Friday, June 13, 2014

World All Time Top 10 (Updated to 30 April 2014)

Tesla's Model S is on the move


In the models ranking the news are the rise-and-rise of the Model S, from #6 to #4, with the Outlander PHEV also climbing to new heights, up from #10 to #6 and with its older brother I-Miev just waiting to be surpassed.

The rock-solid Kangoo ZE is still in #7, while the Chery QQ3 EV rises to #8 and in tenth place, we have the first Ford in the ranking, the C-Max Energi.

1Nissan Leaf114.753
2Chevrolet Volt (1)70.651
3Toyota Prius Plug-In56.153
4Tesla Model S33.039
5Mitsubishi I-Miev (2)27.823
6Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV26.276
7Renault Kangoo ZE13.660
8Chery QQ3 EV13.240
9Renault Twizy12.649
10Ford C-Max Energi11.945

BYD hopes to benefit from the Qin sales and reach the Top 10


By brands, Nissan is firm in its leadership position, but Mitsubishi, fueled by the Outlander success, and has just climbed to #3, and can go after Chevrolet's Second Place in the near future.

In the last places of the ranking, Chery climbed one postion to #8, Volvo joined the ranking in #9 and in #10 we have Smart, which last year has removed BYD from the last place in the ranking, but the chinese manufacturer is hoping that the Qin numbers allows it to recover its place once again.

2Chevrolet (1)71.626
3Mitsubishi (2)59.835

(1) - Also includes Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera sales;
(2) - Also includes Citröen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn sales;


Dividing the plug-in sales by the conventional segments used for gas cars, it is possible to see how each segment leader stands in the global EV chart:

A (City Cars) - Mitsubishi I-Miev (#5)

     - By far the most common electric city car, but currently out of the first places in 2014;

B (Superminis) - Renault Zoe (#11)

     - Best selling car of the segment, surely for the next year or so;

C (Compact) - Nissan Leaf (#1)

     - Currently the Golden Standard of the electric car;

D (Midsize) - Volvo V60 Plug-In (#12)

     - An entertaining fight between the swedish wagon and the american sedan (Less than 500 units separates them), even if they don't race directly against each other in any market;

E/F (Full-size) - Tesla Model S (#4)

     - Tesla is so far ahead on the game that its direct competition are not plug-ins, but the premium best sellers like the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Merc E-Class or Porsche Panamera.

SUV - Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In (#6)

     - The example of the Columbus Egg applies here, how come no one had ever thought of a Plug-in Hybrid SUV?

MPV - Ford C-Max Energi (#10)

     - No real competition for the american car, apart from the BYD e6, some 6.000 units behind…

LCV - Renault Kangoo ZE (#7)

     - Stable sales and weak competition enable for Renault an easy win here;

Sports Cars -  Tesla Roadster (#28)

     - A neglected segment of the market lead by the out of production Tesla Roadster;

Pick-Up Trucks - Ford Ranger EV (#34)

     - Since Ford 1.500 units of the Ranger EV way back in the last millennium (1998), only Mitsubishi bothered with this segment, making the Japan-only Mitsubishi Minicab Miev Truck, but with just 673 units sold since it came to market, it still has a lot to go to remove the Best Selling Electric Pick-Up Truck from this dinosaur.


  1. AnonymousJune 13, 2014

    Is the header supposed to read - Updated to April 2014?

  2. Pretty cool to include the pick-up segment. Would anyone have any details on VIA sales? What I do know is that they recently are in production, according to their facebook page they just recently recieved some new trucks and vans and that demand is already strong. 10,000 units per year is their current maximum output.

    Anyway, there are May and April results for Ireland. 10 units in April, 9 in May, in May 1 sale was from the ZOE which is now officially launched in Ireland.

    Don't worry about the low figures, they're on par or above the steep decrease in overall sales towards the summer.

  3. Thanks for the valuable comment :)

    1. No problem!

      Sales should be the same in June, but they should see a noticeable rise in July because of the 142 registrations. The likes of the Outlander PHEV should be payed attention to as it too just recently went on sales here. Current passeneger EV sales are 120 and would likely reach past 200 by December.