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World EV Sales Hit Record 103,000 Deliveries In December, Almost 800,000 For 2016

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2016 January-December

December was not only a record month for plug-in electric car sales in the US (up more than 70%), but also worldwide, as ~103,527 EVs were sold – up 20% year-over-year. The last month of the year marked the first time the industry has eclipsed the 6 digit/100,000 level. Total sales for 2016 amounted to 774,384,which was up 40% year-over-year. The result was good enough for a 0.85% market share for plug-in vehicles globally.


EV Sales Blog’s data indicates that in 2016, the best selling model was again Nissan LEAF, which just outpaced the Tesla Model S by less than 1,000 copies (51,882 vs ~50,944). Had it not been for difficulties “transitioning” to new enhanced autopilot hardware this Fall, the Model S definitely would have taken down the title this year.
The two all-electric cars combined outpaced the rest of the pack by a huge margin – nearly 20,000 sales each.
The BYD Tang’s sales weakened in the last couple of months, but the Chinese plug-in hybrid’s gains from earlier in the year was enough to hold off another regional offering, the surging Chevrolet Volt in the US.

Top Manufacturers

Among manufacturers, BYD exceeded 100,000 sales for the year (the first OEM to ever do so), and in so doing, became the #1 EV maker for the second year in a row.
High sales of Tesla Model S, and a broad (and ever-expanding) lineup of plug-in hybrids enabled Tesla and BMW to take second and third places respectively:

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-December