March EV Sales 2nd Best Month Ever In US, Momentum Now Unstoppable

8 months ago by Jay Cole 97

Tesla Model S, New Zealand

The Tesla Model S retook the overall EV sales lead in March

Up against some particularly difficult sales comps a year ago, March 2017 was the one month that there might have been a hiccup in the surging US plug-vehicle market.

Not so much.

Not only did the plug-in sales post year-over-year gains for the 18th consecutive month (or 1.5 years if you will), but March did it in style, with 22 different models touching 2017 highs.

The ~18,107 plug-ins moved was the 2nd best month ever for sales, outpacing a strong 2016 result by more than 4,000 units and 31% (when ~13,857 were sold).

With less than 10 days worth of inventory, the Toyota Prius Prime still sold more than 1,600 copies in March. What is the ultimate sales ceiling for the plug-in Toyota?

Overall for the year, an estimated 40,729 plug-ins have now been sold in 2017, which is a 46.3% jump over the 27,841 moved through the first 3 months of 2016.

Putting another way, at the current pace of gains, the US market is heading for some 232,000 plug-in sales for 2017…and that is before adding in any future Model 3 numbers, projected by CEO Elon Musk to start limited production in July (and ending the year out at a ~5,000 per week pace), or 2nd generation LEAFs this Fall.

Not too shabby at all.

Getting to the individual results; as March was the end of a quarter, one can count on Tesla to focus its delivery efforts on the US.  And despite losing a week+ of production in February (affecting March deliveries) for Model 3 tooling, the company still managed to deliver and estimated 6,200 EVs for the month (~3,450 Model S, ~2,750 Model X).

The March surge for the Tesla Model S was enough to put it just ahead of the Chevrolet Volt in total sales for the year (by 537 units), but the Volt also outperformed expectations, selling 2,132 copies during the month.  We should note that not everything was rosy for GM, as the company cited issues getting Chevrolet Bolt EV inventory to dealers, which caused the 238 mile car to sell just under 1,000 copies for the second month in a row.

As it relates to the Bolt EV, but not for March, the inventory level of the car surged in the last days of the month, and only days into April reached a number close to 4,000 units (as possibly GM shifted attention from Ampera-E production for Europe back to the US).  The bottom line?  April says are going to be up…way up for the Bolt EV.

Chevy Bolt EV: Not-so-good results in March thanks to inventory issues. But with that situation resolved for April, we expect big, BIG things!

On the surprise side, the BMW i3, after floundering for what seems like an eternity, rebounded in March, selling 703 copies – up from 318 in February, and 111% better than last year (332 sales).  Hopefully this signals the imminent return of the plug-in BMW to former glory, with sales in the 4-digit range.  Also the BMW 330e finally got some inventory (only took a year) and notched 365 sales…clearly on the way to bigger and better results – finally.

But the biggest surprise of the month was definitely the Ford Focus Electric!  After 60 months in a row of selling 150 units (+/-99 copies), the new long ranger model finally arrived (115 miles – up from 76 via a 33.5 kWh battery), and with it – a sizable amount of customer orders that piled up over the past ~4 months.

Several Most models made new 2017 highs in March, a listing of which one can find under the model-by-model sales chart below.  (All-time, month-by-month, historical data for previous years can be found here)

2017 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/Hyundai-Kia Do Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

Other Statistical Points of Interest from March 2017

Its the end of a quarter…so Tesla heads back to the top of the list!

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla Motors* – 6,200
  2. General Motors – 3,115
  3. Ford – 2,071
  4. Toyota – 1,618
  5. BMW – 1,556
  6. Nissan – 1,478
  7. VW Group – 885

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In March*

  1. BEV – 10,377 – 57.3%
  2. PHEV – 7,730 -42.7%

(*) estimated

New Year Highs Set In March By Model (previous 2017 high in brackets)

The longer range Ford Focus Electric arriving in March…bringing with it a new, historically high, level of sales for the model

  • Tesla Model S* – 3,450 (1,750)
  • Tesla Model X* – 2,750 (800)
  • Chevrolet Volt – 2,132 (1,820)
  • Toyota Prius Prime – 1,618 (1,366)
  • Nissan LEAF – 1,478(1,037)
  • Ford Fusion Energi – 1,002 (837)
  • BMW i3 – 703 (382)
  • Ford C-Max Energi662 (639)
  • Audi A3 e-Tron – 414 (400)
  • Ford Focus Electric 407 (228)
  • BMW X5 XDrive40e – 397 (275)
  • BMW 330e365 (144)
  • VW e-Golf – 342 (332)
  • Fiat 500e*355 (345)
  • Hyundai Sonata PHV* – 295 (190)
  • Kia Soul EV – 171 (152)
  • Volvo XC 90 T8 – 103 (96)
  • Kia Optima PHV – 70 (61)
  • Mercedes S 550e – 60 (55)
  • BMW 740e – 42 (35)
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – 3 (2)
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV3 (1)

The full monthly recap by individual plug-in (all-time) can be found on our Monthly Scorecard here.

