U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales Sorted By Market Share

APR 16 2016 BY MARK KANE 4

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In our previous story about U.S. plug-in electric car sales, one of the comments (oliver) was requesting a further graphical representation of plug-in  market share for every month.

Here we fulfill that wish, allowing for some tiny margin of error as a small percentage of the historical data has been estimated.

In the first full year of affordable EVs sales (way back in 2011) cumulative sales were just 0.14% of the total new light vehicle market.

Year 2012 brought some progress, and peaked at .65% in October, with a full year average share of .36%.

In 2013 market share continued to grow, reaching a .83% high in one month (also in October), with a full year average of .63%

Year 2014 maxed out at .88% in September, with a whole year average of 0.74%.

However, a rapidly growing automotive market in 2015, combined with struggling plug-in electric car sales (awaiting the new generation/refreshed Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF andToyota Prius PHV) saw the 2015 average market share drop to .66%.

Year 2016 shows things are now back on track, with far best first quarter share (by far) of .67% with a peak of .86% in March.

At this time we are pretty optimistic about crossing the fabled 1% mark in the historically best selling months of 2016 for EVs, and of course setting a new average market share record for the year.

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4 Comments on "U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales Sorted By Market Share"

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We’re going to need a bigger chart.

Certainly true if Tesla can get the Model 3 out the door.

Hopefully the Chevy Bolt will also sell much better than I suspect it will.

Let’s hope so. I don’t know that 1% is significant other than as a psychological barrier, but even so it would be great to break 1% several months this year. It does appear pure sales are headed toward a record, and perhaps will finish significantly higher than 2014. My guess / projection is for total plugin sales of around 150k for the year.

I would rather have 10% than 1%, but you have to start somewhere.