World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2016 January-October (data source: <a href=EV Sales Blog)" draggable="false">

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2016 January-October (data source: EV Sales Blog)

In October, nearly 64,000 plug-in cars were sold worldwide (up 23% year-over-year).

BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition

BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition

That translates to ~580,000 YTD and a target of 750,000-800,000 for the full year (November and December are always huge months for plug-in sales).

October was also 4th best month ever.

With updated LEAF sales data, it turns out that Japanese flagship is still ahead of the Tesla Model S in model rank for this year, as Tesla has had some production slowdowns as it retooled for now building all its EVs with new Autopilot 2.0 hardware.

Those issues moved into November for Tesla, so the LEAF-Model S gap will likely spread further than the ~2,500 units found in October...but the Model S will well outperform the LEAF in December as deliveries at Tesla are now heading out at a torrid pace.  Nutshell:  It is going to be a 'photo finish' we think for the 2016 individual model sales crown.

Manufacturers

A big change did occur on the manufacturer's top list, where BMW wrestled third spot from Nissan! Something the Japanese automaker is not likely to take back in 2016, as BMW is flush with new plug-in offerings, and Nissan's new and upgraded plug-in hotness won't arrive until 2017.

With Nissan down for the count in 2016, and Tesla having a "best case" delivery scenario of about ~80,000 EVs, the race for the #1 spot was decided some time ago.  The only question now is by how much will BYD win the race by? 35,000?  40,000?

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