In April, Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales Nearly Doubled

Tesla Model 3

MAY 31 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

April was one of the best months for plug-in electric car sales ever, with over 128,450 deliveries worldwide.

The rate of growth (93% year-over-year) implies that soon we will see a new all-time record.

So far this year, more than 435,500 plug-in cars were sold (at average 1.4% market share), according to EV Sales Blog data and estimations.

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

The best selling plug-in model in April was the BAIC EC-Series. 7,471 units sold translates into very high growth of 72% year-over-year and almost enabled it to get back into first place for the year.

Nissan LEAF noted 5,941 sales, which is not bad, but far below the 11,105 sold in March, so its first place rank for the year is now at risk.

One of the biggest news in the model rank is of course the Tesla Model 3 at #9 thanks to some 3,875 estimated sales. Because of small differences in sales between these models a bit further down the list, Model 3 is expected to go up and maybe even take the lead at some point later this year.

Tesla is also the only manufacturer to put three models in the top 10.

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

In the case of manufacturers, BYD returned to first place as 13,209 plug-in car sales in April was beyond the reach of any other company. Only BAIC (#4) managed to exceed 10,000 sales.

Tesla fell to second place YTD with 8,845 sales for the month, but it’s only a temporary second place, provided production and sales of the Model 3 soon reach 15,000 or 20,000 a month.

BMW, with 9,528 sales in April, occupies third place, while Nissan (6,021) lost momentum and fell one position to #5.

Overall, Chinese manufacturers are responsible for 42% of sales. Germany is second with 20%, U.S. barely exceeds Japan (14% to 13%).

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – April 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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10 Comments on "In April, Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales Nearly Doubled"

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Be nice for the Monthly Plug-In Sales Scorecard to also show previous year’s world sales like how it shows 2017’s US sales below the current numbers.

That can be added. Thanks!

Great News for Tesla, I think we will see the Model 3 go to number 1 in the models and Tesla at number 1 for manufacturers.
Tesla is the only USA company in the Top Ten.
No Ford or GM.

It is certainly possible, and I will keep my fingers crossed — but the Chinese are serious competition, and Tesla does not have easy access to that market yet.

2018-04 Worldwide sales of 128,000+ lifts the 2018-YTD total to 435,000+ with a monthly average of 108,000+.

Hope in the coming months; sales increases further and also lifts the monthly average higher.

BAIC EC-180 led the World followed by Nissan Leaf with Tesla Model-3 in #5. That’s so nice. In company wide sales, BYD moves to #1 with Tesla in #2.

Last year’s monthly average was only 102k so we’re ahead already and it’s only April, pretty much locking in another impressive year in 2018.

April numbers out of China do seem to be a bit “spiky” though. Wouldn’t be surprised if we had a few months now with a little less YoY growth than we saw in April.

Even though Leaf had YoY sales increase, the big 47% drop in sales from previous sales is not acceptable. This shows that dealers are not selling wholeheartedly. Nissan should sell their Leafs directly to customers.

Waymo plans to buy 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (actually plugin) and launch in their driverless taxi service.

Is Chrysler really going to produce 62,000 plugin vehicles?
If so, do they have the supply of motors/batteries?

It’s pretty much a given that they don’t have the battery supply to crank those out in a month or two. And Waymo probably wouldn’t know what to do with that many vehicles at once, either. It’s much more likely that Waymo and Chrysler sat down together and agreed to a gradual delivery schedule that matches Waymo’s expansion plans. It’ll probably take some three years until all those 62k cars are put on the road.

Mark, I think you may be doing your sums wrong. The model 3 has indeed been slow in the first quarter, but everybody knows that it will soon (within 2 months) hit 5,000 per WEEK, and likely 6,000 per week towards the end of the year.
5-6,000 per week means 22,000 to 26,000 per month. Even if the BAIC EC-Series can sustain or even increase it’s 7,471 per month, it will be at barely 33% of the Model 3’s monthly sales in the second half of this year. Your statement “Model 3 is expected to go up and maybe even take the lead at some point later this year…” is therefore a massive understatement, which you might consider revising.