October 2015 EV Sales In US Salvaged By New Chevrolet Volt

NOV 4 2015 BY JAY COLE 96

Next Generation Chevrolet Volt Saves The Day In October

Next Generation Chevrolet Volt Saves The Day In October

Sales of electric vehicles in the United States for October came in at just under 10,000 units (~9,943) – about equal to September’s result, and also a year ago’s sales level.

The First Of The New 2016 Chevy Volts At Rydell Chevrolet In California On October 9th

The First Of The New 2016 Chevy Volts At Rydell Chevrolet In California On October 9th

However, there was no hiding the disappointment in the lower than expected numbers. The failure of the upgraded 2016 Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model X to launch during the month, coupled with the complete disappearance of the Toyota Prius PHV solidly held the market down.

The one solid bright spot during the month was the Chevrolet Volt which sold 2,035 units – more than double September, and 41% better than a year ago.

Behind the Chevy’s numbers was the arrival of the next generation, 2016 model mid-month – which despite only about 2 weeks of sales managed to still sell outsell the 2015 edition – 1,324 to 711. New inventory continues to pour out of GM’s Hamtramck, Michigan facility, so we expect November’s results for the Volt to only improve.

Looking ahead, the 107 mile, 2016 Nissan LEAF is now (finally) on sale, and we expect first deliveries of those car to begin mid-November, while Tesla also confirmed during its 3rd quarter earnings report that the Model X will indeed be delivered in some sort of volume before year’s end; although our own research shows that the earliest date for any first deliveries would be at the very end of November at the earliest.

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

Other happenings of interest during the month was the resurgence of the Volkswagen e-Golf, despite wider ’emission’ issues of the brand, selling almost 600 copies, a new record high. And also the arrival of the BMW X5 xDrive40e – which makes 4 consecutive months that the US has received a new EV offering after receiving exactly nothing in the first half of the year.

The trend of “what’s new this month” in EVs will continue throughout the rest of the year, as the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron (from $37,900 – details) just landed this week for November, and the Hyundai Sonata PHV (with 27 miles of EPA AER) has been promised by the end of December.

Current PHEV Offerings In US (with EPA range, post federal credit pricing)

Current PHEV Offerings In US (with EPA range, post federal credit pricing)

Some other Points of Interest from October

Before October's Balancing Out, The BEV/PHEV Split Favored The All-Electric Vehicles

Before October’s Balancing Out, The BEV/PHEV Split Favored The All-Electric Vehicles (chart through Sept)

Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. General Motors – 2,294
  2. Tesla* – 1,904
  3. Ford – 1,670
  4. Nissan – 1,238
  5. BMW – 1,135

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In October*

  1. BEV – ~5,044 – 53%
  2. PHEV – ~4,900 – 47%

New 2015 Highs Set In October By Model (previous 2015 high in brackets)

  • Chevrolet Volt – 2,035 (1,619)
  • Volkswagen e-Golf – 596 (410), new all-time high
  • Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid – 125 (105), new all-time high
  • Mercedes S550 PHV – 25 (17), new all-time high

(*) estimated/Tesla North America

The full monthly recap by individual plug-in can be found on our Monthly Scorecard here.

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Hopefully next month will be more interesting if there are full volume sales of the new Volt and Leaf.

The 2016 LEAF will be sold in all states, the 2016 Volt is will only be sold in a handful of states.
(note: Neither GM nor Nissan have made announcements regarding volume being produced each month)

I have been posting monthly saying 2015 will be a flat year over 2014. Two years ago, I was hoping to see 30% annual growth. Maybe next year…

Hey, count me in! Well, actually, I am at the “decrease” camp. So far, we are winning in this analysis, which is not good, which we really hope we lose 🙁

I know this is all about USA sales but in the worldwide GM only rates at number 10 in sales.

