Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales Hit 140,000 In March, Tesla #1

Tesla Model 3

APR 30 2018 BY MARK KANE 42

March was the second best month ever on record for plug-in electric cars sales with nearly 142,000 sold (up 53% year-over-year).

The biggest markets were: China (some 59,000), Europe (some 41,000) and the U.S. (some 26,000).

Some 60% of the plug-in car sold in March were of the all-electric variety.

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

Top Selling Plug-In Cars


2018 Nissan LEAF

The outstanding Nissan LEAF set a record of 11,105 in March and shot the Japanese car maker up to #1 for the month and for the quarter.

We expect that Nissan will now sell more than 10,000 LEAFs regularly month after month.

The Chinese leader, the BAIC EC-Series, now needs to be satisfied with second place (7,818) for the year (and third for the month after the Tesla Model S, which thanks to 8,274 sold in March, is now in fifth YTD)

The third best-selling car YTD is the Toyota Prius Plug-In (aka Prime), but 5,140 sales in March will likely not be enough to remain in the #3 spot later in the year.

BYD Song (PHEV) with 4,685 sold decreased to fourth YTD.

Tesla should be happy because the Model S (8,274) and Model X (7,115) increased in March, but the Model 3 (3,820) has now dropped out of the top ten YTD (#12 – 8,180).

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

Top Plug-In Car Manufacturers


The big news for March is that Tesla becomes the #1 manufacturer (in terms of sales) both for the month (19,209) and for the year.

Three more manufacturers exceeded 10,000 last month:

  • BYD: 13,115
  • BMW: 10,513
  • Nissan: 11,203

BAIC (8,879) wasn’t able to keep the pace in March, while others like Volkswagen (8,301) and Renault (5,734) noted relatively strong individual results.

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – March 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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42 Comments on "Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales Hit 140,000 In March, Tesla #1"

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Will

i thought nissan alliance were #
1

Vexar

I think the key word is Alliance. Is Renault-Nissan a single entity or a business partnership? Otherwise, yeah, tops to that alliance. “We’re bigger than China.”

Will

Thanks

kimmi

The tally was made counting registrations by brand, not OEM.

mx9

Nissan had better fix that Battery issue in their new Leaf, or they will kill the Nissan brand.

vich

Tesla is hurtling towards number 1 like a P100D in ludicrous mode on autopilot 🙂

Jopp

Until it hits the barrier?

MDEV

Dear Russian Troll, focus in politics we know what you do.

mx9

Get criminals elected? Wow, the new EPA chief is a new low even for Repubs.

Robert Weekley

It will vaporize the Barrier, once FSD is operational! 😀😉

James

So the only EV manufacturer can finally sell more EVs than others with their compliance cars? LOL

Prsnep

Every EV/PHEV from every other manufacturer is a compliance car. – InsideEVs Forums

Miggy

No GM to be seen anywhere!

Get Real

Well, GM is squandering their chances here to be a dominant player.

Just think if they would have put their class-leading Voltec into SUVs/CUVs or even, god-forbid, trucks?

Still doing more then f-upped Ford and even Fiat/Chrysler.

Senna

Ford is a joke.

Clive

Not like GM will be IF they don’t pull their head out of their a55!

MDEV

And working the EPA to go back to the pollution of the 70’s

Dan

IGNORANT. Nobody is talking about scaling back emissions of pollutants, that is, combustion by-products. It is lowering mileage requirments which is being pushed by Trump’s EPA and the increased “pollutant” is CO2 which, along with water, is an end product of perfect combustion.

