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Chevy Bolt Rises Higher (November US Electric Car Sales Report)

The big electric car sales story again in November was that Chevy Bolt sales rose again, and took the #1 spot again.

The next tier was Tesla’s showroom — the Model S and Model X — based on my estimates for the month*.

Note: You can toggle between US electric car sales charts for November 2017, November 2016, Jan–Nov 2017, and Jan–Nov 2016 via the little tabs near the top of the interactive chart above.

The big electric car sales story again in November was that Chevy Bolt sales rose again, and took the #1 spot again.

The next tier was Tesla’s showroom — the Model S and Model X — based on my estimates for the month*.

There there were again the two fairly popular plug-in hybrids — the roomier Toyota Prius Prime and the bigger-battery Chevy Volt.

Another notable drop-off lands on the Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi, and then there’s another notable drop-off before getting to the bottom of the pile. However, note that I don’t have full plug-in vehicle data since there are several companies that don’t break out sales of their plug-in car models. For example, the Fiat 500e, Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, and some BMW PHEV models may well see some decent sales, but they don’t publish such data.

Together, the fully electric car models here saw ~45% growth in sales in Jan–Nov 2017 versus Jan–Nov 2016. Plug-in hybrids saw ~16% growth in that period. And the percentage growth for all of them combined was an estimated ~33%.

I have a feeling we’re going to see a little explosion in sales in December, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see. Stay tuned.

*There are several automakers that don’t break out sales of their electric models (for example, sales of the BMW 330e are hidden within sales of the BMW 3 Series). As such, we have little insight into how many of these cars are sold in the US. Rather than guess, we exclude them from these monthly reports.

However, Tesla makes various statements about sales from time to time and offers some quarterly numbers, and Tesla vehicles are a more significant part of the EV market, so I create estimates based on every Tesla statement I can find as well as Tesla registration data in Europe and China. But do note that Tesla doesn’t publicly break out monthly sales and doesn’t break out country-by-country sales, so these estimates are definitely not precise.

Also published on EV Obsession’s Electric Car Sales page.


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