Electric vehicles are only getting started. This Chevrolet Bolt EV everyone’s been fogging the windows over just went on sale in December 2016. Meanwhile, Tesla is still figuring out how to crank out all the cars people want while bringing out its next game-changer in 2017. Things are happening fast, but the beginning was incredibly slow for this segment.
Nonetheless, U.S. consumers bought over 530,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids through November 2016. We’ve come a long way from ridiculous early models like Coda and Think City. These days, Jaguar and every other luxury brand are preparing their electrified performance vehicles to compete with Model S and Model X. So 2017 will be an interesting year for the segment.
Before we start detailing the race between Bolt and other future models, we’ll take a look at the scoreboard as it stands at the end of the first generation of EVs. Here are the 10 best-selling electric cars and plug-in hybrids since the U.S. market kicked off in 2010. Sales stats come from the ever-reliable InsideEVs.
10. Volkswagen e-Golf
Though Volkswagen has big, big plans for electric vehicles, the best the automaker’s done so far is stick a battery inside the Golf. In a 2015 test, we found the e-Golf a solid city EV but not ready for prime time as a family’s only car. American consumers haven’t gone wild for the e-Golf by any means. After two full years on the market, it sold 8,083 units — weak, but still good enough for 10th all-time.
9. Tesla Model X
“Fast and furious” is the best way to describe how Tesla Model X crashed this top 10 list. In only 12 production-constrained months, the all-electric SUV posted 14,562 sales. That performance allowed Model X to leapfrog many of the compliance cars and other also-rans that appeared over the years. Once the official results are in for 2016, X will jump up another few places.