Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales Doubled In January – New LEAF Shines
It’s our pleasure to watch how quickly plug-in electric car sales are rising around the world – and January didn’t fail to meet our expectations.
Year 2018 began with around 82,000 plug-in electric car sales globally, which is roughly 94% more than one year ago!
Because sales typically increase throughout the months, peaking in December, the bold goal for 2018 is 2 million sales.
The three biggest markets were China (34,892), Europe (25,808) and U.S. (12,116), which altogether hold 89% of the sales.
There were a lot of surprises in January, both in the model rank and manufacturer rank.
Top Selling Plug-In Cars
BAIC EC-Series starts this year at #1 and is beginning to run away from the rest of the pack. There are four Chinese plug-ins in the top 10.
Nissan LEAF in January was second overall due to the new 2018 model, but the big surprises were the Volkswagen e-Golf and Hyundai IONIQ Electric. Meanwhile, neither the Chevrolet Bolt EV, nor any Tesla made the Top 10.
Top Plug-In Car Manufacturers
January turns to be “B” friendly as only manufacturers beginning with “B” were on the podium – BAIC, BMW and BYD.
We expect that Tesla will join the race in the later part of the year.
Our thanks to EV Sales Blog for tallying up and estimating the individual sales by OEM