Chevrolet and General Motors have made major inroads in the United States’ largest market for electric cars: California. Last year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV became the top-selling electric car, surpassing the Tesla Model S.
Data from Inside EVs, published on Sunday, shows the Bolt EV tallied 13,487 sales in California alone in 2017. Meanwhile, the Model S recorded 11,813 sales. However, adding Model S and Model X sales would surpass the Bolt EV; Tesla sold 6,910 Model Xs.
Things could change in 2018. Tesla wants to begin ramping up Model 3 production this year, with a goal to build 2,500 vehicles per week by the end of Q1 2018. Then, it wants to further increase production to 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of Q2 2018.
Tesla’s delays have caused many Model 3 reservers to back out and purchase a Bolt EV. Many California Chevy dealers saw an uptick in Bolt EV sales after Tesla announced its latest Model 3 production delay. Those who reserved the most affordable Model 3 won’t take delivery until 2019, per the Silicon Valley carmaker.
But, one other factor may make 2018 a wild ride for electric cars: federal tax credits. Tesla and General Motors will likely reach the 200,000 unit cap on the credits this year. Without the tax credits, consumers will pay full price for electric cars. The credit reimburses up to $7,500.