The All-New 2016 Edition Of The Chevrolet Volt Enjoyed Its First Full Month On The Market In The US (well, at least in 11 states anyway)

The All-New 2016 Edition Of The Chevrolet Volt Enjoyed Its First Full Month On The Market In The US (well, at least in 11 states anyway)

It has been a long time since we could summarize that the plug-in sales in the United States were"strengthening."  Yet here we are...and none too soon.

Tesla Was Busy Churning Out As Many Model S Sedans Ahead Of the Model X Retail Deliveries And Year End

Tesla Was Busy Churning Out As Many Model S Sedans Ahead Of the Model X Retail Deliveries And Year End

November saw an estimated 10,568 plug-ins sold, which was the best monthly result since this past May (~11,540), but was also 10% better* than a year ago's return.

On an adjusted basis, sales were up 19.1% in November due to just 23 selling days this year, versus 25 in the year ago period.

While not all of the anticipated new plug-in models arrived in November, the month did foreshadow more good news ahead as the 2016 Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model X all actually delivered some copies during the month; albeit only token amounts for the LEAF and Model X - ahead of much higher volumes planned for December.

For the second month in a row, the duo of the Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Volt lead the way, with the Model S eclipsing the 3,000 unit mark for the first time this year in our estimation.

For the 2014' s best selling EV, the Nissan LEAF - it dropped to just 1,054 sales, the EV's worst result since the dawn of time February 2013.  Unfortunately, the new 30 kWh/107 mile 2016 edition arrived with just a handful of selling days left in the month.

Hyundai Sonata PHEV Arrived In November

Hyundai Sonata PHEV Arrived In November

Also of interest:  For each of the past 5 months a new plug-in offering has hit US shores; and for November that plug-in was the Hyundai Sonata PHV (details), with 27 miles of EPA rated range.

With any luck, the Audi A3 e-tron will finally escape its holding pen next month (a holding pattern the model has been in since October) and make it 6 consecutive months of new offerings for the US in December.

Additionally:  The Toyota Mirai sold 23 copies in November, after selling 34 in its debut month.  The Mirai is not included in our sales chart however as it is limited to only plug-in vehicles.

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

Some other Points of Interest from November

Audi Has Been Giving Out Test Drives Of The A3 Sportback e-tron For Some Time Now In The US - <em>But Not Actually Delivering Them</em> (Image: InsideEVs/ Michael Beinenson)

Audi Has Been Giving Out Test Drives Of The A3 Sportback e-tron For Some Time Now In The US - But Not Actually Delivering Them (Image: InsideEVs/ Michael Beinenson)

Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla Motors* - 3,205
  2. GM - 2,213
  3. Ford – 1,676
  4. Nissan – 1,054
  5. BMW – 1,008
Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In November*
  1. BEV – ~5,910 – 56%
  2. PHEV – ~4,658 – 44%
New 2015 Highs Set In November By Model (previous 2015 high in brackets)
  • Tesla Model S* - 3,200 (2,800)
  • Smart ED – 178 (109)
  • BMW X5 xDrive40e – 167 (118), new all-time high
  • Hyundai Sonata PHV - 15 (first month)
  • Volvo XC90 T8 PHV– 7 (4), new all-time high
(*) estimated/Tesla North America

The full monthly recap by individual plug-in can be found on our Monthly Scorecard here