*On year of monthly sales improvements: We know someone is going to look at the chart and say, “hey, only ~11,467 sales were made in May of 2016, when 11,540 were logged in 2015!  What gives InsideEVs?”  What gives is – through an odd scheduling quirk, only 24 selling days were reported in May 2016 (versus 26 in 2015)

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97 responses to "March EV Sales 2nd Best Month Ever In US, Momentum Now Unstoppable"

  1. Spoonman. says:

    There’s still quite a few 2016 Focus Electrics out there, many being heavily discounted, so I’m sure that’s part of the big March bump.

    I assume there will shortly be a bumper crop of CPO FFEs as people who extended their leases to wait for 2017s turn in their 2013s and 2014s.

    1. speculawyer says:

      They are short range a bit of a clumsy conversion. But for the right price, they make GREAT little commuter cars and around the town errand cars.

  2. Ocean Railroader says:

    Could Inside EV’s do a story into why the electric car quick chargers are popping up like daffodils in the City of Baltimore Maryland?

    1. bro1999 says:

      Seems like quite a few new ones at various libraries and parks in Baltimore. Interesting.

    2. Tom says:

      Perhaps in this lies the answer of how not to have ICEd public chargers. Make them parking meters but they charge for parking at a higher rate than regular parking meters then enforce with parking tickets. ICE owners won’t park there due to the parking rates and electric owners would be dis-incentivized to over stay the visit.

      1. BenG says:

        Good idea.

      2. Ziv says:

        I agree with you both, this is a good idea! The best way to keep from having a charger ICE’d is to make it a less desirable spot, either by price or location.

      3. Vexar says:

        This is probably the best thing I’ve read in weeks on InsideEVs. Please share your idea far and wide. Hope we can steal it across the globe!

      4. William says:

        An absolutely terrific idea, best one I’ve heard yet!

      5. georgeS says:

        Good idea.

        I found it easier to just get a Tesla.
        Used ones still have free charging.
        Public chargers are broken most of the time but Tesla’s SC’s have never been down for me.

        Plus it will show up on your nav screen if the Tesla SC is down.

      6. speculawyer says:

        That’s pretty clever. You can go ahead and ICE me if you are willing to pay $5/minute. 🙂

  3. Delta says:

    The Ford FFE is definitely a value leader in Ontario. With that 33.5 KWH (not 3.5 KWH) battery it is 10K cheaper than the Chevy Bolt here. That is alot of cash – when combined with the 14K buy incentive in Ontario…

    I am pretty sure that Model 3 will be 55K in Canadian loonies when it gets here.

    The Bolt is close to 50K when tax is factored in.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      Knowing that the BOLT ev is a much better value in Canada than the States, it surprised me last month when I showed up at GHEVA (Hamilton, Ontario EV car club) that I was the only BOLT ev in attendance.

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        Canadian sales of Bolt EV totaled 241 for this month. Not bad.

        1. Leo says:

          And that’s with very constrained inventory. Here in Victoria the dealer only got 12 for the whole year. Of course they were all immediately spoken for.

      2. cmg186 says:

        Hi Bill!

        I’m still waiting on my Bolt EV that I ordered in December, so I can’t say I’m too surprised. I have yet to see one ‘in the wild’ here in Ontario.

        The Focus Electric is also indeed a great value here (I also have one of those on order, Bolt will be the wife’s, Focus for me). Ford Canada was offering $1000 off when I ordered mine, plus I got a $750 Auto Show bonus for attending CIAS. Factor all that in with an MSRP of $31,998 CDN, plus a $14000 provincial incentive, and it will be cheaper than the I-MiEV it will be replacing!

        1. Bill Howland says:

          Yeah, the only OTHER BOLT ev I’ve seen turns out I know the guy, who asked me back in 2011 if I liked my VOLT so that he got one. That’s the car he traded in for his new BOLT ev. Re: Ford, he says his other car is a Ford Energi PHEV.

  4. nanoo100 says:

    Any chance you could add a column next to the annual total for each car that shows the % difference from the previous year? This would add interesting context on year to year sales per model.

  5. leafowner says:

    Although good — I would have liked to seen numbers above 20k / month by now. Frankly disappointed in the Bolt and Prime numbers.

