Tesla Takes #1 & #3 Spots In 2016 Full Year EV Sales Rank For U.S.

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Tesla Car Sales In U.S. - December 2016

Tesla Car Sales In U.S. – December 2016

Tesla Motors sold the most plug-in electric cars in the U.S. last year, which is major achievement for a couple reasons.

The first is that Tesla is a relatively new, and relatively small company; while the second is that it has just two all-electric models in its lineup (no plug-in hybrids) and a very small dealer/story footprint.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

Market share of Tesla entering 2017 stands at roughly 30% of the total plug-in market!

Besides being #1 manufacturer, Tesla also secured the #1 and #3 in the overall model rank for the Model S and Model X respectively.

In total, Tesla sold (according to IEVs estimations) about 29,421 Model S (up more than 16%) and 18,223 Model X utility vehicles in the US last year.

Cumulative numbers to date in the US stand at: 91,612 Model S and 18,437 Model X (total 110,049).

See Tesla Motors quarterly sales report here.

An especially big result was logged in December of 2016 as the company raced to make up lost time in October and November while attempting to ramp up production of new self driving hardware for all its new EVs, setting a new monthly sales record for one OEM in the US with 9,725 EVs sold (estimated):

Tesla Car Sales In U.S. - December 2016

Tesla Car Sales In U.S. – December 2016

Tesla Car Sales In U.S. - December 2016

Tesla Car Sales In U.S. – December 2016

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23 responses to "Tesla Takes #1 & #3 Spots In 2016 Full Year EV Sales Rank For U.S."

  1. William says:

    Small “store” Footprint. Big “Story” Handprint!
    Sorry Future POTUS, about the hand gesture!

  2. TM says:

    These charts will be very interesting to see 2 yrs from now when Model 3 has added to the mix.

    The slope of the Model S cumulative sales has one slope upto Aug 2014 and then another slope from Aug 2014 to the present (ignoring the wiggles in the curve towards the end of this year).

    I wonder if the model S and X run rates will stay fixed in 2017. Model 3 will be an adder, just like we see the Model X adding on in Feb 2016.

    I haven’t heard Tesla make a production projection for 2017 yet. Guess that is coming soon.

    1. Taylor Marks says:

      Tesla’s annual production projections historically come sometime between the last half week of January and the middle of February. So we should expect it in the next 10-28 days or so.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Yupe, exactly.

        Traditionally you see the ‘firm’ estimate on current year’s sales given during the Q4 report for the previous year – the details of the Q4 report (specifically the timing) is a bit delayed compared to historical norms (not sure why)…but usually the first or second week of February.

        1. Rob Stark says:

          Likely financial reporting delays are the result of integrating financials with Solar City as a result of the merger/acquisition.

  3. David S. says:

    For Tesla Motors, I think quarterly sale numbers would be easier to look at and more representative than monthly sales

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      +47,644 😉

  4. speculawyer says:

    Considering all the bad news that has come out about the Model X, I’m amazed it has sold that well. I hope sales keep going strong!

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Yes, and Model X owners came in among the top 10 (#8) in customer satisfaction in the most recent Consumer Reports survey, as I recall.

      It seems pretty clear that the problems with the Model X have been overstated. Sadly, sometimes the anti-Tesla FUDsters do manage to sway public opinion.

      1. speculawyer says:

        Oh, there are very pro-Tesla people that hate those doors. I think they are awesome but I don’t drive a Model X. Mel on the Talking Tesla podcast hates those doors on his X . . . he calls them Falckling-wing doors. 😉

        I just hope they don’t try to do them for the Model Y. Cool but too expensive, too subject to repairs, too subject to problems as the car ages, etc. KISS principle! Do sliding mini-van type doors.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Agree 100%. If I had the resources to own and drive a Tesla car, it would definitely be a Model S and not an X.

          Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks.

  5. floydboy says:

    Wow! Even at these prices. The Model 3 is likely to be off the chain!

  6. Apkungen says:

    1st and 2nd by a margin if talking about fully electric cars

    1. Get Real says:

      Bingo, Apkungen!

      I’m sure that all the resident and serial anti-Tesla trolls/haters/shorters had yet to figure that critical fact out.

      Bottom line is Tesla is very well positioned to absolutely dominate the mid-high end long-range and compelling BEV space going forward.

      While many of the laggard OEMs whine about battery supply, Tesla will have by far the most capacity in the world under their direct control.

      Tesla is already moving component and sub-assemblies out of Fremont so it will have the capacity to manufacture 1/2 million units/year by primarily only doing the final assembly at Fremont.

      In short, relatively tiny start-up Tesla is out-innovating and disrupting a massive and highly fossilized and complacent industry down to its core and we will all see the benefits as they are forced to compete!

      1. So this last quarter fo 2016, and the next 4 for 2017, are going to be dang interesting to see how Tesla takes away from premium ICE sales, like BMW, MB, AUDI, LEXUS, LINCOLN, etc!

        How fast / slow will they be to respond, or can they even respond with anything solid to quell the losses?

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    So, basically in the US for BEVs, it is Tesla or nothing…

    Geez, that would really gives anyone else incentives to join in, doesn’t it?

    No wonder GM only sets a goal of 30K Bolt per year. BEV buyers are basically looking for Tesla or nothing else at all…

    1. Rich says:

      I’m sure this will create backlash, but *shrug*
      IMO, GM has purposely priced the Bolt to limit sales. First, GM raised the price of the Bolt in the USA $5,800 more than the exact same vehicle sold in Canada. Now, GM Financing is pocketing $5,000 of the $7,500 federal tax credit on Bolt leases.
      These aren’t the actions of a company looking to sell as many Bolts as possible. There may be a lot of reasons GM has chosen to limit the market through pricing. GM could be trying to recoup as much of the R&D cost as possible in 2017 before the Model 3 starts delivering. They could be supply constrained and priced the Bolt to maximize profit on the 30K units manufactured this year. Insert reason here.

      I’m hoping GM will make price and lease corrections as inventory builds across the US, but this probably won’t occur until end of 2017 or Q1 2018.

      1. speculawyer says:

        It may be limited because they may be losing a lot of money on each one. Or maybe they are supply limited in some way such as not enough batteries or other component.

        Or maybe they are just being cautious since they over-estimated the numbers for the Volt. They thought they might sell 40K a year.

    2. speculawyer says:

      I think that is a very poorly drawn conclusion. Maybe the people just want long-range or PHEV.

      The Bolt could be a huge seller since it has that long-range. Who knows?

      1. Vexar says:

        Given that GM is delivering “unsold” Bolts now, as dealer inventory,I’m of a mind that the reservations figure for the Bolt was 1%-5% of the reservation figure for the Model III. The comment that GM Leasing is keeping 2/3 of the federal incentive is vile, but I don’t know how much others leading EVs are keeping.

        1. Rich says:

          The other automakers are passing 100% of the federal tax credit to the customer through a cap cost reduction on a lease.

          I assume you mean GM keeping 2/3 of the tax credit is vile and not the comment stating such.

      2. Spec, what do you think would be the market response to a small Chevy Pickup, Colorado size, that basically built it 4WD, with a Volt / Voltec Drivetrain in front, Bolt EV Drivetrain in rear, Bolt EV Battery + 10 Gallon Gas Tank for the Extended Range aspect?

        I think they could get performance in the range department of at least 180 Highway Miles all Electric, and over 35 Mpg after that, for a total range of 520+ miles per charge+tank!

        Would such a built move the interest needle for EREV’s?

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