U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales Rise In June 2018


June plug-in sales keep the tide rising.

Q2 2018 carves a spot in history as being the most productive quarter to date for U.S. plug-in electric car sales, surpassing last quarter and Q4 2017. An estimated grand total of 69,641 electric cars were sold last quarter, which is well over 10,000 more units than any other quarter, historically. While June deliveries failed to reach our optimistic estimates (26,500), the month still lands in the third position on our list of the best months of all time for EV sales.

We estimate a total of 25,179 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in June, compared to last year’s 17,046 and last month’s 24,560.

Historically, the final month of most quarters has shown the biggest leap in sales. However, June has sometimes been the exception. Most often, the month is still the best of Q2, but by a slim margin, rather than a notable leap. In addition, there have been times when June sales have been narrowly exceeded by May sales.

Fortunately, that wasn’t the case this year. The coming months hold fantastic promise for U.S. electric car deliveries. Moreover, the end of Q3 and Q4 should prove incredible for U.S. EV sales.

Based on automakers’ sales reports and our estimates, 124,687 plug-in cars have been delivered through the end of June 2018.

Top Months for U.S. EV Sales to Date (estimated):

  1. March 2018 – 26,373
  2. December 2017 – 26,107
  3. June 2018 – 25,179
  4. December 2016 – 24,785
  5. May 2018 – 24,560

The Tesla Model 3 topped our chart once again with 6,062 estimated deliveries. This makes it six months in a row that the Model 3 has been the EV sales leader. While June’s U.S. numbers don’t set a new all-time Model 3 delivery record, if we add in the estimated 2,250 or more Canadian Model 3 deliveries, Model 3 sales are up well over 20 percent. We assume that it will not leave that top position at any point in the foreseeable future and will continue to set and break records month after month.

The Toyota Prius Prime lands in the two-spot for the year as a whole, regardless of numbers being down from previous months, at 2,237.

The Chevrolet Volt grabs up the seventh position for June based on our estimates (1,336), however, it’s not enough to push it into the top five on the year. Chevrolet Bolt sales were down again and at another low point for 2018 as inventories are drying up, more Bolt EVs were delivered to South Korea, and GM is in the midst of another model year switch. Our estimates put the Bolt in the eighth spot for June (1,083), though it snags the fifth spot for the year as a whole.

Overall for the year, the Tesla Model S and Model X land in the third and fourth positions on our chart after both met expectations with a solid sales month (2nd and 3rd for June, respectively). According to our research, Tesla sold an estimated 2,750 Model S sedans and 2,550 Model X SUVs, which is an impressive jump from last June’s U.S. deliveries, especially when considering the impact of the Model 3. Last June, Tesla delivered an estimated total of 4,550 vehicles in the States. Fast forward to this year and Tesla’s total estimated U.S. sales in June add up to 11,362!

The Nissan LEAF and Honda Clarity PHEV were the only other vehicles to sell over 1,000 copies in June. LEAF sales dropped from last month and last year, totaling 1,367 for June 2018. The LEAF grabs the eighth spot overall for the year thus far. The Clarity keeps pushing along pretty incredibly to say the least. Honda delivered 1,445 Clarity Plug-in Hybrids last month, putting it in the seventh position overall on the year.

We’ll leave you with some other final data points and another look at our completed sales chart.

Other Statistical Points of Interest from June 2018

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla* – 11,362
  2. General Motors* – 2,437
  3. BMW Group –  2,253
  4. Toyota – 2,237
  5. Honda – 1,571
  6. Nissan –  1,367

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In June*

  1. BEV – 14,612
  2. PHEV – 10,567

*Based on estimates due to the lack of U.S. monthly sales reporting by Tesla and GM, as well as BMW i3 splits (BEV + REx).

