U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales Overview – April 2016

MAY 6 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

April plug-in vehicle sales in the US didn’t disappointed (full details) and once again set a new monthly sales record of 10,586 EVs sold (according to InsideEVs data and estimations), which is 16.4% more than year ago.

U.S. is now on the path of strong growth, as April logged the 6th month in a row of record deliveries.

Compared to the automotive industry overall, plug-in car sales stands at typical 0.7% market share:

U.S. Plug-in car sales – April 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – April 2016

The top selling model in April was the Chevrolet Volt, which at 1,983 sold, improved by 119% year-over-year.  In two recent months, more than 1 out of every 100 Chevrolet vehicles sold were Volts.

April Volt sales also decreased the distance to the Tesla Model S in the YTD standings (-1,220 units), as the end of the quarter and a model refresh (details) saw Tesla slow the pace of production.  This is likely as close as the Volt will get to the Model S this year, as Tesla projects to have a strong selling month in May, and potentially a record month in June, as the company looks to make up for lost time in April.

The Chevrolet Volt is also in a good position to be the first model in the US to cross the 100,000 plateau – currently standing at 94,720.

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. - April 2016

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. – 2nd generation Volt shows gains, but not historical ones

The Nissan LEAF on the other hand, slipped out of the top three best selling plug-ins year to date, as April sales were down year-over-year for the 16 consecutive month.  

Faced with a lot of other plug-in options (and a couple future ones – namely the Model 3 and Bolt EV), the American consumer has certainly spoken…and it wants a new, longer range LEAF.  Yesterday.

Just 787 LEAFs were delivered last month (down -49%), which translated to the lowest share of overall Nissan car sales in the last three years – 1.2% (or more if we include trucks).

Nissan LEAF sales in U.S. - April 2016

Nissan LEAF sales in U.S. – See if you can spot where the US consumer lost interest!  (data through April 2016)

Big positives came from the Ford Fusion Energi in April, as 1,331 deliveries represented growth of 87% year-over year, and a multi-year high.

The Fusion Energi is now also the 3rd best selling plug-in car for 2016 in the US, and the plug-in hybrid version takes the second highest 6.4% share in total Ford Fusion sales to date.

Ford Fusion Energi sales in U.S. - April 2016

Ford Fusion Energi sales in U.S. – April 2016

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10 Comments on "U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales Overview – April 2016"

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I find market share of less than 1% rather disappoints, but with teslas ambitious plans this may change rather quickly towards the end of next year.

Especially when you compare it to Norway’s 25%.
It would be interesting to know California’s plug-in market share.

Heavier taxation of the non-plugin cars is the recipe. In Norway the plugin market share last month was approx. 40 %.

March 16 beat Dec 15?


March 2016 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales In US Hit All-Time Record High

Good time to negotiate on a Leaf.

Come on now, Nissan! Wakey-wakey! It’s high time to release the updated LEAF and retake the top position!

Sad days for Nissan…..The GA tax credit repeal and $200/year EV tax was the killer of the leaf…..

Now they must sell on the merits of the vehicle — not the generosity of a state.

Actually I think the real killer of the Leaf is it’s age combined with the fact that there are simply more and better options available, and several more becoming available soon. I drive a Leaf, and I’m in Georgia, and if I were to go buy or lease a plugin right now it would definitely not be a Leaf.
The tax credit repeal definitely hurt sales in GA, but all good things must come to an end. The $200 annual EV fee is IMO a non-issue. If you can afford to lease or buy a Leaf, $200 per year isn’t a deal breaker.

Plug-in hybrid advocate

I love my new Fusion Energi (’16). I prefer my roomy, solid, comfortable plug-in hybrid Fusion to the tiny, flimsy light-weights buzzing around me here in So Cal.

I’ve driven 5,500 miles in 4 months and filled the tank 5 times (65 gallons total)…. ’nuff said. No need to parce the range/MPG’s/etc ad-nauseum in an attempt to prop up your dingbat cars. I drive a very cool car and save a ton on gas.