2018 April US Plug-In Electric Car Sales Charted: Market Up 46.5%


MAY 9 2018 BY MARK KANE 11

Plug-in electric car sales in the U.S. accelerated a little bit in April, reaching year-over-year growth of 46.5%.

InsideEVs estimates that in total some 19,681 plug-ins were sold last month, which is the fifth best monthly result ever.

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – April 2018

In the first four months, Tesla Model 3 took the lead and began its run for sole ownership of #1, while the Toyota Plug-In Prius seems to be ready to grab the Best of the rest title.

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – April 2018

April was only barely better than March due to the Model 3 – IEVs estimates 3,875 sold.

Tesla Model 3 sales in U.S. (estimated) – April 2018

Toyota sold 2,626 Prius Prime (35.4% of total Prius sales).

Toyota Prius Prime sales in U.S. – April 2018

The Tesla Model S is the 3rd best selling model YTD, but there are no major changes compared to previous years.

Tesla Model S sales in U.S. – April 2018

Chevrolet Bolt EV disappointed in April with just 1,275 sales (but the new Nissan LEAF1,171 sold, fared even worse), which is 1% less than it sold one year ago.

Chevrolet Bolt EV sales in U.S. – April 2018

And, the fifth best selling plug-in car in the U.S. after first four months – Tesla Model X – 1,025 were sold in April. As you can see below, the all-electric SUV sales are still growing.

Tesla Model X sales in U.S. – April 2018

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11 Comments on "2018 April US Plug-In Electric Car Sales Charted: Market Up 46.5%"

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CA just mandates solar on most new homes by 2020. Tesla and other solar companies climb.

Patience flower…the measure still has to go through a building and construction commission or something like that. It’s now the law yet…hopefully soon

US Sales of Model S, Model X, and Model 3 will increase substantially in Q3 and Q4.

It does look like early angling, to keep bellow 200k before Q3. At least, that could explain why March beat April sales. That, and quarter end.

The toughest conference call could be the next one, if they really try not to deliver the <20k (?) cars that would start the clock on the tax-credit. Only a few weeks left, to convert ultimate international deliveries into revenue. Production vs. Sales will be a riot.

Only thing that is holding EV sales back is the availability of cars, SUV’s and light trucks with decent range look like a normal car. GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai… etc please come up with just a plain old car or light truck that has a 200+ range that doesn’t look like a dorky compliance car like a Leaf or Bolt. If there is a Honda Civic EV with 60 KWH battery, I’d buy it in a heart beat. If Ford comes out with a F-150 extended cab with 100 KWH battery for under $60K… it’s game over.

this is the chicken and egg problem. there are no incetives for big automakers to build that Civic with 60kWh battery because they can still milk the current production and they have to re-tool their production line. This is why even mercedes benz EQ are going to build along the same production line because they want to minimize investments and keep profit. The model 3 is the closest thing to Honda civic right now

The Bolt and Leaf are just normal, average looking cars.

U can buy that weak ass clarity bev sedan

Graphs of Tesla S sales and Tesla X sales not corresponding to your table of Plug-in Sales Scorecard!!

Thanks, there was small bug in TMX, but Model S?

Wow. Can you imagine what Prius Prime sales would have been had they designed a real Plugin with real room, and 40 miles of range???