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5 Electric Car Models = ⅔ Of US Electric Car Sales

Originally published on EV Obsession, and added to our larger “Electric Car Sales” page.

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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