While Tesla Model 3 sales didn't surpass that of September, Model S, X, and other automakers' sales rise up to elevate November.

Based on automakers' sales reports and our estimates, we report a total of 44,148 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in November, compared to last year's 17,178 and last month's 34,094.  While it wasn't the best month of all time, it only missed by a hair.

We didn't really expect that the second month of the quarter would post such incredible numbers, especially with Model 3 sales at an estimated 3,600 units lower than September's all-time high. As it turns out, Tesla sold a slew of Model S and Model X vehicles (likely due to the expiration of the U.S. federal EV tax credit). In addition, automaker's like GM, Ford, and even FCA made compelling progress.

Five out of five months in 2018 have claimed a spot on our list of top months of all time for U.S. EV sales. In fact, the last five months are also the top five months, albeit not in calendar order. While we know full well that Tesla is the most substantial contributor to this new trend, numbers wouldn't be where they are today without the respectable sales of the Toyota Prius Prime, Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, and Nissan LEAF. In November, the Ford Fusion Energi, BMW 530e, and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also posted notable sales figures.

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

  1. September 2018 – 44,589
  2. November 2018 – 44,148
  3. August 2018 – 36,380 
  4. October 2018 – 34,094
  5. July 2018 – 29,514

The Tesla Model 3 tops our chart by leaps and bounds, with 114,532 estimated U.S. deliveries. This makes it 11 months in a row that the Model 3 has been the U.S. EV sales leader. We estimate Tesla sold some 18,650 Model 3s in the month of November.

Model S and Model X sales were up significantly in November, though the vehicles remain in the 3rd and 4th positions on the year, respectively. Overall, Tesla delivered an estimated 24,600 vehicles last month, which adds up to well over half of all EVs sold in the U.S. in November. Based on our estimates - for the year as a whole - Tesla has sold a whopping 159,027 vehicles in the U.S. out of a total of some ~312,877 overall EV sales to date. The automaker now officially accounts for over half of all electric vehicles sold in the U.S. for 2018.

Let's take a closer look at the other top-selling electric vehicles in the U.S. this November:

The Toyota Prius Prime lands in the six-spot for the month and the second-place position for the year as a whole, with 2,312 deliveries in the U.S. in November.

The Chevrolet Volt surpasses the Chevrolet Bolt EV once again, after falling behind its stablemate in October. In addition, it remains ahead of the Bolt by over some 1,700 units for the year as a whole. Based on our estimates, the Volt lands in the second-place position for November, (3,930) and remains in the fifth position for the year thus far. Still, our research shows that Chevrolet Bolt sales were up considerably in November, at 3,025, slotting it in the four-spot on the month and maintaining its sixth place position for 2018 as a whole.

The Honda Clarity PHEV, Ford Fusion EnergiNissan LEAF,  and BMW 530e all sold over 1,000 copies in November as well. The Clarity PHEV sits in sixth place on the year, followed by the LEAF, 5 Series, and Fusion, respectively.

We'll close out the month with the usual final data points and another look at our completed sales chart.

Other Statistical Points of Interest from November 2018

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla* – 24,600
  2. General Motors* – 6,968
  3. BMW Group – 2,314
  4. Toyota – 2,312
  5. Honda – 1.903
  6. Ford – 1.132
  7. Nissan –  1,128

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In November*

  1. BEV – 29,819
  2. PHEV – 14,329

*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 17750 18650   114,532
Toyota Prius Prime 1496 2050 2922 2626 2924 2237 1984 2071 2213 2001 2312   24,836
Tesla Model S 800 1125 3375 1250 1520 2750 1200 2625 3750 1350 2750   22,495
Tesla Model X 700 975 2825 1025 1450 2550 1325 2750 3975 1225 3200   22,000
Chevrolet Volt* 713 983 1782 1325 1675 1336 1475 1825 2129 1475 2530   17,248
Chevrolet Bolt EV 1177 1424 1774 1275 1125 1083 1175 1225 1549 1975 2825   16,607
Honda Clarity PHEV* 594 881 1061 1049 1639 1445 1440 1495 2028 1935 1857   15,424
Nissan LEAF  150 895 1500 1171 1576 1367 1149 1315 1563 1234 1128   13,048
BMW 530e* 224 413 689 518 729 942 536 749 756 733 1012   7,301
Ford Fusion Energi 640 794 782 742 740 604 522 396 480 453 1131   7,284
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid** 375 450 480 425 650 710 450 654 637 623 895   6,349
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  382 623 992 503 424 580 464 418 461 424 490   5,761
BMWX5 xDrive 40e* 261 596 627 563 499 321 431 264 225 224 213   4,224
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 300 323 373 273 297 390 350 366 378 309 376   3,735
Kia Niro PHEV* 155 246 227 120 218 281 225 346 313 323 619   3,073
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* 145 199 214 189 267 238 220 240 230 210 180   2,332
Fiat 500e**  210 235 285 215 250 225 220 75 94 100 148   2,057
Volvo XC60 PHEV* 109 155 167 141 214 226 185 210 215 180 225   2,027
BMW 330e* 101 142 202 166 150 138 106 192 195 229 373   1,994
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid* 1 2 49 336 275 168 195 200 210 170 200   1,806
Mercedes C350e* 29 172 208 158 166 176 165 170 82 75 80   1,481
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV* 22 178 218 180 217 143 180 43 11 128 136   1,456
Mini Countryman SE PHEV* 127 100 74 106 163 211 210 128 140 117 74   1,450
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV* 99 106 93 90 126 133 115 125 120 100 130   1,237
Volkswagen e-Golf  178 198 164 128 76 32 18 32 14 62 230   1,132
smart ED  84 90 103 80 110 126 103 108 98 95 100   1,097
Kia Soul EV 115 163 157 152 133 57 130 33 18 61 61   1,080
Honda Clarity BEV 203 104 48 52 37 126 120 75 122 116 37   1,040
Porsche Cayenne S-E* 113 121 197 265 59 12 15 45 60 25 35   947
Kia Optima PHEV* 86 103 156 142 98 83 90 39 17 51 79   944
Mercedes GLE 550e* 44 70 181 93 83 75 85 90 42 28 35   826
BMW i8 32 39 47 57 64 45 72 67 55 64 133   675
Ford C-Max Energi 234 142 105 57 18 6 4 4 12 0 0   582
Ford Focus Electric  70 73 137 83 88 50 46 7 4 0 1   559
Hyundai Sonata PHEV* 52 54 78 38 67 62 60 20 15 5 5   456
Mercedes GLC 350e*   5 57 59 64 66 60 65 27 20 24   447
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV* 27 29 52 29 30 35 30 40 45 35 40   392
Hyundai IONIQ EV 49 3 60 7 32 47 35 21 12 21 34   321
BMW 740e* 18 23 31 60 17 16 40 18 25 45 18   311
Cadillac CT6 PHEV* 6 24 17 42 30 18 26 23 11 12 13   222
Jaguar I-Pace                   5 165   170
Mercedes B250e  40 49 33 7 3 0 0 1 0 1 0   134
Mercedes S550e* 13 3 11 9 7 7 8 10 8 5 4   85
2018 U.S. Sales Totals 12,049 16,845 26,373 19,556 24,310 25,019 29,514 36,380 44,589 33,994 42,548   311,177
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 81,000 141,000 128,450 159,346 157,933 144,975 172,400 200,500 208,800 237,553   1,713,957

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.