June 2018 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card


June 2018 plug-in electric car sales rise again, but can’t top a few record months.

June marks the 33rd month of consecutive year-over-year monthly sales gains for plug-in vehicles.

It has been an interesting year for electric vehicle sales with a January that was a bit disheartening, the longest reporting delay ever for February, and a March that rose to the top sales month of all time for the segment. April landed in the five-spot for all-time EV sales, but it was short-lived, as May arrived with a vengeance. May not only knocked April out of the top five, but actually snagged the four spot. If the trends persist, we should continue to see the final month of each quarter claiming the new lead spot on our all-time list.

We have now put the second quarter of 2018 behind us, and what an amazing quarter it’s already proving to be. Tesla caught us off guard by releasing its Q2 report in the wee hours of Monday morning, July 2, 2018. For this reason, we’ve been continually working through data related to Canadian Model 3 deliveries and international Model S and X sales. Nonetheless, taking this into account, along with the rest of our research, we estimate at least 26,500 plug-in cars were sold this June. Clearing the 26,500-mark will launch June 2018 EV sales to the top month of all time, historically. June didn’t pull it off, but still grabbed the third spot of all time.

Top Months for U.S. EV Sales to Date (estimated):

  1. March 2018 – 26,373
  2. December 2017 – 26,107
  3. June 2018 – 25,019
  4. December 2016 – 24,785
  5. May 2018 – 24,560

2017 plug-in sales fell just shy of the 200,000 mark, though it was still an amazing year for the segment. Surpassing that number for 2018 will happen well before the end of the year, especially since our chart has nearly reached 125k deliveries and the coming months will be even better. However, there are a number of variables involved in determining where we might be by the end of this year. Still, sales exceeding 300,000 copies for the segment is a possibility.

Check Out: Contributor Josh Bryant’s 2018 yearly sales predictions here

We’ve sorted out our final Tesla U.S. estimated delivery numbers. According to our research, the automaker delivered 5,902 Model 3 sedans in June. This is down from May’s U.S. numbers, but keep in mind that we estimate at least 2,250 additional Model 3’s went to Canada. In terms of Model S and Model X sales, we’ve found that based on our data and estimations, Tesla delivered 2,750 and 2,550, respectively.

As usual, we expected most vehicles to sell better in the last month of the quarter than in the previous two months. However, although we were confident with our estimates, we’ve been in that dark about GM’s actual deliveries over the past few months. Meanwhile, we did understand that Bolt sales have been down for a handful of reasons during which time we believed Volt sales have improved. Nonetheless, we didn’t expect to see huge numbers from GM for June.

In reality, our analysis proved true. For Q2, GM sold 3,483 Bolt EVs and 4,336 Volts. So, our discoveries surrounding the Volt uptick and the Bolt downturn proved true. Based on our estimates, the breakouts for June are 1,083 and 1,336, respectively.

We gathered that Nissan would be hard-pressed to beat May’s LEAF sales, being that the number proved the highest deliveries the car has seen since December of 2016. We could only hope that Nissan LEAF sales would continue to improve or at least remain consistent around the 1,500-mark.

And, the results were not as great as we’d hoped, but precisely as we’d expected. Nissan delivered 1,367 LEAFs this June, down about 9% from last June and also down from May’s 1,576.

As far as the Toyota Prius Prime is concerned, we anticipated that sales would be outstanding. Thus far, Prime sales have continued to improve, and the end-of-quarter push has been solid. In May, Toyota sold more Prime plug-ins in the U.S. than it did to end Q1. We’re excited to report what June brings, as another record-breaker for the Prime was expected.

Unfortunately, the proof is not in the pudding this month … or perhaps yogurt if you’re not a pudding fan. At any rate, Toyota turned out 2,237 copies of the popular Prime plug-in for June. This is down from the previous three months, though still up compared to June 2017.

Like the LEAF, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid made great strides in May. Of course, we’d hoped to report that June would be even better, but based on our estimates, it didn’t look like that would be the case. As it turns out, we were correct.

Honda delivered 1,445 of these were PHEVs. This is still a fantastic number for Honda’s new PHEV.

Questions entering June:

  1. Did Tesla sell its 200,000th vehicle in the U.S. during the month of June? (Based on our estimates, it’s likely that Tesla crossed the line.)
  2. Will Tesla Model 3 U.S. sales continue to soar above all others, despite the tax credit situation and deliveries to Canada? (Yes.)
  3. Will June’s U.S.-only Model 3 deliveries surpass that of May? (No. Tesla Model 3 deliveries are down in the U.S., but up overall due to Canadian deliveries.)
  4. Did Tesla maintain strong U.S. delivery numbers for the Model S and Model X, regardless of the Model 3 ramp up and approaching tax credit sunset? (Yes.)
  5. How will Chevrolet Bolt EV and Volt sales turn out for the end of the quarter as GM finally reveals sales data? (Exactly as expected and in line with our estimates, GM sold an estimated 1,083 Bolt EVs and 1,336 Volts in June.)
  6. Can the 2018 Nissan LEAF end the quarter on a strong note even after the huge sales spike in May? (No. Nissan sales were down for June, at 1,367.)
  7. The Toyota Prius Prime … how high can sales rise? (Sadly, Prime sales are down from the previous three months, at 2,237. However, the numbers are still up year-over-year.)
  8. Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid deliveries have been on an upward trend and soared in May. Did sales reach even higher in June? (No. Honda sold a 1,445 Clarity PHEVs this June.)

Also of note: Toyota sold 103 Mirai vehicles in June. Honda delivered 4 Clarity HFCV’s in June.

Last update: July 14, 2018 @  10:58 PM EST

*Keep in mind that the words sales and deliveries are synonymous. In order for a car to count as SOLD, it has to be paid in full and be in the possession of the consumer.

***InsideEVs’ journalist Wade Malone provided sales estimations and related analysis.

Below Chart: An individual run-down of each vehicle’s monthly result and some analysis behind the numbers. (Previous year’s monthly results can be found on our fixed Scorecard page here)

2018 Monthly Sales Chart

Tesla Model 318752485382038756250606224,367
Toyota Prius Prime14962050292226262924223714,255
Tesla Model S8001125337512501520275010,820
Tesla Model X70097528251025145025509,525
Chevrolet Bolt EV1177142417741275112510837,858
Chevrolet Volt*71398317821325167513367,814
Honda Clarity PHEV59488110611049163914456,669
Nissan LEAF  15089515001171157613676,659
Ford Fusion Energi6407947827427406044,302
BMW 530e2244136895187299423,515
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  3826239925034245803,504
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid**3754504804256507103,090
BMWX5 xDrive 40e2615966275634993212,867
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV3003233732732973901,956
Fiat 500e**  2102352852152502251,420
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron1451992141892672381,252
Kia Niro PHEV1552462271202182811,247
Volvo XC60 PHEV1091551671412142261,012
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV22178218180217143958
Mercedes C350e29172208158166176909
BMW 330e101142202166150138899
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid1249336275168831
Mini Countryman SE PHEV12710074106163211781
Kia Soul EV  11516315715213357777
Volkswagen e-Golf  1781981641287632776
Porsche Cayenne S-E1131211972655912767
Kia Optima PHEV861031561429883668
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV991069390126133647
smart ED  849010380110126593
Honda Clarity BEV  203104485237126570
Ford C-Max Energi23414210557186562
Mercedes GLE 550e4470181938375546
Ford Focus Electric  7073137838850501
Hyundai Sonata PHEV525478386762351
BMW i8323947576445284
Mercedes GLC 350e557596466251
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV272952293035202
Hyundai IONIQ EV  4936073247198
BMW 740e182331601716165
Cadillac CT6 PHEV62417423018137
Mercedes B250e  404933730132
Mercedes S550e1331197750
2018 U.S. Sales Totals12,04916,84526,37319,68124,56025,179124,687
2017 U.S. Sales Totals11,00412,37518,54213,36716,59617,04615,54016,51421,24214,31517,17826,107199,826
2018 Worldwide Sales*82,00081,000141,000128,450159,346157,933749,729

Above – 2018 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Monthly or Quarterly Totals, ** Estimated (Based on State/Rebate Data and other reports), Credit to HybridCars.com for assistance on Hyundai/Kia and some BMW data. BEV models are designated with the icon.

Individual Plug-In Model Sales Recap For Major Models:

(Limited to vehicles with ~500 sales/or potential for 500 sales in a given month)

Nest Generation, 2016 Chevrolet Volt

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt:  

The Chevrolet Volt entering January found itself continuing an unfortunate streak of nine consecutive months of year-over-year losses. 2017 fourth-quarter sales alone were down some 3,000 units from the previous year.

January sales made it ten months of losses in a row, as 713 were sold, some 55.7% lower than a year ago (1,611). For February, the Volt continued its downturn with a total of 983 sold, which was 46% lower than last year’s impressive 1,820. However, it’s up significantly from this January’s numbers.

