Tesla Model X
In our previous story about U.S. plug-in electric car sales, one of the comments (oliver) was requesting a further graphical representation of plug-in market share for every month.
Here we fulfill that wish, allowing for some tiny margin of error as a small percentage of the historical data has been estimated.
In the first full year of affordable EVs sales (way back in 2011) cumulative sales were just 0.14% of the total new light vehicle market.
Year 2012 brought some progress, and peaked at .65% in October, with a full year average share of .36%.
In 2013 market share continued to grow, reaching a .83% high in one month (also in October), with a full year average of .63%
Year 2014 maxed out at .88% in September, with a whole year average of 0.74%.
However, a rapidly growing automotive market in 2015, combined with struggling plug-in electric car sales (awaiting the new generation/refreshed Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF andToyota Prius PHV) saw the 2015 average market share drop to .66%.
Year 2016 shows things are now back on track, with far best first quarter share (by far) of .67% with a peak of .86% in March.
At this time we are pretty optimistic about crossing the fabled 1% mark in the historically best selling months of 2016 for EVs, and of course setting a new average market share record for the year.
U.S. Plug-In Car Sales (Data Through March 2016)