August 2018 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Soar In U.S.

August goes down in the history books

We estimate a total of 36,380 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in August, compared to last year’s 16,514 and last month’s 29,514. Based on automakers’ sales reports and our estimates, 190,046 plug-in cars have been delivered through the end of August 2018. Needless to say, it was the best month of all time by a long shot! Not to mention the extreme level of other records broken.

Now, four out of five months in 2018 have claimed a spot on our list of top months of all time for U.S. EV sales. Tesla is obviously dominating the U.S. market, as well as making waves globally, not to mention a huge kudos to InsideEVs from CEO Elon Musk, as well as the Model 3 making waves domestically and globally. Too much news on that to share here, but check out our news feed for more coverage.

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

  1. August 2018 – 36,380 
  2. July 2018 – 29,514
  3. March 2018 – 26,373
  4. December 2017 – 26,107
  5. June 2018 – 25,019

The Tesla Model 3 topped our chart by a landslide, with 17,800 estimated deliveries. This makes it eight months in a row that the Model 3 has been the U.S. EV sales leader. At 55,882 estimated sales so far this year, it is so far beyond all other models there’s just no comparison. It also accounts for nearly half of all EV sales in the U.S. for August and more than one-quarter of all EV sales for the year to date.

If you include the Model S and Model X (3rd and 4th on the year, respectively), Tesla delivered an estimated 23,175 vehicles last month, which accounts for about two-thirds of all EVs sold in the U.S. in August. For the year as a whole, Tesla has sold a whopping 84,127 vehicles in the U.S. out of a total of some ~190,000 overall EV sales to date, based on our estimates. Soon, the automaker should be accounting for over half of all electric vehicles sold in the U.S. for 2018.

The Model 3 also outsold all BMW passenger cars in the U.S. in August and broke into the top five best-selling passenger car sales on our shores. These aren’t the only new records broken by the Model 3, the list goes on and on. Whether or not you’re a Tesla fan, this is truly incredible news for EV market share and adoption. The news was so positive and Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemed so confident in our estimates that he tweeted the stories out, which eventually led to InsideEVs sales making national news.

Let’s move along to the other top-selling electric vehicles in the U.S. this August:

Not surprisingly, the Toyota Prius Prime lands in the four-spot for the month and the second-place position for the year as a whole, with sales on the rise from last month, at 2,071.

The Chevrolet Volt significantly surpasses its EV stablemate to grab up the fifth-place position for August based on our estimates (1,825) and remains in the fifth position for the year thus far. Chevrolet Bolt sales were up a touch to 1,225 to put the Bolt in the eighth spot for August and the sixth place position for 2018 as a whole.

The Honda Clarity PHEV and Nissan LEAF were the only other vehicles to sell over 1,000 copies in August, landing the cars in the sixth and seventh positions on our sales chart for the month and No. 7 and 8 on the year, respectively. LEAF sales improved from last month and last year, totaling 1,315 for August 2018. The Clarity keeps pushing along with an estimated 1,495 Plug-in Hybrids delivered in the U.S. last month.

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

Other Statistical Points of Interest from August 2018

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla* – 23,175
  2. General Motors* – 3,073
  3. Toyota – 2,071
  4. BMW Group – 1,836
  5. Honda – 1,689
  6. Nissan –  1,315

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In August*

  1. BEV – 26,372
  2. PHEV – 10,008

*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), and multiple automakers refusing to reach out or reply related to individual EV sales.

