World’s Top 10 Selling EV Models And 10 Manufacturers – June 2016

JUL 31 2016 BY MARK KANE 25

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2016 January-June (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2016 January-June (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

A special edition of world plug-in electric vehicle sales for the first six months of 2016 report by EV Sales Blog shows that a new monthly record of 67,000 sales were logged in June, and overall growth stands at about 57% year-over-year.

YTD sales now exceed 300,000 at around 306,000.  In 2015, we tallied just over 550,000 – a continued 57% uptrend would see 2016 end at around 863,000 sales – that is a lot of plug-ins!

The winner of last month’s ranking (June) was Tesla Model S, which noted 5,401 sales. Overall, after first half of the year, the Tesla is still in second behind Nissan LEAF (which is selling well everywhere…at least everywhere that is not the US). Third is BYD Tang:

  1. Nissan LEAF – 27,151
  2. Tesla Model S – 22,378
  3. BYD Tang – 19,134

The average sales of the #1 and #10 models for the H1 2016 stands at over 4,500 and over 1,500 a month.

(1) – Includes Chevrolet Volt I and II, Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera;


World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-June (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-June (data source: EV Sales Blog)

After a really slow start to the 2nd quarter, Tesla Motors overall (adding in the Model X) notched a big jump in June (+7,567) to 29,403 sales, which enabled the manufacturer to overtake Nissan (+4,468 and 28,884 YTD) for second place for the first time.

The ultimate plug-in car maker is however BYD, which as the only OEM is able to sell more than 10,000 a month (+10,129) and now stands at 43,244.  And don’t think BYD can be caught by anyone in 2016 (or 2017 for that matter), as year-over growth for the larger maker of EVs stands at a lofty 117% so far this year.

Check out more individual data at EV Sales Blog here.

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Hmm, I would have thought the Osborne Effect, i.e. ‘waiting for Model 3’, would have more effect on Model S and X sales. Perhaps different purchasing power strata.?

The Oaborne effect refers to taking away sales from the current model by those waiting on future version of the same model. Example current generation Nissan Leaf is suffering low sales largely due to anticipated upgraded and/or 2nd generation Leaf arrival.

I think that the Tesla Model 3 is more likely to push buyers toward a Model S or X, than pull them away. Suppose you have a leased car that the lease ends before the Model 3 is available; you might be inclined to buy a used Model S or lease one, as you can have it much sooner.

TP said:

“The Oaborne effect refers to taking away sales from the current model by those waiting on future version of the same model.”

Thank you.

Sadly, most uses of the term “Osborne effect” incorrectly use the term, in comments on InsideEVs.

I don’t think the Leaf is slow because of the Osborne effect, at least not mostly.
-Range is pretty crappy
-Nissan isn’t offering any smoking deals on it
-The battery temperature management is bad, which has given the Leaf a bad reputation for durability
-It got a terrible safety rating

@Spoonman, the 30kW version of the Leaf is currently the best range available in all 50 states for under $40k. The Kia Soul EV is not available nationwide. And the enhanced BMW i3 is not available yet. So the range aspect is moot.

Few first time buyers have heard of the heat issues, and the newer (lizard) battery packs seem to be holding up better. Heck I know plenty of current owners who had never heard of the heat issues.

Nissan has started to make some deals on the price. I would agree that it is over priced based on MSRP.

Safety rating is an issue but I do not know how much that impacts sales. It is still tons safer than vehicles I have owned in the past.

I suspect it has had some effect. However, I also think some people may have pushed forward with their orders to get the lower priced 60KWH model S & X.

How about a chart showing kWh delivered in plug in vehicles, by OEM, and one of $$ in BEV sales revenue?


the current market for bev’s is so small, unit volume is much more significant. revenue can hide low sales volumes because bev’s are above average in price.

Interesting that vw has overtaken Renault and Chevrolet and is so close to Mitsubishi.

Renault EVs are sold only in Europe, generally Renault is not in the US market or some others. Also Renault-Nissan is an alliance, they lead togehter with 350000 EVs sold.

Renault Nissan is an alliance but not the same company. Seems like Nissan will be acquiring Mitsubishi soon.

