Who leads the global EV market?

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The new 2017 data show a significant increase in sales in the EV market: in the specific, 3 million PHEVs and EVs were sold worldwide, and of these almost 490000 hybrid electric vehicles were delivered in China alone between January and November 2017.

Who is leader of this global EV market?

The major international car makers – giants like Tesla, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Chevrolet and BMW – are all working to increase the amount of electric cars on the roads.

Sales forecasts confirm that these numbers will grow exponentially next year, reaching almost 5 million electric vehicles on the roads by the end of 2018.

Tesla and Nissan dominate the global market

Data on EV sales in 2017 show record figures achieved by Tesla and Renault-Nissan Alliance, which proved to be the real pioneers in the electric vehicle market.

Although Tesla doesn’t provide exact monthly sales, it’s undeniable that Model S and Model X are among the best-selling EV vehicles in the world, followed by Tesla Model 3 – whose production has been stopped for several months – with only 1810 cars delivered between July and December 2017.

The sales data of Nissan Leaf are astonishing

In the first quarter of 2017, 37000 vehicles were sold globally, almost 50% more than the 25000 electric cars sold by Tesla.

The news of an updated 2018 Nissan Leaf, a new model with more range, led to a drop in sales in the second half of the year.

Nevertheless, the Leaf outsold the Tesla Model X, especially if we consider car sales in Europe.

The top-selling vehicles in this market were all from the Renault-Nissan Alliance: the bestselling Renault Zoe, followed by the Leaf.

The success of Renault-Nissan Alliance, compared to Tesla, lays in its rich portfolio of good performing cars.

BMW i3 and Chevrolet Bolt at the bottom of the podium

The last places in this ranking are occupied by the BMW i3 and Chevrolet Bolt. In particular, BMW i3 had a sales boom in 2014, but suffered a significant drop in early 2017. 

After a negative start, sales stabilized again around March (600/700 vehicles), but in November the company withdrew all vehicles from the market for safety reasons, giving a definitive halt to sales.

Unlike the BMW, Chevrolet EV Bolt ended the year on a positive note.

December deliveries amounted to 3227, for a total of 24310 sales achieved throughout the year.

This is the highest total sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in December, but not enough to ensure a good position in sales ranking.

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