be sold in the last 3 months of the year to hit the low end of the guidance.

Update from Tesla’s Q3 2015 report (full details here):  Tesla adjusted Q3 sales slightly higher to 11,603 and re-confirmed that total 2015 sales should be at least 50,000 units, with a lower top end of 52,000 but stating it expects to deliver 17,000 to 19,000 Model S/X EVs in Q4



Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X: Like the Model S, Tesla does not itself report Model X sales, so we do our best – with all the data at our disposal to estimate monthly results for North America as best we can (For more info on that, check out our disclaimer for the Model S)

With all the fanfare one would expect from Tesla Motors and its CEO Elon Musk, the much anticipated/oft delayed Model X arrived in September, with a big launch party – of which you can check out the full video of (as well as newly released details/specs) here.

While in September the amount of Model X delivered was as simple as counting the number of cars that rolled out onto the stage during the launch presentation (six).

However, for October, the game was “spot the unannounced/new Founder’s editions seen in the wild,” as no Signature Model S cars were delivered.

As always, these October Founder’s Series cars when to the high and mighty (such as execs at places like Nvidia, Juniper), and we spotted or heard tell of two other cars that would couldn’t identify with an already known owner. We also didn’t see any Founder VINs over ten…so we are going to go with four Model X deliveries in October. To be fair, this number could (and probably is) a few digits higher than this, but really – who cares? It is pretty inconsequential.

We aren’t sure exactly how many original Founder’s Series SUVs were ordered; but we know there will be another ~58 available, thanks to Tesla’s ‘get 10 referrals and have the option to upgrade at no charge‘ and ‘3 free for top referral performance’ programs that closed October 31st. We assume these will come after, or be intertwined with the more common Signature Series cars – a few of which might start to arrive at the very end of November.




Volvo XC90 T8 PHV

Volvo XC90 T8 PHV

Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV:

The first (and widely anticipated) plug-in offering from Volvo to be offered in the US arrived late in August on a technical basis, selling 4 copies.

That being said, we are pretty sure these 4 logged sales were a result of US summer test drives being given to potential customers…and not actual ownership deliveries.

In October a further 1 sale was logged, after none in September.  Again, this does not represent true public deliveries – which we understand to begin in November.

The Volvo XC90 T8 (details) plug-in is rated at 394 hp, and will get about 17 miles of EPA estimated range (via a 9.2 kWh battery), and is the first to offer a standard 240v/120v dual charging cord set.

Pricing starts at $68,100 in the US.

It will be interesting to see how much demand their is for the first extended range PHEV in America, as Volvo already under-estimate demand for the XC90 plug-in by a factor of 5 in Europe.




2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Chevrolet SPARK EV: Once again in October, the Spark EV did relatively well in a limited rollout (and no current model year cars yet on lots), with 177 sold.

In September, GM managed to sell 157 all-electric Sparks, which was also impressive considering the tight inventory situation that has continued all summer long.

For the first 10 months of 2015, 2,311 have been sold, which is already more than double than the total sold in 2014 (1,145). Even though we are only 80% through the year, we will give the little Chevy the “most improved sales” trophy a little early.

Earlier in the Spring, GM also confirmed the Spark EV would live on (in first generation trim) for one more year while waiting on the Chevrolet Bolt to arrive in 2017, however the Spark EV is only build in South Korea and production is sporadic at best.

What triggered all the sales of earlier in the year (and demand still today)? A MSRP price cut on the Spark EV to $25,995, and a new aggressive lease deal at $139 per month.


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron: First sales happen in November. We spoke to an Audi representative (on day of press) and they said sales were now just “days off” from starting.

Scheduled by Audi as a week 43 arrival (October 19 through 26), we can report that inventory did indeed land on time in the US.

While the Audi A3 e-tron is not the ‘first’ new plug-in release for the US this year (it is actually the 4th), it is the first major offering, as sales of the electric Audi are expected to close in on the 4-digit (1,000) club once fully available.

Part of the reason for the high expectations for the A3 e-tron is the low price. $37,900 gets you the Audi badge, 8.8 kWh of battery – good for 22-odd miles of real world driving…and federal credit of $4,158, which is significant because this brings the e-tron package down to within $2,800 of the base MSRP of the A3.

