The World’s 10-Best Selling Plug-in Cars

Globally Leading BEVs and PHEVs


As of September 2014, the global number of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) sold crested to nearly 604,000 with certain models rounding out the bulk of these.

In fact, the top-10 models from various manufacturers have accounted for 77 percent of the total at an estimated 464,956 units.

Counted are both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by sales total with the most-notable standout being Renault-Nissan with three vehicles on the list.

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Together, their volume is just around 170,500 units or more than 28 percent of all plug-in cars sold to date.

These counts come with the help of Brazil-based plug-in car statistician Mario R. Duran, and are based on reports through September, where available.

Vehicles counted are “global” but bear in mind, some are sold in more markets than others, with a couple not sold in the world’s largest market, the U.S., and a couple sold only in the U.S. and Canada, not elsewhere.

While this is a compilation of the top 10 in descending order, if you’re curious, we’ll list 11th-15th as well.

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The 11th-place BMW i3 has sold 11,676 units and is catching up to the 10th-best selling car’s 15,063 units. At present rates, BMW’s city car ought to start climbing into the top 10 soon enough.

It has outsold China’s Chery QQ3EV (11,528), Volvo S60 PHEV (11,370), Smart ED (10,000), and China’s BYD Quin PHEV (9,615).

The top 15 comprise an estimated 519,145 out of the estimated 603,932 units sold since the dawn of modern plug-in vehicles.

At this point, this should come as little surprise. There are relatively few plug-in models in the world next to the sea of internal combustion cars but that is changing.

Following are the 10 best sellers …