World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2017 January (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2017 January (data source: EV Sales Blog)

January was seriously affected by a 74 percent drop in plug-in electric car sales in China, one of the three largest markets for EVs. According to EV Sales Blog, strong growth in North America and Europe enabled the market to achieve growth with a 2 percent year-over-year increase, to 39,380. So, maybe that's not so bad after all.

Without many Chinese models, the sales ranks were very interesting in January.

  • The Nissan Leaf, being the oldest car in the Top 10, had a decent month with 3,679 sales and taking #1.
  • The Renault ZOE joined its alliance partner with second place with the first 41-kWh battery pack deliveries.
  • The all-BEV Top 5 is rounded out by the BMW i3, the Tesla Model X, and the Tesla Model S, followed by five plug-in hybrids.
Even more surprising is that, when you rank sales by manufacturer, BMW easily took first place. Nissan and Tesla are fighting for Number Two, but non-specific sales estimates and registrations in many markets makes it impossible to tell who sold more.

BYD did not crack the Top 10 as Chinese company would like to forget about January.

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2017 January (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2017 January (data source: EV Sales Blog)

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