Battery Powered Vehicle Status

Battery Powered Vehicle Status

Battery powered vehicles (BEVs) ended the third quarter with year-over-year sales growth of 19%, essentially the same as last year.
Rather than being a breakout quarter, the focus at the end of the third quarter has been on Tesla’s inability to manufacture Model 3 vehicles.

US Sales of Electric Vehicles, Including HEVs 2017

Month

Hybrid (HEVs)

PHEVs & Extended Range Vehicles

Battery (BEVs)

Totals

Total PHEV & BEV

January

22,584

5,687

5,398

33,669

11,085

February

28,355

6,247

5,846

40,448

12,093

March

32,012

7,384

10,166

49,562

17,550

Total 1Q 2017

82,951

19,318

21,410

123,679

40,728

Total 1Q 2016

74,094

12,336

15,815

102,245

28,151

% change YOY

12%

57%

35%

21%

45%

April

30,949

7,095

5,961

44,005

13,056

May

33,758

8,522

8,037

50,317

16,559

June

30,089

7,787

8,814

46,690

16,601

Total 2Q 2017

94,796

23,404

22,812

141,012

46,216

Total 2Q 2016

87,240

17,555

20,470

125,265

38,025

% change YOY

9%

33%

11%

13%

22%

July

29,056

7,407

7,802

44,265

15,209

August

34,850

7,668

8,835

51,353

16,503

September

37,319

7,719

13,421

58,459

21,140

Total 3Q 2017

101,225

22,794

30,058

154,077

52,852

Total 3Q 2016

96,125

18,934

26,395

141,454

45,329

% 3Q change

5%

20%

14%

9%

17%

Total YTD 2017

278,972

65,516

74,280

418,768

139,796

Total YTD 2016

257,459

48,825

62,680

368,964

111,505

% change YOY

8%

34%

19%

13%

25%

Total sales all light vehicles 2017 YTD

12,801,207

% BEV & PHEV YTD to total

1.09%

% HEV, EV & PHEV to total 2017 YTD

3.27%

Other items of interest at the end of the third quarter:

  • PHEVs had the largest YOY growth, 34%
  • BEV and PHEV sales, as a percentage of total light vehicle sales, remained at around 1%
  • September BEV sales of 13,421, were the highest of any single month since BEVs were introduced. December 2016, BEV sales were 13,077 vehicles

Overview of different types of electrified vehicles:

  • BEVs are vehicles powered entirely by battery power.
  • PHEVs use the battery to travel the first 35 miles, then switch to an internal combustion engine to extend its range.
  • HEVs are essentially battery-assisted vehicles that use the internal combustion engine to power the car. Batteries don’t provide the motive power for the vehicle.

While September sales were good, the third quarter was not the breakout quarter that had been anticipated.

Tesla’s problems may have accounted for the lack of a breakthrough.

Prophecies of doom for the automobile and oil industries are predicated on much larger BEV growth rates than has been seen thus far.

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2 Replies to “Battery Powered Vehicle Status”

  1. Donn thanks for the update.
    As far as I know they key technological problem remains unsolved, a viable battery with reasonable range which has been elusive for many decades despite enormous private and government spending. Maybe the laws of chemistry and Physics preclude such a battery..

    The other major problem is the cost and time required to replace the existing vast refueling system provided by the fossil fuel supply system throughout the USA and other parts of the world. This was developed with private money not government money.

    One wonders what the numbers would look like without taxpayer subsidies and government mandates.

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