World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars And Top 10 Manufacturers – May 2016

JUL 2 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 206 January-May (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 206 January-May (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Over 54,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in May worldwide, which is about 42% more than year ago.

With nearly 3,300 sales in May, the Nissan LEAF remains best selling model YTD by a sizable margin.

Second best is the Tesla Model S (with some 2,250 sales in May), which will need to pay some attention to the BYD Tang (3,249 moved in May), which is approaching quickly.

Thankfully for Tesla, June is the “big push” month of the quarter, so it will likely take the Tang into August before it can realistically make a run for the #2 spot.  We estimate some ~5,000 Model S sedans were sold in June – however, there is generally a lag time of about 3-4 weeks until all worldwide numbers roll in.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV continues to sit comfortably in fourth, as the model has already crossed the 10,000 mark this year.

After first five months, we also note that plug-in models now need to average nearly 1,500 sales a month to find themselves in the Top 10 this year.

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

Manufacturers

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

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

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD is the clear leader among plug-in electric manufacturers, and there is likely no stopping them in 2016…or in 2017.

The Chinese company not only has the high selling Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, but a growing lineup of several different models (three in Top 10 YTD), which makes BYD’s lead difficult to overcome.

Nissan and Tesla take 2nd and 3rd so far this year, but it is interesting to find that BMW is now in 4th ahead of Mitsubishi.

Ford also found its way back to the Top 10 in May, tallying just over 8,700 sales.

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

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10 Comments on "World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars And Top 10 Manufacturers – May 2016"

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What would happen if BYD made cars for the US & Canada with all 3 available plug types: CCS (= J1772 + DC), CHAdeMO, and Tesla – with an agreement to support Supercharger expansion in exchange for access for their vehicles/owners?

No adapters required, just pull up, plug in (& tap cards for non Tesla QC access, etc.)!

Tech01x

No thanks. BYD uses LiFePO4 cells. Not really suited for non-Chinese markets. There are some fleets that use them for urban traffic taxis. Overall, really crappy cars.

Bailout cars the obama unions “assembles” are better?

BYD has its hands full with the domestic market, so i think it doesn’t have short term plans to export in large quantities.

Spoiler alert: My bet is that BYD will sell over 11k in June.

Rick Bronson

Its nice to see the sales of Electric vehicles steadily increasing.

Hope the upcoming Bolt, Prime, i3 with extended range will give a further boost in US & Japanese markets.

tftf

Nissan-Renault is basically one entity due to large cross share-holdings.

tftf

PS: And they now own a large stake in Mitsubishi too.

Nix

Wow. 6 out of the top 10 aren’t even sold in the US.

I wonder what would happen to US sales if all 10 were available in the US?

Chris Wagnet

And BTW, the Volt is a hybrid, not a full electric, and yet it is compared to the Leaf when tallying sales, etc. Really, they should go play with the others. If it uses gas, even to charge an electric car motor, its not a full electric. Please….,.