One of the most common themes we heard over and over in the last one year is – Tesla will find it extremely difficult to increase sales due to the arrival of Tesla killers.

But 2018 has turned out to be a damp squib for those of us who wanted to see Tesla challenged in its own turf, the United States Electric Vehicle market.

According to estimates from InsideEv’s Tesla has sold 159,027 Model S, Model X and Model 3 in the United States between January and November 2018.

Tesla and Model 3, in particular, have played a significant role in increasing EV market share from 1.05% of US light vehicle sales in January this year to 3.20% in November. A three fold increase.

EV sales in the United States grew three fold in the last eleven months
Data from InsideEv, Chart by u/raptorman556

Tesla was a significant contributor to the stunning growth of electric vehicle sales in the United States. Tesla sold more electric vehicles than all the other competitors combined in 2018.

In the first eleven months of this year, Tesla delivered 159,027 EV’s in the United States, accounting for 50.8% of the 312,877 electric vehicles sold by all automakers.

Tesla outsold its next competitor by 4 to 1;
Data from InsideEv, Chart by u/raptorman556

Tesla sold nearly 115k Model 3s in the United States during this period, which means Model 3 alone accounted for more than a third of EV sales in the country.

Tesla Model 3 Sales in the United States 2018
Tesla Model 3 Sales in the United States 2018;
Data from InsideEvs, Chart created by 1reddrop

Chevrolet Bolt

EPA estimate: 238 mile range

Battery: 60 kWh lithium-ion

Starting Price: $36,620

US Sales Estimate: 16,907 (Jan to Nov 2018)

Nissan Leaf

EPA estimate: 150 mile range

Battery: 40 kWh lithium-ion

Starting Price: $29,990

US Sales Estimate: 13,048 (Jan to Nov 2018)

Jaguar I‑Pace

EPA estimate: 234 mile range

Battery: 90 kWh lithium-ion

Starting Price: $69,500

US Sales Estimate: 5 Units in October and 165 units in November

Volkswagen e-Golf

EPA estimate: 125 mile range

Battery: 35.8 kWh lithium-ion

Starting Price: $30,495

US Sales Estimate: 1,237 (Jan to Nov 2018)

BMW i3

EPA estimate: 153 ( in BMW i3 and i3s) to 200 miles (with Range Extender) range

Battery: 42 kWh lithium-ion

Starting Price: $44,450

US Sales Estimate: 5,761 (Jan to Nov 2018)

Audi e-tron


WLTP estimate: 248 mile range (no official figures yet)

Battery: 95 kWh lithium-ion

Starting Price: $74,800

US Sales: Reservations open with $1,000 refundable deposit, Delivery expected in mid-2019 

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