Plug-in Hybrids Out Selling Battery EVs in the USA

Tesla may grab a lot of the headlines, but right now Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) are outpacing EVs in the US market. As John Goreham points out on

Electric vehicles with an on-board gasoline engine have remained more popular among affordable EVs, and for the first two months of 2017, the top two EVs in sales overall are the Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) and the Prius Prime Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Chevy Volt (from

It’s interesting, but not unexpected.

  1. Range anxiety is still a real thing. Any road-tripping family with a set of screaming toddlers in the back seat will feel more comfortable knowing they can easily find a gas station.
  2. Americans like bigger cars, and there are better PHEV options like the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in.

Also the Pacifica works a loop-hole:

Interestingly, the Pacifica minivan will earn the full $7,500 federal discount eligibility due to its large battery size, despite being a plug-in hybrid.

Now the question is – can Tesla deliver on its Model 3 promises? And will their competition with the Bolt bring about a shift in the market?