Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars: U.S. September 2018 Edition

OCT 7 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 61

And the winner is…

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 – 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 September 2018.

Here goes…

Chevrolet Volt

5. Chevrolet Volt

Chevy Volt sales checked in at 2,129 units in the U.S. in September 2018. That brings the Volt’s YTD total to 13,243 units, placing it in 5th overall for YTD sales too.

 

4. Toyota Prius Prime

For September 2018, Toyota Prius Prime sales checked in at a healthy 2,213 units. YTD sales for the Prius Prime now stand at 20,523 units, good for second place.

 

Tesla

3. Tesla Model S

Our tally shows Model S sales hit an estimated 3,750 units in September 2018, putting it in third place for the month. The YTD tally stands at an estimated 18,395 units, which places it in third in YTD sales.

Tesla Model X

2. Tesla Model X

The Model X sold an estimated 3,975 units in the U.S. in September 2018, landing it solidly in second place for the month. YTD, Model X sales stand at an estimated 17,575 units, which places it in 4th from the YTD perspective.

 

Blue Tesla Model 3

1.Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 had another breakout month in September 2018 by selling a whopping, estimated 22,250 units. The Model 3 had a commanding sales lead over every other plug-in vehicle in September. Even more impressive is that the Model 3 is easily number 1 in YTD figures too at 78,132 units, which puts it so far in the lead that it can’t be caught.


Closing

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.

And for those wondering, September 2018 marked a record for U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars with an estimated grand total of 44,589 sold.

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61 Comments on "Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars: U.S. September 2018 Edition"

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Ambulator

Wait a second. If the Bolt was in fifth place why did the Volt get a place instead?

menorman

Because the Bolt wasn’t in fifth.

ffbj

Picky, picky.

WadeTyhon

The Bolt is in 5th place for the year, but this month the Volt slightly outsold the Bolt.

Nix

ouch

Miggy

Good to see that GM managed to get in the USA Top 5.

Dante

I don’t really get what’s going on there. It’s almost more like they managed to avoid the top 4.

The Bolt is a not-bad long range EV that costs less than $30k after incentives right? Shouldn’t it be #1?

Cypress

Could be if they built more.

antrik

In the top 5? Probably. #1? Very, very unlikely.

James

And gave it ACC…and 1/2 inch more width and padding in the seats.

CDAVIS

Impressive that all three current Tesla production EVs place in the Top 5… will be interesting to see if the upcoming Model Y will make Tesla 4 of 5.

The Above article photo of the Model X with Jeremy Clarkson… the way he is looking at the Model X… his being conflicted with feelings of both contempt and admiration for the car… priceless.

ffbj

Oddly enough I experience similar feelings when I look at Jeremy Clarkson, but only one of the ones you mentioned, and it’s not admiration.

amta

AKA … Liar Scum Bag..

Richard Giddens

Hybrids dont count.

ekutter

Maybe not, but plug-in hybrids do. Especially until the supply of batteries is adequate for more full BEV’s. Also depends on the user. Even a car like my Volvo XC60 rated at only 17mi covers 90% of my day to day driving on pure electricity. And now that we have a Bolt as a 2nd car, the only time we’ll use gas is on road trips.

john1701a

2,100 miles with a little over 1/3 of the tank left in my Prius. Commutes are all 100% electric on all but the coldest days of winter in Minnesota. That approach (plug-in hybrid with a small’ish pack) is undeniably the path to electrification for the masses.

Milfan

Hi John
Congratulations on doing 2,100 miles with most of them with electric.
Just wondering what happens to the condition of gas.
1 of my colleague who has Volt-1 said that gas will be spoiled if you use it for too long a time and the car will force the driver to switch to gas mode and consume all the gas. Is there any such thing in Prius plugin.

antrik

“Undeniably”. Right.

Prsnep

Don’t count towards what?

Also, do you mean to say “PHEVs don’t count”?

Nix

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

Yes, this^^

And even more important, the cars that are the most popular might not be the best choice for YOUR personal needs, because with plug-ins, your personal driving habits need to match the EV you buy. Buy what works, not what is popular.

With that said, the top 5 cars all have one thing in common. They all do a very good job at eliminating the need to worry so much about charging for many people.

mike

The big problem with two of those “Plug in Electric” cars is that they have a stinking gas burner in them.
Is there enough BEV’s to start doing a real electric car sales chart yet?

