May 2018 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card


May 2018 plug-in sales continued to set records and paint a picture of the promising future of the segment.

May marked the 32nd 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 lackluster January, the longest reporting holdup ever in February, and a record-breaking March. April also landed in the five-spot for all-time EV sales, which brings us to May. May easily secured a spot in the top five early on. But, it got even better.

Last Month’s Results – April 2018 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card

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Last  month breezed by, bringing the end of the quarter even closer. For May, we estimated at least 24,000 plug-in cars sold. However, hitting 25,000 didn’t seem impossible. In the end, May landed in the fourth spot as expected this month. Additionally, U.S. sales nearly pulled off 100k for the year thus far, as we ended up just shy of the mark at 99,508.

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

  1. March 2018 – 26,373
  2. December 2017 – 26,107
  3. December 2016 – 24,785
  4. May 2018 – 24,560
  5. September 2017 – 21,242

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Nissan achieved an impressive March, but April was a bit of a disappoint as its all-new 2018 LEAF didn’t sell as many copies as we’d expected or hoped. However, we were confident that sales would continue to be respectable for the remainder of the year, with a boost once the longer range model arrives. We were right … at least about current sales climbing!

We’re happy to report that Nissan delivered 1,576 LEAFs this May.

The Tesla Model 3 has reached a much higher level of production output and consistency as of late. Three shutdowns have worked to make improvements to build quality and speed. March was an incredible month for Tesla’s hugely popular new small sedan. In fact, in regards to EVs, it was the best month of all time for any automaker in the U.S. This was true not only for the Model 3, but also for Tesla as a whole.

The Model 3 stayed at the top in April, with an estimated 3,875 delivered, for a total of over 12,000 on the year. The Silicon Valley automaker sold an estimated 10,000 vehicles in March in the U.S. alone, over 6,000 of which were the company’s Model S and Model X. To top it off, Tesla took the lead for global EV sales for March and the quarter. In April, S and X sales were flat, which was to be expected, since historically the automaker has delivered less in the U.S. at the opening of each quarter. We expected May to pan out the same with S and X sales similar to that of last year and Model 3 sales are sharply rising. All of the above proved true.

Our research and data solidified our expectations in the form of solid estimates. We found Tesla deliveries as follows: 1,520 Model S – 1,450 Model X – and 6,250 Model 3s, edging the automaker dangerously close to the 200,000 mark (based on our estimates), which will soon trigger the sunset of the federal EV tax credit.

GM boldly decided at the end of the first quarter that it will switch away from monthly sales reporting. Instead, the automaker will follow Tesla’s lead and only release numbers at the close of each quarter. So, it will be July before we have a solid handle on Chevrolet Bolt and Chevrolet Volt deliveries. Between now and then, we’ll estimate sales to keep our chart complete. Keep in mind, when GM shares quarterly sales in July, we’ll watch and update our official numbers.

With that being said, we see Bolt deliveries down at the moment, with Volt sales ramping up. This is all related to the situation with inventory. GM has upped production and inventory of its aging plug-in while beginning to reduce Bolt allocations. In late March, the automaker also resumed Bolt deliveries in South Korea.

For the month of May, we estimated GM moved 1,125 Chevy Bolt EVs and 1,675 Volts.

The Toyota Prius PrimeHonda Clarity PHEV, and BMW i3 should also get some ink here.

The Prime has maintained second place on our sales chart by a wide margin thus far this year. In May, it got even better, by two copies.

The month marks the Prime’s best sales number to date, at 2,924.

The Clarity PHEV commanded an outstanding December, which was its first full month of sales. It kicked it again in February, edging it closer to the top competitors in the segment, but March and April were when it really started to shine, with over 1,000 copies delivered.

May shines even brighter, as Honda delivered a miraculous 1,639 Clarity PHEVs.

Though i3 sales were weak throughout 2017 and opened this year the same, March saw a surge. Sadly, sales for BMW’s quirky EV plummetted in April. In May, sales dropped again. BMW sold 424 i3’s.

While 2017 plug-in sales fell just shy of the 200,000 mark, it was still an incredibly telling year as a whole. Hitting that mark for 2018 should happen well before the end of the year, especially since our chart is already nearing 100k. However, there are several variables involved in determining where we might be by the end of this year. Nonetheless, sales exceeding 300,000 copies for the segment are expected.

