Tesla Model S Was World’s Best-Selling Electric Car In November

6 months ago by Mark Kane 37

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – November 2015

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – November 2015 (data source:International Sales: EV Sales Blog, North America: InsideEVs Monthly Sales Scorecard)

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S was the best selling plug-in electric car in November with over 5,000 units delivered worldwide.

That’s significantly more than the two Chinese market leaders – the tiny Kandi Panda EVs and BYD Tang, both at over 4,000.

Nissan LEAF weakened and, according to EV Sales Blog’s estimations, stood at just 2,595 delivered globally in November.

Overall, 2015 will end above 500,000 plug-in cars sold (all-electric and plug-in hybrids) worldwide (nearly 450,000 at the end of November).

Tesla Model S is now the market leader* for YTD numbers and probably will still stay on top after December’s results are in.

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – January-November 2015 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – January-November 2015 (data source: North America: InsideEVs Monthly Sales Scorecard, International: EV Sales Blog) – see editor’s note below

(1) – Includes Chevrolet Volt I and II, Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera;

Below is a look at manufacturer rank. BYD was the first to cross 50,000 units sold this year – seems like over 10% global market share, right? Tesla nearly caught Nissan in the run for second place, while Mitsubishi fell to fourth.

World's Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers - 2015 January-November (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2015 January-November (data source: EV Sales Blog/InsideEVs)

*Editor’s Note:  We should also note that while the worldwide tally is currently just over 42,000 units for Tesla, there is some regional holes/shortages of information that are in all likelihood, underestimating the actual number to some degree, perhaps by upwards of ~1,500-2,000 units.

Source: EV Sales Blog/InsideEVs Monthly Sales Scorecard

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37 responses to "Tesla Model S Was World’s Best-Selling Electric Car In November"

  1. Have fun with the last fame. Next year, Model X will cannibalize Model S sales.

    1. NZDavid says:

      I don’t see that happening. In the past some got the Model S because nothing else was available, but the Model X is positioned for a different market.

      It will be interesting to see the soccer ‘mum’ effect in play next year. I agree that Model S will see its natural sales level in 2016 for the first time ever.

    2. Robb Stark says:

      Have fun FUDing.

      The amount of topics available for FUDing with even a grain of truth shrinks every year.

      1. Kaiser says:

        FUD–the lazy man’s retort.

    3. Someone out there says:

      I don’t think it will bother Tesla much to sell an X instead of an S

      1. Thisguyhere says:

        Especially considering a Model X is priced higher than the S, with an equivalent battery size

    4. przemo_li says:

      It will… but to claim that it will in any significant way stop Tesla overall ramp up is silly.

      Tesla had no SUV up to this moment, so yes some choose S for no better alternative (and its spacious enough to make it practical for some who would otherwise pick SUV).

      So next year some will pick X over S… But Tesla still:
      1) Have not expanded in all markets
      2) Have not stopped increasing capacity.

      So mix will go from 100% model S to something more resembling 50/50% split. But Tesla can add some more capacity, and more markets to ease variability.

    5. Richard says:

      Actually, Model X will cannibalize Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes, etc., SUV sales. Who in there right mind would spend over $60,000 on anything else (unless you are talking about the less than 1% that actually tows heavy objects long distances). The Model X gets over 80eMPG, while going 0-60 in under 4 seconds, with the center of gravity of a sports car, real seating for 7, and the best 2nd and 3rd row entry of any SUV. Even high powered gas SUVs are dogs when you are at highway speeds and need to punch it. You realize that electric is so superior once you experience it. The list goes on.

    6. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Counter-Strike Cat continued his anti-Tesla FUD:

      “Next year, Model X will cannibalize Model S sales.”

      Gosh, “Cat”, is that the best you can do with bashing Tesla? Seriously?

      I’m sure that Tesla will cry crocodile tears about all the customers uprgrading their Model S purchase to the more expensive Model X. They will cry all the way to the bank!

      🙂 🙂 🙂

      But hey, don’t quit your ever more obvious FUD posts, “Cat”. Your desperation has become quite entertaining!

      LOL!

  2. NZDavid says:

    Given that Tesla pumped out 5000 in November, it seems a big ask to produce 8000 in December to make Q4 guidance.