Pushmi-Pullyu

The EV revolution needs all kinds of EVs. Not just BEVs. Let us please not be so narrow-minded.

Those who live in a residence without off-street parking probably will have no place they can regularly charge a BEV. And most of those whose lifestyle demands they frequently take long road trips, won’t be willing to spend 30-45 minutes recharging for every ~150 miles they drive.

Should we deprive those people of the ability to participate in the EV revolution?

There will come a day when a BEV should suit the life style of more than 95% of people living in first world countries. Until that day arrives, PHEVs should be an important part of the EV revolution.

antrik

If someone can’t arrange charging near their home, a PHEV will be even less useful than a BEV with decent range.

(As for frequent road trips, this surely can be a problem for BEVs; but usually only if someone can’t afford a Tesla, or does very few or short rest stops…)

EVShopper

PHEVs are great but you should break that list into PHEV and BEV:

March Top 5 PHEV:
1 Prius Prime 2,922
2 Chevy Volt 1,782
3 Honda Clarity 1,061
4 Ford Fusion Energy 782

March Top 5 BEV:
1 Tesla Model 3 3,820
2 Tesla Model S 3,375
3 Tesla Model X 2,825
4 Chevy Bolt 1,1774
5 Nissan Leaf 1,500

EVShopper

oops. Bolt 1,774.

Dante

Prius Prime only had 2,213 sales.

antrik

This was an old comment…

gabriel var

nice. easy to ready.

Prsnep

You seem to have outdated numbers.

antrik

No, the comment is outdated.

terry

Prius does not count. Those prius buyers are most likely previous owners that do not understand how these cars are designed. Take the gas engine out of the prius no movement. Take the gas engine out of the Volt you get a total EV. I think in the near future there will total electric Volts. As for Tesla filling their model 3 orders will keep them above all other EV makers. Will be interesting when Tesla does not have a big waiting list

john1701a

Poorly informed or intentional greenwash? That’s the question to ask when reading a post which spreads such false information.

The plug-in model of Prius is just like Volt, an EV with a gas-engine available for when the plug-supplied electricity is depleted. The notable differences are that Volt offers a larger capacity battery and more power motor while Prius delivers both more efficient EV & HV drives and more efficient electric-heating.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“The plug-in model of Prius is just like Volt…”

Well, they’re both PHEVs. But claiming the Prius Prime is “just like a Volt” is like claiming a Yugo is just like a Rolls-Royce. Well, they both are 4-wheeled automobiles…

Pushmi-Pullyu

If you think the Volt would work just as well with the gas engine removed, then you know very little about EV engineering. Please make an effort to educate yourself on the subject before commenting on it again.

The EV revolution needs more cars, not fewer ones. EV advocates need to be inclusive, not exclusive.

This mad effort by BEV “purists” to exclude every type of EV except BEVs from consideration, is both foolish and counter-productive.

Tom Huffman

I agree. There are some really weird attitudes expressed here that hurt the cause of electrified transportation rather than helping it.

Prsnep

The Prius Prime releases less CO2 emissions than Volt for most Americans. For US as a whole, EPA estimates 15% less than the Volt and 6% more than TM3 Long Range.

Prsnep

Hmm… Internet karma is difficult to understand.

antrik

The EPA estimates are probably based on unrealistic assumptions. Real-world data shows that a few years back, Volt (Gen1 presumably?) had a much higher percentage of electric driving than Prius Plug-in (70% vs something like 45%) — and it’s likely similar for current Volt vs. Prius Prime.

As for Model 3, it depends a lot on circumstances. If there is more highway driving, the Model 3 will do a lot better than any PHEV. If it charges more on renewables, it will do much better. (Even when using grid electricity in places where the grid has fairly low renewable penetration, smart charging will prefer periods when renewable supply is above average…)

And of course a BEV always has zero tailpipe emissions.

Cypress

Should really break this out as top 5 PHEV and top 5 BEV.

August Top 5 PHEV:
1 Prius Prime 2,071
2 Chevy Volt 1,825
3 Honda Clarity 1,425
4 BMW 530e 749
5 Chrysler Pacifica 654

August Top 5 BEV:
1 Tesla Model 3 17,800
2 Tesla Model X 2,750
3 Tesla Model S 2,625
4 Nissan Leaf 1,350
5 Chevy Bolt 1,225

John

The top 3 has to really eat at a few of the haters who camp here regularly.

