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

JUN 7 2016 BY MARK KANE 11

May 2016 wasn’t lucky enough to bring numerical growth to plug-in car sales in the U.S., as 11,423 were delivered (some 1% below 2015).

However, we should note that sales expressed as a percentage was up, as May 2016 only had 24 selling days in it, as compared to the 26 selling days found in 2015.   Accounting for selling days, sales increased 7.2% (or an adjusted ~12,375 sales).

Roughly 50,000 plug-in were sold in the first five months of 2016 – which is up 13% year-over-year.

Market share in May stands at 0.74%.

U.S. Plug-in car sales – May 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – May 2016

Last month, the mainstream plug-in electric car counter for the US exceeded the 450,000 mark, and now quickly heads for the 500,000 milestone before the end of the year.

As always, all the historical monthly sales can be found on our US plug-in scorecard here, as well as a recap of the latest month’s individual model results.

U.S. Plug-in car sales – May 2016

U.S. Plug-in car sales – May 2016

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What’s a selling day? I see 22 weekdays, so 24 in article means something else?

I wonder if we won’t see a short downturn in EV sales due to people waiting on the Bolt and Model 3. I think you’d have to be crazy to buy an sub 200-mile EV at this time.

There is nothing crazy about NOT needing a 200 mile range plug-in vehicle. My needs could be easily served by a 15 mile PHEV. No daily trip exceeds 13 miles and I have access to chargers at my employer as well as at home.
I may retire my 2001 Prius for a Prius Prime or Ford C-Max Energi (I just don’t fit inside a Chevy Volt). All trips exceeding my routine travel typically also exceed the range of sub-120 mile EV’s. I have no qualms about occasionally exercizing the ICE that I operate on 60% ethanol anyway.

And May 2015 was worse than May 2014. With more mediocre range EV models than ever, sales are in the tank until Bolt delivers start.

I blame this downward trend on the lack of green stickers, for PHEV, here in California.

Gen 2 Volt are selling at a better pace than Gen1 Volt with stickers back in 2012/2013.

Fusion Energi is selling better than ever as well.

Neither has HOV stickers. Granted that Volt 2.0 is selling on merit and Fusion Energi is selling on price, looks and interior passenger space.

You are right that “other inferior PHEVs” aren’t selling without the stickers.

How is rush hour up north compare to us Southerners?

The Georgia credit change is having a big impact on the BEV market. I don’t see Nissan bragging about Atlanta LEAF sales at all anymore.

Couple that with Bolt holdouts and Model 3 mania, it is definitely holding back a portion of the market.

I was watching an announcement by Pres Obama (2009 or 2010) in which he hoped/predicted “a million electric cars in America by 2015.”
Sad that this has yet to pass.

Obama was off by 195 countries.

I can’t help but feel a little disappointed looking at the graph in figure 2. The US has been sitting at 0.75% market share since August 2013. The mix of what vehicles are selling where has changed but its just not growing. Maybe the next 6 months will change but right now we’re flat with the occasional exciting bump.

Can’t wait to see what happening in the EU, with the French refinery strikes and the introduction of German incentives it could be a really good month. All we need now is the London mayor to get moving on some of his election promises and we are well on our way to a pretty unstoppable movement int the EU.