The most popular EVs in the United States

Charlotte Kosche

Sr. Content Writer

In the past ten years, electric vehicle sales have rapidly grown in the United States. Between 2011 and 2018, the Chevrolet Volt was the best-selling EV overall, according to data by the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2018, the Tesla Model 3 came to market and took the spot of best-selling EV with almost 50% market share that year.

So, what are the most popular EVs in the United States right now? The U.S. Department of Energy has not yet released sales numbers for the year 2020, so this blog post will focus on 2019 sales instead.

Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are all-electric cars that are powered by electric motors only.

In 2019, the Tesla Model 3 was the most popular BEV model in the United States. With 154,840 units sold, it accounted for almost 50% of all electric vehicle sales, just like the year before.

The second most popular BEV was the Tesla Model X, followed by the Chevrolet Bolt, the Tesla Model S, and the Nissan LEAF. Sales for those models ranged roughly between 10,000 and 20,000 units that year. In spots 6 to 10 were the Audi e-tron, the Volkswagen e-Golf, the BMW i3, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Hyundai Kona Electric with sales ranging from 1,700 to 5,400 units.

Bar chart showing 2019 sales numbers for Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model X, Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Audi e-tron, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Jaguar I-Pace, and Hyundai Kona Electric.
The 10 best-selling battery electric vehicle (BEV) models in the United States in 2019. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are hybrid electric vehicles that have both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric car battery that can be plugged in to charge.

In 2019, the most popular PHEV was the Toyota Prius PHEV with 23,630 units sold. While not nearly as popular as the Tesla Model 3, the Prius PHEV still sold more than twice as many units as the second most popular model that year, the Honda Clarity PHEV. In spots 3 to 6 followed the Ford Fusion Energi, the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, the BMW 5-Series PHEV, and the Chevrolet Volt.

Bar chart showing 2019 sales numbers for Toyota Prius PHEV, Honda Clarity PHEV, Ford Fusion Energi, Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, BMW 5-Series PHEV, and Chevy Volt.
The 6 best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) models in the United States in 2019. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

If your business offers apps or services for electric cars, you can use the Smartcar platform to integrate with most BEVs and PHEVs in the United States and beyond. Smartcar is compatible with all 10 most popular BEVs and 5 out of the 6 most popular PHEVs listed above.

Electric utility companies, EV charging networks, car sharing marketplaces, and auto insurance providers use our platform to check the mileage, track the location, read the state of charge, and remotely start and stop charging electric cars across makes and models.

GIF showing an electric utility web portal, a three-step flow for the user to add their Tesla vehicle, and a dashboard showing the Tesla's location, mileage, charging status, and charging schedule.
The electric utility provider Krafthem uses Smartcar to power its demand response program for EV owners.

To learn more about Smartcar’s compatibility with both EVs and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, please visit our compatible vehicles page.

If you have any questions, feedback, or just need help getting started, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Success team. To learn more about Smartcar, schedule a free demo today.

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