Nissan LEAF Black Edition

Nissan LEAF Black Edition

Before we get into March sales (of which the first data begins to arrive on Monday), we can now wrap up global plug-in electric car sales through February; results that returned back solid growth, after only a slight gain was noted in January, as Chinese subsidies were temporarily unavailable and obliterated companies like 2016 sales-champ BYD in January.

For February, more than 50,000 sales worldwide translated to growth of around 33% (despite only a fractional month of recovery in China).

The top 10 best selling models so far this year is also somewhat non-traditional, as the aging Nissan LEAF was in no way threatened from being dethroned as the best selling EV globally, finishing with just under 8,000 sales through the first 2 months of 2017.

The Renault ZOE, despite only being sold in Europe, currently sits in 2nd place (with 5,496 sales). Rounding out the top 3 is the Tesla Model S, which is of course from a much smaller manufacturer, at least in terms of overall car sales.

Still, the most surprising result (relative to the scope of the field) is the ranking of the Tesla Model X, which finishes the 2nd month of the year in 7th place (with about 3,500 sales).

Among manufacturers overall, and with Chinese OEM BYD being temporarily muted, BMW strengthened its lead during the month, crossing the 10,000 registration mark YTD.  And while BYD is no where to be found in the top 10, we expect it to be top five in a few weeks, and back on top by May.

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

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

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