North American inventory of Volts went from 1300 to 1530 this week and of those there are 565 2016MY Volts now vs the 320 16’s in inventory just a couple days ago. So November will be an up month if the Volt is supply limited not demand limited. But we are still looking at just 11 states…

“The failure of the upgraded 2016 Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model X to launch during the month”
Well, Model X WAS launched on Sep 29th. It’s written in bold at to pof the most recent Tesla shareholder letter.

BMW X5 did okay. Hopefully keeps it up. Very disappointed in Volvo XC90 (1 sale in Oct?) And whatever happened to Hyundai Sonata PHEV?

Are we going to have a first year over year decrease in PEV sales?

Hopefully the new Volt will save us from that embrassing trend. Maybe the new 100 miles LEAF would do a bit lifting too. But we certainly can’t count on Model X for sure.

Who else? Volvo XC90 PHEV or A3 E-tron?

I seriously doubt it.

The biggest factors are still gas price and GA incentives/penalty for BEVs.

As I wrote before, these are very challenging times for EVs and alternate fuel vehicles due to such low gas prices.Here is CA, gas prices are in the $2.6x range compared to $4.xx 2 years back.
I will be glad if EV sales just stay flat for a while till battery prices are even lower.

You would be glad to destroy all EVs.

Not all EVs, just Tesla. 🙂


Two things. First up, there have been numerous cases of research that have discovered minimal correlation between gas prices and EV sales; as a frequenter of this site, you should KNOW this by now.

Secondly, hoping that “EV prices remain flat until battery prices are lower” makes no business sense. If we want lower battery prices, we WANT people to buy EVs, not the opposite.

Anti-me, 2 things:
1) I’ve seen so many researches go down the drain.When you grow up, you will realize what I’m saying now What worked for early EV adopters does not work for late or marginal EV adopters.
2) I said “EV sales”, not “EV prices”. And ‘flat sales” doesn’t mean “no sales”.

Anti-me. Haha.

“Two things. First up, there have been numerous cases of research that have discovered minimal correlation between gas prices and EV sales; as a frequenter of this site, you should KNOW this by now.”

There has been numerious cases of partial and incomplete researchese that have concluded “minimal correlation between gas price and EV sales” based on partial and incomplete time frames.

As a frequency reader of the site, you should have know that I have questioned those claims from day one which you apparently have forgotten or ignored.

When those studies were done, the price of gasoline just started to drop and it hasn’t sustained in a low price state. Now that it has last about 1 year, the data is more telling.

If the new LEAF and new Volt doesn’t change the facts, then it is obvious that low gas price does makes an impact since both the new LEAF and new Volt are better than cheaper relatively to their older versions.

Anti-See Through wrote:

“First up, there have been numerous cases of research that have discovered minimal correlation between gas prices and EV sales; as a frequenter of this site, you should KNOW this by now”

Before you get all smartass on me, you should have read some “other” studies such as this one.

“Jessica Caldwell, director of industry analysis at Edmunds.com, has said that gas prices “certainly” have an effect on electric car sales. This week, Edmunds released some data that may seem particularly alarming to green car enthusiasts: Thus far in 2015, 22% of owners who traded in hybrid or electric cars did so while buying an SUV; only 12% did such as swap three years ago.”


To me, gas prices have little effect on early adopter sales, and a drastic affect on mass market sales.

The general population will absolutely buy LESS EVs if gas prices are lower. Anti-see-through should know this too, it’s basic economics

I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, there.

Completely agree.

Thus the slower growth today with lower gas price.

Early adopters will always buy EVs even if gas is $0.50/gallon.

Anti-See Through said:

“…there have been numerous cases of research that have discovered minimal correlation between gas prices and EV sales…”

Anti, do you really think that if average gas prices went back up to $4/gallon tomorrow, and stayed there, that this would not cause a noticeable increase in plug-in EV sales?

We’ve seen all too many cases of “research” performed by someone with an agenda, hidden or not-so-hidden, that pretends to “prove” something by using cherry-picked figures, and by ignoring “inconvenient” facts. Even worse are the so-called analyses performed by “research” companies, like Lux Research and Pike Research, who are just promoting whatever stocks they’re pushing that month.

