All-Time EV Sales Record Easily Set In US For June, Props To Tesla And Ford

JUL 5 2016 BY JAY COLE 67

Who Is The King For EV Sales In 2016? The Tesla Model S Is (GO PUCK Tesla Model S P90D from the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb shown)

Who Is The King For EV Sales In 2016? The Tesla Model S Is (GO PUCK Tesla Model S P90D from the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb shown – see it set a new “Production Electric Car” world record time at the race here)

For the second time this year, a new all-time record for EV sales has been set.  And this time, the old record wasn’t just beaten, it was destroyed.

The previous best showing was March of 2016 when ~13,845 plug-in sales.  A number at the time which surprised us, as it bested December 2015’s result (generally in the US, the nature of the $7,500 federal tax credit means December rules the roost for sales).

Do Americans Like The New Refreshed/More AER 2017 Ford Fusion Energi? 1,700 sales says they do indeed!

Do Americans Like The Newly Refreshed/More Electric Range Enabled 2017 Ford Fusion Energi? 1,700 sales in June says they do indeed!

However, June not only thrashed a year ago’s results (~10,364), it easily took over the best selling month title, selling an impressive ~14,696 plug-ins.  That is some 42% better than a year ago.  (Update – August 2nd: Total sales adjusted slightly lower to allow for re-stating of Spark EV sales)

So far in 2016, US plug-in electric vehicles sales have shown percentage gains* in each of the first six months of the year.

As is often the case in the last “selling month” of a fiscal quarter, Tesla came through in a big way for the US, delivering close to 6,000 EVs into the country.  Unfortunately for its own worldwide quarterly forecast guidance, which it missed by some 15%, the company left some 5,150 sales “in transit”, mostly heading out of the country during Q2.

While Tesla continues to be the runaway leader in the production of all-electric cars, Ford took home the crown for the top plug-in hybrid maker in June, selling a year-high 1,700 Fusion Energis, and a year high 630 C-Max Energis.  

As for other bits of interest in the month:

*- the Chevy Volt performed statistically very solid in June (1,937 cars delivered – details), but still below earlier expectations for the 2nd generation car

*- Daimler introduced its 4th plug-in vehicle to the US market in June, as the Mercedes GLE 550e debuted, selling 19 copies in a limited release

*- while no one plug-in vehicle’s result particularly surprised us, all 10 of the top sellers for 2016 put up historically strong numbers for the year.  June’s victory was really a team effort.

The US market still has several new major offerings to arrive this year - including the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The US market still has several new major offerings to arrive this year – including the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Looking ahead:

For the last six months of the year we are confident in saying that each and every month will be an “easy win” over 2015 results, leading to a “12 for 12” sweep of the board* for yearly sales comparisons.

Depending on your prospective, one could attribute this expected sweep to be a result of some fairly weak second half sales in the US in 2015, or a rapidly growing (in both demand and total EV offerings) market in 2016.  Your choice.  However, the plug-in road map going forward is clear for the foreseeable future: more plug-ins, better products, longer ranges … for less money.

*Editor’s Note:  We know someone is going to look at the chart and say, “hey, only ~11,423 sales were made in May of 2016, when 11,540 were logged in 2015!  What gives InsideEVs?”  

Well, what gives is that May of 2015 had 26 selling days in which to log sales, while May of 2016 had just 24.  So May of 2016, has an adjust number of ~12,375 sales, or up 7.2%

Of note: Toyota sold (or rather slowly released in a very orderly fashion), 40 more fuel cell Mirais in June.   In the previous 3 months 40,41 and 41 were sold.

2016 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers NA-X – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2016 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers NA-X – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

Other Statistical Points of Interest from June 2016

Where the flip did this suddenly come from in June? It's the 2017 Mercedes GLE 550e plug-in!

Where the flip did this suddenly come from in June? It’s the 2017 Mercedes GLE 550e plug-in!

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla Motors* – 5,845
  2. GM – 2,390
  3. Ford – 2,384
  4. BMW – 1,386
  5. Nissan – 1,096
  6. VW Group – 799

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In June*

  1. BEV – 8,594 – 57.1%
  2. PHEV – 6,446 – 42.9%

New Year Highs Set In June By Model (previous 2016 high in brackets)

  • Tesla Model X – 2,145 (1,860)
  • Ford Fusion Energi – 1,700 (1,453)
  • Ford C-Max Energi – 630 (610)
  • Fiat 500e – 480* (455)
  • BMW i8 – 169 (146)
  • Mercedes GLE 550e – 19 (debut)
  • Toyota Prius PHV – 11 (10)

(*) estimated

The full monthly recap by individual plug-in can be found on our Monthly Scorecard here.

