Unsurprisingly, Tesla TSLA is still dominating the American electric vehicle market. Clean Technica has published data showing the best-selling electric vehicle models in the United States in the first half of 2020 with Tesla’s Model 3 having close to five times as many sales as the Chevy Bolt and nearly 13 times as many sales as the Nissan LEAF. Its dominance over the competition is especially highlighted by the fact that it sold 152 times as many units as BMW’s i3 between January and June with the German automaker’s electric aspirations for the U.S. market really suffering in 2020.
Despite the Tesla Model 3′s dominance at the top of the EV popularity league, its sales figures have been considerably lower compared to the first half of 2019 when they were in the region of 69,000. Essentially, sales have now been split between the Model 3 and the Model Y, a compact crossover based on the former. Tesla’s business has also taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic and economic shutdown, as have most other manufacturers. For example, Clean Technica reported that the Nissan LEAF saw its sales pretty much halved, just two units off a precise 50% drop. Some companies are weathering the storm and posting positive results, however, with Audi’s e-tron adding a thousand units in the first six months of the year.
Clean Technica states that its analysis should not be viewed as a comprehensive electric vehicle sales report as many manufacturers do not publish figures while there is no national registration data to comb through. For example, the Tesla figures are not precise as the company does not split U.S. sales data from global sales data. However, Clean Technica was able to formulate relatively accurate estimations for the U.S. market due to accurate figures published in other countries as well as the EVvolumes.com database.