There’s no question that the price of gasoline affects the number of car buyers who seriously consider buying a plug-in EV. The only question is how much it affects them.

Lower price is not the only thing that will save EV, although it will help signficantly.

We need more choices. We need SUVs, Minivans, crossovers, sports coupes, peformance cars in every color, shape and sizes. People love to have choices. We need PEV choices, especially in the affordable price class.

The GA factor can’t be ignored. Nissan alone was selling almost a steady 500 a month in Atlanta. In December of 13 they sold almost 1000 Leafs in the Atlanta area.

There was also a post recently showing Tesla sales dropping some as well in Atlanta after the incentives were revoked.

All in all if you added back into the national total the loss of incentive drop in sales in Georgia for the final 6 months of 2015 the numbers would probably come out pretty close to 2014.

November and December will at least get out 10,000 for each month putting the total just 11,000 under. If you account for the total EV drop in sales in Georgia of maybe 3000-5000 then 2015 just come in under 2014.

Hopefully we’ll see 16,000 for each of the last two months in 2015.

So, you are saying that when incentives end, EVs don’t grow in sales. That just reconfirmed my theory that under low gas price enviroment, EVs can’t stand on their own.

Yes, I am sure there will be a year-on-year decrease. There needs to be more than 15k sales each month to match 2014. It’s just not going to happen, hopefully this will not get to much mainstream press and cause the public to have a negative view of EVs.

With all the anti-EV nutjobs in press, this fact will be HIGHLY publicized. One only has to look at rampant misinformation that’s going around.

The question is, what is our response? I can’t think of any good reason than ideological (less imported oil, less pollution). When SparkEV electricity cost equivalent to about 50MPG gas car with base rate electricity, it’s pretty hard to convince people to drive EV unless they have extra solar capacity. Unfortunately $38/mo, $76/mo zero down SparkEV lease seem to have expired.

I think it would be best to keep any response short, and emphasize the broad picture instead of getting down into the weeds of the exact causes. “Sales have already picked back up, so don’t make the mistake of thinking the 2015 slowdown was the start of a trend.”

If someone is actually interested in what the cause was, and isn’t just being an anti-EV basher, then you can explain that plug-in EV buyers tend to be well-informed shoppers. They knew that the new Volt, the new Leaf, and the new Tesla Model X were coming, so many would-be buyers deferred buying a new car until those were available.

“All-electric range (EPA) & Price (after tax credit) US” – what a great PHEV chart. Do you have one for BEVs?

Thanks for adding: Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV

Now make it a subtotal in the monthly chart.

You will see many more happy campers as it will give us a real view of real progresses made toward the abandon of fossil fuels, once and for all.
The less hybrids, the more successful BEVs will be.

Are you saying that EREVs and PHEVs don’t result in any real progress toward abandoning fossil fuels?

Don’t BEVs, even those with net zero net metering, run on electricity generated by burning fossil fuels in the electric generating plant?

This is a never-has-answer debate. My view is that PHEVs are similar in terms methadone being a maintenance treatment for opioid dependency.

Yeah, it’s great to get someone off heroin by offering methadone treatment, but then, the person become addicted to methadone (which is a much safer drug), and can’t really get off of it, hence a secondary addiction.

In the same sense, PHEVs are great for getting people slightly off gasoline and toward electric, but eventually, owners would continue to “need” that gasoline for comfort zone.

Now the question becomes, is methadone better, or hindering a person to become completely off heroin. In the same sense, are PHEV really better in getting rid of fossil fuel, or really hindering the progress of completely pollution free (at a personal, vehicle ownership level).

Of course, the scenario here is vehicle of moderate price, with driving distance being satisfied by either vehicle.

As far as power plants go, depends on where you live, but more importantly, we can’t change easily how our power plants produce power, but we can change easily what we drive and where we REALLY NEEDED to go.

