Nissan LEAF Opens World’s Top 5 Selling Plug-In Cars, Tesla Model S Second

SEP 11 2016 BY MARK KANE 39

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Without surprise, the all-time best selling plug-in vehicle globally (through July 2016) is the Nissan LEAF; which at 233,500 is rapidly charging to be the first to cross the quarter million mark – via data tallied up by EV Sales Blog.

We think the record breaking event would be a good opportunity to celebrate the introduction of new, next generation LEAF…don’t you?

But the biggest winner on the list is likely the Tesla Model S at #2, because the result of 132,000 vehicles sold was achieved not only by a start-up, but also given a later/mid-2012 launch in the US (some 1.5 years after LEAF introduction worldwide), to say nothing of the 3-4x higher average price-point.

The new generation of Chevrolet Volt that arrived last Fall, should help boost its counter more quickly from the current 117,000, but GM really missed an opportunity by not leveraging the Voltec platform to build a plug-in hybrid SUV (maybe instead of Cadillac ELR), as demonstrated by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV success at 110,000 just behind it.

Given the Outlander PHEV often outsells the Volt globally on a monthly basis now (and sometimes by a wide margin…up to 2,000 units), the two vehicles will likely swap places in the next six months or so.

Sneaking on to the list as a dark horse (or rapidly falling depending on one’s perspective) plug-in was Toyota Prius PHV, which despite break of sales between previous and new generation of almost 18 months (and out of production now for over a year) still holds #5 at 76,000 – well ahead of 59,000 BYD Qin.  

Given, the scope of the Toyota Prius’ worldwide footprint, and a much improved 2nd generation Prius Prime/PHV that arrives this December, the plug-in Toyota could eventually threaten to once again reclaim the 3rd spot on the list in 2018.

source: EV Sales Blog

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What 2017 needs is a 40-60 kWh Leaf and Zoe together with the Bolt, a quick M3 production start and ramp up and some nice solar roof + powerwall deals from Tesla. If that happens, the future may look bright indeed.

But, Nissan has successfully stolen a LOT of sales from Toyota.

But, Where’s the New Leaf???

Good question, but Ghosn/Nissan poly their cards pretty close to the vest. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they all of a sudden spring it on us some day… perhaps next spring, appropriately enough!

If you think the wait is agonising where you live you should live in Australia where the only LEAF you can buy new is a 2012 build (yes, they’re still selling them new for $39,990) and with with no RHD Bolts or Volts on the horizon, it’s all a bit grim 🙁

Well . . . you need to get rid of the conservatives like Turnbull. Although he is probably slightly better than Tony Abbott who was a total jerk.

I guess coal and Murdoch rule strong in Australia.

Re: GM really missed an opportunity by not leveraging the Voltec platform to build a plug-in hybrid SUV (maybe instead of Cadillac ELR), as demonstrated by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV success at 110,000 just behind it.

I don’t think GM was in a rush to hit their 250K limit. To me that is why the dismal PR for the Volt.

Saving their powder for the Bolt??

GM is in a tough spot. They may or may not want to sell electric vehicles. My guess is that there is a lot of angst at high levels. The dealers on the other hand are united in their view of EVs – they hate them. It is not hard to figure out that EVs will destroy the profitability of dealerships. And GM is locked into selling their cars to dealerships only. Very tough situation.

200k limit, unless you’re not referring to the federal rebate limit. Although, if manufacturers time crossing 200k strategically (as Tesla no doubt will with the Model 3), the effective number may indeed be closer to 250k.

Yep, a new LEAF would be a wonderful way to celebrate 250k cars. Not sure if you count the facelifted car that will be shown in under three weeks as “second generation”, but if not, the above happy incident won’t take place. Even so, Nissan and Renault appear to be strong players in 2017. GM should also do well with Bolt/Ampera-e, and we’ll now more about at least the latter also in three weeks. Tesla may surprise, but hopefully won’t come up with much before Model 3 production hopefully gets underway before the end of 2017. Anything else they do between now and then will be seen by me and many others as an unwelcome distraction – unless it at least “plugs in” to the M3 narrative in a logical way. Apart from this I expect 2017 to be another year of agonizing waiting. As the year progresses we will start to learn more about what can be expected in 2018, and that will likely be a lot more than what happens in 2017 – although none of the new entrants in 2018 will raise the bar as much as Bolt does in 2017 versus the affordable cars available today.… Read more »

I don’t know about the “fall” of ICE cars by 2025, T. They are getting incredibly efficient in first world nations and that will impact, to some degree, all gassers built in third world countries as well. Whether it is Proton, ThaiRung, Tata or any other small country auto maker, they are all making their vehicles more efficient. So oil supply will probably remain stable and demand will not rise, leaving us with a very inexpensive alternative to BEV’s in the short to medium term.
People are set in their ways and it will be 2035, I would bet, before BEV sales outnumber ICE sales worldwide, so it will be years after that before BEV’s outnumber ICE vehicles.
2025 is just over 8 years out and a ship this big doesn’t turn on a dime.