    On a positive note — you may see a general uptick once the Model 3 releases and people find out it will be 1 1/2 years before they can get one if they had not reserved one — and get something else like a Bolt or Leaf 2 (or a 100 ish range cheapo)

    1. speculawyer says:

      Is the Bolt Supply constrained?

      1. Outcast Searcher says:

        GM has announced it is prioritizing sales of Bolts in US complaince states (like CA and OR), and everyone else gets the leftovers.

        They claim they’ll have this problem in hand by the fall. We’ll see.

        So far, they’re getting creamed by the Prius Prime (which is selling across the US) in sales volume.

        Disclosure: I’m not a GM fan, due to their (lack of) quality reputation, generally.

  6. bro1999 says:

    So uh…..what the heck happened with Pacifica Hybrid sales? Did Sergio go “oh crap, we’re losing too much money on these too!” and halt production?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      We touched on this actually a bit in the regular “real-time” monthly sales and individual model recap report, so if you will indulge my laziness, I will copy & paste our ditty on that now/here, (=

      Chrysler have been producing the Pacifica Hybrid now at a decent clip for a bit now…both orders and dealer stock, all of which have been piled up in FCA’s pen in Windsor. This will be a “in-stock” dealer program in all 50 states and Canada. Apparently, things really get underway later this week through next week, then they are releasing them in volume to dealerships.

      We’ve learned Chrysler has a big launch event planned for Wednesday April 19th where, one assumes, they “sell” the first one and all the inventory that was shipped out from the factory on the Monday prior will be available.

      The directive has specifically been to ‘not ship’ any of the Pacifica Hybrids built after the extended (3 week) winter shutdown (even though there was no reason to hold them). When they do arrive in ~2 weeks, there will suddenly be a lot of them. A lot.

      I know the knock on FCA/Sergio is for the hatred of electric vehicles, which is well warranted. But that isn’t the case here…the hatred is specific for BEVs. The company really wants/embraces the PHV platform (and doesn’t consider them to be the same thing at all) and they want to sell a lot of them, which will be evident with the Pacifica release, and then the worst kept secret ever…the full-size SUV which debuts later this year.

      They priced the Pacifica plug-in right, and sized the battery exactly right (16 kWh) to maximize the credit:

      $41.9k + extra options for the PHV vs 28.9k for the petrol…or $5,500 more (but with an option package that ‘technically’ offsets some of that extra cost). However, inside a lease, with the credit applied, the lease is an equivalent. Once they are out for a bit, you’ll be able to lease one of these for ~$350 a month…and this isn’t a compact PHV, its a well equipped minivan that can haul a lot of people, and a lot of stuff on electricity for 33 miles…that would otherwise suck up 18-19 MPG in the city with petrol.

      FCA also made a statement to that effect, as there is a lot of more than slightly annoyed customers that were expecting their vans in February/March:

      “As with all launches, but particularly in the case of this technically advanced vehicle, we are taking great care to ensure that the Pacifica Hybrid comes off the line with the highest quality possible. We will only introduce a vehicle when we are fully satisfied the vehicle meets or exceeds customer expectations.

      We have been ramping up the build at the Windsor Assembly Plant, and full retail production will now begin on Friday, April 7. Vehicles will start shipping to dealers on Monday, April 17.”

      1. bro1999 says:


        Has to be one of the most bizarre launches for any plug-in vehicle to date. Do we know about anything about the 12 lucky owners?

        1. Jay Cole says:

          It is for sure one of the oddest launches, the “word” apparently is that the CEO himself was behind the decision…not sure if that is true, but in context to what has happened, seems plausible.

          Only know of 2 of the estimated 12 owners so far, nothing really special there I can see…other than their Pacifica’s (and a few to dealer stock) got built in December and apparently managed to find their way onto a truck before FCA decided to extended the plant closure 3 weeks over the winter shutdown.

          It appears that some just manged to slip out, then plans changed over the Holidays and the next ~8 weeks production got put into a hold/penned up.

          1. theo1000 says:

            To be honest too many of these PHEV/EV type vehicles launches have have gone sideways for a few years now. Esp. when compared to the pedestrian ICE models out there. Witnese the Volt 1&2, not he Bolt, All the TSLA models. Ford seems to be only one not caught up in these odd roll outs.

            One suspects that the marketing dept. has no clue what to do with these vehicles the engineers are placing in front of them.

      2. Rightofthepeople says:

        Whoa Jay, just whoa! What full sized SUV that will debut later this year? Are you saying FCA is releasing a PHEV full sized SUV later this year? And if so how did I miss this! Do you have any details?

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Ok, maybe its not “the worst” kept secret, its more of a project plan in broad daylight, lol.

