Friday, January 06, 2017

2016 Electric Vehicle Sales Soar:  Jumping 80 Percent over Previous December and 37 Percent over 2015

(Photo Credit: Mary Lunetta, taken at the San Diego, CA National Drive Electric Week Event in Sept, 2016.) Click to Enlarge.
This past December brought in the highest electric vehicle (EV) sales in the U.S. ever - by a lot.  According to Inside EVs, American consumers bought nearly 25,000 EVs last month, an amazing 80 percent increase over December of 2015 and a more than 7,000 car increase over the last monthly high last September.  In fact, electric vehicles really hit the road throughout 2016, with the total increase from 2015 to 2016 jumping an impressive 37 percent.  This contrasts sharply from the previous year-on-year comparison, which was about a 5 percent decrease in sales.

To put this milestone in context, 2016 saw three times the 52,000 EVs sold in the U.S. in 2012 — a major leap for any industry in just four years.

Some EV models had very high year over year jumps from 2015 to 2016:  Chevy Volt (60 percent increase), Ford Fusion Energi (63 percent increase), and BMW i3 (44 percent increase).

Tesla had a particularly successful December, selling more than four times as many Model S and Model X cars than the previous month, but according to editor of Inside EVs Jay Cole, Tesla sales numbers were particularly high in December since many planned October and November deliveries were put off until December.  Overall, though, Tesla was indeed the top U.S.  EV seller in 2016 out of all the manufacturers, but General Motors, Nissan, Ford, BMW, and others did sell many thousands each of their (mostly less expensive) EV models.  Notably, BMW is the first automaker with five different plug-in offers available in the United States.

 Electric Vehicle Sales Soar:  Jumping 80 Percent over Previous December and 37 Percent over 2015

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