for MY 2017)
A year ago when US electric vehicle sales were in the doldrums, waiting on both new offerings to arrive and for older models to get upgrades, we suggested patience...that 2016 and beyond would bring a virtually endless run of plug-in sales increases.
Despite A Refreshed Fusion Energi Out Soon, Ford Sold Enough Copies To Take Down The Nissan LEAF As The 3rd Best Selling EV In America
In so doing, we suggest for 2016 itself, "11 of 12 months" should show record gains.
That one month we weren't so sure about? April - as the wider industry would have to make up for the "down month" at Tesla Motors.
As it turns out, not only was Tesla once again focusing on international production over the US for the first quarter of the month as we had anticipated, but a Model S refresh, Model X rear seat recall, and an added pre-delivery and “second layer” of quality control exasperated the sales situation this month.
Fortunately, help arrived from multiple sources...and in a big way! 10 differnt plug-in vehicles set new 2016 highs, and ~10,586 sales were logged in April, which was a 16.5% gain over the previous year's 9,094 plug-ins sold.
At the forefront of the resurgence story was BMW - who after being the largest drag on EV sales during the first quarter of 2016, sold more i3s in April (813) than in all of January, February and March combined; while its X5 plug-in SUV sold a record 655 copies. A big welcome back to BMW!
The Ford Fusion Energi was the second best selling plug-in last month, and in so doing slid past the struggling Nissan LEAF into the #3 spot overall...the first time the Nissan has ever been out of the medal positions.
Also catching us off guard this month was Chevy's Spark EV, which thanks to California's latest rebate program upgrade for the underpaid, can now be had for $0/month under the right circumstances. GM sold over 400 of the small EVs in April, a new yearly high.
A strong (but expected) performance was again turned in by the Chevrolet Volt, which at 1,983 sold in April took home the monthly sales crown for the second time this year.
2016 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data
Other Statistical Points of Interest from April 2016
The what sold 400 copies in April? The Chevy Spark EV you say?
Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:
- General Motors - 2,497
- Ford - 2,019
- Tesla Motors* - 1,650
- BMW - 1,624
- VW Group - 914
- Nissan - 787
- PHEV – 6,328 – 59.7%
- BEV – 4,258 – 41.3%
- Chevrolet Volt - 1,983 (1,865)
- Ford Fusion Energi - 1,331 (1,238)
- BMW i3 - 814 (332)
- BMW X5 xDrive40e - 655 (345)
- Chevrolet Spark EV - 419 (252)
- Kia Soul EV - 139 (81)
- BMW i8 - 130 (89)
- Mercedes S550H - 25 (19)
- BMW 330 - 24 (19)
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV - 6 (5)
The full monthly recap by individual plug-in can be found on our Monthly Scorecard here.