Tesla Model 318752485382038756250606224,367
Toyota Prius Prime 14962050292226262924223714,255
Tesla Model S8001125337512501520275010,820
Tesla Model X70097528251025145025509,525
Chevrolet Bolt EV1177142417741275112510837,858
Chevrolet Volt*71398317821325167513367,814
Honda Clarity PHEV59488110611049163914456,669
Nissan LEAF  15089515001171157613676,659
Ford Fusion Energi6407947827427406044,302
BMW 530e2244136895187299423,515
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  3826239925034245803,504
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid**3754504804256507103,090
BMWX5 xDrive 40e2615966275634993212,867
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV3003233732732973901,956
Fiat 500e**  2102352852152502251,420
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron1451992141892672381,252
Kia Niro PHEV1552462271202182811,247
Volvo XC60 PHEV1091551671412142261,012
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV22178218180217143958
Mercedes C350e29172208158166176909
BMW 330e101142202166150138899
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid1249336275168831
Mini Countryman SE PHEV12710074106163211781
Kia Soul EV  11516315715213357777
Volkswagen e-Golf  1781981641287632776
Porsche Cayenne S-E1131211972655912767
Kia Optima PHEV861031561429883668
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV991069390126133647
smart ED  849010380110126593
Honda Clarity BEV  203104485237126570
Ford C-Max Energi23414210557186562
Mercedes GLE 550e4470181938375546
Ford Focus Electric  7073137838850501
Hyundai Sonata PHEV525478386762351
BMW i8323947576445284
Mercedes GLC 350e557596466251
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV272952293035202
Hyundai IONIQ EV  4936073247198
BMW 740e182331601716165
Cadillac CT6 PHEV62417423018137
Mercedes B250e  404933730132
Mercedes S550e1331197750
2018 U.S. Sales Totals12,04916,84526,37319,68124,56025,179124,687
2017 U.S. Sales Totals11,00412,37518,54213,36716,59617,04615,54016,51421,24214,31517,17826,107199,826
2018 Worldwide Sales*82,00081,000141,000128,450159,346157,933749,729

Above – 2018 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Monthly or Quarterly Totals, ** Estimated (Based on State/Rebate Data and other reports), Credit to HybridCars.com for assistance on Hyundai/Kia and some BMW data. BEV models are designated with the icon.

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Wow, the 530e is really winning a lot of converts and who got Sergio to release more 500es?

It’s impressive how many VERY lightly used 530es are for sale, with Carfaxes showing that they were corporate vehicles. Probably good for the tax credits for the corporate purchasers.

BMW prices their plugin hybrids to sell so it is not surprising…
They could probably sell a lot more but battery supply…

Only one new model so far in 2018. The very low volume Mercedes 350e. EV sales in us more and more dominated by Tesla. Need some other manufacturers to step it up.

It is amazing to me that 7 years in it is Tesla or the Bolt if you want a BEV. The LEAF doesn’t really count yet with that wimpy pack. I really thought that the economies of scale would have kicked in by 2015 and that pack prices would be lower than they are now. It really comes down to the pack. In order to have decent range, you need to have at least 60 kWh and up until very recently that meant a $12,000+ pack. The Bolt came so close to being a good car but between the compact Chevy look and the slow DCFC rate, it just doesn’t measure up.
My Gen I Volt looks pretty good right now. Paid off, 930 mpg, with just a $25 monthly fuel bill. No need for SuperChargers or DCFC’ers.

The Global / World Top 5 EV Sales by Model line up for the first half of the year has just been released.
2 from China, 2 from Japan and 1 from the USA.


Tesla will sell 1% of all U.S. cars in q3.

With an average selling price of 36000 $ for U.S. cars, this should translate into some 2% of the industry’s total U.S. revenues (cars + light trucks, q3). Tesla starts eating into the established car makers’ balance sheets. 🙂

Hyundai Ionic EV: only 198 deliveries in the first half of 2018.

Why is Hyundai not delivering more of them?

It’s a very efficient EV, and the price is affordable as well.

Is it really a matter of too few batteries?

When is Hyundai going to change the battery pack in this EV?

It is a compliance car, Hyundai doesn’t want to produce more of it.

It is not a serious EV effort and neither is the Kona (similarly low production numbers planned).

yup, coming off my 2015 lease I really wanted to buy a Kona or Niro later this year, but seeing the general trend of things said F- it and got a new Leaf instead. Gonna cost $5000 more than the lease buyout, not going to complain too much.

