Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Plug-in enthusiasts in U.S. have a very good reason to celebrate, as recent monthly results for EVs since June have brought big gains.

August was the 2nd best month ever in terms of the volume of plug-ins sold (14,882), and the overall EV market share (0.98%), as well as the best ever result in terms of growth year-over-year (+66%). See August's full report here.

So with the recent upward trend, and August being so good, there shouldn't be any problem to set new sales record in the next several months as well, right?  Maybe even exceed 20,000 sold in December?  We think there is a real good shot - perhaps depending on how quick high volume newcomers (like the Chevy Bolt EV, Toyota Prius Prime/PHV) arrive.

U.S. Plug-in car sales – August 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – August 2016

According to EDTA (Electric Drive Transportation Association) data on the vehicle type splits (BEV vs PHEV), both types of plug-ins note healthy growth this year over 2015:

U.S. Plug-in car sales – August 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – August 2016

As of the end of August sales in the US 2016 have exceeded 93,000. Meaning that the all-time sales of plug-ins has now crossed the half million mark (504,009).

Editor's Note:  Because we had to "pick a spot" to start the count,  InsideEVs official historical tally begins from what most consider to be the start of the "2nd generation" of mass EV production/adoption in the US, which kicked off in December of 2010 with the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF.

So our official tally of 499,618 sales does not include the earlier Tesla Roadster sales and other fringe/obscure offerings that don't find inside the mold of "traditional EV sales since December of 2010", which account for an additional ~4,391 sales since the start of this millennium.

U.S. Plug-in car sales – August 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – August 2016