It's mid-2018 and something interesting's happened.
The electric car market is no longer a sideshow composed of $100,000 statements on one side or electric retooled versions of cars we didn't like in the first place on the other Instead, it's a real bona fide market.
A real small bona fide market but it's not going anywhere.
It's here to stay.
So let's find out what cars making it so.
Here are the best selling electric cars in the United States as of July, 2018.
According to numbers from inside TVs.
Number five is the Nissan LEAF.
Now the least used to run lists like this.
But then it got long in the tooth.
Generation one didn't have great range, double digits.
And had a face like a frog no, thank you.
Now the TVs are no longer just a way to impress your hippie neighbors or Al Gore they had to get serious and the Gen 2 Lee is a hottie great new lines Great Tech hundred and fifty miles of range though still speaks to one part of the EV Market, but not all of it.
Number four is the Chevy Bolt.
This is the only Detroit brand car on our list.
And it was a lot hotter maybe a year ago or a little less, and way ahead of its sibling the Volt.
Now it's dropped down to number 4 and is more neck and neck in sales with the less sexy Volt.
So what's happening here?
Many watchers believe that the Bolt is not demand constrained but supply constrained And Chevy's got a new bolt factory coming online end of 2018.
Then, we'll see how many folks want as many more of these as GM can make.
Number three is the Tesla Model X.
This is interesting because in a country obsessed with crossovers and SUVs, Tesla is actually their sales runt Now some theorize that's because a lot of Tesla intenders have moved to the model three others theorize a lot of Tesla factory workers have been moved to the model three assembly line.
Either way the model X makes Tesla one of the few Car companies where a crossover isn't its rock star.
The number two hottest electric car in the US these days is the Tesla Model S.
However, it's been dethroned and by a mile, as we're gonna see, from its former number one slot in lists like these.
But before you write its epitaph realize this one model approaches the sales this year of all three German luxury flagships combined.
Before I get you to the hottest electric car in the US these days who's the hottest electric car company who has sold the most pure battery electrics in the last five years?
The first three are, of course, no surprise but number four, BMW, shows the i3 has done pretty well.
Though it's numbers are somewhat polluted by the sales of range extenders.
And look at Fiat The electric version of the 500 maybe the most interesting thing about the 500.
[NOISE] The number one hottest electric car in the US is of course the Tesla Model 3.
I know it's getting a little monotonous around here, but you cannot overestimate the importance of this car.
It sells in the five figures of volume each month.
Electric cars have never done that before in the US.
And it has already outsold all of 2017 sales of the Model S and the Leaf combined.
This is the storyline of 2018, aside from the increasingly erratic and entertaining Elon Musk show.