It has become more than obvious that the Volt’s stablemate, the Chevy Bolt EV, is stealing the Volt’s thunder. For as many months as the Volt has been down and dropping, the Bolt has been up and gaining. Keep in mind, this is definitely not a bad thing, it’s just different … and, in all honesty … better. It means less gas burned!

GM sold a total of 1,782 Volts for the month of March, which was one of its more impressive showings as of late, but still down 16.4% from last year’s 2,132. However, this is a huge and welcome sales surge for the Volt.

As we previously explained, GM has decided to stop providing monthly sales figures. Sadly, we won’t have a firm grasp on Volt sales now until July. With that being said, we estimated April 2018 deliveries at 1,325, which was higher than may be expected. Keep in mind, however, that Volt production and inventory are on the rise. Our research for May suggested that our grasp of Volt inventory and sales estimations was on par. While down a touch year-over-year, the Volt impressed again, with 1,675 copies moved.

Volt sales were right on target with our estimates. Chevrolet sold 4,336 Volts in Q2, for an estimated total of 1,336 for the month of JuneWhile the quarterly total is down year-over-year, Volt deliveries are gaining ground as expected.




Chevrolet Bolt EV sales

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV: 

The Chevrolet Bolt EV made its debut in December of 2016, as a 2017 model. However, it wasn’t technically available nationwide until August of 2017, but only a handful of copies landed in those 30-odd new states during that month.

That began to change in September. More evenly spread inventory led to rapid Bolt EV sales growth, notching 2,632 sales during that month.

October brought 2,781 deliveries, but November took that number even higher, as 2,987 sales were made. For December, GM eclipsed the 3K threshold by moving 3,227 Chevrolet Bolts, finishing 2017 with a 10-month streak of sales gains.

Unfortunately, in January only 1,177 Bolts were delivered, which a mere 1.3% gain over last January’s 1,162. For February, GM delivered 1,424 Bolt EVs, up 49.6% from last February’s 952 sold. Bringing Q1 to a close, GM sold 1,774 Bolt EVs in March, up 81.4% from last year’s 978.

Estimated Bolt EV sales for the month of April brought us back to some normalcy, and right on target with last year’s figures (1,292). We put GM’s BEV delivery number at 1,275 in April 2018. For May, our estimates showed 1,125 Bolts delivered.

For Q2, GM moved 3,483 Bolt EVs, down ~20% from the same quarter last year. Based on our estimates, that’s 1,083 for June.



Nissan LEAF sales

2018 Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF:

The Nissan LEAF entered February as the oldest offering on the U.S. market – going on 88 months now.

As you all know by now, it has been replaced by the updated 2018 Nissan LEAF, which debuted in September (full details here).

Is the new LEAF better?

Yes, in every way, including ~43 more miles range (up to 150 miles from 107) for $700 less. Not enough?  A ~225 mile, higher performance trim level arrives later in 2018 (as a 2019 MY car).

Sadly, Nissan USA proved not as capable as Nissan Japan, which managed to launch the new LEAF as planned in October (to some very impressive results), while the U.S. (and Europe) had to wait until January. This wouldn’t be a problem if the wind-down of the first-gen 2017 model wasn’t pre-planned to be defunct by October.

The resulting gap between the ‘new’ and ‘old’ left Nissan with almost no remaining inventory, which caused sales in October to drop to just 213 deliveries, ending an impressive eight-month run of four-digit results. In November, that number dropped further, to 175 sales. December, the best-selling month for EVs, saw only 102 LEAFs delivered. We’re pretty sure Nissan is wishing it had done things differently, as the LEAF closed out 2017 down some 20% overall.

Fast forward to today, when the LEAF was supposed to have been rolling off of lots two months ago, and that’s not quite how it worked out. Cars didn’t begin arriving until January in small numbers and they were pegged for reservation holders. Nissan told us it would be mid-February before another shipment of LEAFs became available at dealers for new buyers, which we figured would result in a sales bump, albeit small.

In January, Nissan delivered 150 LEAFs, down 80.6% from last January’s 772. For February, sales increased to 895, which was hugely promising, only down ~14% from last year’s numbers. As a point of reference, last February, Nissan delivered over 1,000 LEAFs.

For March, Nissan delivered 1,500 LEAFs, which is on par with numbers from March of 2017 (1,478). However, it’s a leap from February’s 895.

Sadly, LEAF sales didn’t grow as we had hoped for April, as Nissan moved 1,171 copies. However, fortunately, deliveries spiked in May, to a whopping 1,576.

June’s results were not as great as we’d hoped. Nissan delivered 1,367 LEAFs last month, down about 9% from the previous June and also down from May’s 1,576.



Toyota Prius Prime sales

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime: 

After 18 months of waiting for the first-generation Prius plug-in to be replaced, the Toyota Prius Prime (details) arrived on U.S. dealers lots over a year ago, and sales have been brisk ever since.

After setting a new high of 1,908 in May, it was expected that with deeper inventory the Prime would be headed much higher.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and a ‘doubling’ of stock (to around 2,000 units), only resulted in 1,899 sales in September. An additional 50% gain in inventory for October (up to ~3,000) actually resulted in a lower number – 1,626 sales.

For November, inventory levels stayed fairly strong, averaging slightly more than October, which translated into better sales, but still a relatively disappointing 1,834 deliveries, given the higher expectations for the year’s end.

For December, the Prime saw a record sales month, with 2,420 sold. This put the 2017 total at 20,936, landing Toyota’s plug-in the fourth place spot overall for the year as a whole.

Toyota delivered 1,496 Primes for the month of January, up 5.1% from last January’s figures. February Toyota Prius Prime numbers were super-impressive, with 2,050 sold. This is up a whopping 50.5% from last year’s monthly figures!

Toyota sold 2,922 Prime plug-ins this March, up again from last year’s numbers by an impressive 74.1%. It’s also up significantly from last month’s figures, and we’re pretty confident that the Prime will continue to rein No. 2 to the Tesla Model 3.

Yes yes yes, Toyota’s popular plug-in continued to hold the number two spot on our chart, with 2,626 delivered in April. The month of May continued the trend as Toyota delivered 2,924 Prime plug-ins.

Surprisingly, Toyota Prius Prime sales are down for June compared to the previous three months, at 2,237. However, this number is up 45% year-over-year.




BMW i3 sales

BMW i3

BMW i3: 

The BMW i3 entered the U.S. market with a bang in 2014, but it’s too bad that the initial fireworks display of sales back then was the peak – we just didn’t know it at the time.

For 2017, BMW i3 sales were a mixed bag.

Sales got off to a rough start, with just 182 moved in January, and 318 in February. The tune changed drastically in March (which given the i3’s track record is not all that surprising) with 703 sales made, a 118% gain over March of 2016. However, for several months after March, sales hovered around 500-600 units, until October when almost 700 were yet again moved.

For November…trashbags, as the company recalled all of its i3 vehicles due to a safety issue (for people who chose to NOT wear their seat belts if you can believe that) and put a ‘stop sale’ on the model for a time.  Just 283 i3 vehicles were sold during a month that is historically one of the best in terms of EV sales.

Quite frankly (and notwithstanding this recall), the i3 as it stands today is likely too expensive for plug-in vehicle buyers. So, if BMW wants to sell the EV in volumes like it did in the past, it’s going to have to sharpen its pencil considerably.

In late August, BMW proved it still really didn’t understand the issue behind lackluster sales or the i3 itself, by releasing a new, slightly sportier trim level – the i3s (full details here). The car gets some new styling details, some wider tires and some extra performance (+10 kW), but what the public really wants is a longer range option and a price cut (the new i3s is ~10% more expensive in most markets).

Now, 2018 models are being delivered, and it was also reported that a larger battery (long-range) model is set to arrive in late 2018.

December i3 sales accelerated from November’s totals considerably. The German luxury automaker delivered more than double the previous month’s total, at 672 to close out 2017 with 6,726 sold.

For January, BMW delivered 382 i3s. This is exactly the same number as last January. February brought a 96% bump in i3 sales from the same month last year, with 623 sold.

It looks like the i3 is going to start gaining interest once again. We’ve now seen two consecutive months of excellent sales growth. BMW sold an impressive 992 copies in March, which is the best showing for the car since August of 2016. This is up 41.1% from last year’s 703, and a big bump from last month’s 623.

It looks like March was a one and done success story for the i3. April saw 503 copies moved and May sales dropped to 424.

For June, BMW i3 sales are back up a touch, as well as up 2.3% year-over-year. BMW sold a total of 580 i3 vehicles in June.




Tesla Model S sales

2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S: 

Tesla doesn’t give out exact monthly sales (apparently because the public can’t handle the concept of regional allocations and delivery lead times). For this reason, we never know for sure what the monthly numbers total up to until Tesla’s quarterly (or annual) updates add more clarity. However, we do our best to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s happening.

