Top 10 Best-Selling Electric Cars In The U.S. For 2018: August Edition

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We feature the top 10 best-selling plug-in electric cars based on U.S. sales for 2018.


Each month, we’ll update this post with new delivery figures and rankings. Keep in mind that some automakers (General Motors and Tesla) don’t provide monthly sales data, so these numbers will be estimated on a monthly basis. In addition, while BMW provides an overall total sales number for plug-in electric vehicles, the automaker doesn’t split out models.

At the end of each quarter, we’ll reconcile Chevrolet Bolt and Volt sales after GM provides quarterly sales data. Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X delivery data will also be reconciled on a quarterly basis. However, due to international sales and Tesla’s lack of U.S. sales reporting, the automaker’s total deliveries will still be based on estimates.

Click through the following slideshow to see this August’s YTD champions.

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10) BMW 530e

Through the end of August, BMW has delivered an estimated total of 4,800 530e vehicles in the U.S. for the 2018 calendar year. This puts BMW's 5 Series plug-in ahead of the automaker's i3 for the fourth month in a row.

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9) Ford Fusion Energi

Ford has sold a grand total of 5,220 Fusion Energi PHEVs in the U.S. thus far this year. Aside from delivering only 640 in January, Fusion sales were very consistent at around 750-800 per month. However, deliveries have been down over the last few months.

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8) Nissan LEAF

The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF got off to a bit of a late start in the States. It took until March before we saw a promising number of deliveries, at 1,500. For May, sales peaked at 1,576, which was the highest LEAF delivery number we saw since December 2016. So far this year, Nissan has sold 9,123 LEAFs in the U.S.

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7) Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid just came to market in November 2017. For 2018, sales increased every month through May, with a respectable 1,639 sold in that month. Since then, deliveries have remained strong. On the year, Honda has delivered 9,604 Clarity PHEVs in the U.S.

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6) Chevrolet Bolt EV

According to our estimates, Chevrolet Bolt EV sales have been down as of late. The automaker went through a model year changeover, followed closely by another model year changeover, not to mention orders resuming in South Korea. Despite the ups and downs, the Bolt still finds much success in the segment, with an estimated total of 10,258 U.S. deliveries on the year through August.

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5) Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt sales started a downturn not long after the Bolt EV came to market, along with strong PHEV competitors, like the Toyota Prius Prime and Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. This year, however, the Volt has started to regain some ground and has surpassed its all-electric stablemate. News of 2019 model year updates is promising for Volt sales in the future. Nonetheless, Chevrolet has delivered an estimated 11,114 Volts in the U.S. this year.

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4) Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X doesn't see quite as many U.S. deliveries as its sibling, the Model S. However, it still fares well on our chart. For a vehicle that is significantly more expensive than any other vehicle in the top 10 and almost every other car on our entire sales chart, an impressive number of copies have been delivered so far this year. Through the end of August, Tesla has sold an estimated 13,600 X SUVs in the U.S.

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3) Tesla Model S

Based on our estimates, the Tesla Model S topped our U.S. plug-in electric vehicle sales chart for 2015, 2016, and 2017. Now that the hugely popular Model 3 has arrived, the Model S is down a few notches. By the end of August, we estimate a total of 14,645 Model S sedans delivered in the U.S. so far this year.

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2) Toyota Prius Prime

The Toyota Prius Prime is an outlier when it comes to cars that happen to top our monthly plug-in sales scorecard. This is because - aside from the Chevrolet Volt and BMW 530e - our top seven best-sellers are BEVs. The only other PHEV on our top 10 list is the Ford Fusion Energi. However, Volt, Energi, and 5 Series plug-in sales pale in comparison to the Prime. In the U.S., Toyota has delivered an impressive 18,310 Primes on the year through August 2018.

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1) Tesla Model 3

This year's top-selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. comes as no surprise. Based on our estimates, Tesla has delivered a whopping 55,882 Model 3 sedans for 2018 through August. There's really not much more we can say about Model 3 sales. As far as EV sales go, it's in a league of its own. It's also making waves in regards to U.S. car sales as a whole.

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