          FCA hasn’t named the badge/model (although given the scope of there vehicles its a limited pool), but reportedly it will carry the same basic set-up as Pacifica Hybrid. I guess they technically call it a “full size” crossover (instead of SUV)…but its confirmed to have three rows of seating and AWD, so its a healthy offering that we traditionally think of as an SUV, lol.

          Enjoy this not-so-secret slide from away-back via FCA disclosures planning when financing and viability was a little murkier:

          Obviously as you look at the chart the “PHEV Town & Country” transformed into the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid because…well, no Town & Country anymore

  7. Jay Cole says:

    Just a quick note, thanks to Counter-Strike Cat, Mark and RS for a quick error spotting. Fixed, thanks fellas.

  8. CLIVE says:

    Not bad, but only 14 on the list are 100% BEV’s.

    To me that is all that matters.

    1. Outcast Searcher says:

      Why do only pure BEV’s count? For me, a Prius Prime would change my estimated annual gasoline consumption for my daily driver from about 200 gallons to about 10 gallons. (I don’t drive much).

      Why make the imperfect (or transitional) the enemy of the good?

  9. Boris says:

    Besides Model S and X, none of these cars would sell without incentives, just a few would be bought by EV fans. So not only am I curious to see the price points of next gen 200 miles EVs, but also what body styles they’ll come in, their price points and how the freeway charging will be taken care of.

    1. CLIVE says:

      Tesla Model S and X still come with tax incentives, no?

      Still need huge growth in all of the different plug standards.

      Charging is more of a bottleneck as far I am concerned. A huge restriction now more than ever.

    2. Ziv says:

      Boris, I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the minute the credit gets cut in half, the price of most of the top 10 BEVs/EREVs will drop by a nearly identical amount.
      GM, Nissan and Ford are milking the system to get as much profit, as early as possible.

      1. 3laine says:

        Agreed. For sure the pricing is set with the credits in mind. If they make them too cheap, it makes the ICE versions look like a bad deal, and since they’re production limited on many of the EVs, they would lose sales overall. More demand than supply for the EVs, but lowered demand for the ICE versions because they seem like a bad deal if the EV counterpart is similarly priced or cheaper.

      2. john1701a says:

        >> I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the minute the credit gets cut in half, the price of most of the top 10 BEVs/EREVs will drop by a nearly identical amount.
        GM, Nissan and Ford are milking the system to get as much profit, as early as possible.

        That’s when Prius Prime will really begin to shine. With a starting MSRP of $27,100 that includes a nice collection of safety features, it stands a chance of holding its own. The tax-credit dependency is much less. For that matter, the tax-credit is only 60% compared to others anyway.

        Current sales are still in the ramp-up stage, with multiple markets being supplied all at once. For here in the United States, that means supply in the Midwest is basically nonexistent. There are many still waiting to finally just see one in person.

        I got mine on April 1st, after being willing to put a deposit down and waiting 6 months… long before anyone really knew how Prime truly worked. Now that they are finding out the to-the-floor EV acceleration and 84 mph top-speed EV really does deliver, interest will grow. The efficiency while in HV mode is remarkable too; seeing over 60 MPG is routine.

        In short, there’s quite a bit of potential the other automakers don’t have.

        1. Ziv says:

          How do you figure, John? When the credit runs out, most of the electric cars with the full credit will forgo using the credit to increase their profits. Toyota has never been able to do that to the same amount because the PiP has a small battery.

          So Toyota probably isn’t making the same profit that GM is making on the Volt and Bolt.

          When the credit goes away, GM has already baked in a decent amount of extra profit that Toyota will never see because they used the small packs.
          Flip side of the coin, Toyota never really spent much time or money on engineering the PiP (they basically shoe-horned a small pack into an existing vehicle, oversimplification, but not by much) compared to what GM spent on the Volt and Bolt. So there is that.

          Toyota has built a family of cars that are amazingly efficient, it is just too bad that they are so boring. Even my Volt makes a Prius like a pig. And my Volt is only peppy with decent handling, but it is not really all that quick. The Prius is just that much slower and has handling that is just that couch-like.

          1. john1701a says:

            >>When the credit runs out, most of the electric cars with the full credit will forgo using the credit to increase their profits.


            Sales growth is painfully small, far less than what’s needed for a vehicle to be self-sustaining. Asking consumers to accept the loss of that $7,500 subsidy for the purchase of a Volt will basically kill it.

            GM allowing that to happen doesn’t make any sense. They’ll have no choice but to drop the price (sacrifice profit) for the sake of keeping sales going.

            Toyota already has a price able to keep Prime viable. $27k is quite realistic on its own, no subsidy necessary.