To come to an estimated monthly number, we don’t simply take the quarterly estimate given by Tesla and divide it by 3 and hope it all works out. This is surely not how it works in the real world. We simply report from the data we accumulate ourselves, including first-hand accounts available from the factory and from the community itself, and the number is what it is (see below).

Revisions/disclaimer to the accuracy of prior estimates: The 2016 Model S chart has been adjusted (via U.S. Q3 data leaked directly from Tesla) by 469 units in Q3, and 525 units in Q4. The 2015 chart was adjusted (one time) by 498 units to compensate for confirmed full-year numbers. The 2014 sales chart was adjusted (one time – again after the end of the full year of estimates) 611 units to compensate for full-year numbers. While past success is no guarantee of future results, InsideEVs is quite proud of its sales tracking for the Model S over the years.

That being said, we only estimate this number because Tesla does not report it, and to not put a number on Model S sales would be to paint an even more inaccurate overall picture of EV sales. Despite our fairly accurate track record, we’re not analysts or portfolio managers and we don’t own any positions in TSLA the company.

While Tesla continues to conform to a familiar quarterly pattern of prioritizing international production early in the quarter before transitioning to domestic output, there has been somewhat of a change/reshuffling of priorities we have seen this time around.

The name of that priority is Model 3.

As we mentioned in 2017, it appeared Tesla knew fairly early that volume production would not be close to guidance by the end of Q3, and quickly refocused in an attempt to make that a reality by the end of Q4 (investors need to be kept happy we suppose).

The end result is that production energies and skilled labor normally assigned to Tesla’s original EVs are being diverted from the Model S and X to getting the Model 3 back on course. Tesla seems to be more focused on net sales than setting a specific S and X target, but international deliveries also play a role. All-in-all, we may see Model S and X sales flat or even lower over the course of 2018.

Additionally, the automaker just pushed back Model S and X delivery timelines by several months. It was said that this is due to a spike in orders for the vehicles, likely due to the attention Tesla is getting from the Model 3, and also because many people are having to wait so long for their Model 3 that they’ve opted for an S or X instead.

With all of this considered, it’s becoming increasingly clear Tesla is picking and choosing how it will skillfully hit its delivery targets. This means that sales figures for the Model S for December and January were down from last year’s numbers.

We estimated January Model S sales at 800. February’s estimate came in a bit higher, at 1,125, although this is still a notable drop from last year’s 1,750.

March sales mirrored 2017 as expected, at 3,375, to round out the quarter fairly close to targets.

We know full well that Tesla’s Model S and X U.S. deliveries are generally lowest in the first month of the quarter. As stated above, the automaker has made it increasingly clear that S and X sales will likely match last year’s targets, remaining pretty flat for 2018 due to the Model 3 focus. April saw an estimated 1,250 Model S deliveries, which was up marginally, though pretty consistent with last April’s 1,125. May saw an estimated total of 1,520 Model S sedans delivered in the U.S.

For June, our research indicates that Tesla delivered 2,750 Model S vehicles to the U.S. market.




Tesla Model X sales

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X: 

Like the Model S, Tesla does not report Model X sales, so we do our best to estimate monthly results for North America using all the data at our disposal (For more info on that, check out our disclaimer for the Model S)

Historical accuracy/Sales Update (Oct 11th):

Tesla’s leaked U.S. sales data for Q3 2016 put U.S. deliveries at 5,428. Our own Q3 estimate was 5,800 for North America, which includes Canada (which ended Q3 with 389 registrations for the quarter), meaning 5,787 were actually sold. Though we don’t attest to being experts, we were only off by 13 units in Q3.

Previously in Q2 2016, Tesla reported 4,625 Model X deliveries. Our estimated scorecard got within about ~55 units of the actual number (accounting for just a handful of international Model X deliveries). In Q1 we were within ~200 units.

Since we don’t want to bore you by explaining the same thing twice, have a look at the Tesla Model S recap (above) and then come back here.

All done? Good … welcome back.

Like the Model S, Model X production has been sacrificed as Tesla attempts to prove itself more capable of building the Model 3. Tesla directed to some 10% less production of the Model S & X in Q4 of 2017. Keep in mind, however, that all cars and regions are not created equal.

Aside from lower sales volume due to the Model 3, for the months of December and January, Model X sales seemed to be business as usual (despite the long-winded explanation above). In December, we estimated that Tesla moved 3,330 electric SUVs compared to the 3,875 sold in the same month of 2016. We estimated January 2018 Model X sales at 700, down a touch from last year’s 750.

Our estimates for February put Model X deliveries at 875 (to reconcile the quarter, we’ve bumped this number up to 975), up a fair amount from January’s estimates, as well as February 2017 numbers (of course, last February, Model X production was somewhat limited, as our estimates show the automaker delivered 800 during that month).

For March, sales were consistent with 2017, at 2,825, to finish the quarter fairly close to targets.

Last year, April Model X sales were quite low, much like that of January and February. We saw the same trend the first few months of 2018. However, it should be noted that as 2017 moved forward, the X began to rise in popularity and did a better job of mirroring sales with the Model S. While it appears Tesla still sold more S’ vehicles in the U.S. again this month, the divide is more closely matched. We estimate 1,025 Model X SUVs delivered this April and 1,450 in May.

According to our data collection, Tesla delivered an estimated 2,550 Model X SUVs in June 2018.




Tesla Model 3 sales

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3: 

Just ~16 months after orders opened, and ~10 years since it was first announced (then known as the “Bluestar”), the first Model 3s were delivered on July 28, 2017! One can check out the full delivery ceremony and all the newly released specs (220-310 miles range, 0-60 mph in 5.1-5.6 seconds) on our full recap here.

As with Model S & X sales, Tesla is not planning to release monthly Model 3 sales in the U.S. at this point in time. Until then, we’ll do our best to estimate monthly results for North America using all the data at our disposal (For more info on that, check out our Model S disclaimer).

Historical accuracy/Sales Update (Nov 1st):  Q3 2017 sales of the Model 3 were adjusted up 2 units.

Thankfully, in the early days (Q3 2017), estimating Model 3 sales in the U.S. was a pretty easy task, as the complete delivery volume for July took place live at the July 28th delivery event in Fremont, California. The first 30 cars were delivered to Tesla employees/stakeholders in the U.S., and one could almost count the individual cars as they left Tesla’s Fremont factory in August.

For September, we had Tesla’s quarterly disclosure that put deliveries at 222 cumulatively for the quarter, meaning about 117 were delivered.  Truthfully, the monthly numbers were meaningless in Q3. Instead, all eyes were on production. While the company guided to some 1,630+ to be produced, just 260 were built.

Of course, much chatter arose as to why. Tesla generically blamed “production bottlenecks.”  The company, looking to re-assure, said at the time:

We understand what needs to be fixed and we are confident of addressing the manufacturing bottleneck issues in the near-term.”

From our perspective, Tesla realized fairly early in July that the September goals would not be met. Following the future ‘S-Curve’ goal into year’s end was going to be problematic. It appears from that moment on, rather than working on “near-term” production and deliveries, Tesla has been working more proactively with the main goal of simply being able to show volume production by year’s end – something originally targeted for the end of September.

While this thought process was never officially confirmed by the company, a quasi-confirmation came with the admission that Model S and X production would be off 10% in Q4 2017. Additionally, we are now seeing the effects of manpower being transferred into transitioning the Model 3 production from “burst” output (or start and stop if you will) to a more consistent, ordered structure.

While it’s only speculation on our part (as it has been for several months while watching the happenings around the car), we believed Tesla was desperate to provide confirmation of a “decent” sustained production level for the Model 3 by the close of the year … and we were right.

To that end, progress to a certain degree was definitely made in November, as more cars than ever did actually find employee driveways (and orders also opened to the public mid-month … well at least to the first batch of locals anyway). Though Tesla only delivered an estimated 345 Model 3s in November, this number was a notable jump from prior months.

Tesla publicly reported delivering 1,060 Model 3s in December, for a grand total of 1,772 on for 2017. Additionally, Tesla dialed down the target of 5K a week, to 2.5K now, and set the 5K production level back to June (essentially a six-month delay at this point).

Adding up all Tesla vehicles delivered in the U.S. in 2017 brought us to an estimated 50,147. Global deliveries passed the 100K mark for the year as a whole (~103,000), making 2017 Tesla’s best year yet, despite Model 3 shortfalls.

While Model S and X sales were both down a handful for January, based on our estimations, Model 3 sales were up again compared to last month’s numbers (one would sure hope so!) However, they’re not up as high as projected or expected.

We estimated January Model 3 sales at 1,875. Basically, we took the 860 vehicles in transit in December, plus the ~500 vehicles produced in each of the first two weeks of January (and those 15 extra vehicles from December that Tesla assured were ready to go but not yet scheduled for delivery), and projected that the automaker was able to successfully deliver these cars prior to the close of the month. This makes sense since the Tesla was still (and still is) looking at three to six weeks for the entire process to unfold.