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67 Comments on "All-Time EV Sales Record Easily Set In US For June, Props To Tesla And Ford"

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You going to make a list of all the new models that are likely to be coming out in the next 6 months, please ?

David 2011 Leaf Owner (EV)

Why lump Hybrids with EVs?
They are COMPLETELY different vehicles.
Let’s get back to EV being an EV and Hybrids being a gas vehicle with batteries.

Why lump Hybrids with EVs?
They are COMPLETELY different vehicles.

Right, that’s why we call ’em PHEVs and HEVs. The “EV” there means something “COMPLETELY different” than it does in “BEV”.

Oh, wait… 🙄

“Let’s get back to EV being an EV and Hybrids being a gas vehicle with batteries.”

In what way would that be getting “back to” anything? If everybody meant “BEV” when they said “EV”, then the terms “PHEV” and “HEV” wouldn’t be in common use in discussions of EVs.

It’s every bit as accurate to describe hybrids as electric vehicles with gas motors.

hybrids were never necessary. They have always been a way to delay good BEVs

As someone who both promotes and owns EVs, I must respectfully disagree. There are still many people in rural areas who travel farther than current ranges allow and where little to no quick charging exists. Others frequently travel long distance, and again lack charging infrastructure. In these cases, a range extending ICE is most definitely necessary, and berating the drivers and manufacturers is ridiculous. I admire your personal “purity”, but find the insulting of hybrid drivers and producers counterproductive. Most unfortunate.

My point is that if car companies had pursued developing good BEVs like they had begun to do 20 years ago, we wouldn’t need no hybrid whatsoever. The EV1 affair, the RAV4-EV and the Nissan Altra-EV were a very good start with EPA (2015 equivalent) of 85, 90 and 105 miles range, 18 years ago. But they destroyed their own first wave of EVs. The development stopped. They gave us the Prius instead, A step backward. The Volt would have been a pure EV with 200 miles range in 2010…

RexxSee said, “The Volt would have been a pure EV with 200 miles range in 2010…”

Really? Maybe, but it would have been a $60K car (at minimum) and have to be a Cadillac. Only if you think that battery pack costs would be $140/kWh in 2010 would it even be possible… and it wouldn’t fit in the Volt design, unless energy density also happened to be 10 years ahead of the present curve.

Bottom line: You make some pretty big assumptions about where battery cost and energy density would be today if only EVs had be built in greater quantity a decade or more earlier than they were. Greater market demand does not guarantee the same technology breakthroughs would have occurred sooner.

Hint : Exxon developped and kept the patent of the lithium battery in the ’70s, and GM sold the rights of the EV-1 Ni-MH to Texaco(Chevron)who made it unavailable for 14 years.

Remind me how much is a Tesla and for how long they are production constrained? 😉
Lots of people were, and are ready to pay for a clean car, independent from the Middle-East Oil and our own oil cartels destroying life on this small planet.

The difference that your Prius driving, PHEV hating head keeps forgetting is the fact that Tesla doesn’t make profits where existing automakers are required to make profits…

Even if automakers tried to use NIMH battery which wasn’t good enough, the cars would still have been too expensive.

You keep posting the same crap over and over here with your hate.

If you truly cared about CO2 emission, throw away your Prius first and start biking, it would have helped.

Insulting? Were do you read I insulted anyone?!? I drive a hybrid myself, and I know they can do much much better.

Bravo. Well said Sir.

70% of PHEV drivers NEVER plug in!

I find that highly doubtful. Do you have a source for this claim?

Did you consider that his point could be that you SHOULD NOT call them PHEVs..?

In Norway NOBODY uses the terms this way. Hybrids are hybrids. Electric car = BEV.

Dictionary definition of hybrid:

“the offspring of two animals or plants of different breeds, varieties, species, or genera, especially as produced through human manipulation for specific genetic characteristics”

In this context, the metaphor is that an ICE and a BEV had a baby! Classing the resulting thing as “a kind of EV” is EXACTLY as correct or incorrect as classing it as “a kind of ICE vehicle”.

So if you’re going to be so bloody arrogant about the terminology that you cannot see beyond established AMERICAN usage and leave the snarky sarcasm aside, I and others who feel like me could equAlly well insist in calling hybrids with a plug “PHICE”.

Hybrid and chargeable hybrid are the best terms (the plug is actually irrelevant – wireless charging is still a “plug-in” thing, illogically).

