Almost 75% Of Electric Car Sales In U.S. Were Teslas In February 2019

from left: Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model X

MAR 12 2019 BY MARK KANE 30

The numbers speak for themselves.

In February 2019, Tesla sold about 7,650 all-electric cars (InsideEVs’ estimation) in the U.S., which is 67% more than a year ago.

As the overall plug-in market didn’t grow much last month, Tesla further increased its market share.

Tesla results:

Tesla car sales in U.S. – February 2019

As you can see below, Tesla holds a huge stake in plug-in car market – in February it was roughly 44% out of the total of 17,239!

In the case of the all-electric car segment, Tesla’s share is 74% and it’s expected to exceed 80% again when volume deliveries of the Standard battery Model 3 version begin.

In total, Tesla already sold more than 367,000 cars in the U.S. and the Model 3 is top-selling car with a cumulative result of 153,796.

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30 Comments on "Almost 75% Of Electric Car Sales In U.S. Were Teslas In February 2019"

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Someone should let the financial news outlets know that Tesla’s actually selling well- they haven’t gotten the news.

Just wait until next quarter when the SR+ and/or the SR are actually delivered!

I agree, but overall it is more a statement of the other companies not selling many EVs.

Q1 is always week for the auto industry. Especially January and February.

The main statement is Tesla is the only one that truly wants to sell EVs. Any one of the major auto companies could have so outproduced Tesla, yet refuse to.
Even when Tesla got 400k orders showing a deep market, they still drag their feet.
Like Nissan that had the lead refused to do a real upgrade for 7 yrs, allowing it to flounder.
Like GM that had they did the Bolt 20% larger and real SC and bought enough batteries could have been a big hit. But they didn’t. And things like wasn’t even available in Florida for a yr after first sold.
It’ll be interesting watching the next 3 yrs as all hell breaks loose and how they deal with it. None have ordered anywhere near the battery cells needed except Tesla which has an unlimited supply so needs to get cracking and up cell/module production.

But, but ,but, the serial anti-Tesla trolls, shills for disrupted industries/companies and of course the shorter and their lemming followers have been busy saying that Musk and/or Tesla is doomed!!!

Funny how the fundamentals spell out what is actually the opposite of their short thesis.

Considering the amount of “concern trolling” against Tesla here on InsideEvs, you have to wonder how many of these people are posting under multiple usernames or even if they drive EVs at all.

Yea, it gets really tiring. The WSJ on the day that Tesla rolled out the new supercharger ran a dis piece about them not being able to cancel their store leases. They have been running an anti-telsa agenda for a while now.

Well Tesla is the only EV for sale in the US that isn’t a compliance vehicle.
Tesla is also the best EV in the world.
It’s to bad this administration supports fossil fuels when you have a leader in a growing industry.
If this administration supported EV’s like China does they would be requiring the purchasing Tesla’s and Bolts where applicable for government use.

Bolt? Seems like it’s more than just a compliance vehicle to me.

GM definitely needs to step up their game though – since rolling out the Bolt in 2016, they’ve done pretty much nothing with it. In the time since, 6 different trims of Model 3 have come out with a steady stream of improvements.

The old push something out the door and wait 4-5 years before pushing out another generation model just doesn’t fly anymore – that’s why Tesla is consuming the market whole.

(Although… the top end S and X have been kind of stagnant for awhile… I suspect that’s just because Tesla is devoting all their resources to upcoming vehicles… they just don’t have the resources to give those more love.)

Do you mean like the Model 3 missing heated steering wheel, birdeye camera view, roof racks, non obstructing rearview mirror, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay? Tesla adds many features to their cars over time, because they release vehicles that aren’t 100% feature complete.

Christ, are you really gonna point out those handful of weak-ass features of the Bolt to somehow say that the Bolt is more appointed than the Model 3? Good grief.

The Standard Bolt certainly has more range than the Standard Model 3. =)

Not when you consider how fast the Model 3 charges compared to the Bolt. Think about that for a second- of the Model 3 reaches a Supercharger with 20-30 miles less than the Bolt, it’s still gonna be back on the road over twice as fast as the Bolt at a CCS. It’s rate of charging speed easily overcomes the nominal range gap between the vehicles. Charging speed is SO important in the grand scheme, a fact lost on most folks, who get stuck on pure range alone. The Bolt only wins in a one leg distance run. Once it goes to DC charging, it’s no comparison.

Well – to be fair – the real goal of road travel is not to charge at all. Most “long trips” are not 1000 miles – they are 200-300. Obviously it depends on your definition of long…. But if you take a 300 mile trip, the Bolt will have to charge 50% less KWh to reach destination. If you do 250, it won’t have to charge at all – which is the real advantage.

So charging speed matter a lot, but only when you exceed your range.

(Always like to list credentials – 2013 Leaf, 2015 70D – 140k combined)

M3LR on order…..

