July plug-in sales blow the roof off.

We estimate a total of 29,514 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in July, compared to last year's 15,540 and last month's 25,019. Based on automakers' sales reports and our estimates, 153,666 plug-in cars have been delivered through the end of July 2018. Needless to say, it was the best month of all time by leaps and bounds!

Top Months for U.S. EV Sales to Date (estimated):

  1. July 2018 – 29,514
  2. March 2018 – 26,373
  3. December 2017 – 26,107
  4. June 2018 – 25,019
  5. December 2016 – 24,785

The Tesla Model 3 topped our chart by a landslide, with 14,250 estimated deliveries. This makes it seven months in a row that the Model 3 has been the EV sales leader. At 38,082 sold so far this year, it more than doubles the No. 2 seller (Toyota Prius Prime at 16,239 on the year). It also accounts for nearly half of all EV sales in the U.S. for July.

Disclaimer/Historical accuracy: We've adjusted Tesla Model 3 delivery estimates down ~3% for Q2 2018 due to new information confirming deliveries to Canada, which was previously unavailable (August 10, 2018).

If you include the Model S and Model X (3rd and 4th on the year, respectively), Tesla delivered an estimated 16,775 vehicles last month, which heartily exceeds half of all electric cars sold for the month. For the year as a whole, Tesla has sold 60,952 vehicles in the U.S. out of a total of some ~154,000 overall EV sales to date. Soon, the automaker should be accounting for over half of all electric vehicles sold for 2018.

The Model 3 also topped multiple premium vehicles in combined U.S. sales and found a home in the top 10 for all passenger car sales on our shores. Whether or not you're a Tesla fan, this is truly incredible news for EV market share and adoption.

Not surprisingly, the Toyota Prius Prime lands in the two-spot for the month, regardless of numbers being down from previous months, at 1,984.

The Chevrolet Volt passes its EV stablemate to grab up the third-place position for July based on our estimates (1,475) and snags the fifth position for the year thus far. Chevrolet Bolt sales were up a touch to 1,175 to put the Bolt in the seventh spot for June and the sixth place for 2018.

The Honda Clarity PHEV and Nissan LEAF were the only other vehicles to sell over 1,000 copies in July, landing the cars in the 7th and 8th positions on our sales chart. LEAF sales dropped from last month and last year, totaling 1,149 for July 2018. The Clarity keeps pushing along with an estimated 1,440 Plug-in Hybrids delivered last month.

We'll leave you with some other final data points and another look at our completed sales chart.

Other Statistical Points of Interest from July 2018

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla* – 16,775
  2. General Motors* – 2,676
  3. Toyota – 1,984
  4. BMW Group – 1,859
  5. Honda – 1,615 (including a handful of FCVs)
  6. Nissan –  1,149

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In July*

  1. BEV – 20,111
  2. PHEV – 9,403

*Based on estimates due to the lack of U.S. monthly sales reporting by Tesla and GM, as well as BMW i3 splits (BEV + REx).

2018 U.S. EV SALES JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC TOTAL
Tesla Model 3 1875 2485 3820 3750 6000 5902 14250           38,082
Toyota Prius Prime 1496 2050 2922 2626 2924 2237 1984           16,239
Tesla Model S 800 1125 3375 1250 1520 2750 1200           12,020
Tesla Model X 700 975 2825 1025 1450 2550 1325           10,850
Chevrolet Volt* 713 983 1782 1325 1675 1336 1475           9,289
Chevrolet Bolt EV 1177 1424 1774 1275 1125 1083 1175           9,033
Honda Clarity PHEV* 594 881 1061 1049 1639 1445 1440           8,109
Nissan LEAF  150 895 1500 1171 1576 1367 1149           7,808
Ford Fusion Energi 640 794 782 742 740 604 522           4,824
BMW 530e* 224 413 689 518 729 942 536           4,051
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  382 623 992 503 424 580 464           3,968
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid** 375 450 480 425 650 710 450           3,540
BMWX5 xDrive 40e* 261 596 627 563 499 321 431           3,298
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 300 323 373 273 297 390 350           2,306
Fiat 500e**  210 235 285 215 250 225 220           1,640
Kia Niro PHEV* 155 246 227 120 218 281 225           1,472
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* 145 199 214 189 267 238 220           1,472
Volvo XC60 PHEV* 109 155 167 141 214 226 185           1,197
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV* 22 178 218 180 217 143 180           1,138
Mercedes C350e* 29 172 208 158 166 176 165           1,074
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid* 1 2 49 336 275 168 195           1,026
BMW 330e* 101 142 202 166 150 138 106           1,005
Mini Countryman SE PHEV* 127 100 74 106 163 211 210           991
Kia Soul EV 115 163 157 152 133 57 130           907
Volkswagen e-Golf  178 198 164 128 76 32 18           794
Porsche Cayenne S-E* 113 121 197 265 59 12 15           782
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV* 99 106 93 90 126 133 115           762
Kia Optima PHEV* 86 103 156 142 98 83 90           758
smart ED  84 90 103 80 110 126 103           696
Honda Clarity BEV 203 104 48 52 37 126 120           690
Mercedes GLE 550e* 44 70 181 93 83 75 85           631
Ford C-Max Energi 234 142 105 57 18 6 4           566
Ford Focus Electric  70 73 137 83 88 50 46           547
Hyundai Sonata PHEV* 52 54 78 38 67 62 60           411
BMW i8 32 39 47 57 64 45 72           356
Mercedes GLC 350e*   5 57 59 64 66 60           311
Hyundai IONIQ EV 49 3 60 7 32 47 35           233
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV* 27 29 52 29 30 35 30           232
BMW 740e* 18 23 31 60 17 16 40           205
Cadillac CT6 PHEV* 6 24 17 42 30 18 26           163
Mercedes B250e  40 49 33 7 3 0 0           132
Mercedes S550e* 13 3 11 9 7 7 8           58
2018 U.S. Sales Totals 12,049 16,845 26,373 19,556 24,310 25,019 29,514           153,666
2017 U.S. Sales Totals 11,004 12,375 18,542 13,367 16,596 17,046 15,540 16,514 21,242 14,315 17,178 26,107 199,826
2018 Worldwide Sales* 82,000 81,000 141,000 128,450 159,346 157,933             749.729

Above - 2018 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Monthly or Quarterly Totals, ** Estimated (Based on State/Rebate Data and other reports). BEV models are designated with the icon.