EV Market Share Hits 1.47% In US For December, Full 2016 Results Graphed


U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

2016 was record year for overall automotive sales in the U.S. – 17.5 million (up from 17.4 million in 2015 and 17.2 million in 2000).

Various records were set also in plug-in category. Especially in December, when plug-in sales went through the roof, reaching some 24,785 deliveries (IEVs estimation). Growth year-over-year for the month exceeded 80%.

But even more important was a record 1.47% market share for December.

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

Another look of monhtly results since December 2010:

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

2016 was also the best year of plug-in car sales by a wide margin at ~159,139 (up 37% year-over-year), which translated to an average market share for the year of 0.9%.

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

Monthly average plug-in sales exceed 13,000 thanks to December’s surge:

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

Number of plug-in cars in the U.S. now moves towards 600,000:

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

The Chevrolet Volt as first exceed 100,000 sales mark, followed by Nissan LEAF.

Quickest growth is however noted by Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X.

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

Taking into consideration only 2016, here are best selling plug-in electric cars:

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – December 2016

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28 responses to "EV Market Share Hits 1.47% In US For December, Full 2016 Results Graphed"
  1. AlphaEdge says:

    Such a long way to go. Wonder when the tipping over point will be, when the car manufacturers cannot manufacture enough to meet demand. Maybe in 8-10 years.

    High end charging infrastructure has to be more widespread, and a 200 mile range vehicle has to be offered in the $20,000 to $25,000 range.

    1. When new tech divices launch, they are seldom so different and as critical as the difference between ICE and EV, as to tech stuff, it mostly uses the same power sources to plug into, as older tech!

      For example: TV’s went from Tube Types (internal) to Transisters, to Integrated Circuits, and from CRT’s to Plazma, to LCD, to LED, to 4K, and now coming OLED 4K, All the while using the same power plug in the wall (In each Market)! There has not been any ‘Plug Anxiety’ with most of our other tech devices in 50 years!

      Along comes th EV, and we have a whole new ‘Nozzle’ for Fueling! It is a bit of a challenge for many, plus some feel their Electric Bills would Skyrocket, and in some places they are too high for people already (of course, they are failing to understand they won’t be buying Gas, or Diesel), and that could just be a failure of the general education system, failing to teach math better for personal finance, total cost of operation modeling, and ability to see related and side benefits or challenges, of personal financial decisions!

      The levels of personal debt is pretty good evidence of that, plus salesmen of EV’s aren’t really good salesmen or saleswomen:

      Do they have, at the ready, any localy researched graphs of Electricity Costs, related to Gas Costs for Commuters using a sampling of different vehicles, driving different commute distances? Unlikely!

      Do they have a list of Rebates, Tax Credits, Road Use Perks that EV drivers and buyers get that ICE dies not get? Unlikely!

      Do they have a page or two of Testamoniaks from EV buyers they have sold, or even fro happy EV Buyers in the State, or even – anywhere? Again, unlikely!

      Could any current OEM EV owner/driver produce such information to share at any moment? Not too likely, ad well!

      Would such above elements help improve the sales if EV’s? Sure! Would they remove all the issues or obstacles to a person deciding to buy an EV? Not quite! There is still the matter of Charging at Apartments, Condo’s, Houses with only Street Parking, and Workplace EV Charging and Cross Country EV Fast Charging, to be dealt with!

      Bit by bit, these issues are getting dealt with, but it is a slow process! Websites like this help, but how many advertisements do we see for EV’s, compared to ICE’s? That is also a problem.

      However, I see 2017-2018 making large inroads on people becoming aware and savy on EV’s!

      People are also not made too much aware about used EV’s as a part of the price solution! But the info is getting out there slowly!

      1. buu says:

        hopefully you understand that LED are not type of display but type of LCD…

  2. TM says:

    Nice set of Graphs Mark. You covered about every angle I care about.

    Great progress in plug sales, but cumulative ICE sales from 2010 to now, still leaves the total % of plug cars on the road (# plugs/# total cars) in the < 1% range. What is that 0.5 million plugs vs 120 million total cars or something like that? Hopefully we will be able to start graphing that progress and watch as we cross the 1% number and begin to project when the 10% number will be reached.

    1. Mark Kane says:


      1. Hi Mark, how long would it take to reseach a piece to cover the points I mentioned above regard EV Salespeople having info on useage costs, perks, happy EV buyers, etc.?

        Also, which states have the most BEV/PHEV vehicles for sale: New, and Used! Most progressive states or Cities on the move to support EV charging in Condo/Apartments, etc.?

        Make it as a post here, with a pdf linked, for an easy to print copy! That would be a super piece, but might need updating each quarter to stay relevant an reasonably current!

        1. Mark Kane says:

          A lot of work I believe.

    2. Mikael says:

      Isn’t it something like 250 million cars (and by car I also include car-trucks and other subsets of cars) on the US roads?

      Another few years before 1% of fleet is reached, but you got to start somewhere.

