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