|It might not look like it, but it is the same car. Bravo, Nissan design team!|
Nissan Leaf the most common EV in the World
With 5 million plugins already sold so far, the best selling models are starting to reach significant numbers in the automotive world, while the Tesla Model 3 (103k units so far) and the BAIC EC-Series (150k) are all the rage right now, the fact is that both nameplates are still recent, with the Califonian being 15 months old, while the Chinese is not much older, with 22 months.
As such, the Top 5 is in the hands of older models, with the youngest one being the BYD Qin, that will celebrate its 5th birthday next December.
In the lead we have the Nissan Leaf, that despite all the hate towards it, it is doing its work in an effective way, now counting almost 376.000 units sold, with the original frog-eyed version reaching the 300.000 units.
Not bad, eh?
The #2 Tesla Model S continues to rack up sales, and it will still take some time for its smaller sibling Model 3 to reach it.
The sure values Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Chevrolet Volt follow, with the Japanese SUV surpassing the GM hatchback.
A sad note is the fact that General Motors will send the Volt to greener pastures in the first half of 2019, despite a number of self-sabotaging measures from the Chevrolet management (ending the European operations for the Volt II was one of them…), the fact is that the Range Extended hatchback was of great importance in the first years of this Third Age of the Electric Car, being the Best Selling PEV in 2012, and runner-up in 2011 and 2013.
You will be missed, Chevy Volt.
Finally, in the Fifth Spot we now have the BYD Qin, with both the PHEV and BEV versions counted together, that has displaced the Toyota Prius PHEV, that despite having both generations counted together, it wasn't enough to hold on to #5.
Tesla Model S
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
BYD Qin (PHEV & BEV)
At many families request, below you will find the remaining models that have surpassed the 100k mark:
* BAIC EC-Series - 150k;
* BMW i3 - 130k;
* Renault Zoe - 122k;
* VW e-Golf / Golf GTE - 111k;
* Chery eQ - 110k;
* Tesla Model X - 110k;
* Tesla Model 3 - 103k;