      1. TM says:

        OK, then – we nailed the 0.2% milestone.
        The needle has begun to move.

        I hope we crush the 26543 monthly average for 2017. Certainly in 2018 that number should double.

  3. heisenberghtbacktotheroots says:

    Prediction 1031:

    Monthly average plug-in sales in 2017 will be 26,543

  4. John says:

    Still pathetic and going nowhere.

    1. Mister G says:

      Yes pitiful and pathetic…we must do better.

  5. Terawatt says:

    Apparently reading InsideEVs isn’t going to be enough to know what share of the market BEVs took in 2016.

    I for one can’t understand why you are so insistent on conflating all kinds of things that have a plug. A plugin hybrid is as much an ICE as an EV, very often more so. Why would you not be interested to report the separate numbers for PHEVs and BEVs, at the very least in addition to the meaningless plugin total?!?

    1. PHEVfan says:

      Because EVs alone don’t even account for .5% which looks even more pitiful. By combining, you at least get to 1%. Every mile driven on electricty is a mile not burning gas.

    2. ClarksonCote says:

      “A plugin hybrid is as much an ICE as an EV, very often more so.”

      That simply is not true. Even if a plug-in hybrid gets 20 miles of all electric range, most people commute less than that daily.

      So you don’t need a lot of electric range to displace a lot of gasoline use. And it’s the perfect gateway technology to full BEVs once they have longer range, quicker charging, and more affordable… i.e., desirable to the mass market consumers.

      1. unlucky says:

        Where did you read most people commute less than that daily?

        GM seemed to think 34 miles was the average commute.

        Other note, there is no guarantee a PHEV is plugged in at all. An EV is or it stops moving.

        1. Ziv says:

          Difference between median amount of miles in a daily commute vs. the average amount of miles in a daily commute, maybe.

          1. Nix says:

            Yes, mean vs. average, plus accounting for the fact that around 25% of people either telecommute or use mass transit or other forms of transportation to get to work. But he did the the 20 mile number slightly wrong.

            Over half of people in the US live within 10 miles of work (median of 20 miles return trip).

            But that includes people who don’t drive to work.

            When you look at JUST the people who drive in a car to work, the average is larger, because the average includes outliers who have 50+ mile commutes, and it excludes people who walk or bike to work etc that live so close to work that they don’t need to drive.


            But that’s one of the magical things about PHEV’s. What your neighbors do simply doesn’t matter. If you are one of the millions and millions of drivers who drive under 20 miles a day to work, or someone who can charge at work, 20 miles of range can displace all of your gas commuting miles with EV commuting miles. Meanwhile, they can still use that same car for unlimited road trip distances the same as their gas car.

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Terawatt ranted:

      “I for one can’t understand why you are so insistent on conflating all kinds of things that have a plug.”

      So, of course, I yelled out, “Die, heretic scum, die!!” and pushed him off the bridge.

      How terrible that InsideEVs is run by heretic scum who believe that we should count both PHEVs and BEVs as plug-in EVs, or PEVs.

      Sadly, I also qualify as the same type of heretic scum.


  6. unlucky says:

    I don’t see why we shouldn’t count plug-ins. We should count plug-ins (as plug-ins not EVs). We should count EVs (BEVs). We should count FCEVs.

    Just don’t count Diesels in the green vehicles lists, that’s all I ask.

  7. Martin Winlow says:

    Mark Kane and InsideEVs,

    You are deluding yourselves and misleading your readers. An EV is not a hybrid and vice versa. Why do you continue to persist with this nonsense?

    1. Ziv says:

      Martin, don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough. My Volt is an EV 97% of the time and uses gasoline just 3% of the time.
      If it has a plug, it belongs on the list.
      Yeah, I wish the FFEnergi had 30+ miles of AER, but it is an important car even with the limited AER it has today.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Hybrid doesn’t need to have plug, so it is perfectly fine to count any plugins. All the battery fundamentalists should not read statistics articles at all, as pure battery car market share is so small that it is irrelevant so far anyway.

  8. hygge says:

    Question to the author & everybody:
    According to the following source http://online.wsj.com/mdc/public/page/2_3022-autosales.html the car sales (no light-duty trucks) for 2016 was 7,105,162 and the plug-in vehicle sales according to insideevs for 2016 was 159,139. So, the share of plug-in sales for 2016 shouldn’t be 2.24%? Am I miscalculating?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey hygge,

      If one was just taking the context of plug-in cars to overall cars the market share number would be higher.

      In this case, the metric if for the overally market, so all traditional light vehicle sales are included (cars, trucks, SUVs, crossover), versus the total of all plug-in passenger vehicles (which also includes SUVs and crossovers).

  9. Bob Nan says:

    Here is some news from China for 2016.

    Total EV/Plugin vehicle sales reached 507,000 units
    EV sales reached 409,000 units
    PHV sales reached 98,000 units

    1. Mister G says:

      If accurate that is good news…GO CHINA GO