September shatters records and goes down in the history books, but it will soon be surpassed.

Based on automakers' sales reports and our estimates, we report a total of 44,589 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in September, compared to last year's 21,242 and last month's 36,380.  Needless to say, it was the best month of all time by leaps and bounds! Not to mention the monumental level of records broken by the Tesla Model 3.

Again, four out of five months in 2018 have claimed a spot on our list of top months of all time for U.S. EV sales. To say that Tesla is ludicrously dominating the U.S. market - as well as making waves globally - would honestly be an understatement. Anyone have a more assertive word than "ludicrous"? We're taking suggestions. Anyhow, way too much news on that to share here, but check out our news feed for significant coverage.

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

  1. September 2018 – 44,589
  2. August 2018 – 36,380 
  3. July 2018 – 29,514
  4. March 2018 – 26,373
  5. December 2017 – 26,107

The Tesla Model 3 topped our chart by a landslide, with 78,132 estimated deliveries. This makes it nine months in a row that the Model 3 has been the U.S. EV sales leader. It is so far beyond all other models there's just no way to compare. It also accounts for about half of all EV sales in the U.S. for September and about one-third of all plug-in electric car sales for the year to date.

If you include the Model S and Model X (3rd and 4th on the year, respectively), Tesla delivered an estimated 29,975 vehicles last month, which accounts for about two-thirds of all EVs sold in the U.S. in September. Based on our estimates - for the year as a whole - Tesla has sold a whopping 114,102 vehicles in the U.S. out of a total of some ~234,635 overall EV sales to date. Soon, the automaker should be accounting for over half of all electric vehicles sold in the U.S. for 2018. Whether or not you're a Tesla fan, this is truly incredible news for EV market share and adoption.

Ok, time to move forward to the other top-selling electric vehicles in the U.S. this September:

Not surprisingly, the Toyota Prius Prime lands in the four-spot for the month and the second-place position for the year as a whole, with sales on the rise from last month, at 2,213.

The Chevrolet Volt once again significantly surpasses its EV stablemate to grab up the fifth-place position for September based on our estimates (2,129) and remains in the fifth position for the year thus far. Chevrolet Bolt sales were up nicely as well, at 1,549, to put the Bolt in the eighth spot for September and the sixth place position for 2018 as a whole.

The Honda Clarity PHEV and Nissan LEAF were the only other vehicles to sell over 1,000 copies in September, landing the cars in the fifth and sixth positions on our sales chart for the month and No. 7 and 8 on the year, respectively. LEAF sales improved from last month and last year, totaling 1,563 for September 2018. The Clarity dials it up substantially, with an estimated 2,028 Plug-in Hybrids delivered in the U.S. last month. This also means that Honda soars past BMW on our list of top EV manufacturers and nearly catches Toyota!

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

Other Statistical Points of Interest from September 2018

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla* – 29,975
  2. General Motors* – 3,689
  3. Toyota – 2,213
  4. Honda – 2,200
  5. BMW Group – 1,858
  6. Nissan –  1,563

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In September*

  1. BEV – 33,811
  2. PHEV – 10,778

*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), and multiple automakers refusing to reach out or reply related to individual EV sales.

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 17800 22250       78,132
Toyota Prius Prime 1496 2050 2922 2626 2924 2237 1984 2071 2213       20,523
Tesla Model S 800 1125 3375 1250 1520 2750 1200 2625 3750       18,395
Tesla Model X 700 975 2825 1025 1450 2550 1325 2750 3975       17,575
Chevrolet Volt* 713 983 1782 1325 1675 1336 1475 1825 2129       13,243
Chevrolet Bolt EV 1177 1424 1774 1275 1125 1083 1175 1225 1549       11,807
Honda Clarity PHEV* 594 881 1061 1049 1639 1445 1440 1495 2028       11,632
Nissan LEAF  150 895 1500 1171 1576 1367 1149 1315 1563       10,686
Ford Fusion Energi 640 794 782 742 740 604 522 396 480       5,700
BMW 530e* 224 413 689 518 729 942 536 749 756       5,556
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  382 623 992 503 424 580 464 418 461       4,847
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid** 375 450 480 425 650 710 450 654 637       4,831
BMWX5 xDrive 40e* 261 596 627 563 499 321 431 264 225       3,787
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 300 323 373 273 297 390 350 366 378       3,050
Kia Niro PHEV* 155 246 227 120 218 281 225 346 313       2,131
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* 145 199 214 189 267 238 220 240 230       1,942
Fiat 500e**  210 235 285 215 250 225 220 75 94       1,809
Volvo XC60 PHEV* 109 155 167 141 214 226 185 210 215       1,622
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid* 1 2 49 336 275 168 195 200 210       1,436
BMW 330e* 101 142 202 166 150 138 106 192 195       1,392
Mercedes C350e* 29 172 208 158 166 176 165 170 82       1,326
Mini Countryman SE PHEV* 127 100 74 106 163 211 210 128 140       1,259
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV* 22 178 218 180 217 143 180 43 11       1,192
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV* 99 106 93 90 126 133 115 125 120       1,007
Kia Soul EV 115 163 157 152 133 57 130 33 18       958
smart ED  84 90 103 80 110 126 103 108 98       902
Porsche Cayenne S-E* 113 121 197 265 59 12 15 45 60       887
Honda Clarity BEV 203 104 48 52 37 126 120 75 122       887
Volkswagen e-Golf  178 198 164 128 76 32 18 32 14       840
Kia Optima PHEV* 86 103 156 142 98 83 90 39 17       814
Mercedes GLE 550e* 44 70 181 93 83 75 85 90 42       763
Ford C-Max Energi 234 142 105 57 18 6 4 4 12       582
Ford Focus Electric  70 73 137 83 88 50 46 7 4       558
BMW i8 32 39 47 57 64 45 72 67 55       478
Hyundai Sonata PHEV* 52 54 78 38 67 62 60 20 15       446
Mercedes GLC 350e*   5 57 59 64 66 60 65 27       403
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV* 27 29 52 29 30 35 30 40 45       317
Hyundai IONIQ EV 49 3 60 7 32 47 35 21 12       266
BMW 740e* 18 23 31 60 17 16 40 18 25       248
Cadillac CT6 PHEV* 6 24 17 42 30 18 26 23 11       197
Mercedes B250e  40 49 33 7 3 0 0 1 0       133
Mercedes S550e* 13 3 11 9 7 7 8 10 8       76
2018 U.S. Sales Totals 12,049 16,845 26,373 19,556 24,310 25,019 29,514 36,380 44,589       234,635
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 81,000 141,000 128,450 159,346 157,933 144,975 172,400         1,067,104

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.