2018 U.S. EV SALES JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC TOTAL
Tesla Model 3 1875 2485 3820 3750 6000 5902 14250 17800 55,882
Toyota Prius Prime 1496 2050 2922 2626 2924 2237 1984 2071 18,310
Tesla Model S 800 1125 3375 1250 1520 2750 1200 2625 14,645
Tesla Model X 700 975 2825 1025 1450 2550 1325 2750 13,600
Chevrolet Volt* 713 983 1782 1325 1675 1336 1475 1825 11,114
Chevrolet Bolt EV 1177 1424 1774 1275 1125 1083 1175 1225 10,258
Honda Clarity PHEV* 594 881 1061 1049 1639 1445 1440 1495 9,604
Nissan LEAF  150 895 1500 1171 1576 1367 1149 1315 9,123
Ford Fusion Energi 640 794 782 742 740 604 522 396 5,220
BMW 530e* 224 413 689 518 729 942 536 749 4,800
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  382 623 992 503 424 580 464 418 4,386
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid** 375 450 480 425 650 710 450 654 4,194
BMWX5 xDrive 40e* 261 596 627 563 499 321 431 264 3,562
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 300 323 373 273 297 390 350 366 2,672
Kia Niro PHEV* 155 246 227 120 218 281 225 346 1,818
Fiat 500e**  210 235 285 215 250 225 220 75 1,715
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* 145 199 214 189 267 238 220 240 1,712
Volvo XC60 PHEV* 109 155 167 141 214 226 185 210 1,407
Mercedes C350e* 29 172 208 158 166 176 165 170 1,244
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid* 1 2 49 336 275 168 195 200 1,226
BMW 330e* 101 142 202 166 150 138 106 192 1,197
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV* 22 178 218 180 217 143 180 43 1,181
Mini Countryman SE PHEV* 127 100 74 106 163 211 210 128 1,119
Kia Soul EV 115 163 157 152 133 57 130 33 940
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV* 99 106 93 90 126 133 115 125 887
Porsche Cayenne S-E* 113 121 197 265 59 12 15 45 827
Volkswagen e-Golf  178 198 164 128 76 32 18 32 826
smart ED  84 90 103 80 110 126 103 108 804
Kia Optima PHEV* 86 103 156 142 98 83 90 39 797
Honda Clarity BEV 203 104 48 52 37 126 120 75 765
Mercedes GLE 550e* 44 70 181 93 83 75 85 90 721
Ford C-Max Energi 234 142 105 57 18 6 4 4 570
Ford Focus Electric  70 73 137 83 88 50 46 7 554
Hyundai Sonata PHEV* 52 54 78 38 67 62 60 20 431
BMW i8 32 39 47 57 64 45 72 67 423
Mercedes GLC 350e* 5 57 59 64 66 60 65 376
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV* 27 29 52 29 30 35 30 40 272
Hyundai IONIQ EV 49 3 60 7 32 47 35 21 254
BMW 740e* 18 23 31 60 17 16 40 18 223
Cadillac CT6 PHEV* 6 24 17 42 30 18 26 23 186
Mercedes B250e  40 49 33 7 3 0 0 1 133
Mercedes S550e* 13 3 11 9 7 7 8 10 68
2018 U.S. Sales Totals 12,049 16,845 26,373 19,556 24,310 25,019 29,514 36,380 190,046
2017 U.S. Sales Totals 11,004 12,375 18,542 13,367 16,596 17,046 15,540 16,514 21,242 14,315 17,178 26,107 199,826
2018 Worldwide Sales* 82,000 81,000 141,000 128,450 159,346 157,933 144,975 894,704

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). BEV models are designated with the icon.


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National Drive Electric Week 2018 kicks off

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2021 BMW X5 plug-in, compact battery testing, and National Drive Electric Week: Today's Car News

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Jaguar Inks Deals With Samsung SDI For Cylindrical 21700 Battery Cells

Jaguar Land Rover to use 21700 cylindrical cells.

According to Korea Times, Samsung SDI will supply lithium-ion batteries for future Jaguar Land Rover electric cars.

Currently, the Jaguar I-PACE is equipped with pouch cells from LG Chem, but it seems that JLR intends to try out Samsung SDI and the cylindrical type of cells, the new 21700 format used by Tesla in the Model 3.

The cylindrical type apparently will be produced at the European factory in Hungary, although Samsung SDI first needs to install a new production line for the 21700. The Jaguar I-PACE is assembled near, in Austria – it’s not yet known where the new models will be made.

“Samsung SDI fiercely competed with other battery makers including LG Chem and Panasonic to win a contract from the British carmaker since last year. The company declined to confirm, saying “we cannot offer information related with our customer companies.””

“Samsung SDI is expected to initially supply EV cells of 5 gigawatt hours (GWh) a year, which will be about 300 million cylindrical cells. Samsung SDI is known to have battery manufacturing capacity of about 80 million cells a month.”

