Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales Increased To 81,000 In February

APR 3 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

February brings 43% year-over-year growth of plug-in electric cars to nearly 81,000 units total for the month at roughly 1.1% market share.

81,000 sales is slightly less than the 82,000 in January, although with a shorter month and holidays in China (38% of sales were Chinese cars) it’s still a strong result.

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The biggest markets were: China (some 34,000), Europe (some 22,400) and U.S. (some 16,745).

Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales In February 2018 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Top Selling Plug-In Cars

Nissan LEAF was the world’s best selling plug-in electric car (6,339) in February and, thanks to that, it jumps to second place overall for the year after the first two months.

BYD Song (PHEV) was second best with 4,418 and now stands in third for the year.

BAIC EC-Series was third in February (4,120), but managed to stay on top overall YTD.

The big new entry is Tesla Model 3 at #10 with 4,360 estimated deliveries (2,485 in February).

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – February 2018 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Top Plug-In Car Manufacturers

February remains “B” friendly, as only manufacturers beginning with “B” were on the podium – BYD, BMW and BAIC. However, BYD is now back at #1, replacing BAIC, which moved down to third behind BMW.

Nissan, Tesla and Volkswagen are within 1,500 of each other between ≈10,000 to ≈11,000.

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – February 2018 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Our thanks to EV Sales Blog for tallying up and estimating the individual sales by OEM

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2 million this year?

China will be very interesting this year.

At least 1 million Plug-In sales in China in 2018?

That would require an average of about 94,000 Plug-In sales in China per month as from March 2018.

That sure is possible.

The first quarter is just a start. The numbers will increase substantially in the following quarters.

Q1 2018 Global Plug-In sales total will be about 300,000.

2 million Plug-In sales in 2018 seems not very likely, but also not impossible either.

I’m disappointed with 81,000, 6 of 12 months in 2017 were over 100,000. I was real hoping to see a minimum of 100,000 a month for global plug in sales in 2018.

Me to but according to that site Tesla delivered nearly 20k in March and Nissan is ramping up production of new Leaf. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a bit over 100k in Marsh and from April we will probably be over 100k every month.

Great News. We are a family of 3 EVs and we save a lot driving better cars. Hopefully everyone else will catch on soon.

No GM brand in the Top Ten.
Watch the Tesla Model 3 climb up the ladder.

Site Suggestion:

Keep a cumulative running total each month/quarter of global / US / European / Chinese sales.

Nice to see Leaf in #2 and Model-3 scraping thru to get into Top-10.

March will have a completely different picture as 3,820 units of Model-3 was sold in USA and some more in Canada. Totally 34,000 + units of Tesla vehicles were sold and this will take the company to greater heights.

Tesla: “Q1 deliveries totaled 29,980 vehicles, of which 11,730 were Model S, 10,070 were Model X, and 8,180 were Model 3.”

Unless BYD more than doubles its Jan + Feb sales in March (possible, but unlikely) Tesla will be #1 for the first quarter.

I guess we will have to wait another week or two to find that out.

BMW’s numbers are pretty remarkable considering they are much pricier than the BYD offerings ( or GM for that matter).