Terawatt is right. By 2025 the ICE will be dead. EVERYWHERE. Cell pack costs could be sub $50 by then. Nothing stops EVs at that point. Nothing.

I hope you guys are right. But I don’t see it happening in 8 years. That is a blink of the eye when it comes to something this big. The problem is that gas prices look to be relatively stable but electricity prices are going to go up short term before dropping again in the mid term. My off peak electricity has gone up 25% in the past 4 years and I don’t see it going down until 2020 at the earliest. And I have seen similar increases in electricity pricing all over the US & Europe. Price per mile driven isn’t a huge factor but it is one that can help speed the electric car revolution. Obviously getting the cell price solidly below $80 a kWh will be a huge driver in the push for electric cars but pack price per kWh will not go down as fast as the cell prices due to the pack management price. The thing is that a 60 kWh pack is going to be the minimum for a full utility BEV, and even if you do get the cell price down to $50 per, that is still a $4000 pack, and we might… Read more »
Ziv, imagine. It is the year 2022. You enter a dealership looking for a new car. The dealer has two identical looking cars. One green and one brown. Just the kind of car you are looking for. You sit in them, and they have the same seats, the same screens. The dashboard displays are completely LCD. The sales person comes to you and ask you if you are interested. Both cars are $23,000.= and that is the amount of money you intended to spend. You ask the salesperson why he has two identical cars in his showroom? “Oh, but they are not identical.” Is the answer. “The green one has a range of 200 miles and the brown one 600 miles.” You laugh. “That is stupid, I want the brown one of course.” “That is not all the difference. The green one is every night automagically filled up at $0.50 per gallon. The brown one has to be taken to the gas station, like every other car to be filled at $1.50 per gallon.” You “Oops.” “And further, the green one drives silently, is easier to drive because it has a lot more torque. And the green one is faster… Read more »

You can check US retail electricity prices below. Scroll down to Electricity Retail Prices:
https://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/report/electricity.cfm
It is not going anywhere, just increases a bit each year at average rate not much different from inflation. Neither up by 25% nor down from current $0.13/kWh*33kWh/g.e. = $4.29/gallon equivalent to some $1.50 or $0.50 :/
Other developed countries without access to cheap fracking product or hydroelectric resources have couple of times higher residential electricity rates and taxes, and typically higher gasoline taxes too.

It’s four and a half times more expensive to fill an Audi A7 with premium fuel, than it is to fill a Tesla Model S P100D with electricity, where I am here in Florida.?

Well I am paying 0.0377 Euro per kwh here in Austria.
A litre of gas currently 1.1.
And that’s even before the free supercharger stuff.
And after testdriving the tesla S I am a Mr. Gone for ICE salesmen.

Here in Ireland we can buy cheap night rate electricity from our overproducing wind farms at 7.2c / kWh retail. Running an EV here is between 10 and 20 times cheaper than an ICE.

$25-$35K EVs should take over all of Europe, where gas is the equivalent of $7/gallon in some places.

The Tesla Model Y (crossover/hatchback) should sell as many as they can make.

Maarten, a vivid imagination is a good thing, but in 6 years we will be lucky to see a $28,000 BEV with much more than 200 miles of range.
600 miles? You are dreaming.
An electric car will still cost more than an ICE in 2022, but not by much. And ICE’s will be coming out in 50-60 mpg models that use a lot less gasoline than they do now.
I want the transformation of the light duty automotive fleet to happen sooner, but it won’t happen that fast. We are still struggling to get to 1% market share in almost every country other than Norway.
The Bolt, the Tesla III and the Gen II Leaf are going to be great cars, but they aren’t going to be more than 10% of light duty sales in any year sooner than 2019 at the very soonest and probably not until 2020 or later.
The amount of cars and pickups sold every year is enormous and your post is panglossian in the extreme.

ARGH. Messed up on the 600 mile portion of my post.

The expectation ( common wisdom ) that parity between BEV and ICEV cars at the 23k price point will be reached around 2022-2023 is quit widespread.

I describe realistically with which choice a consumer will be confronted in 2022 if the parity is reached.

So, forget gasoline prices, market share and speed of adoption. Think 2025 if you think that is more realistic.

But EVERY BUYER of a car in that price segment will be confronted with the choice I describe.

And in the 20k – 25k price range, customers are buying functionality. Unlike the $100k buyers who buy toys.