5 GWh of cell production would be big jump for Samsung SDI. Such amount of batteries would be enough for more than 55,000 90 kWh packs (I-PACE size).

Source: Korea Times


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Nissan and EVgo Open I-95 Fast Charging ARC

Nissan and EVgo electrified I-95 between Boston and Washington D.C.

Nine stations with a total of 52 fast chargers were installed across I-95 to enable the 500-mile journey from Boston to Washington D.C. The project was conducted by Nissan and EVgo, which expanded its charging network beyond 1,000 fast chargers in total.

The Northeast fast charging corridor “I-95 Fast Charging ARC” currently offers 50 kW DC fast chargers with CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System (CCS) plugs, but stations were pre-wired for higher charging outputs to allow easy upgrading to 150 kW fast chargers in the future. At least four chargers are available at each station.

“Nissan remains the global leader in EV sales, and its “Infrastructure for All” initiative has played a crucial role in the development of the I-95 Fast Charging ARC. As part of this inclusivity initiative, all charging stations feature both CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System (CCS) fast charging outlets providing access to all EVs available today with fast charging capability. Owners of Nissan LEAFs can charge their vehicles up to 80 percent in only 30 to 40 minutes when using one of the DC outlets.

As part of Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program**, owners of Nissan LEAF models can charge their vehicle for up to 30 minutes complimentary charging at any participating DC fast-charge station. LEAF owners are eligible for this program for two years following their time of vehicle purchase.

“No Charge to Charge” covers 55 markets nationwide, making it accessible to 93 percent of LEAF sales. Additionally, Nissan has spent over $60 million on EV infrastructure, resulting in the average LEAF driver being within 10 minutes’drive to a fast charge site.

The I-95 Fast Charging ARC is the newest addition to EVgo’s charging network that includes more than 1000 fast charging stations spanning 34 states.”

Cathy Zoi, the CEO of EVgo said:

“EVgo and Nissan’s I-95 Fast Charging ARC is designed to make fast charging easy and convenient for EV drivers from Boston to Washington D.C. Because we own our fast charging stations, EVgo drivers can rely on us to offer exceptional service from coast to coast. We applaud Nissan’s historic leadership in infrastructure investment in partnership with EVgo, affording drivers the opportunity to rely on the I-95 Fast Charging ARC today.”

Brian Maragno, director, EV sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. said:

“We’re excited to continue pioneering the development of electric vehicle infrastructure with the opening of our second charging `corridor’project in the U.S. This charging route along one of the most heavily populated areas of the country further demonstrates our commitment to the mass implementation and future development of easily accessible EV technology and will foster EV travel up and down the Northeastern coast of the United States.”

Nissan and EVgo open ‘I-95 Fast Charging ARC’ connecting EV Drivers between Boston and Washington D.C.


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Jaguar I-PACE Sales Hit 140 In August

The Jaguar I-PACE sales ramp-up is more than a bit disappointing

Introducing a new all-electric model on the market isn’t as easy as some might think. Jaguar in August sold just 140 I-PACE, according to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de).

Total sales of the I-Pace in its first few months on the market now stand at 558.

It’s hard to say whether Jaguar is experiencing some Tesla-like production hell, but there is an urgent need to ramp up production as in the Netherlands alone, 3,500 I-PACe are needed to satisfy demand ahead of tax changes.

Additionally, it seems likely Jaguar will delay the launch of the I-Pace in other markets now (like in the U.S.) as it attempts to fulfill a mounting backlog of demand over in Europe.


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This BMW i3 Goes 435 Miles Per Charge

The all-new 100kWh, denser and safer battery proves to be a big range provider.

For the BMW i3, the jury is somewhat still out. The futuristic, all-electric city slicker is one of those cars whose value you cannot fully grasp. When it was released, the BMW i3 produced kind of an underwhelming feeling. But, at the same time, it was one of the most highly-coveted pieces of EVs money can buy. Just like with its bigger sibling – the BMW i8 – some boxes were clearly not ticked. While the all-electric configuration and performance were touted as the biggest drawbacks of what is actually a solid all-around car, for the i3, the range was the biggest drawback.

