Saturday, April 25, 2015

World All Time Top 10 (Updated to 25th April 2015)


The top spots remain the same, with the Model S closing in to the #3 Prius Plug-In, with the Outlander PHEV climbing another position to #5, while its older brother I-Miev (#6) starts to look a bit long-in-the-tooth in this ranking.

The race for #7 is tight between the Renault Zoe and the fashionable BMW i3, while the Chery QQ3 EV drops to #10 and hands over the Most Common Chinese EV Title for the #9 BYD Qin star.

1Nissan Leaf171.836
2Chevrolet Volt (1)88.105
3Toyota Prius Plug-In71.351
4Tesla Model S66.069
5Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV59.552
6Mitsubishi I-Miev (2)31.501
7Renault Zoe22.755
8BMW i322.655
9BYD Qin21.208
10Chery QQ3 EV20.318


By brands, Nissan continues rock-solid in the leadership, but Mitsubishi climbed to #2, dropping a slower selling Chevrolet behind.

In the last places of the ranking, Chery dropped to #10, with BMW joining the ranking in #9 and in #8 we have the impressive BYD, which has been piling up records each month.

2Mitsubishi (2)97.718
3Chevrolet (1)90.303
5Tesla 68.703

(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 (#6)

     - Profiting from a long life (On sale since 2009) and the accumulated sales of the first years, but this year it's only #26 in the ranking;

B (Superminis) - Renault Zoe (#7)

     - Best selling car of the segment, but barely, the stronger selling BMW i3 is only 100 units behind and will surely outrun it next month;

C (Compact) - Nissan Leaf (#1)

     - Still the Golden Standard of the electric car;

D (Midsize) - Ford Fusion Energi (#11)

     - After several months running against the Volvo V60 Plug-In (#16) in the past, the american has won enough advantadge to lead comfortably this segment;

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

     - No real competition for Tesla, their direct competitors are not plug-ins, but the premium best sellers like the BMW 5/6-Series, Audi A6/7, Merc E/CLS-Class or Porsche Panamera;

SUV - Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In (#5)

     - The affordable Midsize Plug-in Hybrid SUV is a sweet spot for sales and Mitsu has it all for itself;

MPV - Ford C-Max Energi (#11)

     - No real competition for Ford's MPV/tall hatchback, next is the BYD e6, some 12.000 units behind…

LCV/ Van - Renault Kangoo ZE (#13)

     - The Renault offering dropped six positions regarding a year ago due to slow sales. The e-NV200 / Evalia twins, although still far behind the leader, have been going strong, watch out Mitsu Minicab Miev (#2 van), you might get surpassed this year;

Sports Cars -  BMW i8 (#34)
     - The out of production Tesla Roadster was finally dethroned, the i8 came from the future to reclaim it and put the ELR to shame;

Pick-Up Trucks - Ford Ranger EV (#48)

     - The last dinosaur standing, with a couple years still to endure, as the closest rival is the 600 units away Mitsu Minicab Miev, which sells roughly 200 units a year, it looks it will take an additional three years to catch up the 1998 Ford Pick-up. 


  1. Renault Zoe 22k, Renault Total 59k. Are there so much Kangoos and Twizzies?

    1. Yep, Kangoo ZE - 17k; Twizy - 15k; Fluence ZE / SM3 ZE - 5k.

      Furthermore, in 2012, Renault sales were Twizy - 9k, Kangoo ZE - 6k, and Fluence ZE - 2k, making it the Fourth Best Selling Manufacturer that year.

  2. Jose, just for the sake of accuracy, you cumulative figure for model S seems to be a bit off. According to Tesla Motors quarterly reports cum sales add up to 68,812 consisting of:

    2,650 in 2012
    22,477 in 2013
    31,655 in 2014
    10,030 in 1Q 2015

    I can provide with the corresponding links from Tesla if any of these figures do not match with your sources.

    Congrats one more time. It is great that you provide this global cum sales report by model. Cheers

    1. Sorry, the total adds up to 66,812! My mistake.

      And by the way, with about 2,500 Roadster sold, Tesla Motors total would be 69,312 units sold since 2008.