US Electric Car Sales Up 2.1% In June −

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Published on July 6th, 2016 | by Zach


US Electric Car Sales Up 2.1% In June

US electric car sales rose slightly (2.1%) in June 2016 compared to June 2015, but were up 8.5% for the year through June. That said, fully electric cars were down 35% in June, and 11% for the year through June (while plug-in hybrids were up 68% and 45.7%, respectively).

There are a variety of factors that may be the cause of the dip in fully electric car sales, including potential errors with simple estimates regarding Tesla sales (which account for a significant portion of US electric car sales). Market factors that could have influenced sales in a negative manner include:

As a portion of overall US car sales, electric cars were at 0.7% in June.

In terms of how the cars ranked, you can see that well enough via the chart at the top, but the general highlights from the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015 are that:

  • the Nissan LEAF fell from #2 in 2015 to #4 in 2016
  • the Chevy Volt rose from #3 in 2015 to #2 in 2016
  • the Ford Fusion Energi rose from #5 in 2015 to #3 in 2016
  • the BMW i3 fell from #4 in 2015 to #7 in 2016
  • the Tesla Model S was #1 both years
  • the Tesla Model X has already climbed to #5 in 2015

I also think it’s interesting that just 5 cars accounted for  of the US electric car market in June, and for the year through June.

US EV Sales 2016 - June US EV Sales 2016 - June 22

Any other thoughts on the numbers?


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  • mrk

    why so much difference between your count and this one:

    and for you sales in june down 1 % and for the other one biggest month in history…

    • Anti Lord Kelvin

      Tesla numbers estimates are the principal reason for the difference. From the total q2 deliveries announced by Tesla, and joining numbers from TMC about European registration numbers and from EV Sales blog, I think the number for Tesla S was more than 3000 in US, maybe not the 3700 figure, surely more than 3000, and surely the Insideev figure for Tesla X is very near the real one, counting on total deliveries of 4625 for this quarter and EV Sales figures for Tesla X in US for April and May that were very close to the Inside ev figures.

  • Perttu Lehtinen

    I know the reason: all EVs other than Tesla are shit.

    • Guy Hall

      Owning an S, X and LEAF, the LEAF is a better metro car and Tesla are better road trip cars, and much more expensive. Getting in and out of tight places with the leaf’s 360 degree cameras is a snap, and a tighter turning radius.

    • TheBelltower

      The BMW i8 begs to differ.

      • Perttu Lehtinen

        It’s not an EV. It’s a hybrid.

        • TheBelltower

          It can operate in full EV mode. Presumably, that’s why it’s on this list.

  • celsiustempest

    1. Mainstream market still wants and sees longer range fully electric vehicles incoming than what exists on the market today.

    2. Early adopter market has been the driving force for sales in the past and is probably still happy with their prior purchase within the last five years. So sales show signs of slowing.

    3. PHEV provides longer range, however it can be priced up to $13,000 (like a Sonata PHEV) over the ICEV model. Incentives can help, but it still winds up being ~$10K (up to 50% more expensive up front) over the ICEV model.

    4. Mainstream priced (~$25,000, in accordance with ICEV best-selling lists) full sized fully electric/PHEV sedans, trucks are still non-existent.

    5. Mainstream ICEV’s (like a Sonata) can have up to 25% better mileage than they did 7 years ago.

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