June plug-in sales keep the tide rising.

Q2 2018 carves a spot in history as being the most productive quarter to date for U.S. plug-in electric car sales, surpassing last quarter and Q4 2017. An estimated grand total of 69,641 electric cars were sold last quarter, which is well over 10,000 more units than any other quarter, historically. While June deliveries failed to reach our optimistic estimates (26,500), the month still lands in the third position on our list of the best months of all time for EV sales.

We estimate a total of 25,179 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in June, compared to last year's 17,046 and last month's 24,560.

Historically, the final month of most quarters has shown the biggest leap in sales. However, June has sometimes been the exception. Most often, the month is still the best of Q2, but by a slim margin, rather than a notable leap. In addition, there have been times when June sales have been narrowly exceeded by May sales.

Fortunately, that wasn't the case this year. The coming months hold fantastic promise for U.S. electric car deliveries. Moreover, the end of Q3 and Q4 should prove incredible for U.S. EV sales.

Based on automakers' sales reports and our estimates, 124,687 plug-in cars have been delivered through the end of June 2018.

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

  1. March 2018 – 26,373
  2. December 2017 – 26,107
  3. June 2018 – 25,179
  4. December 2016 – 24,785
  5. May 2018 – 24,560

The Tesla Model 3 topped our chart once again with 6,062 estimated deliveries. This makes it six months in a row that the Model 3 has been the EV sales leader. While June's U.S. numbers don't set a new all-time Model 3 delivery record, if we add in the estimated 2,250 or more Canadian Model 3 deliveries, Model 3 sales are up well over 20 percent. We assume that it will not leave that top position at any point in the foreseeable future and will continue to set and break records month after month.

The Toyota Prius Prime lands in the two-spot for the year as a whole, regardless of numbers being down from previous months, at 2,237.

The Chevrolet Volt grabs up the seventh position for June based on our estimates (1,336), however, it's not enough to push it into the top five on the year. Chevrolet Bolt sales were down again and at another low point for 2018 as inventories are drying up, more Bolt EVs were delivered to South Korea, and GM is in the midst of another model year switch. Our estimates put the Bolt in the eighth spot for June (1,083), though it snags the fifth spot for the year as a whole.

Overall for the year, the Tesla Model S and Model X land in the third and fourth positions on our chart after both met expectations with a solid sales month (2nd and 3rd for June, respectively). According to our research, Tesla sold an estimated 2,750 Model S sedans and 2,550 Model X SUVs, which is an impressive jump from last June's U.S. deliveries, especially when considering the impact of the Model 3. Last June, Tesla delivered an estimated total of 4,550 vehicles in the States. Fast forward to this year and Tesla's total estimated U.S. sales in June add up to 11,362!

The Nissan LEAF and Honda Clarity PHEV were the only other vehicles to sell over 1,000 copies in June. LEAF sales dropped from last month and last year, totaling 1,367 for June 2018. The LEAF grabs the eighth spot overall for the year thus far. The Clarity keeps pushing along pretty incredibly to say the least. Honda delivered 1,445 Clarity Plug-in Hybrids last month, putting it in the seventh position overall on the year.

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

Other Statistical Points of Interest from June 2018

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla* – 11,362
  2. General Motors* – 2,437
  3. BMW Group –  2,253
  4. Toyota – 2,237
  5. Honda – 1,571
  6. Nissan –  1,367

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In June*

  1. BEV – 14,612
  2. PHEV – 10,567

*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 3875 6250 6062             24,367
Toyota Prius Prime 1496 2050 2922 2626 2924 2237             14,255
Tesla Model S 800 1125 3375 1250 1520 2750             10,820
Tesla Model X 700 975 2825 1025 1450 2550             9,525
Chevrolet Bolt EV 1177 1424 1774 1275 1125 1083             7,858
Chevrolet Volt* 713 983 1782 1325 1675 1336             7,814
Honda Clarity PHEV 594 881 1061 1049 1639 1445             6,669
Nissan LEAF  150 895 1500 1171 1576 1367             6,659
Ford Fusion Energi 640 794 782 742 740 604             4,302
BMW 530e 224 413 689 518 729 942             3,515
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  382 623 992 503 424 580             3,504
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid** 375 450 480 425 650 710             3,090
BMWX5 xDrive 40e 261 596 627 563 499 321             2,867
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 300 323 373 273 297 390             1,956
Fiat 500e**  210 235 285 215 250 225             1,420
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 145 199 214 189 267 238             1,252
Kia Niro PHEV 155 246 227 120 218 281             1,247
Volvo XC60 PHEV 109 155 167 141 214 226             1,012
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV 22 178 218 180 217 143             958
Mercedes C350e 29 172 208 158 166 176             909
BMW 330e 101 142 202 166 150 138             899
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid 1 2 49 336 275 168             831
Mini Countryman SE PHEV 127 100 74 106 163 211             781
Kia Soul EV  115 163 157 152 133 57             777
Volkswagen e-Golf  178 198 164 128 76 32             776
Porsche Cayenne S-E 113 121 197 265 59 12             767
Kia Optima PHEV 86 103 156 142 98 83             668
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV 99 106 93 90 126 133             647
smart ED  84 90 103 80 110 126             593
Honda Clarity BEV  203 104 48 52 37 126             570
Ford C-Max Energi 234 142 105 57 18 6             562
Mercedes GLE 550e 44 70 181 93 83 75             546
Ford Focus Electric  70 73 137 83 88 50             501
Hyundai Sonata PHEV 52 54 78 38 67 62             351
BMW i8 32 39 47 57 64 45             284
Mercedes GLC 350e   5 57 59 64 66             251
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV 27 29 52 29 30 35             202
Hyundai IONIQ EV  49 3 60 7 32 47             198
BMW 740e 18 23 31 60 17 16             165
Cadillac CT6 PHEV 6 24 17 42 30 18             137
Mercedes B250e  40 49 33 7 3 0             132
Mercedes S550e 13 3 11 9 7 7             50
2018 U.S. Sales Totals 12,049 16,845 26,373 19,681 24,560 25,179             124,687
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), Credit to HybridCars.com for assistance on Hyundai/Kia and some BMW data. BEV models are designated with the icon.