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

The year ahead continues to hold considerable promise for the segment, however, until this second quarter comes to a close, it’s difficult to predict precisely how everything will pan out, especially with the mixed opinions regarding how Tesla might choose to handle the tax credit situation. Stay tuned, as we’ll have more Inside EVs insight on that very soon!

Questions entering May:

  1. Will the Tesla Model 3 sales continue to soar above all others, despite the recent shutdown? (Yes. Our research and data put May’s Model 3 estimates at 6,250.)
  2. Will 2018 Nissan LEAF sales spike, or was March an exception? (Yes! LEAF sales spiked making it the new model’s best month yet, at 1,576 moved. This is up from last month and May 2017.)
  3. With no sales data from GM until July, will Chevrolet Bolt and Volt inventory be proof enough of sales ups or downs? (Well, inventory is king here as you can read in our latest Bolt/Volt sales article. It shows that Bolt sales are down again at 1,125 and the Volt cranked out 1,675 copies to new owners.)
  4. Can Tesla dial-up Model S and Model X sales as high as last May, despite the impact of the Model 3? (No. While it’s close, Tesla didn’t quite pull it off. The automaker sold 1,520 Model S sedans and 1,450 Model X SUVs, according to our estimates.)
  5. In regards to the Toyota Prius Prime … how high can numbers soar? (Of course. The Prime pulls its best U.S. sales month yet, albeit by two copies. Toyota sold 2,924 Prime plug-ins for May.)
  6. Honda Clarity PHEV deliveries continue to impress. Will we start seeing a trend of even bigger surges as the year moves forward? (If our estimates prove true, Honda kicked it up another notch, moving 1,639 Clarity PHEVs.)
  7. BMW i3 sales tanked in April. Did it regain some status this May? (No. May sees 424 i3’s delivered.)

Also of note: Toyota sold 102 Mirais in May. Honda sold 30 Clarity Fuel Cells. Hyundai moved 19 Tucsons.

Last update: June 4, 2018 @  1:10 PM

***InsideEVs’ new journalist Wade Malone provided assistance with 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 31875248538203875625018,305
Toyota Prius Prime1496205029222626292412,018
Tesla Model S80011253375125015208,070
Tesla Model X7009752825102514506,975
Chevrolet Bolt EV117714241774127511256,775
Chevrolet Volt*7139831782132516756,478
Nissan LEAF  1508951500117115765,292
Honda Clarity PHEV5948811061104916395,224
Ford Fusion Energi6407947827427403,698
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  3826239925034242,924
BMW 530e2244136895187292,573
BMWX5 xDrive 40e2615966275634992,546
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid**3754504804256502,380
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV3003233732732971,566
Fiat 500e**  2102352852152501,195
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron1451992141892671,014
Kia Niro PHEV155246227120218966
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV22178218180217815
Volvo XC60 PHEV109155167141214786
BMW 330e101142202166150761
Porsche Cayenne S-E11312119726559755
Volkswagen e-Golf  17819816412876744
Mercedes C350e29172208158166733
Kia Soul EV  115163157152133720
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid1249336275663
Kia Optima PHEV8610315614298585
Mini Countryman SE PHEV12710074106163570
Ford C-Max Energi2341421055718556
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV991069390126514
Mercedes GLE 550e44701819383471
smart ED  849010380110467
Ford Focus Electric  70731378388451
Honda Clarity BEV  203104485237444
Hyundai Sonata PHEV5254783867289
BMW i83239475764239
Mercedes GLC 350e5575964185
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV2729522930167
Hyundai IONIQ EV  49360732151
BMW 740e1823316017149
Mercedes B250e  40493373132
Cadillac CT6 PHEV624174230119
Mercedes S550e133119743
2018 U.S. Sales Totals12,04916,84526,37319,68124,56099,508
2017 U.S. Sales Totals11,00412,37518,54213,36716,59617,04615,54016,51421,24214,31517,17826,107199,826
2018 Worldwide Sales*82,00081,000141,000128,450159,346591,796

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 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.

May shows that our grasp of Volt inventory and sales estimations was on par. While down a touch year-over-year, the Volt impresses again, with 1,675 copies moved.



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 for April 2018.

For May, our estimates show 1,125 Bolts delivered.




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.

Fortunately, deliveries are looking up in May, at 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 continues the trend. Toyota delivered 2,924 Prime plug-ins last month.




