Models - BYD Qin in Podium TerritorySome 37.000 plug-ins were sold last month, which represents a 37% increase regarding the same month last year, which shows that the global EV Market continues in good health, and with 160.000 units sold this year, the 400k global sales prediction for this year look like a given, now the question is: "Will it reach 450k?" .
The top position went as usual for the Nissan Leaf, but sales are down regarding May '14 by 26%, with its market share shrinking, it's now at 12%, when just two months ago it was 15%...
And there are two models looking to overcome the japanese car, the Tesla Model S was dangerously close in May, only 141 units behind Nissan's hatch, while the BYD Qin continues to amaze the market with an incredible records streak that has been happening since its landing, back in December '13, the chinese EV was Third in May and is now entering the more rarified atmosphere of the podium seats, if the records trend continues, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Qin get to the podium and even make an attempt at a Monthly Leader Trophy in the near future.
Moving on, the YTD ranking shows two Volkswagens with different fortunes, while the e-Golf sales were down 13% regarding last month (It looks that its success is confined to Norway and the USA), the Golf GTE had a personal best, registering 1.322 units and jumping to #9 in the YTD ranking,with the german carmaker being the only to register two models in the Top 10.
A final reference to the #10 BAIC E-Series, the 1.500 units allowed it to rise to #10, thus removing the Zotye E20 (#11, with 4.137 units) from the Top 10.
|2||Tesla Model S||3.601||16.474||10||3|
|3||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||2.817||14.730||9||2|
|8||Chevrolet Volt (1)||1.715||4.966||3||4|
|9||Volkswagen Golf GTE||1.322||4.837||3||33|
|10||BAIC E-Series EV||1.500||4.297||3||16|
Manufacturers - BYD #1 in May
With no actual changes in the YTD ranking, the May results showed BYD finally outrunning (Albeit by just 8 units) the perennial leader Nissan, while closing in on the posium seats, with the #3 Tesla almost reaching the #2 Mitsubishi.
Considering the success of the Model S, the upcoming arrival of the Model X, and the ever-increasing results of BYD, it won't be surprising if Mitsu ends up in #4 soon.
The japanese carmaker needs desperately to increase production of the Outlander PHEV and to launch it in the US as soon as possible, that is if it wants to stay a major player in the EV Market in the long term.