10 Electric Vehicles That Topped the Sales Charts in 2016

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05: Tesla vehicles sit parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City.

Tesla’s two models dominated 2016 electric vehicle sales | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

By any measure, 2016 was a huge year for electric car sales. First, the grand total of 159,139 deliveries (per InsideEVs) marked an all-time high for the segment, pummeling the previous record from 2014 (122,438) by nearly 30%. Second, every month of the year saw gains, year over year. Third, as a perfect climax, December’s 24,785 sales shattered the previous monthly record (17,224) by over 40%. Plug-ins rewrote every chapter of the segment’s history over the 12-month span.

In the year’s final months, shining examples of second-generation EVs entered the marketplace. Topping the list were the Toyota Prius Prime and Chevrolet Bolt EV, the first affordable model featuring 200-plus miles of range. Both models helped boost record totals at the end of the year, but the heavy lifting was done by other models from Tesla, Ford, and GM, the trio occupying the top four sales spots.

Here are the 10 best-selling EVs of 2016.

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