It's our pleasure to watch how quickly plug-in electric car sales are rising around the world - and January didn't fail to meet our expectations.

Year 2018 began with around 82,000 plug-in electric car sales globally, which is roughly 94% more than one year ago!

Because sales typically increase throughout the months, peaking in December, the bold goal for 2018 is 2 million sales.

See Also – Plug-In Electric Car Sales Hit 1,224,000 in 2017

The three biggest markets were China (34,892), Europe (25,808) and U.S. (12,116), which altogether hold 89% of the sales.

There were a lot of surprises in January, both in the model rank and manufacturer rank.

Top Selling Plug-In Cars


BAIC EC-Series starts this year at #1 and is beginning to run away from the rest of the pack. There are four Chinese plug-ins in the top 10.

Nissan LEAF in January was second overall due to the new 2018 model, but the big surprises were the Volkswagen e-Golf and Hyundai IONIQ Electric. Meanwhile, neither the Chevrolet Bolt EV, nor any Tesla made the Top 10.

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – January 2018 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – January 2018 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Top Plug-In Car Manufacturers


January turns to be "B" friendly as only manufacturers beginning with "B" were on the podium - BAIC, BMW and BYD.

We expect that Tesla will join the race in the later part of the year.

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – January 2018 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – January 2018 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

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