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.

BMW i3 sales drop further, at 424 deliveries this May.




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’s estimated numbers are down a shade from that of last year, but impressive nonetheless, at 1,520 moved.




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.

May sees an estimated 1,450 Model X vehicles sold.




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 is a huge leap from prior months. According to our research and data collection, we see May’s Model 3 deliveries at 6,250.




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 sees 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. However, April’s numbers didn’t help its case. We estimated FCA sold about 425 copies.

For May, our estimations show Chrysler moved some 650 Pacifica Hybrids.




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 comes in right on target for the Fusion Energi, at 740 sales.




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 is up considerably from this year’s previous numbers, aside from a good showing at the end of Q1.




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 sees 499 BMW X5 plug-ins delivered. Down a touch, but mostly on par with previous sales data.





Honda Clarity PHEV

Honda Clarity PHEV:

The Honda Clarity PHEV just 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.

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Hey Steve, quick chart suggestion… On the models, any chance of getting a space between the battery icon and the text preceding it? Just a nit, but I think that would look a bit more polished. Your web team may need to use the code for a non-breaking space to accomplish it (an “&” followed by “nbsp;”)

Yes, but can’t do that now. Thanks!

Wow, my Tesla predictions posted yesterday were pretty dang close… I guess my spreadsheet has some kind of accuracy on the model 3. I was short on Model X

Damn, Bolt is sure disappointing…

“Just a guess for May USA deliveries, Model 3 6500 Model S 1600 Model X 1000, Bolt 1400 Leaf 1900

Haha! I wonder if I will be close on any of them… :)~ I am assuming 500 Model 3 deliveries in Canada in May.”


Yeah so much for the “Tesla Killer” – 6250 3s and 1125 Bolts – ah…

in Canada there is a long wait to get a Bolt of over a year, since they are not making enough units.

I don’t think GM ever came out and stated that the Bolt would be a “Tesla killer”, everyone has just expected that.

I am not sure what GM is doing…. Maybe they are delaying hitting their 200K until they have better product offerings in the market? Its really hard to say…. I know they have a Buick coming built on the Bolt Platform, and have been working on the Orion Plant, but GM is way too secretive. I have not even seen a spy photo of that future product.

GM doesn’t really car about the credits, the Bolt is a robotaxi platform for the autonomous future everyone is expecting. They’re happy to ship them in the meantime, but they don’t ever plan to try to steamroll the private owner market like the Model 3 will.

GM never states crap like that… They are a mature company… Stuff like “Tesla Killer” is for people in the internet with nothing better to do, or writers trying to get clicks on their work.

“Bolt ev is disappointing…”.

Yes, well, GM of all companies should know that Oriental Styling will not appeal to most Occidentals. Plus, the car unfortunately – deservedly or Not – has a huge ECONOBOX appearance – even though the materials used work.

Its the Chevrolet Biscayne of the EV car world. Basically a great car that few want. My parents had a 1959 Biscayne since it was the cheapest Chevy available at the time.

I bought my Bolt ev for the FINALLY usable range (essentially identical to my Roadster – but in practice it actually goes much further given equal driving styles) – I’m surprised young people aren’t going for the car since they don’t usually demand the ultimate in Luxury, and its a hoot to drive, besides giving all indications of being extremely reliable – especially that extra beefy gearbox. Perhaps most can only afford used BOLT ev’s.

I’ve driven mine at about a 24,000 miles per year rate – I’ve only driven the Roadster a bit less than half as much – thats how fun to drive the car is.

You people would need to have money first and those who do likely are going to spend that amount on something a bit flashier. Also, Bolt isn’t aimed at the volume market, it’s a robotaxi platform that GM is willing to dribble into the individual market in the interim.

I think GM has been producing Bolt’s slowly, my guess is there is something else coming soon from the Orion factory… Who Knows…

Bolt is a good car though, I have test driven them a couple times, and was impressed… Better styling, and interior and it would have been much more of a hit.

It’d be a hit with the current styling and interior if it were say $5k cheaper on MSRP. After tax credit, that would put it within spitting distance of ICEs like the Honda Fit.

Looks good, thanks Steve!

Are these data on passenger car sales in US?

Doing it for 2017 chart now. Have a look soon. Can’t mess with 2018 chart in the middle of sales. Will update that one later.