Look! Adoption S-curve! Only it’s a “3” curve. I expect the slow earlier this year has little to do with demand, but more to do with satisfying foreign markets and limited production.

From article: “…In the case of the all-electric car segment, Tesla’s share is 74% and it’s expected to exceed 80% again when volume deliveries of the Standard battery Model 3 version begin…”
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Simply amazing… especially considering “Tesla has no advantages whatsoever” according to auto industry expert Bob Lutz.

Although I’m a big Tesla fan and Tesla owner I’d prefer to see a more diversified competitive all-electric market… hopefully that starts to happen within next few years.

Tesla still has no advantage, but that also means no one else really has any motivation. If all was smooth sailing at Tesla they wouldn’t have lowered prices, introduce the $35k car or talk about closing sales locations. Tesla is still trying to find the magic formula just like everyone else.

Legacy auto has a different problem than Tesla has. Scale is not an issue assuming they secure batteries for whenever they want to expand. That takes between 12-18 months. If they have batteries producing cars is something they do everyday in the 1000’s. The key is doing it as profitable as ICE vehicles are right now. That’s yet to be seen. There are reasons GM is closing plants and reducing headcount. It’s the only way to be profitable selling EV’s. You can’t support the same infrasture you had with ICE vehicles because it’s not necessary with EV’s. GM, VW, etc… could care less to sell you an EV or ICE vehicle as long as they make the same profit for either.

@theflew said: “Tesla still has no advantage, but that also means no one else really has any motivation… GM, VW, etc… could care less to sell you an EV or ICE vehicle as long as they make the same profit for either.”
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Go it.

So GM, VW, etc. are not motivated to compete against Tesla until such time that selling all-electric cars is as or more profitable than selling ICE cars.

I don’t disagree with that

But that to me seems like a downward spiral strategy. It provides Tesla a long runway to continue expanding its EV dominating market share position… thus allowing Tesla through increasing economy of scale to drive down it’s EV production costs… which in turn allows Tesla to lower it’s EV prices… which in turn further challenges traditional car makers to make selling EVs as profitable as selling ICE… and so on goes the downward spiral for traditional car makers until they have sold their last ICE car.

The downward spiral scenario is probably not ideal from an environmental standpoint. Although, presumably Tesla can grow quickly by buying shuttered factories. We need other Tesla’s it seems. But Tesla has grown to where that is pretty unlikely.

There is that S curve Elon has been talking about!

That Model 3 data really stands out, eh? Whoo-hoo!!

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show)

Excellent need the good ole US of A to ramp up on EV Adoption.

Well, the numbers didn’t double 2017’s sales number for February.

Growth rate is down?

Even the biggest Tesla cheerleader will acknowledge that 2018 will be a tough year to repeat. Between the Model 3 hitting large production numbers and the expiration of the tax credit.
But if that growth rate continued, Tesla would be the world’s largest manufacturer of cars in 5 years. Most optimistic observations are expecting that milestone is at least 7 years away – so a pause in growth is ok.

The most amazing thing is that $35K Model 3 is here and they will get a lot more people into the show room to check the car out or for a test drive that will convert into higher priced sales.

So Model-3 has overtaken Volt in US sales. Congratulations Tesla. Still Volt is ahead of Model-3 in worldwide sales. This will fall in few months. It took only 20 months for Tesla to achieve this feat. Will the Model-3 overtake Leaf in worldwide sales in another 20 months. Lets hope for it.

It’s a testament to Tesla really, that they know they will be followers and also ran for now, so why invest massive amounts when you have a runaway leader? Wait for the market to settle on the leaders dime and then spend your money. They seem to be doing just enough to be in the game for when the time is right to go all in.

It’s also an interesting position for Tesla. Dominate and run away so much that other makers hold up? It’s good for your business but also bad for your business. They need the battery tech that comes from robust competition. They need the robust market. They want to change the world but they’re almost doing it too well that everyone else is sitting idly by. Do you keep going way ahead of the curve waiting for others to catch up or do you take a pause and let the market mature before going hard again?

I suppose taking a pause might be the right environmental answer but it might not be.
Profits will be maximized by not taking a pause. Since the environmental impact is unclear, might as well go for the money. Karma would be best satisfied by destroying the Legacy manufacturers – that part wouldn’t be lost on me if I was Elon.

@Stanford said: “… Do you keep going way ahead of the curve waiting for others to catch up or do you take a pause and let the market mature before going hard again?”
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Answer: Keep going way ahead of the curb.

Tesla’s deep-seated corporate culture of charging hard ahead is not something that can be turned off/on.

Also, Tesla pausing would rather than be used as an opportunity for traditional car makers to catch up would instead likely result in traditional car makers also pausing. Traditional car makers will get serious (they are now sideline dabbling) about all-electric cars only when all-electric cars are seriously eating into their ICE market share… the pain is currently a mild nuisance but tolerable for them.

Title of the article says 75%

inside the article it says 44%

my math also says ~44%

are you guys going to fix it?