U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

The year 2015 is now behind us.

Excluding December 2010 (the first month of Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt availability), we have had five bold years and over 400,000 people in U.S. now driving electric cars.

Here we have the ultimate sales report for end of the world year using IEV's data (see Scorecard - full data chart also at bottom of article), which in some cases are estimations due to lack of official data from manufacturers (such as Tesla/Fiat), but updated as more data becomes available.

Let's go!

Year 2015 brought a sales slowdown in U.S. and despite an all-time record in December (13,699), the sales result for the whole year was 5.3% down, compared to 2014.

The reasons considered as most important are the very late arrival of the 2016 Nissan LEAF and the limited 2016 Chevrolet Volt launch in late Fall, as well as Toyota Prius PHV withdrawal (awaiting an all-new plug-in version in late 2016 or 2017). Those three models were the best-selling plug-ins  in previous years. An additional reason sales were under pressure of course is lower gasoline prices.

Between December 1, 2010 and December 31, 2015 we noted 407,530 sales of mainstream plug-in electric cars in U.S.

Our expectation for 2016 is to see a more aggressive sales growth curve close to what the global segment experienced in 2015, as the 8 updated/new plug-ins from the last half of 2015 will be in play for all of 2016, and some ~dozen new offerings will also arrive.

Editor's note:  Another ~2,550 plug-in sales were noted from fringe EVs, defunct brands, fleet-only and older stock sell-offs over the same time - which we do not include due to their public availability (lack therof) and the specific unknown chronologies of their monthly/yearly sales

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

Average market share in 2015 stood for 0.67% compared to the record high of 0.74% in 2014, but higher than 0.63% in 2013. It's important to note that overall car sales were growing every year since 2010.

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

Another look - monthly sales compared to year-average:

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

Here is a comparison of all-elctric and plug-in hybrid sales in the U.S. We used data from EDTA (Electric Drive Transportation Association) website just as an easy way to see those two categories.

Battery electric cars have an edge over PHEVs:

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

We found guilty for 2015 sales - plug-in hybrids failed the most as all-electric cars were mostly up:

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

Quick look at this year winners - Tesla Model S of course. Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt second and third, respectively:

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

Broader picture of Top 10 models (cumulative sales) shows us not only which model is most popular (as of the end of 2015 - LEAF over Volt), but also the pace of growth.

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

U.S. Plug-In Cars - December 2015

Full model-by-model breakdown of plug-ins sales in the US for 2015 (chart has been updated since this story was first released to finalize previously estimated data - less than 1% changes  to net)

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Tesla Full Year Totals On Model S/X Verified Q4 2015, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Tesla Full Year Totals On Model S/X Verified Q4 2015, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data