I’m all for reducing CO2 production, ideally through a carbon tax (I know it won’t happen anytime soon) Calling CO2 production “pollution” is misleading because CO2 is an irreducable end product of burning carbon based fuels and NOT a by-product than can be reduced with improved combustion and after treatment of the exhaust.

morrisg

Clearly you didn’t understand the point of the higher fuel mileage requirements: to reduce CO2 emissions. You know, the ones that are causing acidification of the oceans which harms shellfish from forming their shells? Our Oregon oyster industry is facing being wiped out because the seawater they use is becoming too acidic from absorbed CO2. Just thought I’d add a little science to this discussion.

arne-nl
Don’t be afraid to call CO2 what it is right now: a pollutant. *) A pollutant is any substance that causes harm. How that harm is done is of no interest. Whether it is through a direct or indirect effect of no concern. Whether it causes harm to us humans or only other organisms, is of no concern. So if CO2 causes the temperatures to rise and rainfall patterns to change and crops to decline and people to starve and die, then you’ll have to stretch your imagination quite wide to argue that CO2 is not a pollutant. And to many forms of marine life it is a direct pollutant, causing the pH of seawater to decline and hampering crustacians to form a shell. ___________________________________________________________________________________ *) In the interest of precision: we need CO2. Without it Earth would be a lifeless snowball. The Earth has seen seen many changes over 4.5 billion years and life (including us) at this point in time is adapted to CO2 in a Goldilocks zone around the 270 ppm. Going much above or below that is harmful. We are now at 410 ppm which is clearly outside of our Goldilocks zone and thus any more… Read more »
arne-nl
Don’t be afraid to call CO2 what it is right now: a pollutant. *) A pollutant is any substance that causes harm. How that harm is done is of no interest. Whether it is through a direct or indirect effect of no concern. Whether it causes harm to us humans or only other organisms, is of no concern. So if CO2 causes the temperatures to rise and rainfall patterns to change and crops to decline and people to starve and die, then you’ll have to stretch your imagination quite wide to argue that CO2 is not a pollutant. And to many forms of marine life it is a direct pollutant, causing the pH of seawater to decline and hampering crustacians to form a shell. _____________________ *) In the interest of precision: we need CO2. Without it Earth would be a lifeless snowball. The Earth has seen seen many changes over 4.5 billion years and life (including us) at this point in time is adapted to CO2 in a Goldilocks zone around the 270 ppm. Going much above or below that is harmful. We are now at 410 ppm which is clearly outside of our Goldilocks zone and thus any more… Read more »
Mark.ca

“perfect combustion.”
You are cracking me up, man! Pure comedy!

Pushmi-Pullyu

Dan said:

“IGNORANT. Nobody is talking about scaling back emissions of pollutants, that is, combustion by-products.”

Hmmm, you’re pointing in the wrong direction regarding who is “IGNORANT” on this subject. Try pointing at yourself!

Reality check: Scott Pruitt, before he was appointed to head the EPA by the Cheeto-in-Chief, sued the EPA no less than 14 times. The majority of his suits were attempts to allow polluters to emit more air pollution — actual toxic and/or carcinogenic pollution, not just CO2 — and one was an attempt to roll back enforcement of the Clean Water Act.

Details here: “Scott Pruitt’s web of fundraising and lawsuits”

http://www.edfaction.org/scott-pruitts-web-fundraising-and-lawsuits

kimmi

Also, stop selling EVs in the #2 EV market in the world (Europe) and making a symbolic/compliance effort in the largest market (China) doesn’t help…

Robb Stark

If you look at the source Chevrolet(GM) is #11, even after vacating Europe.

Miggy

They are only talking about the Top 10. number 11 is not in the Top 10.

Timothy Hughbanks

The Model 3 didn’t “drop out” of the top ten in quarterly sales because it has never been in the top ten in quarterly sales. Better to have said, ‘Tesla’s Model 3 fell just short of the top ten…”.

Miggy

Agree that the Model 3 fell short of the Top10 with 8,180 sales but should get in to the Global Top 10 from this month on.

Don Zenga

Wow
For 2018-03: 141,871 plugins were sold worldwide.
For 2018-Q1: 304,951 plugins were sold worldwide.

The big push from last month raises the monthly average of 1st 2 months from 81,500 to 100,000. I am sure from current month on wards, every month will hit 100,000 + with the quarter ending months like June, September and December hitting 150,000 +.