Get Real

Yes, and it shows.

Speculawyer

The Model X is outselling the Model S? Wow. Kinda surprised by that. Then again, perhaps the Model 3 cannibalized a fair number of Model S sales.

antrik

In a SUV-loving market, that doesn’t seem terribly surprising…

Dimitrij

It’s remarkable that the Top 3 best-selling EV’s are also the 3 most expensive EV’s on the US market.

Compare this to the situation in the ICE car + SUV/CUV market, where the Top 3 sellers are the modestly priced RAV4, CRV and Camry.

Robert Saunders

Right. InsideEVs are missing probably the more important list even though it is trivial to infer at the moment: top 5 by gross value.

Loek

I would third the suggestion to make this a top five list of PHEVs and top five BEVs.

I would also like to see a simple line graph included showing monthly total BEVs and monthly total PHEVs. I think will show the shift from PHEVs which is really just a transition step to BEVs happening much faster than many would have predicted just a few years ago.

I expect to see the number of PHEVs begin to decline as good BEV options become more available. BMW dropping the Rex version of the i3 is the first step in this direction.

Tom Huffman

They are dropping it some markets (EU primarily) and not others. In the U.S. and Japan it will still be offered.

antrik

While long-term, PHEV sales will increasingly be eaten by BEVs, near-term the number of PHEVs should continue to rise…

Curiously, InsideEVs does publish PHEV vs. BEV graphs for BYD sales numbers, but not for anything else IIRC…

filip bjurling

Sick that model 3 in September beat what the number two plug in, the Prius, has gathered over the entire year.

Robb Stark

I have a passion for sales figures overload! Keep them coming.

TJKR

The most interesting thing about the top 5 is that they are all high range vehicles. Range = sales. Automakers need to stop making vehicles with less than a 40 kwh battery.

Richard Crosby

I cannot afford a bigger than 40kw battery.

Troy

This is me. With everything except maintenance and recharging costs counted, the TCO on my 2018 Leaf S is going to be ~$15,000.

That’s still $200/mo over 7 years. I can afford that but really don’t want to pay any more for a car whose main job is to just get me to & from work every day.

antrik

40 kWh? That seems way beyond reasonable for a PHEV…

Milfan

“And for those wondering, September 2018 marked a record for U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars with an estimated grand total of 36,380 sold.”

44,589 is the September 2018 total as per the dashboard and not 36,380. Please correct it.

Yes what a wonderful month with the total sales topping 40,000. I thought sales will be slightly below 40,000 marking the 2nd month after August with the 30,000 – 40,000 sales range, but it exceeded that.

While many month’s saw sales between 20,000 – 30,000 sales, August 2018 was the only month with 30,000 – 40,000 sales.

Will October see another 40,000 – 50,000 sales range or fall below 40,000 or go above 50,000. Let’s not be greedy. We will wait.

antrik

Beyond 50,000 seems very unlikely. Since it’s not an end-of-quarter month, October usually sees less sales than September. If Model 3 sales see another big jump, that *might* break the trend; but it doesn’t seem too likely — and even then, it would be a minor increase at best…

DEE

Where did the 36,380 number come from? I read somewhere that its around 44,589 for September. I can’t remember the site of the top of my head…

Eric Sundquist

The US figure in the table is 44,589. The 36k figure is from August.

Correct. Thank you. Fixed.

Cypress

Breaking out by PHEV & BEV:

September Top 5 PHEV:
1 Prius Prime 2,213
2 Chevy Volt 2,129
3 Honda Clarity 2,028
4 BMW 530e 756
5 Chrysler Pacifica 637

September Top 5 BEV:
1 Tesla Model 3 22,250
2 Tesla Model X 3,975
3 Tesla Model S 3,750
4 Nissan Leaf 1,563
5 Chevy Bolt 1,549

Douglas Moulton

If the real reason of electrification of vehicles is to cut out the use of fossil fuels then the true answer is make a vehicle for the masses. The simplest way is to reduce all the extras to only the necessary basics and go back to DRIVING like the majority of us has become accustomed to. Think like the “Old days” when the VW Beattle was made for the masses.
I don’t mean stripped of things like pwr brakes, windows and mirrors etc. But forget about navigation and such.
Mankind is on the way to self destruction with his non active life – now the thoughts are of relaxing while being driven by robotics – I can see the already overweight population getting even FATTER!. Wake up, everybody!