Tesla Model 3 #1 – Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars April 2018


Here at InsideEVs, we’ve come to realize that not everyone shares our passion for an overload of sales figures, like you’ll see in our monthly report card and scorecard.

Admittedly, both can be a bit overwhelming from a numbers overload perspective.

Sales Overload Here – April 2018 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card

So, in addition to presenting sales in our typical fashion, we’ll assemble this monthly Top 5 list, which highlights the five best selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S. for any given month.

More List Type Posts Here

For this list, we’re focused on the Top 5 best-selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S. for April 2018.

Here goes…


5. Tesla Model S

Our tally shows Model S sales hit an estimated 1,250 units in April 2018, putting it in fifth place for the month. The year-to-date (YTD) tally stands at an estimated 6,550 units, which places it in third in YTD sales.


4. Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevy Bolt sold an estimated 1,275 units in the U.S. in April 2018, landing it solidly in fourth place for the month. YTD, Chevy Bolt sales stand at an estimated 5,650 units, which places it in 4th from the YTD perspective, too.


Chevrolet Volt

3. Chevrolet Volt

Chevy Volt sales checked in at estimated 1,325 units in the U.S. in April 2018. That brings the Volt’s YTD total to 4,803 units, placing it in 6th overall for YTD sales, just behind the Tesla Model X in fifth.


2. Toyota Prius Prime

For April 2018, Toyota Prius Prime sales checked in at a healthy 2,626 units, putting it behind the Tesla Model 3 and landing it in second place for sales for the month. YTD sales for the Prius Prime now stand at 9,094 units, good for second place.


Blue Tesla Model 3

1.Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 had a strong month in April 2018 by selling a whopping, estimated 3,875 units. The Model 3 had a commanding sales lead over even the Toyota Prius Prim in March. Even more impressive is that the Model 3 is easily number 1 in YTD figures too at 12,055 units.


Variety is the spice of life. Automotive sales should be no exception.

If you’re seeking a simple Top 5 sales list, you’ve found it here. If you’re after a super detailed write up with more numbers/figures than you could ever imagine, well that’s right here in our scorecard.

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14 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 #1 – Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars April 2018"

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As usual, mixing apples and oranges. The Prius and the Model 3 are hardly the same type OR class of car, and don’t attract the same type of buyers. At all.

Only one criteria required here. Plug in. Kind of like doing a pole on most popular fruit. Both apples and oranges would be included.

I agree – The whole driver of the technology is the BEV. Hybrids are on a steady decline – who needs them now that you can get over 200 miles in a car under 40K? Road trippers? – quick charge or super charge.

Great that you know the winners before the totals.

That is our take thus far. I’ve already informed Eric that the Clarity will likely see 1,200 copies moved and we will have to swap them out. If automakers actually reported numbers and were timely and offered splits and we didn’t need to spend a month estimating, things would be much different. This is a service for our readers. We’d appreciate your support rather than bogging down the already busy process with snide comments.

The strange thing is rather that the registrations doesn’t have to be registered in an open national register.

Yes, crazy right?

Sorry. It was too snide. Moving along.

Something doesn’t add up about the Model 3. Last count, about 20,000 has been produced. Which means about 7-8K were produced in April and I willing to bet at least 5-6K got delivered in April. I know some went to Canada but the Canadians are not reporting that many deliveries. The other day I saw a 18XXX VIN and there is noticiably alot more of them on the road.

“Something doesn’t add up about the Model 3. ” That’s because it isn’t simple addition! 🙂

Model 3 is neither produced nor delivered in sequential order. VINs are batched based on various aspects like color, wheel covers, etc. Tesla may manufacture a batch of Blue Model 3’s with 18″ wheels with VINs over 19,000.

Then they may assign a series of Black 3’s w/ Aero with VINs under 14,000.

Delivery to some states may only be a week or two after production. Other states may take an absolute minimum of 3 weeks from production to arrival at the Service Center.

This is just a *small* fraction of the factors at play.

It requires a lot of effort over a long period of time to come to the estimates. There is a lot more involved in the estimates than looking at bloomberg’s estimated production numbers and the highest VINs in the wild and calling it a day. 😉

VINs are all over the place. I got my VIN on Satuday and it is 142XX. Getting delivery in the next 2 weeks.

Exactly! Nothing wrong with the way Tesla is doing it, but it makes it hard to track unless you really want to get it right.

That’s why Bloomberg got it so wrong by saying that 22,000+ Model 3’s had been produced by May 1st. That would have been about 11,000 for April. Today’s earnings report supports April production numbers at or under 7000 – as Steven and I mentioned in the monthly sales article.

But more importantly… CONGRATS! My wife is immensely jealous of you. Still waiting on hers.

Based on your Vin, I’m guessing Midnight Silver/18 aero?

Exactly, MSM with aero! I called the 888 number today and Tesla is not answering calls anymore. I just talked to my local sales center and he said Tesla is moving those people to the Model 3. Also, the pre-delivery center in Las Vegas is getting a major shakeup. The poor performing ones are getting the boot. I was reassigned.

Not sure I understand your ‘solidly in 4th place’ comment 🙂 Seems pretty shaky with such a slim difference.