Silence before the Model 3 storm. May the Tesla Tsunami rise to amazing levels in Q3 and Q4. Amazing times await us.

If Tesla focuses ALL production for USA now to December, that could be about 4,000 each Model S & Model X for July (& each month forward), plus about 20,000 Model 3’s in July (since so many were ‘In Transit’)!

Meanwhile, BMW has built the last X5e until next August. Just clearing out inventory until then.

M3 deliveries in US during July at least 15k

That sounds a bit optimistic, but I would love to see it happen. My guess would be closer to 10-12k for July, 15-20k for August. But more Teslas sooner would be a good thing.

44.7% of all EVs sold were Tesla in June in the US, or 76% of all BEVs. Elons said he bet the company on the Model III. It was a good bet!

10,000 – 15,000

That’s a safe bet

But I too would prefer to say “at least 15,000”.

Who can make a more educated guess?

I’m in the “at least 15,000” camp.

Latest statement from Elon is that 5,000/week right now takes a lot of effort, but they should be able to do it without effort in about a month. While no proof positive, this sounds like they are actually trying to keep up the 5,000/week in spite of the difficulties?…

Even if not, my unscientific guess is that — baring another production shut-down for optimisations — something close to 4,000/week average should be doable at this point.

Also, let’s not forget the ~10,000 vehicles in transit at the end of June… So even if production in July is low, we should see quite a lot of deliveries.

Most of the production of July will be delivered in August.

But I just might be wrong about that.

No, the lag isn’t 30 days. I recall hearing 11 days to two weeks. Don’t forget they do factory pickups, so at least some are less than a week. That gives 10k for sure, plus another 10k of the model III, plus another 2-4k of S and X, so my guess is 22-24k, which I expect to be stable state for the summer, maybe a four percent rise month to month until they optimize for 10k model III by November. I predict that they will finish the year bigger than Cadillac and Lincoln in the US.

10,000 Model 3 per week is now planned for mid-2019.

Low Bolt orders has at least partly been a supply issue. I ordered mine 2 months ago. When the dealer couldn’t get the one I wanted (none in Oregon close to my specs), they ordered me one, one of the last accepted orders for 2018. Two weeks later the factory let them know they wouldn’t build my 2018 after all. So now I’m waiting for my 2019 that was ordered 4 weeks ago. To their credit, they have continued to honor the pretty low negotiated price all the way to the 2019 model, plus throw in a couple freebies due to the delay.

Bolt inventory has been 2700 plus or minus 50 for a month or two. Today it is up to 2860. The increased production might be hitting the car carriers this week.

The dealer model here sucks. The sooner it dies off, the sooner EVs will be more popular here. I wish you had a more encpuraging experience.

“Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

Tesla* – 11,362
General Motors* – 2,437
BMW Group – 2,253
Toyota – 2,237
Honda – 1,445
Nissan – 1,367”

Forgot to add 126 BEV to Honda. 1445+126=1571.

What is this for? USA only or World Sales?, YTD or Monthly?

monthly, US only

Thank you!

Well I predict July will be above 30,000 EV’s sold in US.

Is there a similar chart available for California only?

Last month will be the last time less than 25k units will ever be sold in a month….50k/month on the horizon!!

You have a story that Jaguar delivered its first 3 cars to Wamo this month — so why not on this list???

Jaguar didn’t report those US sales figures for June and we’ve never gotten the 100s or 1000s of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Waymo fleet vehicle numbers either. We’ve still haven’t received any word as to how those vehicles are counted, since it is a different vehicle (built specifically for Waymo’s autonomous efforts). This has been an issue in regards to our Pacifica Hybrid count all along, but they don’t report those either. If and when we ever get some official confirmation on this matter, we plan to share it.

Additionally, it appears that those I-Pace’s may have been delivered in early July.

All the June report states is:

“The all new electric Jaguar I-PACE goes on sale later this year.”


Thanks for the detailed explanation. I just want to see those numbers rising!!