2018 January US Plug-In EV Sales Charted: Market Grows 10%, Over 1.0% Share


U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – January 2018

The first month of 2018, a usual January cool down, didn’t bring us much of growth, but with +10% year-over-year it’s a solid starting point.

In total, roughly 12,116 plug-in cars were delivered (some models are estimated) at market share exceeding 1%.

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – January 2018

The top selling plug-in electric car in January was the Tesla Model 3, although we don’t yet know exactly how many were delivered. 1,875 is an estimation.

Tesla was the biggest manufacturer of plug-ins for the month – 3,375, including estimated Model S and Model X sales results.

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

The second best in January was Toyota Prius Prime, which at 1,496 increased nearly 10% year-over-year.

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

A surprising result was noted by the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which improved its previous year number by just 1% to 1,177.

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

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7 Comments on "2018 January US Plug-In EV Sales Charted: Market Grows 10%, Over 1.0% Share"

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The lack of growth is entirely due to Tesla’s inability to produce as many Tesla 3. If they produced 500K cars in Jan, all of them would be sold. Hurry the hell up!

Also related to the LEAF’s really slow production start. What gives? Any reports from the field?

Exactly my thought. I am surprised that the lack of even one delivered Leaf in the US hasn’t gotten more attention. Europe has confirmed deliveries and I think the US had at least a month or two head start. Shouldn’t there be a few thousand finished cars sitting somewhere? Jeez we saw pictures of Bolts rolling out of the factory and the Leaf seems very incogneto

January US EV Sales increase: 1112
Contribution from models introduced since Jan 2017: 3293

Rest of market: DOWN 2181

Not a wonder why more automakers aren’t jumping into this game early.

Chart is unreadable because reds are too similar to each other.

I propose use of some nice on line tool for picking distinct color palettes for websites. Would avoid eyestrain when looking at graphs that use 3 times less colors then data points in cluster.


Exchange the colors of 2010 and 2017.

Make the one little 2010 bar in December red.
Make all the 2017 bars green.

The market share percentage has really not improved that much for the past 8 months. We need the 3 and the Leaf to be big hits, we won’t get anywhere significant soon if we don’t start to build market share faster than this. I think February will be slightly better, March is going to be good and April great, but it is frustrating to see the numbers rising so slowly.