For February, we must assume that most of the remainder of the Model 3s manufactured in January made their way into owners’ driveways. Added to this, we gather that some early February production was delivered prior to the 28th of the month. We should also point out that an anonymous source with close ties to Model 3 production made us aware that the line has been down for as much as a week at a time over the course of the last month or so due to timing issues with the robots. This was later verified by the automaker. Our February Model 3 delivery estimate was 2,485.

As expected, Tesla has dialed up Model 3 production for March considerably, and according to the automaker’s Q1 sales report, future prospects are looking up. You can read the whole report by clicking here.

Tesla delivered a grand total of 8,180 Model 3 sedans for Q1 2018, with March sales at an impressive 3,820.

One less day in April, similar production numbers in comparison to March, and a brief shut down mean that last month’s Tesla Model 3 deliveries remain very consistent with the previous month. Now that fixes have been made in Fremont and the Gigafactory, we should look forward to a surge for may, followed by a leap in June to end Q2. Still, our Model 3 April delivery estimate of 3,875 is impressive considering the circumstances, and there’s no doubt the popular electric sedan will again dominate our sales chart.

Tesla has successfully ramped up Model 3 production considerably as of late. Despite the shutdown, our estimates show that the month of May was a huge leap from prior months. According to our research and data collection, we saw May’s Model 3 deliveries at 6,000.

During the month of June, Tesla ramped up Model 3 production even further, resulting in our delivery estimate of 8,300, which was supported by Tesla’s delivery report. However, we discovered that at least 2,250 of those made their way into Canada, while an estimated 5,902 were delivered in the U.S.




Chrysler Pacific Hybrid (plug-in) sales

Chrysler Pacific Hybrid (plug-in)

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: 

Editor’s note:  FCA does not split out sales data for the plug-in Pacifica, so we try our best to estimate that number from month-to-month until hard/verifiable data is gleaned.

The much-anticipated plug-in extended range passenger van arrived in January of 2017, albeit in stealth, stuttered, and very limited in fashion.

Due to some odd quirks with production timing and plant scheduling, we had an on/off/on/off/quasi-on start for the Pacifica Hybrid as it relates to deliveries. Then there was QC holds, then launch delays.

Finally, the Pacifica Hybrid officially arrived on “Earth Day” April 22, 2017, and customers enjoyed a good three to four weeks of arriving inventory … until the wheels fell off (not literally).

By June 10, 2017, a nationwide recall was announced, and all 1,677 Pacificas sold in the U.S. and Canada had to head back to Chrysler to get a faulty diode replaced that could cause loss of power when in operation. We won’t get into all the details from there (check out our June sales report for more info).

Thankfully, by September, the kinks appeared to have been worked out just in time to see its Windsor, Ontario assembly plant go down for the entire month of October for pre-scheduled updating of the facility to comply with U.S. regulatory/safety tooling on the Grand Caravan.

Nonetheless, customer orders and dealer stock are once again flowing and the 2018 model has arrived. With January being a low-volume month, we put Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid sales estimates at 375. For February, we estimated Chrysler delivered 450 Pacifica Hybrids. Our March estimate saw 480 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids delivered.

After three months below 500 sales, the Pacifica Hybrid may soon lose its spot in our recaps. However, we’ve kept it around for now in case the rest of the year begins to show promise. While, April’s numbers  (425) didn’t help its case, our May estimations showed Chrysler moved some 650 Pacifica Hybrids

Our estimates for June remain mostly consistent with May’s findings. We peg Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid sales at 710 for last month.





Ford Fusion Energi sales

Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion Energi: 

The refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion Energi (details) was a fairly big hit in 2016, showing marked improvements throughout the year.

Heading into 2017, the Fusion Energi crossed back into “four-digit land” in March, as 1,002 Energis were moved … joining a club of just five others at that level. The month of May showed a repeat of such numbers, but sales have stayed in the 700s ever since.

Looking at the inventory in the past, it was easy to see why (and how) so many of the new Fusion plug-ins have been sold. The Fusion Energi often won the crown for the “most stocked” EV in the U.S., until Chevy got crazy with the Volt and Bolt EV.

With that said, Ford had been struggling to keep production on pace with demand (or rather managing inventory lower). After having almost 3,000 in stock in mid-June 2017, that number fell below 2,000 units by the start of September, as the industry-wide summer shutdown/changeover to MY 2018 was underway. This inventory level flatlined through the end of 2017, for 9,632 deliveries.

Fusion Energi sales were in January, at 640. Deliveries climbed in February to 794, very close to last year’s 837.

For March, Fusion Energi sales were flat from February’s number, with a total of 782 sold. However, this is down considerably from last year’s 1,002 moved in March.

April saw a total of 742 Ford Fusion Energi’s sold. It seems 700 is the new magic number for Ford’s midsize plug-in. May came in right on target for the Fusion Energi, at 740 sales.

Ford numbers are down for June. The automaker only delivered 604 Fusion Energis, compared to last month’s 740 and last year’s 707.




BMW 530e sales

2018 BMW 530e

BMW 530e: 

Welcome to the “big time” BMW 5 Series! By “big time” we mean selling more than 500 copies and getting an individual recap on our sales scorecard.

The plug-in hybrid’s $52,400 starting price point makes it the cheapest of the 5 Series to own, and thus a strong seller. After crossing 500 sales in both September and October, an amazing 872 were moved in November, followed by 706 in December – shooting the plug-in BMW up our sales chart.

For January, deliveries slide down significantly to 224. February starts to move back up, with 413 deliveries.

BMW 530e deliveries were on the uptick for March, with a total of 689 sales. BMW moved 518 copies in April. For May, BMW sold an impressive 729 530es. This was up considerably from this year’s previous numbers, aside from a good showing at the end of Q1.

We estimate that BMW sold 538 530e vehicles in June.




BMW X5 xDrive40e sales

x5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e: 

The BMW X5 plug-in had an unexpectedly strong debut in the U.S. in 2016, which only got stronger over the year.

In fact, the electrified BMW SUV had seen sales as high as 876 units in 2016 (August 2016).

Then 2017 happened, and sales disappointed. During the first 10 months, numbers ranged from the 260s to the 480s.

With just 329 sales in October, and 333 in September, we confidently predicted the X5 plug-in would be leaving our recap list in 2018 … then November happened. The month brought an all-time best 929 deliveries, which made the BMW the sixth best selling plug-in for the November! In December, sales were down, but still strong at 832, pushing the just out of the top ten for the year as a whole.

While inventory is still low, we’re happy to be able to report that the 2018s are here in volume. Hopefully, enough plug-in SUVs will eventually arrive that BMW can once again make a push to achieve the four-digit mark!

BMW X5 plug-in sales plummeted in January to 261. For February, we saw a bump back up to 596, keeping the X5 safe in our recaps.

March numbers remained consistent, as BMW delivered 627 plug-in X5s. For April, X5 sales hit 563, which was right on target with prior months. May saw 499 BMW X5 plug-ins delivered. Down a touch, but mostly on par with previous sales data.

According to our estimates, BMW sold 515 X5 plug-ins in June.





Honda Clarity PHEV

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: 

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid arrived in November of 2017. Only 5 copies were sold that first month, followed by an incredible 898 in December. At that point, we were going to add the new plug-in to our recaps, but we decided to give it a few months to settle in.

January deliveries fell to 594, however, that’s still outstanding for a new addition to the segment. February brought a nice surge back up to 881 sold, pushing the Clarity PHEV within reach of the best-selling vehicles in the segment.

Now, the Clarity PHEV finds a new home in our recaps, and it’s obvious it earned it well. The addition of the Clarity was much-needed, as it comes at a time that we have recently eliminated the Volkswagen e-Golf, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Ford C-Max Energi, and Fiat 500e due to not meeting the sales threshold.

The Clarity PHEV starts at $33,400 before rebates. It’s powered by 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, with a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. The Clarity boasts a 47-mile EPA all-electric driving range, making it the closest PHEV all-electric range competitor to the Chevy Volt. Charging takes 2.5 hours with 240-volt power or about 12 hours on a 120-volt household outlet.

Honda has reported a total of 1,061 Clarity PHEVs sold in March. Clarity PHEV sales were flat in April, at 1,049. For May, Honda moved 1,639 Clarity PHEVs.

Honda sold a total of 1,445 Clarity PHEVs in June.

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Why nothing about Tesla sales in June, yet? Or we have to expect Elon tweet tomorrow “200k sales in US just passed”.

It’s all in the story and in the recap and we already released our estimates and Tesla’s report yesterday. Read it and you’ll see.