    It’s also sad to see GM not make the top 10 list after the excitement of 2007 on, watching the Volt come into being.

    All the best to Inside EVers for 2016.

    1. sven says:

      Tesla is offering steep discounts in China, probably so that it can reach it sales guidance figures for the year.

      1. RexxSee says:

        Déjà vu from See-through, your predecessor. At least try to be original if you hope anyone to believe you. Lol! Happy new year to all clean cars lovers.

        1. sven says:

          Mon Dieu, RexSee!

          ***mod edit***
          some language en français removed
          ***mod edit***

          Please take the time to read the InsideEVs story in the link below, titled “Tesla Announces Year-End Discount On Model S In China.”

          http://insideevs.com/tesla-announces-year-end-discount-model-s-china/

          Tesla Announces Year-End Discount On Model S In China

          4 weeks ago by Mark Kane

          “After a strong third quarter in China, Tesla intends to achieve an even stronger fourth quarter – something needed to hit the significant mark of at least 50,000 deliveries in a single calendar year.”

          “Q4 needs to be not only the best quarter ever, but much better than any other before with at least 17,000 sales. U.S. and Europe will need to get support from Model S sales in Asia.”

          “And here comes new incentives… Tesla Motors announced on its Chinese blog in November a year-end discount of up to 80,000 Chinese yuan (today over $12,500) if a Model S buyer switches from non-electric or other electric cars.

          Now do you believe me RexxSee?

          1. JakeY says:

            It’s not really a discount because it only applies to the buyers after Tesla recently bumped up their prices ~5% across the board in China to account for the exchange rate. People with the older price are not eligible (something that got some complaints) and you also have to trade in a pre-existing non-electric vehicle (there are various restrictions to prevent gaming this).

            1. AlphaEdge says:

              It’s a clearly a discount with some conditions.

              I don’t understand why you’re arguing it’s not.

      2. evcarnut says:

        Let’s all Go to CHINA Buy a Car & ship it Back!!& Save those Big Bucks L M A 0

    2. Weapon says:

      Did you read the Editor’s note about missing some countries to the tune of up to 2k deliveries?

      It should also be noted that historically, Tesla always delivers the most cars in the last month of the quarter due to their international shipping schedule.

      1. przemo_li says:

        They simply wanted to ship cars made at the last moment. Since its costly practice, they wanted to move away from it.

        December may be exception to this new rule though.

  3. offib says:

    We should really see this in a different light.

    To those who protest that no one or that not enough people buy electric cars because they’re expensive. That’s BS AF.

    Exposure, education (especially to and from the car reviewers!) and Seats ‘n’ Butts.

    But all of you know that anyways.

    1. evcarnut says:

      N0, It’s Reality …some people don’t want to afford them , while others simply Can’t Afford Them ….The Doe $$$ Is just not there sometimes …Common Model 3 !

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    As a Tesla fan, it’s nice to see this headline.

    Unfortunately, the reality is this has more to do with the very slow rollout of the Volt 2.0, and with Nissan doing only a half-hearted upgrade of the Leaf 1.0, than with Tesla’s increasing production rate.

    It will be interesting to see what happens next year, after the Leaf 2.0 is available, and the Volt 2.0 is available in most or all States. Will international sales of Tesla’s Models S and X, together, be sufficient to outsell the Leaf 2.0? Will GM be able to market the Volt 2.0 overseas better than it did the Volt 1.0?

    Stay tuned to this channel for further updates! 🙂

    1. Grendal says:

      I’m a big Tesla fan too. However, I’m a bigger EV and EREV fan. The more the merrier and the more choices and options in electrification the merrier. Tesla will hold its own because their cars are just superior to anything else out there. For now they limit themselves with their expensive price. That will change with the Model 3 which we will get to see in March.

      1. evcarnut says:

        The Model 3 we will see in march hopefully, with any luck. These things are never Usually 0n time …

        1. przemo_li says:

          They can show concept version and tick the box.

          Since they want to play with drag coefficient so much and design should be relatively new… they may as well deem it necessary to shock the audience and then benchmark results.

          Alternatively Tesla may want to win battle for hearts&minds of potential Bolt buyers.

          After all, they may show off Super Charger capability, world wide OTA updates, service support quality, and all the various things Tesla gets right, where GM is behind or lack proved record track.

