More than 2,400 2nd generation Volts found homes in July...a multi-year high!

More than 2,400 2nd generation Volts found homes in July...a multi-year high!

Stop if you have heard this one before - plug-in electric vehicle sales set a new monthly record in the US last month.

It should sound familiar, because we have said it every single month in 2016*.  However for the past 2 months we have really, really meant it...as not only a new record was set, but past sales levels have been blown away.

For July, ~13,432 plug-ins were sold, 50% better than the ~8,951 sold in July of 2015.

Dark Horse winner for July: BMW i3 topples previous best 2016 by massive 82%

Dark Horse winner for July: BMW i3 topples previous best 2016 by massive 82%

Previously in June, ~15,040 sales where notched (a record for any month all-time), which was an increase of some 45% from the year prior.

Total EV sales in the US have now reached 78,179, up 24% year to date over the 63,298 sold through the first 7 months of 2016.

Leading the charge in July was the Chevrolet Volt, who put on its 'selling shoes' and not only set a new multi-year high for sales (2,406) during the month, but also became the first plug-in to sell more than 100,000 copies in the US (or any other country in the world for that matter).

In the "where the heck did those sales come from" category in July was the BMW i3.

The i3, yet to sell more than 814 sales in a month this year, suddenly  moved 1,479 copies in July.  The obvious reason for the surge is heavy discounting ahead of the arrival of the new, longer range 33 kWh trim level - still BMW moved more than 50% of all available inventory during the month.

Also of note for July:

*- while the Ford Fusion Energi ended its 6 month string of improving sales (although they still sold a lot - 1,341), its sister-car, the C-Max Energi picked up the slack, moving a multi-year high 755 plug-ins

*- 9 plug-ins managed to set 2016 highs in July (detailed list below)

*- the fuel cell Toyota Mirai set a new high for sales at 52

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 July 2016

Ford C-Max Energi set a new 2 year high for sales in July

Ford C-Max Energi set a new 2 year high for sales in July

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla Motors* – 2,900
  2. GM – 2,754
  3. BMW – 2,375
  4. Ford – 2,154
  5. Nissan – 1,063
  6. VW Group – 862
Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In July*
  1. PHEV – 7,562 – 56.3
  2. BEV – 5,870 – 43.7%
New Year Highs Set In July By Model (previous 2016 high in brackets)
  • Chevrolet Volt – 2,406 (1,937)
  • BMW i3 – 1,479 (814)
  • Ford C-Max Energi – 755 (630)
  • VW e-Golf – 344 (328)
  • Hyundai Sonata PHV – 375 (275)
  • Kia Soul EV – 179 (139)
  • BMW 330e - 81 (67)
  • Mercedes GLE 550e - 30 (19)
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV - 20 (6)
(*) estimated

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

*May of 2016 had only 24 selling days, versus 26 in previous years. Also note Spark EV sales for June have been restored to 359 units after some confusion at GM over the total