After a few sources have published their sales data, we thought that we’d take a look at any interesting trends or changes in green car sales figures.

Global Sales

Firstly we look at data from ev-sales showing the global top 20 models of EVs being sold (no hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would make this list, so it’s purely EVs):

Model Sept 2018 Sales 2018 Sales
Tesla Model 3 23,582 82,646
Nissan Leaf 9,623 66,048
BAIC EC-Series 3,943 47,377
Tesla Model S 8.074 36,811
Toyota Prius PHEV 3,479 34,997
BYD Qin PHEV 3,867 34,991
Tesla Model X 7,115 34,834
JAC iEV E/S 4,621 30,482
BYD Song PHEV 3,014 28,539
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4,952 28,280
BYW e5 4,266 27,980
Roewe Ei6 PHEV 3,119 26,104
Renault Zoe 3,071 25,222
Chery eQ EV 5,310 25,103
BMW i3 3,150 23,949
BMW 530e 4,839 22,500
BAIC EX-Series 3,350 21,714
Geely Emgrand EV 3,193 21,639
Hawtai EV160 4,780 1,332
Roewe eRX5 PHEV 2,273 19,919
Others 90,889 618,404
TOTAL 200,510 1,278,871

September 2018 seen green car sales/registrations grow to over 200,000 vehicles, beating the previous record month of December 2017 by 25,000 units.

The effect of Tesla’s now-mature Model 3 production numbers can really be seen here, with more than double the sales of any other can model.

11 of the top 20 are Chinese based cars, and many are sold only within China; unlike the three Teslas, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius which are more globally sold. This is not unexpected considering China’s population is 4x that of America’s, but is still interesting to note.

ev-sales point out that 1.3 million EVs sold in 2018 means that the overall EV market share stands at 1.8%. On current trends, the overall market share might reach 2% by the end of the year.

Raw data from EAMA

European Sales

According to data from the EAMA, from January to September 2018 EV sales figures were as follows:

  • PHEV: 140,758 sales, an increase of 33.6% compared to Jan-Sept 2017
  • BEV: 132,944 sales, an increase of 37.4% compared to Jan-Sept 2017
  • Total: 12,304,711 car sales, leading to green cars having 2.2% market share

Looking at a country-by-country breakdown of these sales:

  • Norway: 52,038 sales (up 20.7% compared to 2017)
  • Germany: 50,245 sales (up 36.1% compared to 2017)
  • UK: 44,883 sales (up 21.8% compared to 2017)
  • France: 31,113 sales (up 17.0% compared to 2017)
  • Sweden: 19,949 sales (up 56.8% compared to 2017)
  • Netherlands: 17,349 sales (up 130.5% compared to 2017)
  • Belgium: 10,508 sales (down 1.9% compared to 2017)

Norway continue to lead the EU with respect to electric car sales, whilst it will be interesting to see if the UK continue their green car sales (since we know there was a sales rush to beat the Government’s subsidy cuts). A similar reason is possibly behind the Netherlands’ large rise in sales, too.