Thursday, November 28, 2013

World Top 10 October 2013 (Updated)

This handsome beast is hungry for green sales

Models - Energi Brothers on the Attack

With a record 19.014 plug-ins sold in October, the global market for electric cars continues to grow, thanks to record sales from several models, like the Prius Plug-In, Volvo V60 Plug-In or the Energi brothers from Ford.

In the first four positions the  #4 Prius Plug-In had record month and it's now less than 200 units behind Tesla's Model S, which should bounce back nest month. 

Behind them a lot is going on: The Outlander PHEV, helped by its Euro landing, is in comeback mode and starting to look at Zoe's fifth place with envious eyes. Also ambitious is the #7 Ford C-Max Energi, improving every month (#4 this month), distancing itself from the Kangoo ZE and now searching for the two above, while its stablemate Fusion Energi climbs to #9. The Mitsu I-Miev, which has been losing steam lately, also loses the tenth place to a strong QQ3 EV from Chery.

Still not absent from this ranking, the Volvo V60 Plug-In achieved another brilliant #6 position in October. November might see it get to the Top 10...

1Nissan Leaf4.20337.348253
2Chevrolet Volt (1)2.35722.367151
3Tesla Model S e)1.05817.024117
4Toyota Prius Plug-In2.81316.834112
5Renault Zoe9457.511528
6Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV1.0106.8655N/A
7Ford C-Max Energi1.1025.52449
8Renault Kangoo ZE5514.97336
9Ford Fusion Energi1.0924.4943N/A
10Chery QQ3 EV4544.20738


Manufacturers - Chery in #8

In the Manufacturers ranking, there's not much to say, Ford is going strong (#4 in October), and  in the bottom positions we see an update on Chery's sales (4.207 units), allowing it to climb to #8.

10Smart 5162.730215

(1) - Includes Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera;
(e) - Estimate

Questions for November

1 - Which model will be #3 in November? Prius or Model S?

2 - Will the Outlander PHEV reach #5?

3 - Can the Fusion Energi reach #8?

4 - Will it be this time that the V60 Plug-In reaches the Top 10?

5 - Can Ford threaten the #7 of Mitsubishi?


  1. The table is missing the figures for the Chinese PEVs, I know they are hard to find, but the top three selling plug-in through October were published yesterday here:

    The Chery QQ3 EV (4,207) made it to the top 10!

  2. Toyota, go home!

  3. Emc2, Thanks for the tip, i'll update the chart AND make a new post just for China!

  4. Are you sure of the sales data for Tesla? Why is October so low, when they manufacture over 2000 a month?

    1. I've double checked my sources and the numbers are correct, except for the US sales, which are still estimates.

      As for the October poor numbers in Europe, my bet is that in November numbers will be stronger for Tesla.

  5. Answers:

    1 - Model S, but things remain tight;

    2 - Oh Yeah!

    3 - No, but it's just 50 units behind, so it will be a question of days to get there;

    4 - Yep, and i bet it won't stop there;

    5 - Nope, in fact Mitsu had a record month and it's now #5, ahead of Renault.