            1. Ziv says:

              The Volt is only now starting to sell fairly well, but I really don’t think it will ever sell as well as the Prius. The Volt is a much better car in every way except for ICE efficiency, but Toyota has a generation of fans and GM has spent a generation selling small cars that drove buyers away from Chevy. Then they built a solid, peppy car that really is fun to drive, the Volt, but no one knows about it.

              So GM decided to keep the price artificially high, around $33k for a base Volt, knowing that the buyers would only be paying $26k after credit and also knowing that Chevy would make a lot more on the Volt than would otherwise be the case. So they retire the debt they incurred designing the Volt and the Bolt, and when the credit starts to dry up next year they have a ton of room to drop the MSRP.

              Credit drops $3750? No worries, MSRP drops $3500!

              Most people that know cars, (and having approximately 17,000 pictures of your Prius posted on line DOES NOT mean you know cars, John ) think that GM will reduce the real world price of the Volt when the credit gets reduced or eliminated.

              1. john1701a says:

                >> Credit drops $3750? No worries, MSRP drops $3500!

                You honestly think a small car will be able to grow sales significantly (enough to actually compete with guzzlers directly) and sustain a profitable volume with the loss of a $7,500 subsidy mid-cycle?


              2. Outcast Searcher says:

                There is GM’s quality reputation, which is borne out by Consumer Reports’ December 2016 issue, stating that (I paraphrase here) the 2nd Gen Volt has terrible quality (despite the halo effect that PHEV’s have).

                Over time, I would expect that to matter. A lot. (I’ve had great cars and terrible cars (including a GM) re quality. For a great quality reputation I’ll put up with a lot of minor issues). I’ll bet there are a lot of buyers out there who feel the same way.

          2. john1701a says:

            >> Toyota has built a family of cars that are amazingly efficient, it is just too bad that they are so boring. Even my Volt makes a Prius like a pig. And my Volt is only peppy with decent handling, but it is not really all that quick. The Prius is just that much slower and has handling that is just that couch-like.

            Have you actually driven either a gen-4 Prius or a Prime?

            1. Ziv says:

              You do realize that one of the big irritations w the Gen I Volt is that it has 0-60 times of around 8.3 to 8.5 seconds, don’t you? And that the Gen 4 Prius plows along at 9.6 and the Prime positively dawdles along at 10 point Zero seconds! You may have days to get up to speed but most drivers want a bit more pep in the step.

              I had the distinct pleasure of finding out that a 2016 Primus handles better than the 20l3. The newer Prius handles like a Lazy Boy recliner instead of a couch. John, you may love the Prius, and it is a very efficient car, but they are still dogs of the slowest, most boring, sort.

              1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

                I don’t know that a 0-60 time of 8.5 seconds is all that bad. Of course it depends on your personal driving style, but for myself I think anything less than 10 seconds is sufficiently “peppy” for everyday driving.

                My first car, when I was 21, was a 1975 Honda Civic CVCC, and according to Mr. Google, it had a 0-60 time of 0-60 15.5 sec. I did have a hard time passing on two-lane highways with that car, on the hilly roads of eastern Kansas where stretches of highway where you can pass tend to have rather limited distances. Compared to that early Honda, the Volt 1.0 is a speed demon!

              2. john1701a says:

                Mainstream consumers couldn’t care less.

                Some people never learn.

    3. Someone out there says:

      Another way to look at it is that they are $7500 more expensive than they would have been if the incentive wasn’t there.

  10. unlucky says:

    The Bolt is moving pretty well around here. There are now two (counting mine) just in the building I work in.

    That’s pretty good for 3 months on the market.

    I am concerned though with sales in general. 1K per month is dismal. If it only sells 12K a year it’ll be a nightmare.

    I looked at the local dealer’s lot last weekend. They don’t have any out front. That either means they can’t keep them in stock or think putting them out front doesn’t attract any customers. I’m kind of afraid it’s the latter.

    1. CLIVE says:

      Bless GM’s little heart.

    2. Ziv says:

      GM has been allowing the Bolt inventory to stay relatively low, with most of the inventory in California. The amount of Bolts didn’t start to go up until about 10 days ago. I looked at posts that had Bolt inventory numbers in them over the past couple months and they seemed to be about what I copied below.

      16-Dec 800
      January 900-1200
      February 1300-1500
      3/14/2017 1900
      3/22/2017 2010
      3/24/2017 2205
      3/26/2017 2375
      3/30/2017 2490
      4/2/2017 2600
      4/4/2017 2585

      1. bro1999 says:

        Also have to remember that GM receives 1 CARB ZEV credit just for shipping a Bolt successfully to a CA dealer. Probably one reason why they are getting “stockpiled” in CA.