Chevrolet does not sell BEVs in Europe, only a handful of niche ICEv.

Most of the Chinese only sill in China, or only a handful outside China.

That is each OEMs choice where to contend. A global chart or infographic is still informative.

Volkswagen was ahead of Renault and Chevrolet last year too. Nothing new.

While Nissan Leaf led in the first few months of this year, the Tesla Model-S started gaining lead in the last few months.

Besides Leaf can go only 107 miles (170 km) in US range, while Model-S can go somewhere from 210 miles (336 km) to 300 miles (480 km) and being a 7-seater, this vehicle can save lot more on electricity than Leaf. Before the end of the year, Model-S will overtake Leaf.

Its hard to believe why Nissan which started the EV so early in 2010 is not willing to apply the electric motors in other models like Note, Altima, Juke, Rogue and so on.

Toyota started applying their hybrid system in many models and that’s how they ended up selling 1.3 million Hybrids / year.

I hope Tesla will start doing this once the gigafactory starts running at full potential.

Look at Honda with hybrids.

Really interesting numbers. Question that always pop’s into my mind is where will we be in 6-18 months. The stopping of the sales of the Leaf and starting of sales of the Zoe in New Zealand is interesting – is this going to be a model the group uses for small markets? Use what ever Leaf capacity they have to fill the competitive US, Japanese and EU + UK + Norway markets and use the (probably overpriced) Zoe to keep the smaller markets alive. It might be that way if Leaf 2.0 is compelling and cheap. If this happens it would be fantastic if Zoe and Leaf started sharing charging standards to make sure that the infrastructure is compatible. There is no reason that Zoe couldn’t have a Chademo connector or that the leaf couldn’t ‘share’ the chameleon charger technology – if only Renault would ease those tight strings around the patent bag – what kind of partner doesn’t share key IP? What is also interesting is the Leaf 2.0, Bolt, the pip prime and BYD. What affect will they have? I am not sure, but the volt is, unfortunately, fading into insignificance globally. I hope that changes but I… Read more »

I am surprised to hear that Nissan is planning to stop the sale of Leaf in New Zealand which is an advanced country with environment conscious people.

Even if just 10 – 20 units are sold, they can still continue to sell. There are many cars which sell at that volume in USA.

Ideally Nissan should reduce the price of Leaf. Hope they will do it when Bolt is launched in December.

I agree, a fun space to watch but no idea how it will come out. I am disappointed that Tesla doesn’t want to produce a sub M3, perhaps they feel there is enough movement in that sector so it doesn’t need “prodding”. The concept that a M3 is not really that expensive because it can moonlight as a taxi is very weak, especially because it will not apply in much of the world. Not everywhere is the USA.

Going not for a model below M3 might be a smart decicion. When one looks where the big margins are made, its luxury (like Model S and Model X) and middle class (like Model 3) cars. Tesla is dealing with a lot of costly development and production ramp up. Naturally one focuses on what brings the highest margin first.
Given the growth rates of the Chinese manufacturers and their capability to make something low priced, but still working at acceptable level (look at Chinese smartphones, which are a fraction of the cost compared to the market leaders Samsung and Apple), any entry in the low price segment of the future will have to face fierce competition from China.

New Zealand has a developed grey import market of used cars from Japan. Stopping sale of the LEAF is really just a reflection that Kiwis prefer to buy their LEAFs post depreciation from Japan.

New Zealand doesn’t have a large grey import market from EU, so Renault ZOEs can sell to New Zealand, without competition from ‘home’

Renault Nissan shares IP, but not costs. So no Chameleon powered LEAFs. Would be nice to have a 22kw AC powered LEAF 2. But I doubt it will happen , Japan has Chademo chargers everywhere now.

Tesla numbers are growing the fastest. They will dominate the market before the model 3 which will make it take off like a rocket. Space X halo effect must be helping. but they are simply the best.

Actually, BYD is growing even faster (and the second half of the year is usually much stronger than the first half in China).

Zoe sales will explode to 60000 next year in Europe with 40 kWh, Leaf also. Ghosn will let the game begin in Paris Autosalon!

I hope so. But do they have cheap enough batteries to keep the price down?