Through September, 26,972 petrol A3s have been sold in the US by Audi, up 90% from a year ago.

Check out our own early/pre-delivery review on the Audi A3 e-tron here.



Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion Energi: Sales improved slightly in October with 849 Fusion Energis being sold.

Previously in September, sales of the plug-in Ford came down a touch from August (949), but still respectable at 808 units.

Entering November, the Ford was less than 100 cumulative cars sold behind the BMW i3 this year for America. But a huge September for the i3 (over 1,700 cars sold) widened the gap far enough where the Ford likely can’t take over the 4th place spot on America’s top selling EV list.

For the year, 7,749 Fusion Energis have now been sold.  Can the Ford hit 5 digits/10,000 units sold.  With the two best selling months of the year still to come, it has a pretty good chance.

The Fusion Energi basically offers the same package as the C-Max Energi, but in a larger sedan package. The third plug-in to be offered from Ford has been rated by the EPA at a combined 88 MPGe and has an electric range of 19 miles.



2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In

Toyota Prius Plug-In: Whoosh – is the sound of Prius PHV sales as the remaining inventory circles the drain.

It is all over.  See you in 2017.

With almost no inventory left, just 91 Prius PHV were sold, which comes on the heels of 216 moved in September.

Despite a US consumer that would easy buy 800-1,200 copies a month, production of the current car ended in June and Toyota didn’t build any extra stock to sell.

For the first 9 months of the year, 4,125 have been sold, which is off 67% from 2014 when 12,321 were moved through September. Again, we have to note – 2015 results are not a reflection on the demand, there just is no cars left to buy.

Although a next generation Prius PHV is confirmed, delays in the ‘regular’ Prius have pushed the plug-in version’s introduction as far off as the second half of 2016 as a 2017 model car.  This means we are in the midst of a ~14 month gap (with zero production) and there will be no newly produced cars to sell over that period.

Our prediction, regardless of what the plug-in Prius sells to end out the year, there isn’t any left for November through all of 2016 – and even low volume cars like the Focus Electric are going to clean its ‘sales clock’ next year – which is a shame, because the demand to still move 1,000 a month has never waned with the US public, only Toyota’s desire to sell them.



Mercedes S550 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes S550 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid: When it comes to plug-in luxury, there is a new boss in town! Having just arrived in late July, the Mercedes S550 presents a level of refinement previously unseen in the EV segment for the US.

For October, Mercedes set a personal best of sorts with 25 S550 PHVs sold.

In September, 17 S550 plug-in hybrids were moved, while the two month’s prior 10 of the luxury $94,300+ Mercedes sedans were sold.

Despite its huge footprint, and pretty heavy weight (just north of 5,000lbs), the electric motor and turbo 6 cylinder still manage to zip the Mercedes to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, while giving the car 24 MPG in the city and 30 on the highway.

Range is rated at 12+ miles with the Prius-like “electric + gas” tag, meaning you have to drive with a certain light-footedness to get the 20 miles on just electricity. The S550 has a 8 kWh battery on board, so expect about a $4,700 federal tax credit with your purchase.




Volkswagen e-Golf Comes To The US In November

Volkswagen e-Golf Comes To The US In November

Volkswagen e-Golf: When the dieselgate scandal hit, it raised a lot of questions for the future of the VW Group.  Would diesels be wound down?  Would the EV program be pulled back?  How would consumer sales be affected.

For EVs, VW’s emission problems were a blessing in disguise.  VW quickly, and more closely, embraced the technology during the month…and put lots of deep discounts on all its models to try and prop up sales/offset the bad press.

For the e-Golf, a record 596 were sold…which amusingly was a 596,000% increase over the 1 sold a year ago.  Overall the VW brand was up .24% during the month – so without the plug-in Golf, sales would have declined in the US.

Previously in September, VW sold 343 emission free Golfs.

Looking at the strong European sales, and the amount of EVs VW is selling from such a limited inventory in the US, the company has served notice that they won’t be relegated to the small volume compliance category of EV sales.

Adding to the demand in the US, the company introduced a new, less expensive SE trim level which is arriving now. The new trim level brings the base starting price of the e-Golf down to $29,815.