My view is that PHEVs are more akin to marijuana, than to methadone. PHEVs are like marijuana, a gateway drug to all electric driving. But I can see how some could view PHEVs as methadone, an addiction-management drug used to get off the gasoline.

My two cents – I just got a Volt, and I’ve used less than 1 gallon of gas in the past 400 miles of driving. I am also learning my limits. I think the car is helping me realize that I could get an all-electric vehicle with a 100 mile range and be ok without gas for my “city car”. I don’t think it’s keeping me addicted to gas. I’m also signed up for 100% renewable energy with CleanPowerSF as soon as it launches in the spring. Definitely a huge step away from dependence on both gasoline and natural gas. I also understand CleanPowerSF will offer an electric vehicle rate starting in early summer, if all stays on track.

Congrats, Laurie! Is that a Volt 2.0 you got? Enjoy your electric miles.

I think EREV’s and PHEV’s are gateways to full electrics. Once I got my Volt, I wanted more electric range and now have a volt and a Model S. Very happy with both. Model S is my long distance vehicle.

Londo Bell said:

“Now the question becomes, is methadone better, or hindering a person to become completely off heroin. In the same sense, are PHEV really better in getting rid of fossil fuel, or really hindering the progress of completely pollution free (at a personal, vehicle ownership level).”

If by “PHEVs” you mean those tiny-ranged EVs with only 11-25 miles of all-electric range, then you might have a point; they’re not much of an improvement over an ordinary gasmobile.

But if you’re talking about the Volt, then that is possibly the most extreme case of “The perfect driving out the good” that I’ve ever heard. Converting all gasmobiles to cars which, like the Volt, get 71% of their miles from electricity instead of gasoline*, would have an impact on total gasoline use which would be hundreds of times greater than converting all PHEVs now on the road to BEVs.

*The Volt 2.0 will do even better than 71%, but we don’t yet know now much better.

I’m saying that after the first wave of good EVs that companies killed, there were only hybrids, and hybrids have always been a way NOT to provide, or research, or advance better BEVs.

It’s replacing junk food with vegetable flavored food instead of real vegetables, to go on selling high profit junk.
Not good for the health.

Or like selling only hybrid hard drives instead of pushing hard to make more affordable powerful SSDs.

Except rare exception, ALL BEVs are cleaner than any fossil fuel ones, because the electric motor use it’s energy ~5 times more efficiently than ICE.

Here we go again making better the enemy of best seems everybody forgets that refining gasoline takes electricity is well that’s generated by the same potentially coal fired power plants not only that but it takes more fossil fuel to get the fossil fuel delivered to the gas station usually by a diesel tank truck. where it takes more electricity generated by potentially coal-burning power plants to power the gas pump and then when you burn it it pollutes even more. And I’m leaving out all of the other energy used to get the oil out of the ground and get it to the refinery in the first place

+1 Daniel, also refining consumes large quantities of NG which is the premium fuel for peaker generators. None of the well to wheels comparisons tell the whole story. Bottom line: Electricity is always cleaner, and will continue to improve.

sven asked:

“Don’t BEVs, even those with net zero net metering, run on electricity generated by burning fossil fuels in the electric generating plant?”

Isn’t that just a philosophical point? One just as meaningless as asking “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?”

If the BEV owner uses home solar power to offset all of the electricity he uses to charge his car at night, then who cares if some fraction of the actual electrons used to charge the batteries* came from a fossil fuel power plant? The point is that if he’s got net zero metering, then he is not increasing the demand for fossil fuel use by even 1 gram. None at all, and thus no carbon footprint at all for charging the car.

*Mr. Science objects: With AC power, the electrons don’t actually flow all the way from the power plant to the battery. But it’s a lot shorter and simpler to put it that way.

You are ignoring practicalities of grid management. While a PV owner will be pushing electricity to the grid during the day, reducing the amount of fuel burned, they’ll be drawing down at night to charge their car, which results in burning more, different fuels.

