The good people over at Inside EVs have finished their tabulating, and the numbers are in: in 2017, very scarcely 200,000 electric vehicles were sole in the US. The tangible series they calculate—199,826—is a poignant boost on 2016, itself a ensign year for EVs when 158,614 found homes. What’s even some-more considerable is that altogether new automobile sales were actually down year-on-year for the first time given 2009. Still, to keep things in context, some-more than 17 million new cars were sole in 2017. So electrics have a prolonged way to go.
Tesla on top
As expected, Tesla stays at the conduct of the pack. The Model S, now in its fifth year of sales, stays the nation’s best-selling EV with 27,060 sold, no meant attainment for a automobile that starts at $74,500. And the Model X SUV had a good year, too, anticipating some-more than 21,000 buyers to turn the third-best-selling EV.
Despite this, Tesla garnered copiousness of lukewarm press on Wednesday as it suggested that Model 3 prolongation will sojourn distant reduce than Elon Musk had been earnest for at slightest the next quarter. Musk had set a aim of 5,000 Model 3s per week by the finish of 2017, a figure he now says won’t occur until Q2 2018 at the earliest.
Chevrolet’s Bolt EV was a clever second. The Bolt notched up just over 23,000 sales in 2017, a clever opening deliberation it only went on sale in all 50 states median by the year. It’s the only non-Tesla BEV to mangle the 200-mile operation barrier, doing so at a much some-more affordable cost than the Model S or Model X (or even the heavily specced Model 3s that are starting to hurl out of Tesla’s factory).
When Bolt EV and Volt sales are combined, that puts GM in a transparent second place overall. (Inside EVs, like the IRS, depends both battery EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs together.) But the Volt is selling many fewer units than compared to the same duration in 2016, no doubt as a outcome of its quite electric BEV stablemate. It was just beaten to fourth place by Toyota’s Prius Prime, which sole just under 21,000 in 2017.
2017 was not a good year for the world’s best-selling BEV, the Nissan Leaf. But there’s a reason for that—it was the last year for the old model, which has just been transposed by a cheaper, better, longer-range Leaf. Sadly for Nissan USA, the company wasn’t means to get the 2018 Leaf on sale here in time. Inventory of the older indication dusty up in the fourth quarter.
No other BEV or PHEV was means to sell some-more than 10,000 units here in 2017. The best of these was Ford’s Fusion Energi, and both BMW and Chrysler have been posting some good numbers with their 530e and Pacifica Hybrid PHEVs during the last few months.
No some-more i-MiEV
Meanwhile, at the distant conflicting finish of the chart, let’s have a moment of overpower for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Just 6 found buyers in 2017, the last of which sole in August. we reviewed the i-MiEV back in 2012, a rather underwhelming knowledge that left me recommending the Volt as a better immature automobile at the time. Five years on, there was no way the little electric kei automobile could compete.
Looking forward, we have every reason to consider 2018 will see another year of EV expansion in the US. Despite fears it would be abolished, the IRS taxation credit stays on the books for another year, something that’s still required to coax adoption of choice appetite vehicles as they sojourn some-more costly than conventionally powered cars, even if the sum costs of tenure are lower.
But—barring some variable disaster like an blast at the Gigafactory—Tesla will almost positively mangle the 200,000 accumulative sales separator in 2018. GM won’t be distant behind, as it is formulation a raft of new BEVs formed on the Bolt EV platform, nonetheless these substantially won’t arrive in big adequate numbers to mangle the 200,000 separator until 2019. Once a manufacturer reaches the sorcery 200,000 mark, the IRS credit for its cars will separate for the next two quarters, then separate again for another two quarters, before disintegrating altogether.