Shouldn’t the asterisks be next to the estimated values, and not the make/model? That way, we know which values are real and which are estimates? Also, I think using a color for estimated values would be better than an ugly asterisk.

Still tweaking. Can’t easily put something on number cause chart fails to do the math then. We are working on some strategies around that. Changing colors takes some time with code and would really slow things down. Can’t make a bunch of changes on sales days, but noting all feedback and will be tweaking all month. Thanks so much!

Being that we’re right in the middle of sales reporting, and it’s 5,000 times better than the old chart. We have to focus on the articles and the numbers for now. We will make some more changes at a later date. Crazy times right now!!!

Steven, when are you leaving on your trip? I got confirmation from Jaguar that the embargo is lifted on Monday 6-4 for I-Pace road trip reviews, better hurry to get your story. :)~

June 9-13

Nice, are you going to take any extra time as a tourist? Enjoy the history and culture?

Very little time. Last week of school for wife and kids, baseball playoffs for son, dance competition for one daughter and karate tournament for the other. Difficult time to travel, so, sadly, I’ll be in and out. Plus, we struggle at IEV if someone is away. Lots of emails and comment moderation, and it’s hard to keep the post count up.

Ya, its a busy time for kids now, as they start into summer break… Too bad you cannot take your wife and spend some time over in Europe, its really an awesome place to visit… although the summers get kinda crazy with tourists, watch out for the pick-pockets! Are you located in the USA?

Well, it looks like the record for May is blown out of the water already…

As has been noted in multiple comments from IEVs staff, sales numbers are really dominated by the top five models. Now that TM3 production is really taking off, that one model is going to make or break monthly sales.

At one time I thought that later this year, TM3 production would equal or better the total on this chart for all other models, but that seems less likely now. Perhaps it will happen in 2019. But with a lot of new PEV models coming in 2020, if it does happen, it likely won’t last for more than a year or two.

But in the meantime… Go Tesla! 🙂


Looks like all brands are doing quite well in May – recent fuel price hike for sure helpful.

It’s getting very difficult for Tesla to delay the delivery of the 200,000th Tesla EV from June to the first week of July.

Tesla will most likely deliver more than 10,000 EV’s in the US in June 2018.

Yes, quite hard.

I think they will delay. They are sending a lot of Model 3’s to Canada. They also will not be doing the end of quarter rush in California like they usually do for S/X.

Between late May and the end of June I’m currently expecting around 2,000, possibly 2,500 units to be delivered to Canada. But we will get more info on Canadian deliveries this month and will adjust our expectations as needed.

That wouldn’t be enough to delay on it’s own. But a delay is still a possibility, as it always has been.

Tesla *can* do it. But will they?


… and increase inventory to the max all over the U.S. in order to start full steam deliveries on July 1. Tesla US sales prediction for July: 25.000 🙂

The available evidence pretty clearly points to Tesla not slowing down at all. For example, the number of TM3’s sent to Canada is a drop in the bucket compared to the number that would have to be diverted from U.S. sales to matter.

They pushed June deliveries for S and X hard here in WA state, I got a ton of emails, and so did my friends. They were still selling June deliveries on both S and X until yesterday.

Tesla has at least six levers to pull to control US sales. Tesla has been confirmed to have ALREADY started pulling many of these levers. Alone, no single lever is enough, but all 6 levers pulled at the same time might be enough:

1) Divert Model 3 US sales to Canada (confirmed)
2) Divert Model S/X US sales to global markets, including new markets (confirmed)
3) Divert Model 3 production cars to showrooms (confirmed) and demo cars.
4) Delay delivery until July for US reservations already converted to orders (confirmed)
5) Schedule factory shutdowns to update the line prior to the end of Q2 (confirmed)
6) Put a sales hold/embargo on the last few weeks of June production an extra 1 to 15 days at service centers, delivery centers, galleries, factory backlots, etc. This nothing for the automotive industry. Car makers and dealers regularly have holding lots they store cars much longer than that.

This is pretty convincing to me. It seems in Tesla’s long term interest to delay and hit 200k early in the quarter … many more happy customers, plus a big push for profitability in Q3

I agree, Nix. That said, the showroom model lever is tiny and I don’t think the factory shutdown is really a lever since the net effect is to increase Q2 production. The others are enough to convince me, though. Good list!

