Cumulative Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales With Model-By-Model Breakdown For US – Behold Mount “EV”erest


Longtime InsideEVs contributor Mark Larsen assembled this graphic using InsideEVs’ monthly plug-in electric vehicle sales data.

What immediately caught our attention was this Tweet Larsen directed to us:

“A sign of the end of the ICE age? Behold Mount EV’erest.”

Mount EV’erest.  How catchy is that?  Love it.

Anyways, this graph shows cumulative plug-in electric vehicle sales since the start of the modern-day EV era.  Uniquely, there’s a model-by-model breakdown, which we do enjoy seeing.

*Check out Mark’s website for more of his electric vehicle related works.


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29 Comments on "Cumulative Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales With Model-By-Model Breakdown For US – Behold Mount “EV”erest"

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This is interesting.. but it is definitely not a reflection of what people are seeing on the roads. It seems people in different geographical regions see more of one type of car on the roads than another. For example, I am told people in CA see Teslas on a daily basis, where here in Texas I see one maybe once per month. I also rarely see a Volt but I am seeing Leafs and Ford Energi cars a lot around here.

I see lots of Volts now. Never see a Leaf. Saw (1) Ford Energi. Saw (1) Tesla. Where I live in Michigan, most cars are domestic, so I don’t see as much Asian cars as probably the rest of the country.

As long as we keep seeing more plug-ins though, whatever they are, the better.

(except the PiP, ha j/k.. sort of)

In Austin TX, I see a fair number of Leafs and Volts now. There’s also a Model S in my neighborhood and another that sometimes crosses my path on my morning commute to west Austin. On a typical day I will see 2 or 3 Leafs and 3 or 4 Volts, and a Model S once or twice a week. I’ve seen the C-Max hybrids but only 1 C-Max energi.

What they see on the road versus what was sold is kind of a disconnect. Sales may have been made to fleets for certain models. And you have a variety of Plug in Prius and Ford models which are hard to spot since they look like the non-plug-ins. Teslas are easy to spot head-on due to headlight design.

I see the occasional Volt due to knowing what the silver grille-work looks like but many may not see them. Leafs look a bit like another Nissan model except from the rear. In my area, I see Volts and Leafs and once in a rare while, one of two Tesla roadsters and one Model S that is nearby.

I live in California, but Teslas are a rare sight for me. See more Volts, Leafs and even i8s than Teslas.

Yup. They are heavily concentrated in specific areas like Silicon Valley. Go over to the East Bay area, not too far north from Fremont, and they are not nearly as visible.

Tesla is far from saturation, even in parts of San Francisco Bay, let alone the rest of the state.

This chart is a little flawed in that the coloring schemes make one model look like another model’s graphic. I think they should change several models charts to black, purple and pink to separate them from the rest.

In that the Honda plug in looks a lot like the Nissan Leaf.

In terms of local EV sales in my area the Tesla, Mitsubishi i-miev and the Nissan Leaf now out number the C-Max plug in and Chevy volt on the highway in the number of sightings. What’s odd is that the number of C-Max plug in sightings has gone to zero while Tesla you can now see a pure electric car twice a day.

The chart’s colors would have been clearer if they didn’t use JPEG compression on the file. Make it a nice PNG file and add years to the months at the bottom.

Show me how this compares to ICE sales. That’s the real story. Comparing EV sales to itself on a cumulative basis doesn’t really tell me a lot.

Good idea Rick.
Take that as an action assignment and report back with the results.

Here you go. Last month plug-ins set a new market-share record at 0.85%

link to full pic

and the Key, where it says “PHEV” is wrong. It should say “Plug-in”.

one in 100 isn’t too bad for a start.

Thank you kdawg. That’s a whole lot more meaningful. GeorgeS, the point I was (badly) trying to make is that the growth of anything that starts from zero is going to look amazing, especially in the early years. But it does not really tell us anything important from a policy perspective. As EV grows market share, it will force many changes to our transportation policy. But should those changes happen sooner rather than later? Kdawg’s effort shows that, while showing impressive growth over a short period of time, EVs market share is not that significant yet.

Cumulative sales of CNG light duty passenger vehicles aka natural gas cars don’t look amazing.

Which is a good thing. Natural gas is just another fossil fuel.

Good chart.
What I think is interesting is the dominance of the piP.

The third color up is yellow is the piP right??

So it is:
Volt, Leaf, piP, Tesla

I didn’t expect the piP to be so dominant.

The other thing is the slope of the graph as we move from left to right the slope is increasing.

June ’14 over June ’13 is a factor of two. So we doubled the number of plug ins in one year from 110,000 to 220,000.

In what sense has the PiP been “dominant?” The sales are less than the Volt and Leaf, and they are barely outpacing the Model S (if at all).

Prominent then.
It is the third largest color that sticks out when you look at the Cart.

Oufff, george, dont say sales are going to double every year, people are going to call you crazy on here, they told me i was every time i mentioned the double every year thingy!
But, you are an engineer and i’m not so, let’s assume you are right, just to save time (like your shirt says ;)) i’m happy to see you join my club.
Now, you need to get a plugless system and we’re in business!
On that same line of thinking, is it not time to stop calling them plug-in’s and start using the word rechargables??


I guess that this is United States sales only. E.g. Mitsubishi Outlander PH-EV has sold well in Japan and Europe, but it is not yet, I think in US markets.

why so picky on the chart? you guys got the main idea, right? you want a perfect chart, have a go and knock yourself out.

The header is missing an “in the US”, so is the graph and the article.
It’s very annoying when the country or part of the world isn’t specified.

Now let’s see one for the world too. 🙂

Thank you 🙂


We did mean to note it in there somewhere…Monday morning strikes again!

Wait, the US isn’t the world? Who let other nations access our interwebs?!?


Let other nations access it? The mighty pirates (and former vikings) of Sweden don’t ask permission 😉

Lol 🙂