Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars – March 2018 Edition


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 – March 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.

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

Heres goes…

Chevrolet Volt

5. Chevrolet Volt

Chevy Volt sales checked in at 1,782 units in the U.S. in March 2018. That brings the Volt’s YTD total to 3,478 units, placing it in 6th overall for YTD sales, just behind the Chevy Bolt in fifth.


Tesla Model X

4. Tesla Model X

The Model X sold an estimated 2,825 units in the U.S. in March 2018, landing it solidly in fourth place for the month. YTD, Model X sales stand at an estimated 4,500 units, which places it in 4th from the YTD perspective, too.


3. Toyota Prius Prime

For March 2018, Toyota Prius Prime sales checked in at a healthy 2,922 units, putting it just in front of the Model X and landing it in third place for sales for the month. YTD sales for the Prius Prime now stand at 6,468 units, good for second place.



2. Tesla Model S

Our tally shows Model S sales hit an estimated 3,375 units in March 2018, putting it in second place for the month. The YTD tally stands at an estimated 5,300 units, which places it in third in YTD sales.


Blue Tesla Model 3

1.Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 had a breakout month in March 2018 by selling a whopping, estimated 3,820 units. The Model 3 had a commanding sales lead over even the Model S in March. Even more impressive is that the Model 3 is easily number 1 in YTD figures too at 8,180 units, which is well ahead of the second place Toyota Prius Prime.


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, March 2018 marked a record for U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars with an estimated grand total of 26,373 sold. The previous two records were set in December 2016 and December 2017, with 26,107 and 24,785, respectively.

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13 Comments on "Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars – March 2018 Edition"

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


Because the Bolt wasn’t in fifth.


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




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.


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.

Richard Giddens

Hybrids dont count.


“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.


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?


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


oops. Bolt 1,774.

gabriel var

nice. easy to ready.


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