As one of the first mass-produced electric cars in the world, the Nissan LEAF’s ranking is logical. The number two car makes sense as well but the third?
The Nissan LEAF was launched way back in late 2010 as a 2011 model year car. At the time, its range and appeal was somewhat limited unless you were an early adopter, and hopeful.
Nissan’s bet paid off as the LEAF quickly made a name for itself as despite the increased competition from Volkswagen and Chevrolet to name a few, the electric Nissan continues to dominate.
The second best-selling car is the Tesla Model S. This may or may not surprise you depending on how you see the Tesla. For one, it’s nearly three times the price of the LEAF but on the other hand, it’s also a high-end luxury saloon with performance and styling.
The car on the final step of the podium is the BAIC EC-Series. You’ll be forgiven if you’ve not heard of this car as it’s primarily sold in China.
The numbers are as follows: 363,940 for the LEAF, 243,200 for the Model S, and 172,850 for the EC-Series. The latter is closely tailed by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at 172,640 which itself is nipped at by the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius PHEV with 168,440 units sold.
In 7th position is where the Tesla Model 3 lands at 148,080 deliveries. We’re willing to bet that by this time next year, the car will be at or near the top. The LEAF will remain close by thanks in part to the addition of the LEAF PLUS this year.