But even if I lived in a 100% coal area, I’d still want a plug-in, because the only realistic way to 100% clean, sustainable, domestic, cheap energy is electrification, and it’s going to need cheap batteries.

It’s almost certainly too late in the year for the new Volt, the new Leaf, and the Model X to rescue total 2015 sales from being close to flat as compared to 2014, but I look forward to increased sales in 2016!

Up the EV revolution!

I would bet you an arm the ICE car makers did it on purpose.

Lower sales in 2015 could indicate many things. Lack of inventory, Pent-up demand for undelivered 2016 models, peak market segment penetration with the current 84ish mile range cars, lower demand due to declining gas prices, frustration with the lack of progress made in delivering next generation BEVs, .
It’ll be interesting to see how sales play out through the end of 2015.

A mere bag of shells. Various variables many mentioned above, low gas prices, awaiting improved models, etc…
Another factor is truck sales are up but there are no competitive evs in that category, which is incidentally a big money maker for the legacy auto manufacturers.
they are also pushing hard to make sales and interest is still at record lows, pushing out new vehicle purchases to 64 month plus contracts. People are buying now before rates rise.

The true test will come when competitive mass market evs such as the Bolt and the Model III come on line. Or any other ev that is reliable and can go 200 miles on a charge, and has all the other amenities.

It’s amazing how gas prices and Truck/SUV sales correlate. I personally think people have the memory of a gnat. OPEC held our economy hostage for almost a decade and the second gas prices lower, people run out to buy 20/mpg vehicles. WOW.

And 6 months ago it was amazing to see EV enthusiasts deny the correlation between the price of petrol and EV adoption.

They still do, look at posts above.

Big,big flaw in that thinking, petrol is a worldwide commodity and EV sales are only down in the US, there is not one other country down.

look at world numbers 334000 sold by September this year, 320000 all of last year. Take out the us numbers this year, and the rest of world has sold 250000 vs 130000 at this point a year ago, that is up 90%

america is unique that it had 1/3 of sales in 14 from the volt and prius which was not a factor anywhere else in the world and those models have been shutdown most of this year. new volt and leaf will make 16 much higher on their own

obvious answer is usually right one

“petrol is a worldwide commodity and EV sales are only down in the US, there is not one other country down.”

Did gas drop as much in the rest of the world as it did in the US?

Or is the gas nearly as cheap in the rest of the world as it is in the US?

I know that in both China and EU, gas price is still way more than the US.

So, yes, if you look at worldwide gas price, then the evidence is even more clear that as long as gas is above certain level, electric cars won’t take off.

Also, plenty of EU countries still offer huge discount on EV with incentives that make up a huge difference in cost.

so gas makes us sales flat at special price and in and rest of world cheaper gas no effect and up 90%, but the removal of 2 best selling cars that are onlyreally sold in American this year and leaf does not have any affect

got it

your reson wouldmake sense if us was flat and rest of world up only 20% and same EVs on sale (gas price does matter som), but not case at all, we see how your reson works out once volt and leaf have full month of sales, suddenly gas will not matter then

The rest of the world went up. Yes, anytime you go from a small base numbers, it will be likely to have a higher %.

The better way to look at it is to look at the % of the total sales and see if that % has changed.

If we do that, the PEVs growth rate are even worse.

It’s not only gas price, but electricity price as well. If gas prices go up 25% ($4/gal), but electricity prices go up 40% (in SoCal in 2 years!), EV still end up paying about that gas car.

EV is still attractive for few that have extra solar + net metering, which they’re talking about taking away. It’s like there’s conspiracy to make EV less attractive. ;-(

Gas price in Canada went from high of almost $1.50/L middle of last year ($5.70/USG) to a low of $1.15/L ($4.38/USG) early this year and seem to have stabilized around $1.20 – 1.25/L ($4.56-4.75/USG, depending where you live of course). Electricity is up a bit, but still is ~$0.09/kWh in BC/QC, a bit higher elsewhere. The price spread is still quite here compared to the US it seems.