I just added all the tesla US sales up till today and they are at 195K. So no way to delay the 200K sale until July 1st. Next month the S/X totals will be around 5K alone so i don’t see how they can delay until the start of next quarter..


Did all buyers use the tax credit? E.g. Teslas purchased in the U.S. by foreigners and then exported …. I hope there is a way for Tesla to exactly know how many of the tax credits have been consumed. Would be rather annoying for their clients, when the tax authorities’ ledger showed 200.002 by June 30 in retrospect.

The count for tax credit sunset is production for US sales. It has nothing to do with how many tax credits are actually claimed on tax returns.

It’s been increasingly clear over the past few months that Tesla has no intention of slowing sales just to delay crossing the 200,000 threshold. If Tesla really wanted to do that, it would have done such things as upgrading the EU “final assembly” plant for TM3 assembly.

I’ve been surprised to see so many comments about Tesla possibly delaying the 200,000 milestone to the 3rd Quarter, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. I guess that’s just a reflection of how many people want to buy a TM3, and want to get that $7500 federal tax rebate — or however much of it they can earn — when they do so.

Model 3s to Europe would not be a good strategy for multiple reasons. Canada is the tell tale. That and shifting the S/X cadence.

All they have to do is delay a few weeks of June deliveries into early July. Easy, and smart.

If I was going to delay sales to Q3, I would stall deliveries in the last 2 weeks of Q2 so that net customer delay is minimized (relative to alternative delay strategies). I’d also make sure the factory was 100% ready to crank out cars at max rate around mid-June, so that they can get in transit and lots are full for delivery on July 1.

From the financial perspective, this allows Tesla to claim X cars were produced in the last week of June during their Q2 sales summary. It also pushes income into Q3, assisting their Q3 figures.

What we’ve seen in recent months doesn’t disprove the existence of such a plan at all, so I wholly disagree with your assertion that it’s “increasingly clear” Tesla isn’t delaying the 200,000th sale.

So looks like Tesla has about 6,000 deliveries left in June till it hits 200,000 mark for the US Federal Tax Credit. I am guessing Tesla will deliver about 8,000 Model 3’s and in the realm of about 3,000 S and X’s, about 5,000 too much. There will be about 5,000 happy Canadians this month :).

5K? Tesla is hopping to hit 5K/week before the end of the month, so maybe 15K Model 3’s produced in June..

Dee — keep in mind that 5K/week is a production target, and that deliveries naturally trail production by a week or two, or even longer. It takes time to ship the cars to delivery centers across the US/Canada, and then time to prep the cars for sale by removing the transit covers and inspecting, and then schedule buyers to come in and inspect their cars and take delivery.

So a burst to 5K/week in production in the last half of June likely wouldn’t show up in the sales numbers until July.

Production does not equate directly to US deliveries. We are talking about delaying US deliveries by 7 to 10 days. It is eminently doable, but we won’t know for sure until July 1st. Here is hoping they do it, 3 additional months of full credit is a huge advantage to throw away.

It’s even more than that:
3 months of $7500 instead of $3750
3 months of $3750 instead of $1875
3 months of $1875 instead of $0

That could be $500 million or more!

Maybe even some Mexicans too! They have to do something to absorb than inventory, losing a quarter would be a huge disappointment for a lot of people.

What is boils down to is about maybe 20K more people getting a an incentive if they somehow mange to delay the 200K registration until July 1st.. If your going to sell even a million EV per year in the near future its a drop in the bucket and no one will even remember what the fuss was all about when looking back a couple of years from now..

I think what it boils down to is Tesla wants and needs as much income as it can get a lot more than it needs the Federal income tax rebate extended one more quarter.

For a company undergoing rapid growth, money now is always better than money later. More money now means less they have to borrow, and less paid in interest.

A 10 day delay followed by a huge increase in sales went affect Teslas bottom line by much. At this point, what difference does it make? 😉

Dunno where you’re getting the “10 day” figure from. It would be a lot more than that even if Tesla doesn’t increase production this month, which is not very believable. More like a 3 week delay, I’d say.

What difference would it make? It would make a very great difference to those responsible for scheduling deliveries! Tesla has to ramp up the shipping to handle more cars, and ramp up the number of reps it uses to make the actual deliveries, along with increasing production at Fremont. Overloading the system by pausing for 3 weeks or so, and then trying to dump all those thousands of extra cars out at once, may very well be something Tesla wants to avoid more than it wants to get another calendar quarter of Federal $7500 income tax rebate for its customers.