I read it and I still don’t know.

https://insideevs.com/why-we-believe-tesla-passed-200k-u-s-sales-in-june/ While we don’t have our Tesla U.S. delivery splits 100-percent sorted, our estimations for the month, the quarter, and the year are almost spot-on with Tesla’s report. Additionally, our total Model 3 delivery number is off by only 9 units from the automaker’s published numbers and we’re within 15 copies for the quarter. We’ll have more information on that in the coming days, as well as updated information about Model S and Model X sales and Tesla’s 200k U.S. delivery status. For June, our research indicates that Tesla delivered 2,900 Model S vehicles to the U.S. market. At this point in time, we’re not adding this figure to the sales chart since we’re hoping that we can get more information from Tesla about the 200k situation. In the meantime, we’re still working some numbers and data to assure that our estimate is as accurate as can be. According to our data collection, Tesla delivered an estimated 2,400 Model X SUVs in June 2018. At this point in time, we’re not adding this figure to the sales chart since we’re hoping that we can get more information from Tesla about the 200k situation. In the meantime, we’re still working some… Read more »

So update the chart then. It’s only three fields….

We aren’t going to be hasty and release information in the chart as “FACT” without the rest of the details. We are not intending to send people into a frenzy or publish misleading information. We will have the final numbers, as well as a full explanation of the situation in the coming days. We have reached out to Tesla, are sifting through IRS language, and assuring our estimates for Canada and international deliveries match up with all research and data. This way, we can be sure that we are providing the right information for our readers and the public. This is the first time an automaker may have passed the magic number. We aren’t taking it lightly and we refuse to be a part of a misinformation campaign.

194 + 2,400 + 6,050 +2,900 = 205,350

Right. That’s why we published the piece saying “we think” they are over. However, it may not matter due to the way the IRS handles “sales/registrations.” We will have the final numbers, as well as a full explanation of the situation in the coming days. We have reached out to Tesla, are sifting through IRS language, and assuring our estimates for Canada and international deliveries match up with all research and data.

So if those numbers are close to correct, Tesla threw away the possibility for an additional 70,000 buyers to get a full credit by failing to delay deliveries by one week. That would be a regrettable error on Teslas part. But it wouldn’t have benefitted Teslas bottom line directly, right? So no harm, no foul?

Don’t overthink it yet. We will be revealing our numbers and explaining the situation in the coming days. Tesla may have passed 200k, but may not have impacted the credit. Hmmmm, right?! We are finishing our research and the article. No worries at this point.

I have been over thinking this for a couple months, so it might be too late stop. But I respect your take on it a great deal, Steven. It is all good.

Good one Ziv! I think we all are in that boat! Kudos to Steve and the gang for holding back.

Actually, making that mistake could cost Tesla $hundreds of millions in profits. Much of the credit money on Model 3 is being used to justify option purchases such as the LR battery pack. If Tesla actually blew thru 200k in June someone needs to be fired no matter who it is. As many as 70,000 Q4 buyers would see their potential credits cut by $3,750. That totals up to over $260 million. Taxpayers will be celebrating… Tesla buyers…not so much.

Steve, I applaud your decision to hold back on reporting. I am miffed at Tesla for keeping everyone in the dark for so long. There is no excuse for their silence.

I suspect their silence is deliberate. Even a hint at “gaming the numbers” will result in a media backlash from many of our least favorite outlets.

I believe when the line is crossed officially, they will announce that matter of fact, and continue making cars.

Maybe your daughter can call her buddy Elon for the exacte numbers lol

Ha. Despite that one-time situation, we don’t ever get Tweets, responses, or retweets from Tesla or Elon. No matter how hard we’ve tried to get a message to him or an answer from them or some inside information, a leak, etc., it seems nearly impossible. I wish it was different.

LOL…Call Fred at Electrek! He seems to have a direct pipeline into Tesla.

Amazing results in the Netherlands for EV’s and Tesla.

The title show show that this is about US sales only.

We’ve been using the same title and format for years. It can’t be too long and it’s clear in the piece. If we change it now it will mess up search data and site search. We track U.S. sales. It also explains that in the meta description and on the Google search.

Do you plan on tracking Tesla sales world-wide in the future, or just stick with US sales?

Well, Tesla worldwide sales are reported fully every quarter. So, there’s no estimating or tracking needed. The hard part is figuring out how may of those went to the US. Mark Kane covers the worldwide sales with his charts. Eventually, we will only report on BEV sales for the US and possibly globally, but that’s a ways off. We’ll have to wait and see if we have the bandwidth to track Tesla globally in terms of covering how many went to each individual country. However, that is probably above and beyond our efforts and scope. Also, Jose handles much of that over at EV Sales blog. We support him and use his data, so we don’t want to step on his toes. It’s all a work in progress and forever adapting at this point.

“11,166 Model 3 vehicles and 3,892 Model S and X vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of Q2”
That’s more that 2 weeks of production. 4k in transit were at the end of May. I guess some of the M3 from the first 2 weeks of June went to Canada and Model S&X went outside US. For me 200k not passed in June.

My drive-by spionage on the Fremont Blvd lot showed me that the still have the lot almost full and many cars blocking others and very tight security. I didn’t dare to stop and take pictures.

Wow, I sure did miss on Bolt and Leaf…. 🙁

Yelp me too, I had the leaf selling 40k this year

@steven Loveday – can you please include the time zone up your time update?
Last update: July 3, 2018 @ 11:50 AM


What’s up with Nissan Leaf? It used to be Nissan’s attempt to make a serious product of electric vehicles, now it sells in the same sort of numbers as Bolt. Could it be that Nissan reduced its ambitions for Leaf from potential moneymaker to compliance car?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Battery sucks. Get’s hot then tapers really early when DCFC.
No battery Active TMS and all attributes to degraded SOH (State Of Health) for the pack..

That and a range that Nissan should have been selling in 2015.

Yep, Leaf 2 was late and underspecced which will impact demand but it looks like this does not come as a surprise to Nissan, looks like supply was tailored to low demand. Same pattern as Bolt. It all spells compliance rather than ambition to me.

Not compliance if they have two on my lot here in Ohio. It’s that people are not buying cars period

I think you should look at world-wide sales, it’s so far (until May) this year the second most sold EV. Up 50% compared to last year. Nissan has a long waiting list, and there seems to be no good deals available. I tihnk it sells as good as they have planned for, if not better. E.g. they sold 900 Leafs in Canada in May.

Glad to see you caught that. I was going to say the same thing. I think Nissan is just shipping a lot of their production to Europe where Leafs are a big hit.

It does not look like it is going to be a record month, but july will!

My tesla prediction for July: 18860 produce – 3000 to Canada = 15860. That would be more than all the sales combined for this month last year.

Add to that model S ans X and Telsa could be around 18k to 19k!

Wow. Toyota isn’t doing well, and Chevy is doing really poorly. I thought the Prime would take off, considering how popular the Prius is and how little the additional price is for the Prime. But the Bolt and the Volt are just struggling. Sad. I love my Gen I Volt but I doubt I will get another. Tesla keeps looking better and better. The crazy thing is that almost 8 years after the Volt and the Leaf arrived, Tesla is the only car maker that is close to building an electric car that is roomy and fun to drive for less than $40k. And even they haven’t delivered a single base 3 yet. It is hard to believe that 8 years in, these are all the choices we have.

Jean-François Morissette

Yup, I think that the growth in the US is a total deception. This market just want large gas-guzzlers and nothing else. Quite sad to see that actually. For this month, it could be as low as 24k…

During this time, EVs are slowly getting traction elsewhere.

not even sure about the low 24k, Tesla will sell more or less the same amount as last month and a lot of other manufacturers are down, my prediction around 22k

They are now at 21.8K for june, I think my prediction was good

No Frenchy. Many Americans are rightly concerned about charging infrastructure. Others don’t believe the EVs are quite there yet technology-wise. I don’t share these concerns and it’s highly dependent where you live e.g. city or country. These are valid concerns in a country as large as ours where many many people commute long distances and take long weekend trips. Once these concerns are alleviated you’ll really see the flood gates open.

Jean-François Morissette

In Canada during this time, we have more than a 100% growth in sales with market share nearing 2% for the year, now better than the American market. That is much more satisfying 🙂

Deception? Numbers are numbers.

Most Europeans fail to grasp the geographic scale of the US and North America. They also fail to grasp that a lot of us wouldn’t think much of jumping in a car and driving 1000 miles, or even coast-to-coast. Even in a gas guzzling SUV, it’s not that expensive to do with gas costing $0.50-0.75 per liter (did the conversion for you). And, that SUV will provide plenty of space and a comfortable drive along the way.

So, EVs have a place here for city driving. But, until there are SUV EVs that can recharge in under 10 minutes, and plenty of recharge locations along the interstate highways, the mainstream people will not adopt.

OK, looks like your prediction is better than mine, you are right on the money

June is back off on inventory tme, to avoid having to take markdowns to during next month’s clearance.

Prime could be getting a mid-cycle upgrade too, hence the lack of distribution increase.

