U.S. EV Sales At 17,000 Vehicles, 1.2% Market Share In September Visualized

1 year ago by Mark Kane 22

U.S. Plug-in car sales – September 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – September 2016

Tesla Model S and Model X at Supercharger

Tesla Model S and Model X at Supercharger

Over the past 4 months, and really all of 2016, the plug-in vehicle segment in the United States has taken off like it never has before, while reaching new highs this month.

About ~16,974 sales were reported in September (full details here), which is a record for both total volume of deliveries, and also year-over-year gains, at 67.5% – with nearly 7,000 more sales logged that a year ago.

Also of note: the year-to-date result of 110,171 is 33.7% higher than a year ago at this point (82,404).

With ~17,000 deliveries in September, we are now even more confident that 20,000 mark will fall later this year – most likely in December, as the $7,500 federal credit expire for fiscal year 2016 boosts sales…to say nothing of the pending arrival of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Toyota Prius Prime, and smaller offerings like the Chrysler Pacifica and Optima PHV.

Compared to the entire automotive market, plug-ins achieved another market share record in September of 1.18% penetration, as illustrated on the graph below:

U.S. Plug-in car sales – September 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – September 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – September 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – September 2016

Looking at the top 10 selling models for the US, it appears as though the Tesla Model S soon should get Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt in range to compete for the “all-time best seller crown” (although some big changes coming soon to the Nissan LEAF might still have something to say about that), while the Model X breaks into the 7Top 9.

TOP 10 U.S. Plug-In Cars (cumulative sales) – September 2016

TOP 10 U.S. Plug-In Cars (cumulative sales)
– September 2016

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22 responses to "U.S. EV Sales At 17,000 Vehicles, 1.2% Market Share In September Visualized"

  1. John says:

    Yes!

    We’re all finally part of the 1%

    Feels good.

    1. Mikael says:

      And soon 2%. Those 4 new models could sell 9000 per month together.

      1. PJ says:

        Can you break down what you think each individual model will do cause do only way I see 9k is if the prime sells at least 4K

        1. Mikael says:

          That was assuming the Bolt and Prime will do 3k each and the Optima and Pacifica doing 1500 each.

          It could be even more since the Prius, Optima and Pacifica has lots of current buyers just waiting to be converted.
          The big question mark is the Bolt since it’s a brand new model and we don’t know how restrained production will be.

    2. Terawatt says:

      Only by cheating and counting anything with at least electrically propulsioned windows as an “EV”.

      It’s meaningless jibberish to add together two different things and pretend it’s the same. I don’t understand why insideEVs keep at it. Unless of course it WANTS EV to be a concept devoid of all relevant meaning. The way you use the term, it’s clear that a statement like “EVs are less damaging than ICE for the environment” cannot be made! There are plenty of hybrids you’d count as EVs, such as the XC90 and the X5, that are far worse than the average European car.

      1. Mikael says:

        You are entitled to your opinion… and your opinion has been weighted, measured and found wanting.

      2. Ziv says:

        PHEV’s are the entry drug that is getting the car buying public into electric cars. I don’t think the old Plug In Prius was the best PHEV in the world but it got people to start driving electric, and to get them to want more AER.
        InsideEVs is THE source for info on plug in cars. This chart is part of the reason it has become the preeminent web site for electric cars. BEV’s are the future and PHEV’s are how many of us will get there.

      3. mr. M says:

        If someone buys a X5 PHEV instead of a X5 i am pleased. It uses less gasoline.

        Most people buy a car for different reasons (price, size, omp, …). Not everyone want’s to buy a Leaf just to not use any more gas.

  2. Brian says:

    Things are definitely getting interesting/exciting. In 2017, we should see more growth as more next-generation EVs become available. And in 2018 when the Model III is in full production, well the sky’s the limit really.

    My biggest hope is that the wave of EVs is met by a similar wave of charging infrastructure (DCQC, not more sprinkling of L2s).

  3. Emc2 says:

    From the last graph also notice that the Fusion Energi is about to catch up with the PiP, and the Model X entered the top 10 for the first time, and just in a year!

    1. Beng says:

      If the Fusion Energy passes the Plug-in Prius, it will be short-lived, as the Prius Prime might become the #1 monthly seller within the year.

    2. speculawyer says:

      The Ford Fusion Energi has been a pretty big seller. If someone could build a PHEV like it but with a bigger battery and without the trunk intrusion, I think such a PHEV would sell pretty big. The Volt does really well but I think a lot of people want something a little bigger.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Yeah, it is called Cadillac CT6 PHEV. Its trunk is bigger and interior space are also bigger.

        But the cost will be more.

        What we need is to have that CT6 PHEV trickle down to Malibu PHEV…

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    More good news about PEV (Plug-in EV) sales! I could get used to this. 🙂

    Up the EV revolution!

  5. TM says:

    Nice work – thanks!

  6. Murrysville EV says:

    After I leased my former 12 Leaf, it was *7* months before I even saw another one on the road, here in western PA.

    Now, with 5 times more Leafs on the road, I still go months without ever seeing one.

    PA is not a compliance state, so I’ve never seen an e-Golf, and I’ve only seen one stray 500e that must have been imported to the state.

    I’ve seen exactly 2 Model Xs, several i3s, and several Model Ss. I can’t speak to the Fords, because they look like every other regular Ford out there.

    So for all the fanboyism, just remember there are vast areas of the US that are EV wastelands. Having an EV around here is quite the novelty; western PA is about 6 years behind the EV hot spots. In fact, after 4 years, I only know one other person who has one.

    Mine was returned a year ago, and now I’m just waiting for my Model 3.

  7. Dave86 says:

    >> (although some big changes coming soon to the Nissan LEAF might still have something to say about that)

    What exactly do we KNOW for sure that is going to happen to the Leaf in the near future?

    Nice to see EV sales breaking the 1% barrier given that this was expected to be a bit of a down year with EV shoppers expected to sit tight and waiti for the Bolt & Model 3.

    1. mr. M says:

      “What exactly do we KNOW for sure that is going to happen to the Leaf in the near future?”

      Answer: a 41kWh battery version and a cheaper 30kWh version.

      And my guessingball tells me we get a 60kWh version of the Leaf at the end of 2017 aka just in time with the first model 3 deliveries.

  8. Peter says:

    Can anyone explain what the grey “Previous year” line in the second last graph represents?
    The X-axis runs from Dec-10 to Aug-16, so a “Previous year” line starting in 2011 and running to 2016 doesn’t make any sense to me.

    1. Mikael says:

      It’s the sales a year earlier. Its the black bars just moved forward a year.

      You see real sales starts in December 2010 and the grey starts a year later in december 2011.

    2. Dr. Steelgood says:

      As Michael explained it already, the question is still open to me whether the grey line shows number of EV cars sold or market share the year before. Also please note that the x-axis is scaled bi-monthly (only even months).

      1. TX NRG says:

        It’s the number of EVs sold in that month the year before.