At 124.207 EV's sold, 2012 doubled sales regarding '11 and a lot has happened since then, beginning with a new best seller crown bearer, with the Volt family removing the Nissan Leaf from the top spot, thanks to tripling sales in the US, now the largest EV market by far.
Despite a recovery in the last months of 2012, Nissan's electric couldn't help dropping to third, losing the silver medal to the Prius Plug-In, making it a great landing year, especially considering that it was only available on the second half of the year in most markets.
Thanks to strong initial sales that lasted through the summer, the tiny Renault Twizy secured a brilliant fourth place, even outselling the I-Miev family, 2010's best selling electric car.
Beside the Twizy, contributing for Renault's fourth place with 14% share in the manufacturers ranking, comes the Kangoo ZE (#6) and Fluence ZE (#9). Already showing up in the Top 10 and despite being sold only in the final months of the year, both Tesla Model S and Ford C-Max Energi look to 2013 with eyes on the top spots and promising some headaches to the podium bearers.
Further down the ranking, we welcome two newcomers, the Toyota RAV4 EV (#20) and the Roewe E50, to be noted that the chinese model had only December as a full month of sales, but it was enough to put it in #19.
As a curiosity, 2012 was the first year that Plug-In Hybrids sold more than pure BEV's, although the difference between them wasn't significative (less than 200 units).
|1||Chevrolet Volt (1)||29.597||24|
|2||Toyota Prius Plug-In (e)||27.100||22|
|5||Mitsubishi i-Miev (2)||7.924||6|
|6||Renault Kangoo ZE||5.674||5|
|7||Tesla Model S||2.503||2|
|8||Ford C-Max Energi||2.374||2|
|9||Renault Fluence ZE||2.086||2|
|12||Bolloré Blue Car||1.543||1|
|13||Mitsubishi Minicab Miev||1.307||1|
|14||BYD F3 DM||1.201||1|
|15||BMW Active E||867||1|
|16||Ford Focus Electric||685||1|
|18||Smart Fortwo ED||298||0|
|20||Toyota RAV4 EV||192||0|
(1) - Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera included;
(2) - Peugeot iOn and Citröen C-Zero included;
(e) - Estimate.