They sold 9,000 last month and they have to sell less than 6,000 this month to stay under 200k. So if they reduce their sales by 1/3 this month vs. last month they will be just under 200k. 1/3 of a month is 10 days.
Realistically, though, I think they messed up and sold too many over the past month and they are stuck with hitting 200k 10 to 12 days before the end of the month. Given the amount of cancelled reservations we have seen recently, they should have gamed the system better.
They could have hit the number just right on July 2nd and given 2 additional months of buyers the full credit. They failed to do so. The ramp up hell gave them an opportunity, and they squandered it. Delaying sales for 2 weeks and having a monster great July wouldn’t have cost Tesla very much at all, since all those deferred sales would have happened just a handful of days later. They may pull this out, but I think they have botched it.

That should have been, “…given 3 additional months of buyers the full credit…” Not 2 months.

3 additional months of full credit would benefit all the US Tesla buyers in the entire 4th quarter of this year. So more like 60-70,000, not 20k. And those are traditionally the highest selling months for EVs so maybe closer to 80k people would benefit. Plus it would push the half credit 3 months further into 2019, benefitting another 80k buyers.

Having a quarter credit instead of zero is a similar impact as having half instead of a quarter, so that’s another 70-100k customers affected.

It could affect 200k customers, which is a far cry from the 20k claimed by DEE above.

Table I see is missing Model3 and has the Prime name there instead. Prime numbers have dropped down to Model-S

Check again. Should be ok, or refresh your page. It’s fine here. I was putting the space in before the battery icon and you may have caught me mid-update. Looks right on all devices here now.

Yes all good now on Win10 PC running Chrome

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Next Tesla headline…

“Due to the production line will need to be halted temporarily for improvements to accommodate additional robots and safety implementations.”

lol,…..not kidding.

Honestly, even as a person who believes Tesla should (and likely will) go completely all out and sell as much as they can this month….

…I’m hoping all the robots break down in unison for about 2 weeks!

That would not help at this point, there is already enough cars built to push them over the 200K….

Not if they sit in a garage for 10 days. Tesla did it for more cars over a longer period a couple months ago, so it is easily doable. Will they have the nerve to game the system? That remains to be seen.

Plus they can send them to Canada or overseas if they want.

Model 3 is not signed off, or crash tested in Europe yet… I think it needs some new features before it will be approved. I think Europe requires High Speed Emergency Braking on new cars. At least for the highest safety rating.

I do not think they will do that… Model S Sales are down 10% YOY, so they will be pushing that in June, and if it is obvious that they games the system, Republicans will be under pressure to adjust the tax rebate terms from their constituents that do not like EV’s anyway. It will be interesting, noting to argue too much about, in 30 days we are all going to know what is happening, I obviously have my opinion, and others have theirs… Time to wait and see…

It’s unlikely Republicans have the votes to change the rebate whether Tesla games it or not. It’s pretty stupid in my opinion if Tesla does not. It’s very close to the end of quarter and the loss of the credit is ultimately going to affect their sales. Keeping it around another couple of months would be worth the short term hit of lower production.

Republican constituents won’t care unless the right-wing propaganda machine decides to make it an issue.

What about the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid sold to Waymo? Are they in the chart?


Not in the chart as they have not even been produced yet. Just a deal was signed. Will take some time for FCA to produce the 62’000 hybrids – and for Waymo to be able to use them – keyword “driverless”. The published deal “doesn’t mention a time frame for delivery”.

Going forward, probably after June, let’s just call this Tesla sales chart, because all others will be tiny minority by comparison. If Tesla can produce enough to meet all reservation holder by end of this year, we’re talking 80K cars per month! Wishful thinking, I know…

Not just wishful, more like outright Fantasyland. Tesla is slowly ramping up but they’re still short of hitting 5k per week, let alone more.

Toyota Prime is still kicking ass. It’s selling close to Bolt and Volt combined.

Yep, the big news is the Model 3 of course, but the Prime selling over 2900 copies in May is pretty big news too. Glad to see Toyota ramping it up.

Pretty inevitable since it’s cheaper than both and is a Toyota (instead of a Chevy).

Toyota has to provide the volume for sale, though, so it’s not inevitable.