Right. For automobiles, May is usually the highest sales month of the first half of the year, not matched until the new models come out in September, and then the end-of-year sales in December. It’s entirely expected that June sales will be down from May. However, it’s disappointing that the Tesla Model 3’s number are actually down slightly from last month. Tesla usually has far higher U.S. sales/delivery numbers for the last month in a quarter, including June.

They have like 11 or 12 thousand model 3 cars in transit. July could see 20,000 sales or more, depending on how many of those are going to US.

Ontario’s generous EV rebate is officially dead as predicted by many. So Telsa may have had a last gasp attempt to send ’em north in June.


Why is the Bolt struggling? 1000/month, that could be much better.

It’s a good car, lots of range for the price. I heard rumours about GM treating it as a compliance car and not producing it in real numbers. Or maybe people are not interested. If so, why? Not big enough? Not sexy enough? Lack of fast charging support?

With the tax credit and state incentives, it is very cheap.

They lose buckets of money on each one so GM is under no pressure to make them and given the choice, most people would rather wait for a Model 3.

I thought that GM losing money on the Bolt were just rumours. They have a pretty good deal with LG for the batteries ($ 145/kWh).

I doubt GM is actually losing money on a unit cost basis. But almost certainly they aren’t making much profit, either. Why should GM spend money and other resources making more Bolt EVs, when making more of just about any other model will earn them more profit? The situation is disappointing for us EV advocates, but it’s certainly understandable from GM’s viewpoint. 🙁

I still think it’s inappropriate to call any car with sales above 500 per month a “compliance car”, but certainly GM isn’t treating the Bolt EV as much more than a compliance car. I think we need a new term, for “not much more than a compliance car”.

The total number of sales doesn’t matter. It’s about actively selling everywhere, vs. limiting supplies entirely or mostly to ZEV markets.

Since they sold nearly as many in Korea as in the US in May, then seems like it doesn’t match your definition.

But…why is GM so eager to sell in south Korea? Could it be GM has compliance issues over there as well? GM priced Bolt out of the Euro market once it’s compliance issues seized to exist after selling its Opel subsidiary to PSA. The pattern is pretty clear.

I hear the incentives in SK are pretty good, so it makes sense to go where they are.

I can’t say much about Korean sales, as I neither know the pricing of the Bolt there, nor what kind of emission standards are present…

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I highly doubt GM is losing any money on the Bolts.

That depends on how you look at it. They are not losing money on them, when taking into account the saved fines for not meeting emission standards they would have to pay otherwise. Looking only at the sales price, they definitely are losing money. That’s why they have no interest in raising sales above the level necessary to avoid fines in respective markets.

Not a rumour — GM pretty much admitted it. They are losing something like $8,000 IIRC on every sale outside ZEV markets. In ZEV markets though, they make about as much profit though, because of the credits. That’s how compliance cars work…

No. They have never made that claim.

Indirectly they did. They said something to the effect that they could profitably sell EV’s in a couple of years,

The quote was about selling affordable EVs at a price competitive to similar ICE’s and making a profit. That people do not want to pay a premium just for an EV.

You are right: apparently they never admitted to it officially… But it was confirmed repeatedly by insider sources, as well as by an independent cost analysis.

Mostly exports. Sales are actually up quite a bit over last year (globally)

In the US, very little inventory. We will have an update on global bolt sales this week.

Battery issues

They (IEVs) are only reporting US sales. But GM has exported more this year. For example May deliveries to Korea just about matched US deliveries.

Not so cheap. I know the Prius Prime is not an EV but after incentives you can get one, which has a whole lot more utility than the Bolt, in the low $20s. Given the Bolts short range and inconvenient “refueling” compared to an oh so evil ICE car (PHEV, hybrid or not) it would have to sell for maybe $20k after tax credits/rebates to be “cheap”. I think that without the incentives it would not sell at all. Note: here in CA you also owe the 9-10% sales tax on the pre-credit/rebate price. Tesla is a special case and is competing against Mercedes, BMW, Audi, prosche, Lexus, etc. and not in discussion here. The Bolt and Leaf are competing against the likes of Prius, Ioniq. Niro, Civic, Corolla, Sentra , Golf, Jetta and all the mini-utes. Unless they can get their prices down to $20k (or maybe $25k) when the credits/rebates are gone they will barely sell. I drive a PHEV (very cheap lease plus CA rebate) and will probably buy another one (or maybe an EV) when the lease is done but, absent the tax credits/CA rebate I would not. (Tesla is not in my price range.) Given… Read more »

I agree that most EVs (both BEV and PHEV) are overpriced right now. The price premium is *much higher* than the cost of the batteries alone would justify. The rest is due to low production volumes in general. But it looks like EVs will hit serious volumes pretty soon, at which point way more competitive prices will become possible. I don’t think it will be as tough as you make it sound.

I forgot to mention that most entry-level EVs today lack meaningful power train options — which is crucial for profitable vehicle programs. Entry-level combustion cars couldn’t be as cheap as they are either, if they didn’t sell more expensive variants too… That’s probably the single most important thing that makes Tesla so competitive compared to other EVs today. Once other EV makers go down this path, pricing should become much more attractive.

(The fact that legacy makers generally prefer large cells, considerably reduces their flexibility in terms of being able to offer more than one battery size though…)

The Prime is the perfect case for California. But, in a colder state the 20 miles of range will turn into 11 in winter. The Prime Advanced is not a cheap car, you can get a better lease offer on the BMW i3.

And the Prime isn’t optimized as an EV, so it doesn’t have the EV advantages: smooth, quiet, fast torque and acceleration. Also, the Prime design looks like a CMAX copy, there’s no space in the hatch area.

I think the Prime, Volt and Bolt are losing sales today to Tesla.
If not an actual sale, than a reservation, because most people don’t need to buy a car next year, they can wait 2-3 years for Tesla to build it’s build capacity.

I personally could not wait for the Tesla. So, I picked up a BMW i3 REX lease, it was very competitive against a Prime lease, and the i3 drives better in All Categories.

So, InsideEVs’ preliminary estimate is that 6050 Tesla Model 3’s were delivered in June, which is actually down from the estimated 6250 deliveries in May.

I guess, then, that there was a pretty massive disfunction in finishing and/or delivering TM3s in April, and that thousands of those cars either piled up on lots in April, awaiting finishing touches and/or stuck in transit. That would explain both the low April number, the very much higher May number, and the fact that the June number is actually a bit smaller than the May number. Since June is the end of a quarter, for Tesla deliveries in the U.S., the number would ususally be much higher than May.

Either that, or InsideEVs estimates for both April and May were significantly off. Frankly I doubt that, since the staff here spends so much time and effort to make those estimates as close to reality as they possibly can.

Thanks to all the IEVs staff involved in collecting this data — not just for Tesla’s cars, but the entire smorgasbord of monthly plug-in sales data!

Go InsideEVs! 🙂

No, deliveries are up. The total is 8,300 based on our preliminary estimates. The only difference is that some went to Canada. So, Model 3 sales are not likely down.

From Wade’s article:

For June, we expect about 6,050 Model 3’s were sold in the U.S. We also believe that approximately 2,250 made their way to Canadian buyers this month. (Mostly to Ontario.) However, he’s already said that in the last few days of June, some more were likely delivered in Canada. We are still working on that. This was the preliminary estimates to support his case that Tesla may have sold over 200k. These aren’t the FINAL numbers.

The drop in U.S. deliveries is not unexpected considering exports and a late May production shutdown. While U.S. deliveries of the Model 3 are lower than May, we believe overall deliveries are up to about 8,300.

Obviously Tesla was forestalling the 200,000th delivery.

It’s “smörgåsbord” (now you can impress your friends!)

The impressive part being finding a keyboard layout that allows producing these characters?… 😉

Cut and paste into any modern editor, for later use! 🙂

Steven – Any word on why e-Golf is dropping like a rock? Bad inventory management on a MY changeover?

No inventory. Last time I checked there was only ONE in L.A. area!!!

Update….ZERO at this time on 100 mile radius! Solid effort by VW. And you wonder why people bash them as the queen of vapor.

One the plus side for VW, diesel-gate means we’re getting a great CCS charging system installed in the US!

I just checked out an ElectrifyAmerica install near me that should open soon. There are 7 dual-cord CCS 150-350kw units, and one dual-cord CCS/Chademo 50kw unit. It’s near the highway, and I’m so glad they didn’t waste much effort on Chademo since it’ll be dead in the US soon. Don’t need slow charging Leafs clogging up the fast units.

There are dual plugs on every one of those 350 kW chargers and there is now a 400 kW CHAdeMO standard. I can easily see all the Electrify America chargers going dual platform but there may be a fight with Volkswagen to do it. And with Toyota coming in under CHAdeMO, I wouldn’t be so eager to count CHAdeMO out just yet.

Don’t get me wrong. Even though I now drive a Leaf I am not interested in pushing CHAdeMO. I would prefer CCS and I think there should be a single standard but I’m just trying to be realistic and I don’t think CHAdeMO is on the verge of going away.