And this 141,871 count excludes the 9000 + heavy plugin vehicles sold in China. Besides there are also 150,000 + Low Speed Electric vehicles sold in China every month and these vehicles are powered by Lead acid batteries.

In 2017, 1.7 million Low Speed Electric vehicles were sold in China.

Taylor Marks

This wasn’t even a particularly great quarter for Tesla (yes, it’s their best ever, but the Model 3 got off to a rough start in early January vs where it exited in March.) It’ll be interesting to look where they are at the end of Q2 – rather than seeing a close race with BYD, might they break away from the rest?

My understanding is Nissan is already right about at the max rate they can hit with the new Leaf, pending decisions to build more assembly lines elsewhere. IDK anything about what BYD and BAIC are aiming for or capable of.

yo

I dont think this will be a close race as Tesla will pull away as the model 3 production keeps increasing…
BYD was mostly all alone selling EVs in China for several years but their completion is coming big time…
JAC, BAIC, Geely, and Rowoe all had multiple new EVs at the Beijing auto show and that is not counting several BEV startups…
All of those brands have to sell EVs to off set their ICE sales and they need to sell lots of them for Chinas new mandate that starts next year…
VW will be needing to sell more than all of them with their new Sol (1st model is a rebagged JAC BEV CUV) brand since VW is the number one brand in China…

101101

This is way too old and now under represents Model 3 hugely. Model 3 now outselling BMW 2/3/4 series combined in US.

Clive

Please post a link to support your data claim.

Nix

Hyphen may be correct if he is talking sales rate after the shutdown was over. Here are last month’s BMW sales numbers in the United States – http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2018/04/small-and-midsize-luxury-car-sales-in-america-march-2018/

BMW 2-Series 1,179
BMW 3-Series 4,845
BMW 4-Series 3,230
total 9254 units, or 2314 cars a week.

Multiple sources estimate that Tesla is now building and shipping more than that weekly after they shut down and reconfigured the line on their way to 5K/week. Bloomberg says 2,323/wk, but their numbers are more accurate over the long term. Musk stated they hit 2250 BEFORE the shutdown, on their way to 5K/wk. The May numbers will be the first to reflect these sales.

Anti-Lord Kelvin

Wonder how the 200.000 cap for the Tax Rebates will be managed by Tesla. So production can be soaring but deliveries might be slowed down in US until June 30th (and diverted to Canada, specially in June, for the Model 3, and for the rest of the world for the Model S and X (like the 700 deliveries in Norway in this April, was 75 in April 2017, seems to show)), and then flowing July with some 15.000, or more, Tesla Model 3 deliveries in US…

arne-nl

According to the Bloomberg Model 3 tracker, production is now around 10k/month. Totally plausible.

librab103

Congrats to Tesla’s end of the car push to move metal that helped it moved to number 1 (barely) while other companies like BYD and BAIC continue to show month over month growth.

arne-nl

Two observations:
– Half of the Top-10 are ‘new kids on the block’, i.e. not one of the established auto manufacturers. How many of those will face a Kodak moment?
– 60% fully electric (and guaranteed to rise fast in the year ahead). Is the sun already setting on the PHEV bridge technology?

Jim Whitehead

Tesla is still the “Mouse that Roared,” (Like in the old Peter Sellers movie and book). The major media rarely reports Tesla sales. Why are they loathe to acknowledge that EVs are slowly replacing ICE cars? (Rhetorical Question. Tesla doesn’t buy millions in TV ads like their competitors, the auto giants. Can’t get the ICE giants mad at you, or ad people get fired).

floydboy

Still weird to see Model S bringing in these kinds of numbers, considering its price range.

SansIce

Ok – not to beat a dead horse but so much for the “Tesla Model 3 Beater” Chevy Bolt:

https://www.torquenews.com/3768/238-miles-charge-chevy-bolt-ranks-tesla-3-beater

the model 3 isn’t even up to half its production numbers and it is slaying the competition. This must really irritate all of you Tesla haters.

SansIce

In the US – sorry not world wide