          Biggest unknown IMHO is outward shape. If they have no show-able prototype with final shape, it could differ a lot, it they really aim at best drag coefficient.

          1. MTN Ranger says:

            It will be interesting to see. Personally, I’m leaning towards the Bolt for sooner availability (Spring ’17 vs ’18), better quality (since my Volt was bullet proof) and lower price for relative options ($37,500 base, $40,000 loaded for a Bolt). The Tesla does have the upper hand on supercharging. In the meantime, I’ve saving up for either.

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          evcarnut said:

          “The Model 3 we will see in march hopefully, with any luck. These things are never Usually 0n time…”

          Hmmm, I don’t doubt that Tesla will show a concept version of the Model ≡ next March. But remember how long it was between the first showing of a Model X concept, and actual start of production for the Model X. Remember also how many times production was delayed.

          With the three models they’ve produced, I think the closest Tesla has come to being on time was the Roadster… and even that was about 6 months late! Both the Model S and the X were about two years late.

          Here’s hoping Tesla does a better job sticking to the schedule on the Model ≡.

    2. evcarnut says:

      Forget the Volt its a Hybrid….., The new Leaf IDS With LONG range batteries Will make some waves If they Ever Produce It…It looks wild! It Will be a Real EV built from Scratch I would really Like to see that happen too.. But N0 Free charging …

    3. Just_Chris says:

      I thought GM aren’t selling volt 2.0 or the bolt outside NA? There is a lot of talk of how superior GM’s offerings with be next year compared to Nissan and how GM will rule the ev world but if GM don’t make very many cars and don’t sell them globally then next year will be a complete nothing year for GM. I hope I am wrong and GM have a massive factory and slick global marketing strategy but I am truly doubtful that GM will return to the top spot for a decade if ever.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        GM isn’t top in anything anymore….

        GM is no longer #1 automaker in Volume.

        GM is not #1 truck or SUV maker.

        GM is not #1 EV maker.

        GM is only #1 in the US and arguably #1 in China (which are two largest auto markets in the world). But other than that, GM isn’t leading in any particular segment or class anymore…

        Remember that GM has stated that it no longer cares about market shares as it did before. (pushing metal is not the way to do business). Being profitable is what it cares most now.

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Just_Chris said:

        “I thought GM aren’t selling volt 2.0 or the bolt outside NA?”

        Well, certainly GM isn’t selling the Volt 2.0 overseas yet. But I seem to recall some discussion of whether or not GM would attempt to sell the Volt 2.0 in Europe, as it did with the Volt 1.0 by re-branding it as the “Opel Ampera”.

        Re the Bolt: If GM is serious about selling it, then it seems odd that they would ignore the growing China market. If they don’t, then this would appear to support my suspicion that they don’t actually intend to make and sell as many as they can. However, GM’s production of the Bolt may well be limited by how many battery packs LG Chem can provide. LG has a growing list of customers for its new, cheaper battery cells, and GM may not be able to ramp up Bolt production even if it wants to.

        I dunno. All I know is what I read, and half of that is wrong. (Or, on the Internet, closer to 90%…) 🙂

  5. Pete Bauer says:

    Excellent News, its honey to our ears.

    Selling a $75,000 car and becoming #1 is a great achievement. And with a single model, Tesla is #3 in company wide sales.

    Where there is a will, there is a way.
    We are expecting Model-X sales to add to Tesla’s tally.

  6. Just_Chris says:

    Great for tesla, byd and Mitsubishi Gm and Nissan please pull your finger out.

  7. Emc2 says:

    EV-sales updated Leaf sales for November, so the monthly ranking ends up with the Leaf two places down, please update your graphs. The YTD ranking remains the same.

    1. Emc2 says:

      The revised figures for the Nissan Leaf are 2,171 units in November, cum YTD 41,067 (which widens the gap with the Model S)

      1. Big Solar says:

        will we see 3000 LEAFs for December in USA? hopefully more

        1. Emc2 says:

          Well, Tesla has to deliver globally between 7k to 8k in December to meet its low sales guidance, 50,000 sales in 2015, so the Model S is very likely to end up as the world’s top selling PEV in 2015. Elon always has delivered what he promises.

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Actually, this is very sad in a way.

    It doesn’t even take 50K units to be #1 in EV market, for the world… =(