Top 10 Global Electric Car Sales 2014


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Edges Out Tesla Model S For #2 Spot

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Edges Out Tesla Model S For #2 Spot

The winner…by a wide margin…is the Nissan LEAF.

On the global level, no electric vehicle sells in volumes anywhere near the Nissan LEAF.

Last year, LEAF sales worldwide totaled 61,027 units.Β  The second place plug-in vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, tallied 31,689 sales in 2014 around the globe (but zero in the U.S.).

In third place, and trailing the Outlander by just a tiny amount, was the Tesla Model S with 31,623 units sold worldwide in 2014.

Falling well below the 30,000-unit threshold in fourth place was the Chevrolet Volt (and its siblings: Vauxhall & Opel Ampera) at 21,293 sold in 2014.

Kandi's Current EV/NEV Lineup - Presumably All Of These NEVS Are Lumped Into The "Kandi EV" Sales Total

Kandi’s Current EV/NEV Lineup – Presumably All Of These NEVS Are Lumped Into The “Kandi EV” Sales Total

The only other plug-in near the 20,000-unit mark was the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid with 19,018 sold in 2014.

The rest of the pack:

  • BMW i3: 16,052
  • BYD Qin: 14,747
  • Ford Fusion Energi: 11,719
  • Renault ZOE: 11,323
  • Kandi EV: 10,022

Source: EV-Sales

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How many months was the i3 on the market? At 16k for just part of the year, they could be a player next year.

My thoughts as well. I’d expect to see 30,000 next year or more.


The first i3s were delivered in Munich on Nov 15,2013.

Does this mean that outside the US, the Outlander outsold the Leaf? Oh Mitsubishi, you need to figure out your supply issues and bring it here!

Wow! That’s a pretty precise accounting of Tesla sales for 2014 before their earnings report. Are there any caveats to that data?

Pretty? yes. Precise? No! Lots of guesswork here. Mostly upwardly guesses.

Ahhh… You were on the guessing team?
– No?… Ahh… You’re just guessing πŸ™‚

No, if “See Through” was on the team for guessing the number of Tesla cars sold, it would be a negative number. Very negative…

+1 πŸ™‚

You might want to check your biases at the door and reread my comment. It’s screwing up your reading comprehension.

You might want to reread my answer. I answered your question precisely.

Hmmm, let’s see. I asked, “Are there any caveats to that data?”

… to which you answered … your own made up questions.

Now if you’re implying that your answer was that Eric just throws up numbers on a dart-board, then you’re being extremely disrespectful, in addition to cynical.

These are not Eric’s numbers. Check the source. It comes from US numbers are from insideevs.

When it comes to Tesla numbers, all bets are off. Check this article on dailykanban, calling on reporters to stop reporting Tesla numbers. It also shows how disparate the various estimates were for 2014.

Search by “New data show Model S sales down 33% in January, Tesla reaches new lows” by Bertel Schmitt. insideevs is not letting me post link.

Why speculate… None of us have any idea anyway.

Let’s just wait for the official verdict.

i would say Tesla numbers are 90% correct, the american numbers are provided by inside evs, so there’s a proven 95% accuracy, the europe numbers are some 99% correct (i don’t have tesla numbers of some eastern european countries), chinese numbers are correct until november, only december is qualified guess, leaving, australia, hong kong and japan for real guesses, bur i don’t expect these 3 markets to have significant numbers.

And the real number is usually higher than my guesses.

That picture looks familiar… πŸ™‚

It does indeed Scott, (=

…glad you took it and sent it us!

You should stay with PlugIn cars. 100% Electric is an other story. If you continue to count that way no BEV will be in the top 10 this year. Why dont you make a seperate rating list of BEVs AND PlugIns ? Too much work ?

Two of the top three sellers are BEVs.

As they say on Slashdot: RTFA before posting.

Kandi should probably not even be included on on a list of EV manufacturers because Kandi Technologies Group Inc (Nasdaq ticker KNDI) does not manufacture EVs.

Kandi is primarily a parts supplier or battery pack re-seller.

You can read about this in KNDI’s latest Form 10-Q:

Among our total revenues during the three months ended September 30, 2014, approximately $35,805,450, or 81.0%, resulted from the sale of EV parts. We started the EV parts business in the first quarter of 2014, and our revenue of EV parts increased $18,581,219 or 107.9% in the third quarter as compared to the second quarter of 2014. Our EV parts sales primarily consisted of the sales of battery packs, body parts, EV drive motors, EV controllers, air conditioning units and other auto parts to the JV Company for manufacturing of EV products. Of the total EV parts revenue during the three months ended September 30, 2014, approximately $30,404,499, or 84.9%, resulted from the sale of battery packs.