Tesla Model S and X

Tesla Model S and X

It comes as no surprise that plug-in EV sales were up again this December

With only 26 selling days, as opposed to last December's 27, we weren't quite sure if the 200,000 mark could be reached. Not to mention the new 2018 Nissan LEAF is still yet to arrive. The much-anticipated production ramp of the Tesla Model 3 is encouraging but still disappointing. That's not to say that its 1,060 deliveries aren't a huge leap and helped the number get closer to where it needed to go.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

For the month some ~26,107 plug-ins were sold, good for a 44% gain over the last month's 17,178.  December's results mark the 27th consecutive month of plug-in sales gains in America.

Cumulatively, 199,826 deliveries have been made for 2017, marking well over a 20% gain from last years 158,614.

In the absence of the new LEAF, the Chevrolet Bolt EV made the most of its time as the lone long range, affordable all-electric offering in America - selling a record 3,227 copies. However, it didn't claim the top spot last month, as Tesla finished the year strong.

Both Model S and Model X sales weren't as high as December of 2016 but still claimed the top two spots, with an estimated 4,975 and 3,300, respectively. This is obviously directly related to Model 3 production.

The Chevrolet Volt showed its second-best month of the year, with 1,937 deliveries, though that number pales in comparison to last December's 3,691. Despite a better month for the Volt, the Toyota Prius Prime strongly secures the fourth spot overall with a whopping 2,420 in sales. Prior to last month, the Prime had yet to break the 2K mark.

BMW kicked butt again, with 2,725 sales to close out the year, while Ford fell short with 1,127. FCA even gave it a good run with 1,105 for the month.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV finally arrived, selling a surprising 99 copies for the month. However, an even bigger surprise came by way of Honda, with its Clarity PHEV selling a whopping 898 units and its BEV deliveries totaling 527.

2017 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Estimated (Based on State/Rebate Data and other reports), Credit to HybridCars.com for assistance on Hyundai/some BMW data.

2017 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Tesla Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Estimated (Based on State/Rebate Data and other reports), Credit to HybridCars.com for assistance on Hyundai/some BMW data.

Other Statistical Points of Interest from December 2017

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

  1. Tesla* – 9,335
  2. General Motors – 5,208
  3. BMW Group –  2,725
  4. Toyota – 2,420
  5. Honda – 1,425
All-Electric Vehicle Market Share vs PHEV In December*
  1. BEV – 14,958
  2. PHEV – 11,149
(*) estimated due to unknown official Tesla sales in U.S. and BMW i3 REX vs. BEV sales.

New Year Highs Set In December By Model (previous 2017 high in brackets)

2018 Honda Clarity PHEV

2018 Honda Clarity PHEV

  • Tesla Model S – 4,975 (4,860)
  • Tesla Model X – 3,300 (3,120)
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV – 3,227 (2,987)
  • Toyota Prius Prime – 2,420 (1,908)
  • Tesla Model 3* – 1,060 (345) 
  • Honda Clarity PHEV – 898 (5)
  • Honda Clarity BEV – 527 (459)
  • Volvo X90 T8 PHEV – 386 (265)
  • Volvo XC60 PHEV – 174 (100)
  • smart ED – 129 (123)
  • Mercedes-Benz B250e – 111 (87)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 99 (o)
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE550e – 82 (59)
  • BMW i8 – 80 (58)
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric – 79 (75)
  • Volvo S90 T8 PHEV – 52 (32)
  • Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid  35 (29)
The full monthly recap by individual plug-in (all-time) can be found on our Monthly Scorecard here.