When released, the small electric car from the Bavarian car maker featured a somewhat tiny 33kWh battery which provides 114 miles of driving range, according to the EPA. Good for the town, bad for pretty much everything else. Naturally, BMW tried to combat that with the REx version which employed a petrol powerplant that provided more juice for the batteries. However, range clearly was too low.

Hence, in order to prove what this modular platform can do, a German energy storage company Lion Smart just revealed their own battery pack for the i3. While still in development, this “Light Battery” pack concept uses a modular design meant to reduce costs and improve safety. For the BMW i3, however, that means the German company crammed a high-density 100kWh battery pack into the BMW i3. In turn, that results in a range of about 435 miles (700 kilometers).

While it’s still unclear whether that’s based on the NEDC or WLTP cycle, or the company’s own internal testing, this is an impressive uptake over the OEM range provided by this vehicle. To make matters even more compelling, that’s the same range that BMW expects from their own iNext EV, slated for a 2022 debut. In reality, it seems that BMW – alongside other German car makers – produced impressive modular technology for their new cars. However, they lack in the battery departments.

You can learn all about the BMW i3 they’ve used and the Lion Light battery technology in the video below. Some impressive engineering & design ideas are implemented to make this battery pack, allowing it to be completely flexible in terms of capacity, voltage and physical dimensions.

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Watch Lucid Air Set Laguna Lap Record

Lucid Air completes a Laguna Seca lap in 1:41.67 or even quicker…

Lucid Motors recently took the Lucid Air electric car on tests at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and set a lap time of 1:41.67 on production 21-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires.

The results are among the fastest for electric cars, just several seconds behind the #1 spot held by a modified Tesla Model S and some 7 seconds ahead of the lap time recently set by a Tesla Model 3 Performance.

The time bests that of the Jaguar I-Pace too, which completed a lap in 1:48.18.

The results could be even better with track tires. Using Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R road-legal track tires and pushed harder, Lucid Air was able to clock 1:39.30. Hopefully, the strong performance will encourage investors to give Lucid the opportunity to move into the production phase.

Videos from both runs can be seen below.

“WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, nestled in the hills of the Monterey Peninsula on California’s central coast, is one of the most demanding road courses in the world. With a combination of high-speed straights, blind crests, heavy-braking zones, and dramatic elevation changes, the track quickly highlights any weaknesses in a vehicle. In early August, we took a Lucid Air prototype through its paces around the track in a test and development session.”

“We subject our vehicles to rigorous testing to find their limits. We then pore through the test data to refine our advanced simulation models and to iterate our designs. For this test and development session, we focused on performance, thermal management, braking-system cooling, aerodynamics, and handling.

The prototype used is set up to our latest showroom intent, with the exception of swapping the interior trim for a 6-point roll cage and fire-suppression system, and adding high-temperature brake pads and brake fluid. The result is a car that is within a few percent of our production weight.

The Lucid Air’s performance at Laguna Seca was impressive. The instantaneous response and unrelenting torque of Lucid’s electric powertrain, combined with playful yet sure-footed handling, make the Air engaging on the track.

Driven by a Lucid Chassis & Vehicle Dynamics engineer, the Lucid Air set a Laguna Seca lap time of 1:41.67 on our production 21-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires, putting us among some very performance-focused competition.”

Lucid Air at Laguna Seca

“Determined to subject our car to ever-increasing lateral and longitudinal punishment, we next fitted Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R road-legal track tires and pushed harder. The result was a time of 1:39.30.”

“Performance and driver involvement have always been high on our list of priorities, with Peter Rawlinson, our Chief Technical Officer, hailing from Jaguar and Lotus, and the engineering team including veterans of Red Bull F1, Porsche, BMW, and Aston Martin.

Each challenge we throw at the Lucid Air allows us to create a better vehicle, with this testing representing a snapshot in time as the Air evolves and improves day by day. We are establishing the new benchmark not just for electric vehicles but for all luxury mobility.”

1:41.67 on our production 21-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires

1:39.30 on Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R road-legal track tires and pushed harder


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