How high could sales go? Still fairly hard to say without a deeper inventory allocation, but the 500+ per month level ‘in season’ doesn’t seem hard to fathom today – at least when (and if) inventory levels get high enough to support that many sales.

Heading into November, national inventory of the e-Golf sat at around 600 copies.

The e-Golf has been rated at 83 miles by the EPA and carries a 24.2 kWh LEAF-like battery.



2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Ford C-Max Energi:

The range-bound (in sales) C-Max Energi continued to put up results in the comfort zone in October, selling 695 copies.

Last month (Sept) a similar 719 were sold.

In fact, since May every monthly result has been between 667 and 723.  What will the C-Max Energi sell next month?  If we had to guess – about 700 units!

So far though the first 10 months of 2015, 6,373 C-Max Energis have been sold, which is still lagging the pace from 2014 when Ford sold 8,433 for the entire year.

In 2013, the high water mark for the C-Max Energi was set in October as 1,092 plug-ins sold. It still would not surprise us to see the C-Max Energi live only as long as it takes to introduce a Focus Energi.





2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED

Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED:

Hurting B-Class ED sales late in the month was a “stop sale” order, while a new update was patched to all cars (sold or not) to avoid a serious engine shutdown issue (details).

The result for October? Just 81 were moved.

2015 overall continues to be a bit of a let down in our minds for the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive – in September 147 copies were sold, after selling 173 in August.

October marks the 6th consecutive month of declining sales for the EV.

The bad news for sales so far into 2015, is that the actual 2015 model year arrived very late, and now we are waiting on the 2016 model year season…none of which have arrived yet. Total lose-lose for B-Class ED sales so far in 2015.

Can the electric B-Class ultimately compete with natural rival BMW (with the i3)? It still seems highly unlikely…at least for this generation.

During September we also heard news (via a normally very reliable source) that Mercedes was about to get serious with the B-Class ED, giving it an estimated 300 mile (NEDC) ~225 mile EPA range upgrade in next generation trim, while also removing the Tesla drivetrain/components to bring costs down. It seems as though the B-Class ED may be one of the “ones to watch” heading into the 2nd generation wars in a couple year’s time.



BMW i8 Finally Arrives In US In August!

BMW i8

BMW i8: For October, 149 i8s were sold – a respectable showing the premium plug-in.

Previously in September, BMW posted another strong month of sales with the i8 – selling 182 copies..

For 2015, BMW has now sold almost 1,500 i8s. A very respectable amount given the 6-figure pricepoint.

Earlier this summer, July marked the highest level of i8 sales for BMW in 2015 by selling 217 copies, which is also the all-time record, passing October 2014’s 204 cars sold.

Truthfully, “consistency” has been the word for BMW i8 sales, as sales have remained steady since its launch. So, all great results so far in 2015, as it had only taken about 25 days for a car landed in the US to find a home.

October continued to see national i8 inventories expand, and by the time the first of November came around more than 500 were in stock – an all-time high. Meaning that we are now about to see the true demand level for the plug-in supercar, for the very first time.




2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid:

Almost falling off the sales map in October, just 28 Panamera S e-Hybrids were sold – losing most of its ‘umpf’ to sister Cayenne S e-Hybrid.

It September a “7 month high” was set – but stil on 41 sales.

The upcoming refresh probably can’t come soon enough.

Looking at the yearly trend, and the Cayenne S e-Hybrid is clearly taking more and more away from its sibling.

The high mark for sales on the Panamera was set in the first month of the year, with an amazing 141 sold. The advent of the Cayenne plug-in means that this level will never be seen again.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a combined 416 hp output (333 hp electric) and can get north of 60 mph in about 5 seconds, with a top speed of 167 mph. Pricing starts at $99,000. Also of interest, the S E-Hybrid is currently available at all Porsche dealers nationwide – a rare thing these days.



2015 Porsche Cayenne S e-Hrybrid

2015 Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid:

The plug-in Porsche Cayenne set a new 2015, and all-time high for sales during October – selling 125 copies.

The previous high for the brand was the 105 moved in May of this year.

Previously in September, 70 Cayenne’s with plugs moved off Porsche lots in America – so the extended range SUV may be showing signs of breaking out of its sales range…although mostly at the expense of sister-car, the Panamera S e-Hybrid, which is plummeting to new lows of late.