I think sales have stayed roughly flat, or increased slightly, in Canada. BC added at $5k incentive, which likely has helped us.

You’re acting as if there’s one single American car market that chooses between trucks and EVs. America is an increasingly polarized society with warring values. The people who are or think they’re middle class and buy trucks the instant gas is cheap are showing their commitment to consumption as their identity, until the next crisis threatens them with bankruptcy. The people who buy EVs are a very diffuse coalition with different agendas. But their counterparts 45 years ago were the ones who bought tiny imports in complete defiance of everything Detroit and America stood for, VW hippies & Subaru & Saab cultists and Datsun & BMW racers and Volvo safety nuts, and paved the way for those cars to be bought by “normal” Americans after the Energy Crises hit.

I was a Saab cultist. Great cars. Had a ’70 and then a ’75.

I could see people thinking oil will be cheap for two or three years and leasing a big honking SUV for 24 or 36 months.

You make a good point. We bought two cars this month – a Volt and a Nissan Rogue gas powered small SUV. We tried hard to find a plug-in SUV, but couldn’t even find a used RAV4 EV, and the Kia Soul just didn’t meet our needs. We have 3 kids (one’s a teen with tons of sports gear and books) and a big dog (part Newfie, part Golden), and no one offered the vehicle we were really hoping for in that class. We’ll keep an eye out for plug in SUVs to adopt as soon as they come out, though.

Impressive, 2 cars in a month! Did you explore the Volvo XC 90 or the BMW X5 edrive? They both seat 7, and have ~15 miles of electric range.

15 mile AER is laughable for kids and their activities. It’ll be using gas most of the time. Unfortunately, it’ll have to be gas SUV for her at least for now.

Yeah, I agree. They are also way more expensive than Nissan Rogue. Outlander PHEV could be okay, but not here yet. Model X is probably out of reach, and likely has a small trunk space.

As of October, GM has sold over 100,000 Volts worldwide. http://www.hybridcars.com/gm-sells-its-100000th-volt-in-october/

Congratulations GM! 😀

I know that Jay Cole was against this idea of how Georgia’s elimination of tax incentive PLUS new taxes and fees, plus other States that follow suits, is NOT a major reason for the demise of EV sales in 2015.

Maybe InsideEVs can do a piece on this – has the elimination of incentives, coupled with additional fees, been offset by those new incentives among different States in US? (State by State comparison).

Quick note: GreenCarReports has an article specifically on Georgia – good read, and disturbing to see the effect 🙁

That just proves that when you stop “giving away” a crappy BEV, people will stop “paying for one”.

There is no question that government incentives play a large role in plug-in EV sales; far more than can be explained rationally. I guess our brains are hardwired to be attracted to anything that’s labeled “FREE!” or “Reduced price!”

As an example, look at the lack of EV sales in Europe. Despite gasoline/petrol prices very much higher than they are here in the USA, plug-in EV sales didn’t take off there until very recently, when various EU nations finally started offering government incentives.

One interesting fact … VW eGolf jump from a ~3x to 6x sales multiple over the Kia Soul EV. This considering the Kia Soul EV expanded market to additional states and sales regions.

Can VW keep delivering ~600+ eGolfs per month?
(any comments from VW folks?)

I don’t think e-Golf’s record sales were *despite* the emissions scandal. They were likely *because* of the emissions scandal.

Possible explanations:
– Policy from above to offer great eGolf deals to customers cancelling diesel orders, at least those who ordered diesel due to buying into the “clean diesel” hype;
– Policy, plus dealer efforts, to make up for the diesel shortfall by pushing the eGolf.

Regardless, the eGolf difference vs. 2014 (it was 1 first car in Oct. 2014) is substantial, and part of the reason sales weren’t down this month.

The third part is Model S, which continues to be strong this year. So Volt is only part of the story.

