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

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

Worldwide plug-in car sales increased in March by roughly 50% to around 91,000, setting the stage for a charge on the all-time record of 103,000 (from December) this Summer.

With the first quarter now in the books, more than 186,000 plug-in cars have been sold globally, which is 36% more than year ago, and strengthens hope for more than a million sales for the year.

Unrivaled in March (as it often is during the last month of a fiscal quarter) was Tesla, which managed to deliver some 15,824 cars (8,125 S and 7,699 X). That's enough to be 1st and 2nd in the model rank, and 1st among manufacturers for the month.

The Nissan LEAF's advantage from earlier in the year shrank, despite a pretty decent result in March itslef (6,470).  We expect the LEAF to retain the number 1 spot for both April and May, until Tesla takes another pass at the crown in June (another fiscal month-end month - which means big US deliveries).

The Toyota Prius Prime (PHV) set a new high, at about 4,488 sales, which was good for 4th best in March, ahead of 4,044 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and 3,790 Renault ZOE.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV/Opel Amepera-E is also expected to join the top 10 party later this year as inventory and sales have deepened since April, and deliveries are now getting underway in Norway.


An interesting shuffling has occurred in manufacturers rank, where Volkswagen fell out of top 10. Toyota is now moving up the list fast, and 2016 sales champ - BYD has returned to the list (now 8th) after better results in March.  Look for BYD to once again lead the pack by 2017's end.

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

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

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