The S e-Hybrid has consistently outsold its Panamera plug-in cousin by more than a 2-to-1 ratio.

We had expected this summer, that as more inventory of the Cayenne plug-in arrived, more sales to be realized by Porsche. Unfortunately, the old “allocation chestnut” card has seemingly been played by Porsche and/or its dealers and national inventories have hovered between 150-200 for quite some time now.

While the Cayenne S e-Hybrid and cousin Panamera S e-Hybrid are still selling relatively close to the same level, don’t be fooled, the Cayenne plug-in’s demand is much, much higher.



2014 Fiat 500e

2014 Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e:

When it comes to reporting plug-in sales, we have another Tesla on our hands here (as in they don’t report sales).

Chrysler/Fiat has been giving us a bit of the stonewall treatment when it comes to reporting 500e sales.

UPDATE: In the past, InsideEVs had used data from a 3rd party data collection site, however upon inspection of those numbers, they were found to be materially short from rebates claimed on the car. Historical sales have since been updated to more accurately reflect the 500es true sales, and we will continue to report an estimated number based on more accurate data points.

After 4 consecutive months of strong, improving sales -capped off by an estimated 635 copies being sold in September, we thought things might cool off for the 500e.

And it turns out that was somewhat true, we estimate 425 500es were moved in October.

Last month with no 2016 model year 500es in stock we were worried there might be an extended inventory shortage on the all-electric Fiat, but thankfully that is not the case, as new 2016s started to arrive on dealer lots mid-month.

The all-time high water mark was an estimated 1,310 estimated sales of the 500e in March.





2012 Mitsubishi I (2014s incoming)

Mitsubishi i-MiEV:

Yes, despite only 9 sales in October, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is still on sale in the US…as an ongoing product.

Previously in August, sales slumped to near lows, as just 3 new i-MiEVs were moved.

In wider news: 2016s are here! 2016s are here!

Unfortunately not that many. A quick check around the US by ourselves at Novembers end only returned about 60, 2016 copies. Long story short, sales are terrible, dealers don’t really want themthey want the new Outlander PHEV, but have to wait until April/May of next year to get serious about plug-ins.

For its part, Mitsu says it will continue to sell cars the way it always has, which is by relying on customers coming into dealerships and practically demanding a car.



BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e: The first plug-in SUV from BMW arrived in October for the US, selling an estimated 135 copies.

Check out our first drive review of the 13 mile AER BMW x5 xDrive40e here.

Looking at the potential for future sales, more than 500 inventory copies have already arrived in the US for the start of November, so we expect some decent numbers going forward.

We should note that InsideEVs had expected BMW to report a specific sales number on the 4th of the month, but surprised us by not breaking out the number, saying the company would not “break out specific model sales except at key points with in the product lifecycle.”  We very much hope this policy changes given the interest in EVs in America.

Not being prepared for this fact, we used the local and state level information readily available to estimate the sales, so the number could (and will) change, once we find an alternate source to BMW Communications, or from registration data once it is available.




As Always, Black Is The Proper Choice When Selecting The Color Of An Electric Car

2014 smart ED – As Always, Black Is The Proper Choice When Selecting The Color Of An Electric Car

SMART ForTwo Electric Drive:

After a 2014 that say the smart ED regularly sell 200-300 copies a month, the littlest EV has been having some trouble just maintaining 3 digits of late.

That trend continued in October with just 75 sold. Previously in September, smart sold 94 more of electrified ForTwo.  We should note that the smart Ed did cross the 4-digit mark in October, with 1,030 sold year to date.

The best selling month this year for the electric drive smart was April when 124 were sold. The all-time record for smart ED sales was set this past December, as 351 were moved.

The smart EV is now technically available nationally, although there isn’t inventory yet spread out across the country to make physical sales everywhere – perhaps a reality of the end of the 2015 model year.  On the plus side, the 2016s have now started to arrive from Europe, although not in any great volume as of yet.

