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Published on January 10th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

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Tesla, Chevy Bolt, & Other EV Production & Sales Numbers In 2017 — You Guess!

January 10th, 2017 by  


CleanTechnica reader “No way” had a great suggestion last week — poll the community on 2017 Tesla production and delivery predictions. We actually did this last year, but I forgot to check on the numbers until Karl Graves emailed them over. A few of us were quite close to nailing the 2016 total. However, I think some of us didn’t carefully consider production versus delivery figures, so we are clearly separating those figures in this year’s poll.

In case you missed the news:

  • 83,922 Tesla vehicles were produced in 2016
  • 76,230 Tesla vehicles were delivered in 2016

Close calls for “production estimates” (aka guesses) from our community were:

  • Brent Jatko — 75,000 (super close to the actual deliveries total)
  • Zach Shahan (me) — 83,100
  • Tim — 83,101 (that’s how you slickly win a projection poll :D)
  • Zorba — 88,000

I decided it would be interesting to also see crowdsourced projections for other EV sales this year — Chevy Bolt sales, Chevy Volt sales, Nissan LEAF sales, Toyota Prius Prime sales, BMW i3 sales, Ford Energi sales — as well as for overall EV sales. So, below is a poll on the above electric models and overall EV sales (deliveries). If you want to chime in non-anonymously as well, please drop a comment below the article with your precise guesses!

Oh, one last note: there are global production and delivery questions for the Tesla models, but the other questions (as you should see) are only for US deliveries. Be careful with your answers!

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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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