Yes, not unlike the situation in the past. There has been a grand total of 1 2018 e-Golf available in the US most times I’ve checked, which lines up nicely with the whopping 32 deliveries.

Please consider keeping the backstory on each EV to the past 3-to-6 months. Thanks!

Horrible numbers so far. Looks like Tesla will be carrying all the load this year.

I wonder how much the horrible numbers are *caused* by people waiting for Tesla?…

In part yes, but for the most part it’s the horrible selection, bad leases, ugly looking design, limited availability, subpar charging speeds. Try to help buy an ev someone that knows nothing about them, it’s so fricking hard. There really are very few options even in CA.

I totally agree with that. My point was just that with an affordable Tesla inching closer to reality, I wonder whether people might be holding back on these less desirable alternatives more than they would otherwise…

You can see why the 2019 VOLT has so many improvements, – and also the new PIPrius (Prime) looks like they both were released with the “HONDA CLARITY” in mind. Gm is feeling pressure to speed up charging in the VOLT, and Toyota is getting alot of competition from a fellow Japanese manufacturer that is making a MIDSIZE EV that goes 47 miles on electricity alone. Its not a perfect car, but it is a value leader and a real sleeper sales-wise. Meanwhile, Cadillac DeNysschen’s legacy Rube Goldberg BOAT CT6 PHEV can’t get out of its own way sales wise. That complicated mess gets poor gas mileage, and much lousier all electric range than advertised, and can’t hold a candle to the old – fashioned ELR which he discontinued prematurely, even though it was only made for a year (9 months in 2014, and 3 in 2016). Since the ELR was supposedly cancelled for poor sales, why are they hanging on to a car that would LOVE to do a 1/10th as good? The ELR sold great considering how little time the car was actually made. But congrats to the Model 3 as the new sales leader by a long… Read more »

Wow, the i3 is doing terrible.

I wonder whether people are already waiting for the 44 kWh version?…

At the right price people won’t wait for anything. The old Leaf proved that.

Well, sure — if the old version gets significant discounts in anticipation of the upcoming refresh, sales should still be good. No idea whether that’s happening…

Yes, but that’s probably not unexpected. I was looking to get a 2018 or a CPO. Both the availability and the deals were surprisingly underwhelming.

Well, when you can buy a used Rex model for 1/3 of the price that’s still under warranty.. it begs the question why pay $55,000 for a new one? Sure the newer one has a longer range battery, but if you have the Rex to fall back on, the smaller battery isn’t that big of a deal. Not for the price difference.

Look like the Bolt EV had peaked on March 2018 and is heading to a slow and painful death.

The moment Tesla start selling/delivering $35,000 base models 3 it’s going to be game over for Bolt. When range, price and availability (at least in California) is your competitive sales edge to sell a clown car hatchback.

By the time you can order a $36k Model 3, you will be able to get a Bolt substantially under $30k.

I wonder how long the base 3 will be available. I would not be surprised if the base 3 goes the way of the Tesla Model S 40.
“Cancelled due to lack of demand” was the explanation for the 40’s demise, I wonder what the explanation will be when the Tesla Model 3 60 gets cancelled and only a 70 kWh pack is available to purchase at $39k or more.

This time Tesla has the problem of the expiring tax credit. I expect the base isn’t going to go away due to affordability issues. Unless the idea is Tesla still can’t make money on it?

Really that question is going to have to be resolved one way or another. Either they manage to get costs down to where they make money on the base model, or they give up being a mass market manufacturer. The idea that there is lack of demand for the base model isn’t going to be believable.

I think that the profit for the base model 3 will be much less than that for any optioned up 3. I think Tesla will build them for a while, but they won’t build many of them before they decide that it just isn’t worth it to them. They will lose a few sales but they make a better profit on the ones they sell. And they will have achieved, if only for a short time, the goal of selling the 3 at $35,000.

No. They are exporting more outside of the US. These are just US numbers. For example in May they delivered just about as many in Korea as in the US. Plus Canada is getting more. So it is likely that overall deliveries are up, even though US sales are down because of low inventory. Probably won’t improve for July as they are likely to shut down again to prepare for MY 2019 production and ending the Sonic.

Unfortunately, the proof is not in the pudding this month … or perhaps yogurt if you’re not a pudding fan.

No, I love pudding! It does help if you know the full quote: The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Yogurt is just spoiled milk. I’d throw it out.

Bahahahaha. Yep, I know the whole quote. I don’t think a lot of people would recognize it though. How about, “eat your cake and have it too.” However, most people say “have your cake and eat it too,” which makes no sense. But it sticks with people.

It is good to see the Volt and Bolt selling well in the USA at about 1,300 per month for each model but the World / Global sales are well down and both models do not make the World / Global Top Ten.

I like the article predicting breaking the 200,000 mark, but I just can’t come to grips with it being so close. Anyway, July is the new June – at least for 2018. I just don’t see a domestic 10,000 Model 3s not happening which in itself is mind-boggling. I’ve been watching this board since we cheered breaking 10K by all suppliers in a single month. Things are gonna get interesting from this point forward.

That Toyota turd outsells every plugin except Tesla?! What an amazing species.

Mostly sales to previous Prius owners. If you’re a Prius lemming going to buy your next one, the PP is a better choice than the standard Prius.

For anyone who does their research, or any significant reading here, the shortcomings of the PP are obvious.

It was almost guaranteed. The Prius has a strong brand following. The only inexplicable thing was how Toyota stubbornly shunned PHEVs for so long.

Happy Independence Day folks. We are celebrating this with a good news of Tesla 5,000 Model-3 / week and another 2,000 Model-S/X / week.

It will take
3 months for GM to produce 7,000 vehicles.
6 months for Ford.
12 months for VW
and eons for MB.

Still our Independence from Oil is far away and only a combo of Electric, NGVs and Biofuels will take us there.

I think you mixed global production with US sales 🙁
Your Tesla quote is for global production so keep your units straight 😉

GMs sales in Europe, UK, India, Australia is 0.
In China, only their partner is selling that locally designed & produced Baijoun EV.

Fords sales of Fusion-Plugin, CMax-Plugin and Focus EV put together in USA is less than 700, so it will take them 10 months and in Canada, they sold just 324 Fusion-Plugins. Anyway CMax & Focus Electric are discontinued. In fact Fusion-Plugin also has only 20 miles of range.

VW sells more of Plugins, but very few EVs.

And Tesla has sold 11,000 + EV’s last month. Just wait for few more months and they will hit 7000 sales/week Worldwide.

The first 5 months of 2018 saw 8300 e-Golfs sold in Europe.

I still have hopes for the Clarity… maybe over 2k?

There’s three clarity’s in our town dealership waiting for some one to buy them Elyria Ohio

That car would be a PHEV contender if the back of it wasn’t so amazingly ugly. Has it been confirmed yet if the Clarity PHEV is actually using GM Voltec?

Hate to say it, but I agree. That one “feature” is enough to be a deal breaker for me. And honestly, I think Honda did it on purpose to limit sales until they have time to catch up with EV and PHEV development.

My wife and I test drove a Pacifica Hybrid on Monday. Our C-Max Energi is fighting with its engine and the Chrysler dealership is just down the road. With three kids the C-Max is admirably workable but tight.

The highest trim level is the only one with AEB, so that’s what we looked at. Holy crap is it fancy! Ventilated seats, nice touchscreen interface, great room inside. However, it’s also a $50k Chrysler. If they added the safety features to a lower, less expensive trim level, I think it would be ours now, but it’s pretty hard to justify that cost if our C-Max can be fixed easily.

Driving it doesn’t feel like a boat at all – really no different than the C-Max. Plenty of power, quiet electric drive. I wanted to look at the much less expensive Clarity while we were looking, but lack of immediate local availability (42 just over the NJ border, though) and my wife’s distaste for sedans and Honda after the airbag recall mean we haven’t checked it out.

We ended up with the Clarity PHEV for the same reason. Didn’t want to stretch to $50k on the Minivan, but Clarity was cheap enough (and uses much less gas). The safety features were important to us. The only thing to note is Clarity doesn’t have rear cross traffic or blind spot monitoring, but don’t really find that I need those. They might be important to you if you back onto a busy street or something though. I find visibility good enough not to need the blind spot detection (lane camera is just annoying).

Remember, Airbags were not made by Honda.

Steve, why is the Mirai not on the monthly list? It is an EV as well.

We list the fuel cell vehicles under Also of note: Toyota sold 103 Mirai vehicles in June in the report card, which is below the questions. At InsideEVs, we only cover vehicles with a plug. However, we mention the FCV sales figures every month in that same spot. Hope that helps.


(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Tesla sold less this month than last month!
They’re going to go out of business, fail, go bankrupt, cashburn, blah blah blah FUD BULL$het cr@p other stuff…..

They sold more. Some just went to Canada.

