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Who Is The King For EV Sales In 2016? The Tesla Model S Is (GO PUCK Tesla Model S P90D from the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb shown - see it set a new "Production Electric Car" world record time at the race here)

For the second time this year, a new all-time record for EV sales has been set.  And this time, the old record wasn't just beaten, it was destroyed.

The previous best showing was March of 2016 when ~13,845 plug-in sales.  A number at the time which surprised us, as it bested December 2015's result (generally in the US, the nature of the $7,500 federal tax credit means December rules the roost for sales).

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Do Americans Like The Newly Refreshed/More Electric Range Enabled 2017 Ford Fusion Energi? 1,700 sales in June says they do indeed!

However, June not only thrashed a year ago's results (~10,364), it easily took over the best selling month title, selling an impressive ~14,696 plug-ins.  That is some 42% better than a year ago.  (Update - August 2nd: Total sales adjusted slightly lower to allow for re-stating of Spark EV sales)

So far in 2016, US plug-in electric vehicles sales have shown percentage gains* in each of the first six months of the year.

As is often the case in the last "selling month" of a fiscal quarter, Tesla came through in a big way for the US, delivering close to 6,000 EVs into the country.  Unfortunately for its own worldwide quarterly forecast guidance, which it missed by some 15%, the company left some 5,150 sales "in transit", mostly heading out of the country during Q2.

While Tesla continues to be the runaway leader in the production of all-electric cars, Ford took home the crown for the top plug-in hybrid maker in June, selling a year-high 1,700 Fusion Energis, and a year high 630 C-Max Energis.  

As for other bits of interest in the month:

*- the Chevy Volt performed statistically very solid in June (1,937 cars delivered - details), but still below earlier expectations for the 2nd generation car

*- Daimler introduced its 4th plug-in vehicle to the US market in June, as the Mercedes GLE 550e debuted, selling 19 copies in a limited release

*- while no one plug-in vehicle's result particularly surprised us, all 10 of the top sellers for 2016 put up historically strong numbers for the year.  June's victory was really a team effort.

The US market still has several new major offerings to arrive this year - including the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The US market still has several new major offerings to arrive this year - including the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Looking ahead:

For the last six months of the year we are confident in saying that each and every month will be an "easy win" over 2015 results, leading to a "12 for 12" sweep of the board* for yearly sales comparisons.

Depending on your prospective, one could attribute this expected sweep to be a result of some fairly weak second half sales in the US in 2015, or a rapidly growing (in both demand and total EV offerings) market in 2016.  Your choice.  However, the plug-in road map going forward is clear for the foreseeable future: more plug-ins, better products, longer ranges ... for less money.

*Editor's Note:  We know someone is going to look at the chart and say, "hey, only ~11,423 sales were made in May of 2016, when 11,540 were logged in 2015!  What gives InsideEVs?"  

Well, what gives is that May of 2015 had 26 selling days in which to log sales, while May of 2016 had just 24.  So May of 2016, has an adjust number of ~12,375 sales, or up 7.2%

Of note: Toyota sold (or rather slowly released in a very orderly fashion), 40 more fuel cell Mirais in June.   In the previous 3 months 40,41 and 41 were sold.

2016 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers NA-X – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2016 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers NA-X – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/Hyundai Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

Other Statistical Points of Interest from June 2016

Where the flip did this suddenly come from in June? It's the 2017 Mercedes GLE 550e plug-in!

Where the flip did this suddenly come from in June? It's the 2017 Mercedes GLE 550e plug-in!

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla Motors* - 5,845
  2. GM - 2,390
  3. Ford - 2,384
  4. BMW - 1,386
  5. Nissan - 1,096
  6. VW Group - 799
Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In June*
  1. BEV – 8,594 – 57.1%
  2. PHEV – 6,446 – 42.9%
New Year Highs Set In June By Model (previous 2016 high in brackets)
  • Tesla Model X - 2,145 (1,860)
  • Ford Fusion Energi - 1,700 (1,453)
  • Ford C-Max Energi - 630 (610)
  • Fiat 500e - 480* (455)
  • BMW i8 - 169 (146)
  • Mercedes GLE 550e - 19 (debut)
  • Toyota Prius PHV - 11 (10)

(*) estimated

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