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

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

About 79,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in November - a number that represents a 39% year-over-year gain.

Nissan LEAF - still on top

Nissan LEAF - still on top

Overall, the world market reached 660,000 EVs soldand with a strong December (similar to November's gains), we could close the year near 800,000 (~780,00 with a ~40% December gain) - which would represent an almost 1% global market share.

In 2015 some 550,000 plug-ins were moved.

November highlights the strengthening of Chinese plug-in models.  As it turned out, the top three models sold last month were all made in China:

  • Zotye Cloud EV - 5,034
  • Geely Emgrand EV - 3,799
  • BAIC EU260 - 3,769
Moreover, China put six models in the top 10 last month!

However for the year, two non-Chinese models - the Nissan LEAF (still on top for the moment - see chart above) and Tesla Model S out distanced other models.

Despite the fact the December monthly sales period is just closing out now (technically ending as late as January 3rd depending on the region), and that the LEAF leads the Model S by almost 3,500 sales entering the month, the Tesla Model S has a decent shot at still being 2016's best selling model, as more than 7,000 Model S EVs have already been sold worldwide during this month according to our research thus far.

The unknown wildcard that will determine the end result for the "world's best seller" title will be Nissan LEAF sales in the US.

If the Japanese EV can touch near 2,000 sales in America with the new 2017 model year inventory arriving - and with better 30 kWh pricing from $30,680, it will likely carry the day...another 'punted' month in low 4 digits for the LEAF, and the Tesla will take home the crown.

(Of note: We will have full US sales results here live on Wednesday January 4th in the AM)

Manufacturers

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD once again extended its lead over other manufacturers, but its growth did slow down some in November as the Chinese EV-maker is soon to release a couple new offerings.  Crossing 100,000 deliveries is still in range as just over 92,000 have been sold year to date.

Tesla remains in second before its usual December surge (which is shaping up to be 'epic' this month), while a broad plug-in hybrid portfolio gives BMW third position, ahead of Nissan.

Mitsubishi, Chevrolet and Renault are now all fighting to stay within top 10.

Looking ahead to 2017, both Renault and Chevrolet will likely surge into the top 5 with strong new offerings available in volume starting in January (Renault ZOE 40 and Chevrolet Bolt EV respectively), while BYD and Tesla will assuredly keep their first/second positions.

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-November (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-November (data source: EV Sales Blog)

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