Here Are The 9 Plug-In Electric Cars With Over 25,000 Cumulative Worldwide Sales


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Since late 2010 through to mid-2015 there are 6 plug-in electric car models with sales that exceed 50,000 and 9 with over 25,000 sales.

Only one exceeds 175,000.

Here is a sales comparison of best selling cars worldwide, according to

  1. Nissan LEAF – around 177,000
  2. Chevrolet Volt (Holden Volt, Opel Ampera, Vauxhall Ampera) – around 93,000
  3. Tesla Model S – around 73,000
  4. Toyota Prius PHV – around 71,000
  5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – over 60,000
  6. Mitsubishi i-MiEV (with other MiEVs and Peugeot iOn, Citroen C-Zero) – around 50,000
  7. BYD Qin – 27,351
  8. Renault ZOE – 26,296
  9. BMW i3 – 25,785

The last three – BYD Qin, Renault ZOE and BMW i3 – joined the 25,000 club this spring. At the current high sales pace, Qin could join the 50,000 club this year , while ZOE and i3 probably will do it in 2016.


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12 responses to "Here Are The 9 Plug-In Electric Cars With Over 25,000 Cumulative Worldwide Sales"
  1. Brian says:

    How on earth did the PiP get 71,000 sales? By the score card it looks like less than 30,000 have been sold in the US. Who is buying up these cars? Are they popular in Japan?

    1. Brian says:

      Woops, forgot to include 2012. So the US numbers are about 42,000. That makes a little more sense, but still. It implies that the car is popular elsewhere as well. I wonder where?

      1. David Murray says:

        Although the PiP is not a very good plug-in vehicle, it is still better than the standard Prius is just about every way imaginable. And being that they could often be bought for the same price as a regular Prius, I would imagine a lot of people bought them who were planning to buy a Prius in the first place. I also suspect a lot of people bought them for HOV lane access in California.

        1. RedLeafBlueLeaf says:

          California HOV rights are by far the main reason for the PIP sales. If you experience California traffic (SF Bay, LA, SD, or Sacramento) you know how valuable the HOV access is.

          I do wonder how much of LEAF, Volt, and other plug-in sales in California are due to the HOV access. You definitely see them everywhere in the big cities.

    2. Emc2 says:

      According to official TMC figures, as of September 2014, the U.S. was followed by Japan with 19,100 units sold, and Europe with 9,133 units.

      See here:

  2. Speculawyer says:

    Kinda depressing list since 3 are not available in the USA, only 6 have sold over 50K, only 1 has sold over 100K, most of them have short ranges, etc.

    But on the other-hand . . . you couldn’t even buy an EV other than the Tesla Roadster 5 years ago, so it is a great success.

  3. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Based on BEV/PHEV(EREV/BEVx) model split, half of them are BEV, the other half are PHEV/BEVx/EREVs…

    So, there are incentives to make all forms of PEVs…

  4. Jeff Songster says:

    Awesome news congrats to the teams at Nissan, GM and Tesla!

  5. Delta says:

    When do we reach 1 million plugins in worldwide sales. That is next big goal. Then comes the millionth US plugin. Sometime in 2018?

    If the first million take 8 years and the next million take 4 years, then that is exponential growth.

    1. Emc2 says:

      Cum global sales reached about 850,000 by May 2015. With monthly sales of over 30,000 units worldwide, the 1 million milestone will be reached by September/October, depending on how good summer sales are.

      Sales have been slow in the U.S. this year, but sales are just crazy in Europe and China, so the pace might accelerate in the second half of 2015.

      1. Emc2 says:

        And since I got carried away with forecasts, besides the Qin reaching 50k, the following milestones might take place this year:
        200,000 Leafs by September/October
        100,000 Volt/Amperas by November/December
        100,000 Model S delivered by December
        75,000 Outlander PHEVs by August, and miss by a bit the 100k in 2015

  6. Benz says:

    The new Chevrolet Volt will be more successful in the US than the first has been so far. It will reach higher sales numbers in the US.

    How many in 2016 in the US?

    How about 36,000?