        1. unlucky says:

          I can’t imagine that would be worth it.

          GM isn’t even close to out of credits. And that 1 they get just “disappears” when the car is sold anyway, there’s no advantage to putting it on the lot early and selling it later if you don’t need the credits now.

          It could help them meet their 3% requirement though.

          1. Just_Chris says:

            What happens if the car is delivered to a CA dealer and then transferred to another state and sold there?

      2. Ziv says:

        And inventory just moved up to 2670 a day after it dropped to 2585. These numbers include a boatload (so to speak) of cars that aren’t on dealer lots yet, but the number is interesting because it gives a trendline for Bolt inventory. And it looks like GM is getting ready to expand the Bolt presence in the US and Canada.

  11. David Lane says:

    Really digging the headline Jay! I tend to think you are right too. More and more people are set to discover the superiority of the EV solution!

  12. Jean-François Morissette says:

    Jay, what’s the story behind the CT6 PHEV?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      The story?

      It’s a premium, extended range offering from Cadillac that offers 31 miles of range.

      …just kidding, we have some info and other various details on that. Putting together a separate ditty on that, its progress from China, distribution etc. Not sure the timing exactly it will be published, but it is coming.

      Volume wise, it won’t likely be a huge seller, but somewhere in the Mercedes S 550e, BMW 740e range next month I think is a reasonable expectation.

  13. Kdawg says:

    So what is everyone’s predictions of when we hit 1 million in plugin sales in the US?

    I’ll guess 4th of July, 2018 😀

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Pfft, maybe 2023? This whole “EV thing” is just a fad…it clearly peaked this month, bring on more eco-diesels!

      1. Just_Chris says:

        eco? WTF? oil is cheap now, its never going to get more expensive and there are never going to be problems with supply. Buy your self a nice big Audi Q8 turbo Diesel, its a lovely little city run about with plenty of room for the shopping or indeed a small whale.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          …only if the dealer will thrown in 24″ wheels, I like to ride in style when I go to the grocery store and back home!

          1. ArkansasVolt says:

            Ridin’ Spinners… they dont stop.

            1. Jay Cole says:

              Nice, that is a good suggestion. Hopefully they really mess up the Aero so they can super spin a lot.

          2. vicxh says:


            I have both the 2016 RAM 1500 ecodiesel and 2014 i3 Rex leased. Oil and Electric live together in harmony in my garaaage, oh why don’t we?
            (ps Solar going up next month on the roof)

            1. Jay Cole says:

              Don’t get me wrong, we are just having some fun here.

              Personally, I have no issues* with someone choosing an ecodiesel truck, as there is no alt fuel options in that space at all, so what can you do? But with that being said, I am pretty-hardcore when it comes to plugging in (understandably given I serve as Editor-in-Chief here at the world’s largest site dedicated exclusively to any and all plug-in vehicles sold globally around the world).

              So when I say I personally have “no issues*” there is an (*) asterisk there meaning that “I personally I have no issues if one really needs a truck.

              Like to get a pass from me, your truck better be central to your income, a commercial expense, used daily in the capacity as a truck, and looking beat-to-hell like one would expect for such a tool…not a $50,000 shiny, 4 doored, wipe-your-feet before you get in and go to sporting event XXX or the grocery store, with a truck tonneau cover on the back that has never been removed since it was installed 3 years ago, or for those 3 trips to Home Depot to get a sheet of drywall type-deal.

              As an example, I just finished a rather lengthy re-model of my house, and about to start to a build from scratch…and I don’t own a truck (as I don’t require one to put food on the table, and accessing one for an ~hour or two when it is needed is a slightly inconvenient, yet simple task). So, one can get a feel for my own personal threshold for the necessity of truck ownership; basically, of the ~241,876 light pick-up trucks sold in the US last month, I’d probably have “no issue” with about ~15,000 of them.

              1. Outcast Searcher says:

                Your dismay or disapproval won’t matter to the vast majority of big truck or SUV owners.

                But a big carbon tax on gasoline WOULD.

                So why don’t liberals, who supposedly believe that AGW is a serious problem get on board, instead of doing things like blocking prop. 732 in Washington state in the Nov. election, for even a TINY revenue neutral CO2 tax?