The smart ED is the first plug-in for America to be offered with a “battery rental” option, which brings the cost of the Smart ED down to $19,990, but adds a $80 month battery rental payment, as well as includes a wider (and longer) battery warranty.  Check out all the specs, options and pricing here. The 2-seat Smart electric car gets 68 miles of range from a 17.6 kWh battery.


2014 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric:

What can we tell you. Ford sold “100 and something” Focus Electrics for the 500th consecutive month in a row. Ok, it is not quite that monotonous, but it sure feels like it.

A new ad spot to help sales started to run for the Ford in October – it’s first in North America, but there was no effect on sales.

In October, just 125 Focus Electrics were sold – the weakest result since January.

Previously, September, 145 more were sold. Which comes after the 173 that were sold in August, and that was after selling 135 in July, 152 in June, 165 in May, 124 in April…you get the idea.

If you are keeping track of this sort of thing (and we can’t imagine why you would be), October’s result makes 30 of the past 33 months in the hundred-zone.

Those 3 other months? 85 and 53 in January 2015 and December 2014 (respectively), with the all-time high (and only trip into the 200s) coming in August of 2014, with 264 moved.





2015 Kia Soul EV Went On Sale In Mid-October

2015 Kia Soul EV Went On Sale In Mid-October


In October 109 Kia Soul EVs were moved, which was just slightly better than the 105 sold in September, and ties a 2016 high set back in June.

The three-digit result in June was actually Kia’s best result of the year, but we have to temper our excitement for the achievement as quite frankly, it should be doing much, much better.

Hey Kia, maybe its time to ship a few more copies to the US? But we wouldn’t get our hopes up – production of the Soul EV is extremely tight with demands, and the car is sought out everywhere in the world it is sold (perhaps with the exception of Germany – where it is excessively exported to customers in other regions who want it)

A note on the Kia numbers:  Kia has decided to not split out data on the Soul EV from the regular petrol version, despite several attempts by ourselves to convince them it would be a good idea to do that.  As Kia is one of the OEMs we don’t have a strong relationship with, we defer to our friends at to provide the sales info.

The cute-ute from Hyundai/Kia has a more than decent 93 miles of range (with more 103 miles of range in the city), and a price tag of $33,700 (full details, specs and picture can be found here). We expect the advent of the Kia Optima plug-in and an unnamed Hyundai all-electric sedan to be introduced over the next 12 months or so to signal the end of the Soul EV by 2017.



2014 (yes, 2014) Honda Accord Plug-In (via automedia)

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In (via automedia)

Honda Accord Plug-In: How do you back up a month of selling zero plug-ins?  For October, it was by selling zero EVs a second month in a row.

October and September’s results were down a massive infinity percent from the 2 cars from August, and down from 4 from June.

Before June, 5 units were sold in each of the 3 prior months, bring the grand total to 62 Accords PHV moved to date.

Basically, there is absolutely no demand for the extended range Accord. By the way, did you know Honda had a plug-in hybrid to sell? Few seem to. In fact, it has been on sale now for 33 months – debuting in January of 2013.

Well they do sell them….and for just $17,675 dollars more than the base Accord sedan you too can enjoy up to 13 miles of electric driving…provided you don’t accelerate too hard, or drive to fast. So, to say Accord PHEV sales are flat in the US would be an understatement.

UPDATE (June): Honda has finally put the Accord PHV out to pasture! Yes the 10th oldest plug-in brand in America (and arguably the least successful) is done. Honda has said there will be no future Accord PHV model, as the company will now focus on making both a fully electric and PHEV car that are more commercially viable (as opposed to being more of compliance plays).

Points to Honda for finally coming around to electric vehicles!

Editor’s note: The Honda Accord PHV will be taken off the update list in 2016.  Also during October 1 Fit EV was sold (which slots into the ‘other’ category on our chart)



Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 (OTHER):

Ok, we hear you! People always ask us, “why don’t you report on the 918 Spyder?”

Honestly, it didn’t fit our traditional mantra of reporting only “mass produced EVs for America“…especially as we already know the total number of sales to come for America.

Only 918 of the super exotic plug-in will be build over several years, and they are already all sold out, with exactly 297 destined to come to the US.

For October, no 918s were sold, after selling 4 of the supercar in September and 22 in August.

Check out Top Gear’s video review of the car that can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.3 seconds…and plug-in, here.