PHEVs are hybrids with partial AER capability.
That said, the Volt is a very good hybrid. Marketing it with a “range extender” is misleading. The engin and motors all all used to drive the wheels, sometime together, sometime not. But in no way PHEVs are “electric vehicles with gas motors” This fits the definition of a serial hybrid (with a ICE generator not connected to the wheels. The i3 REx is the only one on the market.

It doesn’t matter if the Volt’s ICE can sometimes directly drive the wheels, and therefore is not a pure series hybrid. What matters is that until the battery is depleted, the car is fully capable (and in the case of the i3 – more capable) to run purely on electricity for a given range. Therefore, the ICE’s only role is as a range-extender.

If GM was offering helicopter service to hook your car when you run out of battery and airlift you to your destination, you wouldn’t call it a flying car. You’d call it an electric car with a helicopter range extender 🙂

You play with words.
I repeat, the Volt is a good hybrid, but hybrids are a brake to the development and adoption of 100% clean no emission cars.

I was mostly opposing your claim that marketing the Volt as a range extender is misleading. You seemed to imply that we should just call it a hybrid, and bundle it with the regular Prius and all sorts of other hybrids. I agree those regular hybrids whose only energy source is gasoline are “a brake to the development and adoption of 100% clean no emission cars.”. But the Volt and most other PHEVs are not a brake, they are the gateway drug to 100% clean no emission cars.

You may argue that such gateway drug is unnecessary. I don’t know.

“You seemed to imply” No I don’t. You’re putting words in my mouth, and misleading the reader again.

“PHEVs are hybrids with partial AER capability.
That said, the Volt is a very good hybrid.” I took this to mean that PHEVs shouldn’t be treated as a category separate from regular hybrids. Just better hybrids.

Anyway, didn’t mean to misrepresent your claim. And I don’t care about leading or misleading any reader. Just find the conversation interesting.

What are good for the ICE car makers if they don’t need to put an ICE in the cars? As a cartel, they protect their markets by offering lame BEVs and so-so hybrids.

The bridge you talk about has never been necessary. What kind of difficult adaptation is there with a BEV ?!? Plug it in? Lol!

We were already “on the other side” 15 years ago

OK, maybe the cartel has brainwashed me, but I’m driving a Volt because the Model S is too expensive, and the other pure EV offerings just didn’t work for me.

Exactly. The offer is ridiculous. You’re better off with your hybrid with a plug.. until Model 3 or Bolt or Leaf+ or …

Exactly, I’m better off with my 53-mile electric car, which has an onboard gasoline power plant for the 10% of miles that I need to drive when I use up the battery and can’t charge fast enough.

So what models are expected to arrive in the second half of the year?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, in September?
Hyundai Ioniq PHEV and BEV, during fall?
Toyota Prius Prime, around November?
Chevrolet Bolt, in November-December?
Other new models?

Updated BMW i3, updated VW Golf EV, Updated Ford Focus EV
Updated LEAF? Updated smartED? Updated Mercedes B250e?

I noticed the ‘Mercedes GLE 550e’ has the ‘same’ autopilot (autosteer & adaptive radar-based cruise control) but it is called ‘DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist’. Details here:

I own a new Volt and owned a 1 gen as well and it’s a great car. But I think the increase in Fusion Energi sales is telling. Objectively the Volt is a much better car in all metrics except for backseat space. Quicker to 60 by ~1 second in hybrid mode and quicker to 60 by 6 seconds in pure EV mode. About same or better mpg in hybrid mode. Over twice as many all electric miles in EV mode. Both have the same base MSRP but after the federal incentive the Volt costs less up front. The Volt has more trunk/hatch space and is more usable. The only advantage the Fusion Energi has over the Volt is that it has a more usable backseat. But the increase in sales seems to indicate that the average customer doesn’t really research all these metrics in detail but rather looks at which PHEV is the most regular and normal looking as a replacement for their normal ICE. The Fusion Energi fits this perfectly by being a midsized car that looks like a regular Ford Fusion midsized car. The Volt is a standalone model that is in the compact category even though… Read more »

I would buy that Malibu PHEV in a heartbeat.

Yep. And it has been really frustrating watching GM refuse to put the Voltec into anything else except an ill-advised Cadillac (Your grandpa that watches Fox News does not want a plug-in car!)

