|Tesla's Model S is on the move|
In the models ranking the news are the rise-and-rise of the Model S, from #6 to #4, with the Outlander PHEV also climbing to new heights, up from #10 to #6 and with its older brother I-Miev just waiting to be surpassed.
The rock-solid Kangoo ZE is still in #7, while the Chery QQ3 EV rises to #8 and in tenth place, we have the first Ford in the ranking, the C-Max Energi.
|2||Chevrolet Volt (1)||70.651|
|3||Toyota Prius Plug-In||56.153|
|4||Tesla Model S||33.039|
|5||Mitsubishi I-Miev (2)||27.823|
|6||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||26.276|
|7||Renault Kangoo ZE||13.660|
|8||Chery QQ3 EV||13.240|
|10||Ford C-Max Energi||11.945|
|BYD hopes to benefit from the Qin sales and reach the Top 10|
By brands, Nissan is firm in its leadership position, but Mitsubishi, fueled by the Outlander success, and has just climbed to #3, and can go after Chevrolet's Second Place in the near future.
(1) - Also includes Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera sales;
(2) - Also includes Citröen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn sales;
Dividing the plug-in sales by the conventional segments used for gas cars, it is possible to see how each segment leader stands in the global EV chart:
A (City Cars) - Mitsubishi I-Miev (#5)
- By far the most common electric city car, but currently out of the first places in 2014;
B (Superminis) - Renault Zoe (#11)
- Best selling car of the segment, surely for the next year or so;
C (Compact) - Nissan Leaf (#1)
- Currently the Golden Standard of the electric car;
D (Midsize) - Volvo V60 Plug-In (#12)
- An entertaining fight between the swedish wagon and the american sedan (Less than 500 units separates them), even if they don't race directly against each other in any market;
E/F (Full-size) - Tesla Model S (#4)
- Tesla is so far ahead on the game that its direct competition are not plug-ins, but the premium best sellers like the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Merc E-Class or Porsche Panamera.
SUV - Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In (#6)
- The example of the Columbus Egg applies here, how come no one had ever thought of a Plug-in Hybrid SUV?
MPV - Ford C-Max Energi (#10)
- No real competition for the american car, apart from the BYD e6, some 6.000 units behind…
LCV - Renault Kangoo ZE (#7)
- Stable sales and weak competition enable for Renault an easy win here;
Sports Cars - Tesla Roadster (#28)
- A neglected segment of the market lead by the out of production Tesla Roadster;
Pick-Up Trucks - Ford Ranger EV (#34)
- Since Ford 1.500 units of the Ranger EV way back in the last millennium (1998), only Mitsubishi bothered with this segment, making the Japan-only Mitsubishi Minicab Miev Truck, but with just 673 units sold since it came to market, it still has a lot to go to remove the Best Selling Electric Pick-Up Truck from this dinosaur.