I do think Toyota intends to further ramp up production and sales of the Prime. Back when it was launched the execs compared it to the second gen Prius. That’s how they saw the Prime: taking the new technology mainstream with high volume production and sales, though not as high as to be seen by the 3rd gen. Prius or Camry.

Looks like we’re sailing past 20k for sure, I’m thinking right around 24k when all done? Pretty impressive for a middle-of-the-quarter month.

Yes, we are projecting at least 24,000:

“For May, we estimate at least 24,000 plug-in cars sold. However, hitting 25,000 doesn’t seem impossible. If it turns out anything like the last few months, our conservative estimate stands to be surpassed. With that being said, we’re looking at our 2018 chart narrowly edging or eclipsing the 100,000 mark!”

AWESOME…. Happy to see the growth…

6250 6250 6250. That’s sweeetest of the sweet. I am HAPPY.
Congratulations Tesla. Once again you have lived up to the name of the greatest scientist: Nikola Tesla.
Model-S also sold the 2nd highest in this year.
Model-X also sold the 2nd highest in this year.

Model-3 has beaten the combined sales of PriusPrime, Bolt, Volt and i3.
With 9,220 sales; Tesla’s total USA sales increases to 193,000+ which means they will hit the 200,000 ceiling in June itself. This is 1 aspect where I am feeling sad.

For the 1st time an Electric Vehicle: Model-3 (6,250) has beaten Prius-Hybrid sales (4,760), but trailing in YTD sales by around 2,200 units and I guess it will catch up next month, if Tesla is willing to ignore the 200,000 cap.

Sales of other compact luxury cars.
Benz C-Class: 5,419
BMW 3-Series: 3,428
Audi A4: 3,472
Lexus IS: 2,180
Acura ILX: 1,116
Alfa Guilia: 1,175
Note: Cadillac-ATS sales are not available since GM reports on quarterly basis. Lincoln and Nissan does not have luxury compact cars.

BMW’s ad of ‘You don’t need to wait’ has Expired.

Already the 19,534 sales has come close to last month’s 19,681 with many more models to be reported.

Fiat 500 total sales last month is only 264 units. Did the 500e sold 250 out of that with only 14 units being gasmobile. That’s dubious.

@steven Loveday. Recommend to stop putting the disclaimer on pages that don’t have the data to be disclaimed. *Regarding “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).
That doesn’t appear in this article, so no need to keep posting it.
BTW, I think a vertical bar after the car name would help readability. – similar to the vertical bar after the totals.
I mostly do like the new cleaner look of the table. Keep tweaking.

I find it hilarious that the fuglier PriPrime is spanking the sh/t outta the buttfugly bolt.
Volt and bolt put together too……lmao

Nice try bankrupt government motors.

It’s cheaper and is a Toyota Prius. That alone makes sales.

Year to date, the Model 3 has now outsold all other non-Tesla pure BEV’s all added together. And they are still mid-rampup. Crazy.


Wow, impressive.

And to think they’ve been at less than 1/2 the production rate they’re aiming for on this line, and they have the customers lined up to sell every one for months and months after hitting peak production.

The Model 3 is truly a game changer.

True but not surprising, It’s the only model for which a manufacturer is seriously attempting to match mainstream high volume auto numbers.

Highest selling non-quarter-ending month! 🙂

The Clarity was the 4th best selling EV in May. People are slowly realizing what a great EV it is.
Great job Honda.

This website has sales of Chevy Volt at 1,149 for 2018-05.
Bolt has 1,109.

Please note that in Europe, they use . (period) for 1000s marker and , (comma) for decimal marker since , is bigger and more visible and decimal marking is more important than 1000s marking.

Some notes on electric vehicles.
Ford Focus-Electric: Production ceased last month with < 100 units left for sale.
VW eGolf & Fiat 500e: Still selling only MY-2017.
Honda Clarity-EV: Only leased and that too only in 2 states.
Smart For2-ED: There are only 27 dealers which means only 1 dealer for 2 states.
Kia Soul-EV: Sold in around 10 states with < 100 units in stock.

All the above electric vehicles are serving as a Caboose (last car) in a freight train while just 1 model: Tesla Model-3 is pulling the train like a powerful electric locomotive. How long those compliance vehicles will survive is a big ?.

FFE, 500e, and Clarity EV are the actual compliance vehicles, the rest are just low-volume offerings in the US.