                1. Jay Cole says:

                  Hey Outcast Searcher,

                  I’m not saying my opinion/disapproval does at all…although relatively speaking, as just one individual I probably can convey more sway than most, as IEV has an audience of ~2 million/month, (=

                  There is honestly a couple routes to be chosen here still by the US (aka “big truck or SUV owners”), to effect change. It is the same for all countries really:

                  A) the FAST route (5-7 years): make ICE ownership arduous (hardening (and quickening) regulations, scaling gas tax, strong manufacturing tax on ICE production, etc.) + legislation of PEV production

                  B) the PRETTY QUICK route (7-10 years): make plug-in ownership easier (no purchase/ownership taxes, no extraordinary fees, continuing strong incentives on the PEVs themselves) + some mild dis-incentives for those who purchase more egregious ICE vehicles…or OEMs that build too many)

                  C) the SLOW route (10-15 years): ease ICE/CO2/MPG regulations, let the rest of the world and individual states (CARB) drag the herd that is the North American truck/SUV-loving community into the inevitable future, coupled with eventual tech/battery advancements that make traditional ICE trucks/SUVs competitively unattractive…while the old/backward thinking people continue to be replaced by the young (again, we are at ~year 7 of this movement)…who are 10x more likely to buy a “green” product
                  Right now the US is somewhere between B and C…but the important thing really is that the “die has been cast”, we are at ~year 7 of the this movement, there is zero signs of slowing, and a worldwide effort/near consensus is now underway. So no one country can effect the whole, as the automotive industry is a global one.

                  Would it be great to see the US there sooner in my opinion? Sure. But given the current administration’s stance/attitude, its just not going to happen. Truthfully, neither political side was likely to enact enough change to get the US even solidly into “route B”.

                  The majority of Americans have a strong connection with the ideology “personal freedom” over the “good of the people”, and they will hold to that principle at almost any cost…and they will vote that way ensuring that value-set stays in place.

                  Not saying its right or wrong, it just is…what it is. However, and for the most part, the “rest of the world” and California will do all the heavy lifting/arm twisting to get the majority of those internal combustion pick-up trucks and SUVs off the road by one means or another.

                  “Baby step” or “appeasement” legislation at this point is relatively meaningless as proposed in the US, as the wider/external forces are already much stronger than anything being proposed – they are ridiculous when put in context. Does that mean we should not even try in the US, or oppose things just for the sake of opposing them? No…but all the schemes the US can think up over the next 4 years, maybe gets the country to a 25% plug-in market share a month earlier than it otherwise would have doing nothing. So, a month is better than nothing right?

                  The only thing that can stop/serious delay the movement is crippling global recession/depression this decade. When security and shelter is on the line, humanity’s instinct for survival at any cost kicks in.

                  Do. Or do not. There is no try.

  14. Bolt says:

    What’s the plug-in electric vehicle percentage share in the US car market over all in March?

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      March sales totaled 1.56 million autos in the US. So roughly 1.16%.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        So, not to add even more complication and hassle for Inside EVs, but having a “% US Marketshare” row at the bottom for each month would be interesting and a nice reference point!

      2. Herr Holle says:

        Market share of plugin cars in Germany has been 1.25% in March, we won! Indeed, this number is more relevant for overall market development of plugins. My guess for 5+ percent plugin market share in Germany is June 2019.

        1. Grim Bro says:

          Seems like Tesla sold ~650 vehicles in Germany in March so the market share is more like a collaboration 🙂

          1. Spider-Dan says:

            VW/Daimler/BMW sold more than 2600 EVs in the U.S. last month, so I’m not sure if the Tesla sales in Germany are significant.

      3. speculawyer says:

        So we crossed the 1% barrier? That’s good! Still very tiny but the ball is starting to roll.

        And where I live…holy smokes…there are so many plug-ins now on the roads that the gasoline biz HAS to be taking a hit. I wish someone would investigate and do a story on it.

        1. CLIVE says:

          Nowhere even close to ?? Norway

  15. Terawatt says:

    It’s looking good. But I think it’ll still be done time before I can head to any car site and find tons of EV news…

    I find it a useful exercise to stop by the regular motor press every now and again. Certainly it tends to remind me that although I’m now confident in the revolution, many still don’t seem to have noticed it coming.

  16. Just_Chris says:

    I think the really promising thing about the numbers this month is that they are not reliant on 1 model having a stella month or a fire sale of a model that is soon to be replaced. April will see a dip in the S and X sales but the Bolt, Prime and perhaps Ford should pick up the slack. The only months where I can see us even being remotely close to last years numbers would be July and August. Even then I think we should be comfortably past them. Can we hold 40% growth across the whole year it’d be nice – especially if the rest of the world grows strongly.

    1. BenG says:

      I expect 40% to be the low end of monthly year over year gains.

      As the Prime and Bolt gain better inventory and wider distribution they will both continue to add additional volume.

      I also expect a strong rollout of the Leaf 2 this fall, and with any luck the Model 3 will have some significant volume by the end of the year too.

