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

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

Nearly 259,000 (up 36% year-over-year) plug-in electric cars were sold in the first four months of this year, which with assumption being that higher sales are actually found in the second half of a calendar year, leads us to believe that easily more than million plug-ins will be sold for the first time in 2017. Two-thirds being pure electric cars.

April alone added some 68,000 new registrations (up 30% year-over-year).

The best selling model for second month in a row was BAIC EC180 at 4,352, which enabled the model to climb to the #5 spot overall for the year.

Another Chinese model that shone during the month (as sales finally get back on track in the region) is the Zhidou D2 EV at 3,709 sold in April, and now standing at #8 overall.

Whatever happens in the future, the good-old Nissan LEAF is still number #1 in 2017 with 2,973 sales in April, and 18,229 for the year.

The Tesla Model S is second with estimated 2,091 sold in April and 15,541 YTD. Model X (1,929), but all plug-in models will need to shoot for higher numbers as the Toyota Prius Prime/Plug-In (2,704) is basically selling every copy Toyota can produce within a few days, and currently is the odds on favorite for the year-end sales winner despite the early lead given up to the LEAF.


Among manufacturers, Tesla, BMW and Nissan lead the way this year, but BYD jumped from #8 to #5 with highest result in April - 6,033.  With clarity returning to the Chinese market, BYD is still likely to find itself in the number 1 spot by year's end, despite trailing Tesla by some 14,000 sales heading into June.

However before then, BYD needs to chase the China-leader, as today BAIC is the largest Chinese manufacturer of plug-ins at #4, and may ultimately pose the largest challenge.

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

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

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