“Objectively the Volt is a much better car in all metrics except for backseat space.” What a ridiculous statement! Not every consumer cares about 0-60 times or how much stuff they can load up from Home Depot! I have a 2015 Fusion Energi, and it is the most satisfying car I have ever owned; I like it more than the Lexus GS 430 I owned for 7 years. Not many people buy cars just because of the powertrain, and the Fusion is a very appealing car no matter which powertrain it is equipped with. While you would certainly disagree, I do not personally find anything appealing about the Volt EXCEPT for its powertrain. Even if I liked how the Volt performed, it would be difficult to convince me to lease or buy one because it doesn’t really entice me to even try it out – let alone have to look at it every day. By contrast, I still marvel at the beauty of my White Platinum Fusion Energi, especially when it glistens under the sunlight. I am still amazed that such a gorgeous, plush, roomy, quiet, and agile car can easily get over 40 mpg with relatively little effort. I… Read more »

I agree. I never will understand the need of people to invalidate anything that doesn’t fit their scenario. Love the Fusion Energi Plat Pearl White. I actually did sit in the Volt and even the front seat seamed oddly cramped and I’m not a big guy. The back seat was a deal breaker, as my passengers have feet. But from what i hear it is a great drive, just not for me.

And in Canada, the Volt smashes records in the month of june with 320 units sold! that’s almost 3X June 2015. Most likely due to uber good Ontario incentives. Can’t wait for the breakdown between Ontario and Quebec.

I wouldn’t call Nissan’s performance “historically strong”. June Leaf sales in 2013-2015 were >2k each year, vs. 1.1k last month.

Actually, one could reframe June’s record (which is definitely impressive) as happening despite the #1 global all-time leader (Leaf) in a complete holding pattern in the US, and the #1 US all-time leader (Volt) still lukewarm.

…… and despite Toyota, #2 as recently as 1H2014, being AWOL from the market.

Not to be Debbie Downer here, but, plug-in sales are a very small percentage of overall sales still.

I know this site doesn’t care about F150s since it’s not the subject. However, a small blurb of % plug-in to overall would be nice. Especially if framed within the classification of the vehicle.

For example, lux 4-door e-class sedans are probably destroyed by Tesla Model S sales, but, we can’t see that from the perspective shown.

Congruently, there are zero plug-in pickups so zero percentage of the massive sales in this category. Not a good stat, but, significant in the big picture.

I do think this is the first month plug-in sales reached 1% of the overall market, which is great news

Almost, but not quite there yet.

Total June 2016 sales were 1,512,996 cars. One percent would be 15,129, which is 89 cars more than the 15,040 EV sales for June 2016.

“Missed it by that much.”
-Maxwell Smart, CONTROL Agent 86

Dam so close

Congratulations on getting so close, I hope the USA will break the 1% soon and will not look back from there.

Yes, I think we will break 2% sometime next year, and then get to peak ICE by 2020. Never look back indeed!

+1 love it!

Beating 2015 sales is a pretty low bar to overcome, considering there was actually a contraction in sales last year.

I’m much more interested in comparing 2016 sales to 2014 sales. The good news is that sales are up this year in every month except one!

There seems to be very little if any doubt that 2016 sales will put us back on track for year-on-year increases in PEV sales in North America.

But I’m still waiting for the sustained exponential growth that signals the start of the classic “S” curve of a disruptive tech revolution!

Same here. I think we’re likely to see that ramp when the Model 3 hits the roads. If it’s a big hit out of the gate, especially at the currently planned price point, I think the ‘knock on’ effect with other manufacturers, would truly speed the change.

I am cautiously hopeful that the new crop of 200+ mile EVs does signal the beginning of sustained exponential growth in the EV revolution. Not just because of the Model ≡, but also the Bolt. And from various articles here at InsideEVs, it looks very much like both the Leaf and the i3 will see 200+ mile versions within a couple of years.

Various auto makers jumping on the band wagon is precisely the sort of thing that happens in a disruptive tech revolution. And speaking as someone who has been hoping to see gasmobiles become obsolete since his late teens, and is now is 60 years old, it’s about time!

I understand what you’re saying, but it’s not an exponential, it would be a sigmoid curve, as there is an upper limit, and growth will eventually slow as it reaches the maximum.

(Sorry, the math nerd in me gets really bothered by that!) 🙂

Using your numbers, out of 15 companies, Tesla is number one this month followed by GM, Ford, BMW, Nissan, Fiat, Audi, VW, Hyundia, Porsche, Volvo, Kia, Merc/Smart, Toyota, and Mitsubishi.

And Tesla has 39% of all sales!

The Ford Fusion could really be a great PHEV if they could put in a 16KWH battery and do it without taking away trunk or passenger space.

But it is really just a conventional hybrid with a little hacking.

I think GM should discontinue the volt at gen 2. In sports terminology, there is no upside.

15K this is Fing AWSOME.