  17. Bob Nan says:

    March being a quarter end got a big boost from Tesla, but April will not. Hope other automakers take the load.

    While BMW sold 1,556 vehicles; Benz sold 174 vehicles and they are making big talk about advancing the electric vehicles. Big joke.

    1. WARREN says:

      U.S. BMW i3 and 330e sales more than doubled in March compared to Jan/Feb. Even the X5 sales were up about 40%. With the 530e coming out soon, BMW has some pretty good potential, especially globally.

      1. CLIVE says:

        True that Warren!!!

    2. CLIVE says:

      Mercedes Benz is on vacation.


      1. speculawyer says:

        From Bill O’Reilly’s TV show. 😉

    3. speculawyer says:

      Even if you eliminate 100% of Model S and Model X sales from the month, the sales number is still just as big as last month. So things are moving up.

  18. Thomas says:

    Tesla sells are quite disappointing compared to last year’s numbers. Especially Model S is a old obsolescent car:

    2017 Jan Feb Mar Total
    Model S: 900 1750 3450 6100
    Model X: 750 800 2750 4300

    2016 Jan Feb Mar Total
    Model S: 850 1550 3990 6390
    Model X: 270 270 1860 2400

    1. bro1999 says:

      With the 60/60Ds out of the picture, I don’t see Model S sales improving YoY.
      Plus there is no 24 month lease option either now….not that leasing a Tesla was ever that attractive though…

    2. Get Real says:

      Serial anti-Tesla troll Thomas said “Tesla sells are quite disappointing compared to last year’s numbers.”

      Whut?, Alternative facts by a troll!

      Tesla’s 2017 1st quarter sales just topped its all time quarter record which just happened to be the 2016 1st quarter.

      Do you happen to work for the Trumpster administration Thomas because your whining lack of the facts shows that you could certainly be a Trumpster Administration candidate.

      1. bro1999 says:

        US sales of the Model S were down slightly compared to Q1 2016.
        Model X sales were of course up since there were still production issues last year.

      2. Thomas says:

        @ Get Real:
        Haha I like my new name “Serial anti-Tesla troll Thomas”.

        I can also compare Q4 2016 with Q1 2017 and it doesn’t look much better:

        Q4 2016 total produces vehicles: 24’882 (see
        Q1 2017 total sales: 25’418 (see

        So what shall look good???? Improvment of 2.15% is not quite impressive. With this rate of growth share price is absolutely exorbitant.

        No I’m not working for Trump Administration. I just study Balance Sheets, cash flow Statements and earnings Reports.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Thank you for that perfect illustration of why it only makes sense to compare annual sales; that is, an entire year’s worth of sales, rather than a single month or a single quarter. That doesn’t just apply to Tesla, either. Sales of most models of cars are highly seasonal, and often vary widely from month to month.

          Sadly, I don’t think that was at all your intention. Whether or not you intended it, your post comes across as anti-Tesla FUD.

          Tesla’s total annual sales:
          2013: 22,300
          2014: 31,655 (+41.95%)
          2015: 50,580 (+59.8%)
          2016: 76,230 (+50.7%)

          Tesla’s annual growth rate is vastly faster than any larger auto maker. I could be mistaken, but I think that’s more than an order of magnitude better than any larger auto maker, if we correct for growth and shrinkage during economic upturns and downturns. That astonishing growth rate is perhaps the main reason its stock price sustains such a high level.

          1. Serial anti tesla troll thomas says:

            This growth rates are easy to get if you start from nowhere and have no competitors yet. But this will change soon.

        2. BenG says:

          Anyone aware of the dynamics of the US EV market, in no small part driven by the federal tax credit that is easiest to use at the end of the year, should be aware that posting any growth in 1st quarter over the preceding 4th quarter is good work, disregarding other factors.

          Not that I’d argue Tesla is any kind of value stock – it’s not. Clearly it’s priced on its story and potential, not on its sales history thus far.

    3. TomArt says:

      “quite” disappointing?? They saturated the market in 2015 being the market leader in the US and EU!! I do not expect much S sales growth at all, much less the kind of growth we were seeing before Tesla saturated the market. C’mon, man!

  19. Miggy says:

    Love that photo of the Tesla Model S that you used.

  20. speculawyer says:


    Go EVs and PHEVs! Even $2/gallon gasoline can’t stop this train!

    LOL at all the Tesla shorts that have been getting CRUSHED.

  21. Kevin C. says:

    Imagine the supply constraints if gas hit $4-$5
    this summer. Or ever.

    Oh that’ll never happen…

    1. speculawyer says:

      Oh, it will definitely happen. It is inevitable. Just a question as to when.