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Tesla, Chevy Volt, & Ford Energi Top US Electric Car Sales Charts

2016 Chevy Volt

2017 Chevy Volt by Robyn Purchia for CleanTechnica | EV Obsession

Yes, Ford Energi in the title probably comes as a little bit of a surprise, but if you add Ford’s two Energi models together, they almost tie the Chevy Volt for #2 in US electric car sales in April at 17%. This, combined with the Chevy Volt’s great sales and Tesla’s continual domination of the large luxury sedan segment, repeat to me what I’ve emphasized in previous months: I think the low- to medium-range electric car market is suffering as people wait for the long-range and affordable Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, and presumably future-gen Nissans and BMWs.

Tesla Model X side

Tesla Model X P90D by Kyle Field for CleanTechnica | EV Obsession

Tesla’s high-end, long-range models don’t seem to be getting hit (demand has even risen since the Model 3 unveiling. Similarly, plug-in hybrid models, which seem to have a slightly different customer base of people who are fine with gas backup when outside of their normal urban or regional range, also seem to be doing alright. Part of this could also be due to the larger size of the Ford Fusion Energi — large, affordable, fully electric cars with long angle haven’t been announced — as well as the fairly long electric range and appealing specs of the Chevy Volt.

Ford Fusion Energi 6

Ford Fusion Energi by Cynthia Shahan for CleanTechnica | EV Obsession

Naturally, it’s also important that GM and Ford sell these cars nationwide. Most other EVs on the market are “compliance cars” that aren’t widely available. A Ford shopper can walk into a dealership in many places in the country and potentially be “sold up” to a Fusion Energi or C-Max Energi rather than a conventional one.

Overall, EV sales in the US were up 28% from April 2016 compared to April 2015, and up 15.5% for the year to date. Nonetheless, fully electric vehicle sales (despite growth in Tesla sales) were just up 0.5% and down 5%, respectively. Total EV sales accounted for 0.8% of the country’s passenger auto sales in April 2016.

Tesla Model 3 unveiling red

Tesla Model 3 by Kyle Field for CleanTechnica | EV Obsession

Tying things back to Tesla’s bombshell announcement last night, if you assume Tesla will reach its target of 500,000 sales in 2018, and you assume half of those will go to the US, you’d get 20,833 Tesla sales a month in 2018 from Tesla alone, approximately twice the entire US EV market right now. Naturally, 50% to the US is maybe a bit high, and you can adjust to 40% or 30% if you like, but you get the point.

Take a look at the charts and table for more detail.

Toggle between the 4 tabs at the top of the chart above to change between April 2016, April 2015, YTD 2016, and YTD 2015.

US EV Sales 2016 - Apr US EV Sales 2016 - Apr 1

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.


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