Fascinating! Thank you for the Tesla update. I’d love to know if and when they delivered the 200,000th vehicle in the US, but it looks like we will have to wait for final confirmation a little longer. Kudos to Wade for the great detective work. It looks like the numbers are aligning nearly perfectly. For what it’s worth, we have seen quite a bit of activity on the staging lots after July 1. It would almost appear as if Tesla was waiting for something. It could have been the 200,000th US delivery or perhaps something else. Lots of moving parts, as InsideEVs noted earlier.

We’ll be publishing the 200k story in a few minutes. If everyone could help out by getting it on forums, social media, etc. There is still a huge mess of misinformation out there that we’d really like to clear up. We’ve been on forums and social media trying to help, but the article should do the trick. It’s not nearly as cut and dry as many expected.

According to the numbers I pulled off of Insideevs.com, 206,283 Teslas have sold in the United States.

Thanks, George! 🙂 It is a messy situation for sure!

Thanks for listing the number of Tesla’s that were directed to Canada. I was at first puzzled as to how it was possible that Model 3 numbers would go down from May. Now I know 🙂

Well, I was disappointed with 2017 EV sales and resultantly I didn’t expect much improvement for 2018. It looks like my predictions are holding true. I don’t expect EV sales to greatly improve until the Electrify America built out matures and until we start seeing some BEV SUVs from main stream manufacturers.

June has always been the lowest end-of-quarter month. We are way ahead of last year. But yes, could and should be much better.

Please explain how 6,000 Model 3 in June versus a report of 5,000 Model 3 in one week in June. The raw numbers suggest only 1,000 Model 3 in the previous three weeks of June.


5,000 was production not deliveries. It can take weeks to deliver a vehicle depending on what part of the country it is being sent to and the delivery date agreed upon by Tesla and the buyer.

Exactly. I ordered mine on June 20th but won’t receive it until this next Monday July 9th. It was likely produced in June but not delivered until next week in July.

5,000 produced was the final week in a huge push. None of those cars would’ve been delivered that week since they just finished building them. Production was lower than that for the other weeks. A few thousand Model 3s went to Canada. We are reporting on deliveries. So, Tesla delivered 8,400 Model 3s and well over 5,000 S and X in the U.S. in a month. This is not how many they built. Tesla’s report tells you how many they produced and delivered in total. It is exactly in line with our numbers. Deliveries are always much less than production.


Tried to test drive a Model S here Cleveland Ohio cause my partner wants a new car and likes the S and wants to trade his vehicle but there wasn’t a car available when there was alot of Model Ss on the lot so we left and he’s going to test drive another Explorer he wants. Why couldn’t they just let him drive one and get it over with instead of losing potential sale. Yes I understand the process but mainstream don’t know these things even at a bmw dealers we can test drive on the spot. And yes we had confirmation dating back to June but they lost it and hes are not going back since it’s 1hr 30 from home. I Might go back to test the 3. Looks to small and very close to the ground for me. Need to drive one tho

After this month – we will never see a month below 25k deliveries in the US! I expect sometime next year that number will be closer to 50k / month.

YTD, 68% of all BEVs are Teslas, and 37% of all BEVs are Model 3 – remarkable.

I wonder when/if the bottom feeders will drop out of the market. I’ll call out one in particular: the Hyundai Ioniq EV.

Looks like plug-in vehicles have represented 1.4% of new vehicle sales in the US year-to-date. That percentage is sure to increase in the 2nd half of the year.

Jean-Francois Morissette

In this EV revolution, isn’t there supposed to be new models available regularly. Like maybe once per month or two months? Where are all the new models? There hasn’t been any this year I think…

More talk than action from many automakers.

Jean-Francois Morissette

Seriously, do you know what expected next on the American market?

Range Rover PHEV? Jaguar IPace? Subaru Crosstrek PHEV? Kia Niro EV? Hyundai Kona EV? Audi etron? Something else I am forgetting?

I-Pace should be here the soonest – by September I believe. The Subaru basically has to be here by the end of the year for compliance. The Niro and Kona are due by the end of the year, along with the longer range 2019 Nissan LEAF. Who knows what’s going on with the Audi eTron. Sadly, no new GM, Ford, or FCA. My head is still spinning from sales haha. Anything else I’m missing folks? Nio and Byton soon in China, but it will be awhile before they hit the US. Mini not yet … not sure on the Range Rover … Volvo XC40 not yet … Porsche not yet … Mercedes EQ not yet … VW not yet. Oh yea! Faraday claims to have production underway by the end of the year – bahahahaha.

Wow, for the 1st time, Top-3 are Tesla vehicles
Model-3: 6,062
Model-S: 2,750
Model-X: 2,550
So sweet.

Not only Model-3 is #1 @ 6,062 sales, but also it beat the combined sales of 4 non Tesla models (6,023): Prius-Plugin, Bolt, Volt, Leaf.

Fusion-Plugin has hit a yearly low of 604 units while CMax-Plugin sold just 6 units and equally low is Focus-Electric. Seems Ford is winding down its electrified vehicle business contrary to the claims that its investing $11 billion in electrification. What Elon Musk said was correct.

Pretty soon we will see such wind down of MB models as well.

C-Max was discontinued… those 6 are just the stragglers. But yes, Ford doesn’t seem to want to keep up. Methinks they are betting on their next EV SUV coming in 2020 (aka: too late)

1367 units of Leaf sold in US. Is this what Nissan HQ expected ?
Or the Nissan USA wanted to produce only this much ?
Or the Nissan dealers are not interested in selling ?

Meanwhile in Japan, Nissan sold only 1,462 Leafs in 2018-06 and 14,586 in 2018-H1. Something fishy as why the sales are going down even after significant range increase and slightly lower price.

Nissan has developed a new technology called Variable Compression Engine and they deployed it in Infiniti QX50 and soon it will be applied in Altima-2019.

It looks like Nissan’s focus is more in engine improvement rather than electric vehicles. If they are really interested, they could have built a supercharging network. Let’s see in the coming months.

Still some 2016 Leafs are available on sale.
Its high time the automakers start direct sales of EVs.

Nissan started with their low range EV Leaf and Tesla started with their long range EV – Model 3
Who will be the winner?

Much of the increase in the 33 consecutive months has come from Tesla with other’s providing only marginal support.

Expect the # from MB/Ford to decline as MB phased out all their PHEVs.
Ford has closed FFE and reducing trims in Fusion-Plugin.

Tesla is the only truly committed Electric Vehicle Seller with their direct sale concept. We can say this anytime, anywhere to anybody.

Any numbers on the Honda Clarity Phev

Not yet. Honda sold over 1600 Clarity vehicles. It’s likely that very few will be BEVs or FCVs. So at least that gives us an idea. We are going to estimate the rest of the chart on Monday morning if the remaining numbers don’t come in. Then we’ll update them as they arrive.

Most likely we will see that at the end of 2018 only 9 Plug-In EV models will have an annual sales total (in the US) of at least 10,000 or more.

What if we raise the limit to at least 20,000 or more? Well, then we might possibly end up with only 6 Plug-In EV models.

And if we raise the limit to at least 30,000 or more? Then we will possibly see only 1 Plug-In EV model.


Good analysis.
And none of that 10,000 / 20,000 / 30,000 will be any Benz model.

Any chance that the remaining /missing sales numbers will be completed this week?

Steven, You say you added the Mercedes numbers, but the C350e line is still blank. Did you miss one, or did they not give that number out?

May have missed it or not saved. Looking now.

Mercedes won’t give any of the splits out, just the totals. But we estimated the splits based on inventory and trends. I missed that one when entering into the table. Thank you for catching it. Turns out my math works out much better now! Take care.

“***UDPATE” should be “***UPDATE”

Thank you! UDPATED! hehe

I am both thankful and sorry to Team IEVs for slogging to get these #.
Hopefully in after 6 months, they don’t need to do this. It’s most likely that Tesla will reveal on a monthly basis at least for USA, China, and then Europe + UK in 1 # and then the Rest of World.

And another 4 – 8 compliance cars will be discontinued. Small dashboard with higher sales.
Total for last month may end up at 24,500 and will end up #5 month.

I think the trend is in the opposite direction. ICE Car makers don’t like all the focus that has been on their monthly EV sales numbers, especially as Tesla takes over the #1, #2, and #3 sales slots this month. The trend has been for car makers to go quarterly, or not to break out sales numbers for EV versions in their official numbers.

I expect more cars to be added to the list, not less. Some will go, but others will be added. Larger dashboard, higher sales.

Any news on the Jaguar I-pace Sales as it is the most anticipated car of the year.

The increase in BEV sales over last year is almost totally attributable to the Model 3 sales.

Model 3 should be in 10s of thousands each month for the rest of the year. Hopefully some months will hit 20K, which might be hard to do only counting US shipments.

Just noticed that in the individual description it says the BMW 530e ‘We estimate that BMW sold 538 530e vehicles in June.’ but in the monthly sales chart it says 942. Which figure is correct?