I am not predicting which choice they will make, I don’t know that.

On what will they spent their hard earned money?

What do you think?

From your mouth to God’s ears. I hope you are right.
It is hard to imagine how much better air quality would be and we could save petroleum for better purposes.

Martin, one difference is that petrol is not $1.50/gallon in Europe, but typically $5-6/gallon. EVs, once available at the $25K/200mile point, should take over quickly.

You will reach the price parity for a 84 mile BEV probably in 2022. But price parity will never be reached for longrange (60kWh+) BEVs.

A modern ICE (inclusive exhaust cleanup) cost 2.500€ to produce. A 60 kWh Battery (without electric motor, controller) at 50€/kWh is already a production costs of 3.000€.

So the good news is that Volkswagen is coming out with a $20,000 BEV with 200 (EPA) miles of range. Or so they claim. In 9 years. I don’t know about price point on anything Tesla, but there is every indication that someone, perhaps Kia, will produce this objective well before VW bothers with it. If the Koreans source Japanese / American battery technology, they will meet this goal. Easily.

it will be impossible to make an ICE more than 35% efficient Due to their poor performance at low RPM a variable gearbox will always be required also to many moving parts.

what is the total number of delivered X Tesla???

It is more than 10K now. Will be interesting to see September results.

In the middle of 2015-12, Nissan sold 200,000 Leaf’s and in just another 7 months, they sold another 33,500 units and that’s great despite the model being in it’s 6th year.

That’s great, but going into 7th year with same model could be difficult especially with many new models coming up.

Its high time, they launch 40 KWh model for the same $34,000 price tag. Any price above that will push customers to Bolt.

Tesla Model-S should have logged many more Electric miles since it has 250 – 300 mile range and all the long distance trips would have been covered with this EV. So overall 132,000 Model-S should have saved lot more gas that the 233,000 Leafs.

But for all other EV’s, for any journey above 100 miles, drivers will use their other car. And for the plugins, only the first 10-53 miles will be on plug with the rest coming from gas.

Tesla will be sure much more CO2 emissions in production, batteries from first Model S also shipping from Japan to US, and than from US shipping the car around the world is a CO2 rubbish. Leaf is locally produced, all other the world with battery factories, not much shipping. ANd Leaf was first EV covered 1 Billion km, and now 2 Bio km.
http://experience.nissan.co.uk/GB/en/experience-nissan/future-today/nissan-electric.html

My head hurts from trying to read your post.

I think that we have all figured out that the secret to the EV revolution is the availability of fast charging stations.

What EV manufacturer figured this out from the beginning?

Electricity pricing increases is in direct relation to currently producing electric power from non-renewable fuels.

What’s happens when the shift to producing electricity comes primarily from the sun?

What EV manufacture has figured this out?

This isn’t rocket science guys…whoops…maybe it is…?

Butch, I disagree that fast charging is the big issue. When you have an electric car, 95% or more of the charging is done while you are sleeping. Fast charging would be very useful, but the problem right now is that BEV’s are either short-legged or they are really expensive. Prices are coming down, but they will need to come down a good bit more, and even the Gigafactories being built by Tesla and LG Chem aren’t going to drop the pack price all that much in the next 2 or 3 years.
It is all going to happen, but after being optimistic about the probable pace of sales growth for electric cars from 2007 until 2013, I am getting a bit more realistic in my thoughts on how fast this all will happen. There will be a tipping point, but I think it will be further down the road, though I would love to be wrong.

What we are figuring out as a human race is that once we ween ourselves from the health hazards we have created by breathing in the toxic fumes from burning ancient dead dinosaurs and rotting swamps, by using the clean energy from the sun…the better off we all are.

Think about the savings in health costs alone…staggering.

You know the old saying…”it hurts when I hit myself in the head with a hammer…well, don’t do that”.

We make ourselves sick when we burn swamps..”well, don’t do that”!

Duh.

A little more about burning ancient swamps and deal animal…

There is a little known statistic as related to coal fired power plants:

Acceptable Mortality Rates from breathing particulates.

This means…WE have developed a number of “acceptable” deaths we will permit from burning coal for electrical manufacturing…think of this word…”ACCEPTABLE”

Breathing in Nitrous Dioxides and Sulfur Dioxides and Mercury and on and on…

It is also true that we burn Coal to create the majority of our electricity.

It is also true that our government is legislating coal out of existence.

Even China figured out that they just can’t keep opening a new coal fired plant every week…ever see a picture of people in Beijing…the ones with people having to wear face masks just to go outside?

EV’s are inevitable..solar is inevitable…

The race to see what number of EV vehicles one manufacture produces over another is immaterial…the real winner is the human race.