Tesla Model X Pegged As “Most Significant Vehicle” In Regards To 2016 EV Sales Growth

10 months ago by Steven Loveday 10

Per EV-Volumes: "By its growth contribution, the Tesla Model X must be regarded the most significant vehicle this year."

Per EV-Volumes“By its growth contribution, the Tesla Model X must be regarded the most significant vehicle this year.”

According to EV-Volumes, the Tesla Model X is the number one vehicle contributing to the growth of plug-in electric vehicle sales for 2016 in the US. The publication explains:

Tesla Model S sales increased by 22 percent in 2016, making it the sales winner, with 28,821 units

Tesla Model S sales increased by 22 percent in 2016, making it the sales winner, with 28,821 units sold

“The volume increase in 2016 can be attributed to Tesla (+95 % for S & X combined), the new GM Volt (+61 %), Ford Fusion (+63 %) and a number of newcomers, mostly in the Plug-in Hybrid category. By its growth contribution, the Tesla Model X must be regarded the most significant vehicle this year.”

EV-Volumes tracks sales of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. For the U.S., the ZEV states accounted for 63 percent of overall plug-in sales, 50 percent of which came from California (EV-Volume counts anything with a plug as a plug-in, regardless of whether it is a BEV or a PHEV). To put it in perspective, more than a quarter of all U.S. car sales come out of those states.

Overall U.S. sales exceeded 150,000 for 2016, with the top five EVs making up over 100,000 of that number.

Going forward things should improve significantly.  2017 will see a full year of Chevrolet Bolt sales in the books (although it won’t be a full year graced by widespread availability), a full year of the Toyota Prius Prime, and possibly, if Tesla comes through, we will see a healthy number of Model 3’s on the list. EV-Volumes predicts 250,000 plug-ins sold in the U.S. for 2017, if Tesla can get 50,000 Model 3’s on the road this year.

2016-plug-in-sales

Source: EV-Volumes

Source: Teslarati, EV-Volumes

Tags: , , , , , ,

10 responses to "Tesla Model X Pegged As “Most Significant Vehicle” In Regards To 2016 EV Sales Growth"

  1. ffbj says:

    Good for Tesla, but they will not be putting 50k Model 3’s on the road this year. What are those guys smoking?

    1. CrankyOldMan says:

      It is called ‘Fact based journalism’.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Elon Musk was quoted as saying “So as a rough guess, I would say we would aim to produce 100,000 to 200,000 Model 3’s in the second half of next year [2017]. That’s my expectation right now.” (source below)

      Now personally, I’m skeptical that they’ll produce any real volume, which is why I’ve predicted that they’ll only get a few token units out at the end of the year. But if you go by what Elon said Tesla’s goal is, then 50,000 units is actually a bit conservative.

      http://insideevs.com/elon-musk-tesla-model-3-production-target-is-up-to-200000-in-second-half-of-2017/

      1. stan1 says:

        Tesla had 3,000 employees when they launched the Model S in 2012. The have almost 5 times as many employees today. Interesting how so many people are stuck on the idea that they have the same limitations they once had.

    3. If there is any truth to the story 6 months ago that Tesla ordered enough parts to build 300 Beta Test cars, how many did you hear GM had for the Bolt EV?

      Remember, Panasonic’s new cells for Tesla were designed with direct input from JB Straubel, he has been involved in making sure the volume they need won’t be a holdup.

      Ang GM is still depending on ICE sales, where EV’s are just a tool to sell more of them!

  2. WildEyedOptimist says:

    GM-Bolt 40k.
    Toyota Prius Prime 40k.
    GM-Volt 10k.
    Nissan Leaf II 20k.
    rest of the pack. 10k.
    Tesla Model III p.m.

    120k increase without a single Model3 counted.

    1. trackdaze says:

      Nor any increase in model S or X?

      If suv to sedan trends were to be applied then +15k model X and +0 for model S.

      Hope your right on bolt,prime and volt. Suspect prime and bolt will be partially at the expense of leafs and fusions.

  3. Warren says:

    We saw two around Charlottesville today. First I have ever seen. Having seen both models for real now, I think I like the look of it better than the S. Doesn’t strike me as an SUV, more of a minivan. Looks way more useful than the sedan.

    1. Warren says:

      Now that I think about it, I think the thing that made them more appealing is the new front end treatment. I look forward to seeing a new S with that front end. Way better than the fake grill.

  4. BenG says:

    Model X should see some significant growth in 2017, too. Production was limited in early 2016, and sales were limited to high-end models. A full year with production humming and the full range of trims available will boost sales a good bit. Especially if they show the improved build quality Elon was bragging about.