November Electric Vehicle Sales In US Strengthen, Up Almost 20%
It has been a long time since we could summarize that the plug-in sales in the United States were”strengthening.” Yet here we are…and none too soon.
November saw an estimated 10,568 plug-ins sold, which was the best monthly result since this past May (~11,540), but was also 10% better* than a year ago’s return.
On an adjusted basis, sales were up 19.1% in November due to just 23 selling days this year, versus 25 in the year ago period.
While not all of the anticipated new plug-in models arrived in November, the month did foreshadow more good news ahead as the 2016 Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model X all actually delivered some copies during the month; albeit only token amounts for the LEAF and Model X – ahead of much higher volumes planned for December.
For the second month in a row, the duo of the Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Volt lead the way, with the Model S eclipsing the 3,000 unit mark for the first time this year in our estimation.
For the 2014′ s best selling EV, the Nissan LEAF – it dropped to just 1,054 sales, the EV’s worst result since
the dawn of time February 2013. Unfortunately, the new 30 kWh/107 mile 2016 edition arrived with just a handful of selling days left in the month.
Also of interest: For each of the past 5 months a new plug-in offering has hit US shores; and for November that plug-in was the Hyundai Sonata PHV (details), with 27 miles of EPA rated range.
With any luck, the Audi A3 e-tron will finally escape its holding pen next month (a holding pattern the model has been in since October) and make it 6 consecutive months of new offerings for the US in December.
Additionally: The Toyota Mirai sold 23 copies in November, after selling 34 in its debut month. The Mirai is not included in our sales chart however as it is limited to only plug-in vehicles.
Some other Points of Interest from November
Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:
- Tesla Motors* – 3,205
- GM – 2,213
- Ford – 1,676
- Nissan – 1,054
- BMW – 1,008
Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In November*
- BEV – ~5,910 – 56%
- PHEV – ~4,658 – 44%
New 2015 Highs Set In November By Model (previous 2015 high in brackets)
- Tesla Model S* – 3,200 (2,800)
- Smart ED – 178 (109)
- BMW X5 xDrive40e – 167 (118), new all-time high
- Hyundai Sonata PHV – 15 (first month)
- Volvo XC90 T8 PHV– 7 (4), new all-time high
(*) estimated/Tesla North America
The full monthly recap by individual plug-in can be found on our Monthly Scorecard here