DoE: Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Were Up 40% In 2016



The Department of Energy releases some nifty plug-in electric vehicle facts and figures from time to time and while most are already known to us, the graphics often present the information in a very useful way.

The DoE states:

“Following the introduction of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt, the first full year of sales for mass-market plug-in vehicles was 2011; nearly 18 thousand plug-in vehicles were sold that year in the United States. Sales of plug-in electric vehicles have grown nearly each year since, increasing nine-fold to a record high of about 160 thousand units in 2016. All-electric vehicles (EV) have outsold plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) each of the past three years.”

For some additional some info, check out our scorecard here.


PHEV = Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle which draws some of its’ energy from the electrical grid by plugging in but also has an internal combustion engine to extend range once the battery is depleted. Example: Chevrolet Volt.

EV = Electric vehicle, also referred to as a battery electric vehicle (BEV), has only a battery for energy storage and must be recharged from an external source such as a wall outlet or charging station. Example: Nissan LEAF.

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One encouraging fact from the tables above: the ’14-’15 sales dip, when looking at BEVs only, was no dip at all but a continuing increase.

The dip was due to a bunch of new upcoming models causing people to hold back (New Volt, updated LEAF, etc.)

I’m surprised Strong man Trump hasn’t shut down DoE.

Well, he put Rick Perry in charge of the department.

Rick Perry was a pretty piss poor governor of our state of Texas on social and economic issues, but for energy and EVs he had some good initiatives (unlike our current governor.)

He did push for the EV/Low Emissions Vehicle tax credit that we had for two years but that the state legislature let expire without additional funding. He supported Tesla being able to sell directly to consumers in our state but our legislature dropped the ball again… and he expanded various energy efficiency programs in our state. We are now a leader in wind energy and natural gas (still not great but better than coal) and a much smaller portion of our electricity comes from coal than before.

Hopefully Perry doesn’t piss off our fickle president too much with pro-renewable, pro-EV, anti-coal talk. Or he might end up like Comey.

As bad a governor as Rick Perry was for Texas, he was an even worse dancer on Dancing With The Stars.

However, Rick Perry’s pasodoble was better than Vanilla Ice’s pasodoble in their elimiation dance-off. By all accounts Rick Perry should have won his pasodoble faceoff with Vanilla Ice, but instead he was eliminated and Vanilla Ice lived to dance again the next week.

Someone needs to use their time more productively…^ @¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven

Lol um… excellent Dancing of the Stars analysis, I guess.

Thank you for that. Someone had to say it!

GM and Ford are trying to fix that.
The quality of their products is dropping off a cliff.


Ford plug-ins are a bit weaksauce but GM has the nice Volt and the ONLY affordable long-range EV with the Bolt.

In case anyone was wondering, global sales of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles grew over 300% in 2016.

FCV troll is trolling himself at this point.

Speculawyer is speculating.

You cite worldwide FCEV sales and this chart is USA only plug in sales.
Some countries are just starting selling FCEV, so 300% mean doesn’t mean a lot.
It’s pretty easy to leap frog from zero sale.
What about sales in the U.S.A.?

I was wondering too how you calculate a % increase from zero….

HAHA! There were lots of critics that whinged about plug-in cars failing last year. EVers pointed out that it was Oborne effect due to new models coming out. EVers were right.