The VW Customer Retention rebate of $2,000 for existing VW owners brings the lease of the e-Golf SE down to $79/mo+tax. That is a significant driver of these sales numbers. There were also good deals to be had to clear out the inventory of 2015 e-Golf SELs

Jay, my math gives different results form your BEV/PHEV#. I have 4,740 BEV, 4,216 PHEV, with the i3 and ‘Other’ left out. Adding 986 i3s and 2 ‘other’ brings the total to 9,944, in agreement with yours.

Lacking any definitive breakdown of i3/i3 REx sales, if we assume that the nationwide %s are the same I see here in the Bay Area, 1:3 i3/i3REx, that would add 740 to the PHEV total and 246 to the BEV total, 4,986 BEV to 4,956 PHEV, 50.2:49.8%, a virtual tie.

However, when you count ‘affordable’ PEVs alone (those with base MSRP <$40k), which I believe you should additionally to represent mainstream consumers, the situation changes considerably: 3,870 PHEV to 2,755 BEV, or 58.4%:41.6% in favor of PHEVs, demonstrating just how much Tesla is carrying BEVs. To be sure, the availability of the new Volt and non-availability of the new LEAF may skew things a bit, but the near-term arrival of the A3 e-tron and Sonata PHEV may well outweigh new LEAF sales.

“how much Tesla is carrying BEVs. ”

You are absolutely right.

Tesla is the ONLY desirable BEV on the market today. Too bad it is not affordable.

We all have to live within our means. Then what is the most desirable BEV? Hmm. This could be a great survey if auto makers actuallly cared to sell BEV other than Nissan and Tesla.

I agree but those two things, price and desirability, go together.

Nice to see BMW selling 135 X5 plugins. The company is really serious about selling these vehicles.

October gets winter gas prices which is slightly lower because of adding 10% butane gas in it. Despite lower gas prices, if EV/Plugin sales hits 9944 units, then its great.

Lets wait for China EV data. They will give a big boost.

I have already seen 3 2016 Volts driving around Silicon Valley. I’m not surprised the numbers were good.

Here is a sight gag that really makes fun of what a electric car paradise should look like for everyone else who doesn’t drive a Tesla http://oceanrailroader.deviantart.com/art/Weevil-s-It-s-like-a-EV-paradise-570352875

You know you’ve found a EV paradise when you see two muti standard DC Quick chargers next to one another.

The following sales figures are for cars that are sold in Europe but NOT in the U.S. through Sept. 2015

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV = 19,574
Renault Zoe = 11,693
Volkswagen Golf GTE = 10,226
Audi A3 etron = 7,964
Volvo V-60 plug-in = 3,577
Total = 53,034

In Europe there are also a number of commercial EV vans and light trucks for sale including:

Renault Kangoo ZE = 2,662
Nissan e-NV200/Evalia = 2,358
Reugeot Partner EV = 250
Goupil = 312
Total = 5,582

If some of these vehicles were offered in the States, then the 2015 U.S. sales total would look very different and EV fans would be grinning from ear to ear saying everything is A-OK.

The bottom line is: “Stop bitching and move to Europe” (just kidding)

So according to the chart, the Volt is the cheapest PHEV, has the second longest EV range, second only to the i3 which, unlike the Volt, has reduced performance in range extending mode.

Given all these bits, I wonder if Volt sales will indeed pick up in 2016? Will be interesting to see.

ClarksonCote asked:

“I wonder if Volt sales will indeed pick up in 2016?”

Sales have already picked up quite a bit, despite the new Volt being available only in a limited number of states.

We can confidently predict 2016 will be a banner year for Volt sales.


With Tesla showing Model 3 prototype and Nissan showing LEAF 2.0 prototype next year, I think many of the so called “early adopters” might hold off upgrading.

Then again, 2013 was a big year for Volt, maybe there are lots of off lease Volt owners that might upgrade again.

I hope you are right.

Personally I’m not worried about the older models of volts becoming outdated. In that the volts have the gas engine to back them up. But in terms of me personally buying a ev the more range the new batteries and models offer would guard angst the car becoming useless if I some day end up getting a 80 mile commute which nearly happened.