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.


Source: Electric Vehicle News