To be honest, 2015 can’t really be called a memorable one of the market of electric vehicles. True, we did get a few promising releases, but in terms of profits last year was a bust for the majors who’ve been investing tons of bucks into this new, uncharted territory. However, in December – the last month of the year – the EV managed to somehow set a world-wide record in sales, so, that gave the industry a good kick up the ladder and made folks believe in a brighter future for the technology. The leaders of the green pack – Toyota’s Prius plug-in, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt – were all busy getting ready for the next generation, and that’s why the customers were a bit shy, waiting to see what’s around the corner, so to speak. Fortunately, when the new editions did arrive at the dealerships, the tide has finally turned and we saw ground-breaking profits in the first month of winter. And the record-breaking fun didn’t stop there: we had a plenteous January and an even better February. So, today we’ll talk about the best-selling electric vehicles in February, ranking the contestants by monthly sales and discussing the rise or drop vs last year profits.
A Good Year To Go Electric
“The customers have spoken” – that’s what the heads at the giant automobile companies usually say when something like this happens. According to InsideEV.com, one of the most respectable web-site about everything EV, says that the plug-in market sold 7.8K cars in February, and that’s a 13% boost as compared to the last year’s result and an all-time leader for the month. However, despite the great news, I gotta also report that the all-around solid BMW i3 crashed and burned this time around, with a 77% drop in year-to-year sales. I’m not really sure why that happened, because folks seem to really love it in the showrooms. Still, we’ve got plenty to be thankful for, starting with the highly anticipated Model 3 from Tesla that’ll be released this month and the Bolt EV from Chevrolet, hitting the market late 2016. So, it’s safe to say that the customers got used to the idea of an electric vehicle and are now ready to pay big bucks for highly efficient, emissions-free and environment-friendly cars. Without further ado, here are the best-selling electric vehicles in February.
#1 – The Chevrolet Spark EV
The Spark EV is a good pick for the customers who are looking for an affordable, reliable, fuel-efficient and cute electric vehicle to take care of daily routines. And even though the car sold poorly this February (you’ve got 216 units moved in total) and is only number 14 in the list of the best-sellers, the result is pretty impressive if you compare it to last year’s profits. You’ve got an 82 percent boost over last year’s total and a 55% raise over January sells. I have to mention that while the rest of the “minor brothers” fell off the map and couldn’t manage to move any significant numbers, the Spark EV is holding the flag high and keeping the market of compact electric cars alive, and that fact alone makes it a strong player in 2016. Besides, even though it’s 14th in the list, it’s still one of the best-selling electric vehicles in February, for whatever that’s worth. So, if you wanna go with a compact and efficient ride this year the brand-new Chevy Spark EV might be a good pick for you.
#2 – The BMW X5 xDrive40e – Trying To Keep Afloat
I know I said in the beginning that BMW had it rough with a 77% plunge in sales with the i3, but the Germans are not the ones to step back after a beating – they get back up stronger. And the good-looking X5 xDrive40e (it’s a weird name, I know) is doing exceptionally great this month: it managed to sneak into the top ten in two month (aha, that’s how long it’s been around) and is now officially at the #9 spot in the list of the best-selling electric vehicles in February with a total number of 345 models sold this month. The i8, on the other hand, which is officially one of the best-looking, most efficient and powerful electric vehicles on the planet, moved only 54 units this February. So, I guess entry-level luxury means the regular people can actually save for it, but high-end luxury is only available to the most fortunate of us. A lot of experts in the field actually did predict the segment of “affordable luxury” to be of high demand in 2016, and judging by the X5, they turned out to be right.
The Best-Selling Electric Vehicles In February – #3, The Ford Fusion Energi
Ford, much like General Motors, has been investing big-time budgets into electric vehicles: you’ve got the Focus Electric, the C-MAX Energi, and, of course, the Fusion Energi. And even though these cars never end up leading the month-/year-end charts, they always managed to make their way into all kinds of top-10, top-5 and even top-3 lists. That’s that textbook marketing right there, folks! By the way, the automobile industry loves to surprise us with all kinds of unexpected numbers, and this month it’s the Fusion Energy that made some buzz: the all-around solid sedan sold 932 units this February, which is a 54% better result compared to last year’s numbers and a big boost over January as well. More so, the Ford mid-sizer landed at the #3 spot in the list of best-sellers, lagging behind the best in the business – Chevy’s Volt and Tesla’s Model S. Furthermore, I want to point out that a new, redesigned and more fuel-efficient edition is slated for a late 2016 release.
#4 – The Chevrolet Volt – Efficient And Good-Looking
General Motors has a pretty strong presence in the segment of electric vehicles and some say the brand-new Chevy Volt is the best on the market, outrunning Toyota’s Prius plug-in and Nissan’s Leaf. And that’s considering the fact that right until recently the Volt was sold in 10 states only. So now all the 50 American states will get the chance to own this EV at the Chevy dealerships, which – obviously – means more monthly (and yearly) sales for the company. This February customers bought 1.1K units of the Volt, and that’s a 62% better result as compared to last year, so, yeah, GM is slowly, but steadily pushing its way towards the forward line of the highly-efficient market. A word of advice: I bet you’re watching the news and know about the oil prices hitting historical lows. That means EVs are not that sweat of a deal anymore, even though they still are a good pick. Just some food for thought, folks. Obviously, the biggest rival to this go-getter is the Tesla Model S, which is next up.
The Best-Selling Electric Vehicles In February – #5, The Tesla Model S
Tesla is by far the most famous and popular electric vehicle on the market. And it’s also the-best looking one, right next to the i8 from BMW. As a matter of fact, Tesla is the most-advanced, most “electric” and the most authentic EV that you can drive in the United States Of A. As for sales, the Model S went big this February and moved 1.5K units, a lot more than it did in January. And keep in mind that right now Tesla’s main priority is Europe. So, you can double (or even triple) those 1.5K models sold. In addition, the fresh-out-of-the-oven crossover SUV, the Model X, made this month that much more satisfying for Elon Musk with an estimated 400 sales. On a different note, I just have to remind y’all about GM’s nasty play on the field: they tried to ban Tesla from selling in Indiana in January and are now back trying to end the company’s right to sell EVs in the whole country. If you happen to remember the old Chrysler Airflow story from the ’30s, then you know that the Generals are used to dirty cheap tricks and are simply trying to prevent the Model 3 from domination.
See also video: Top 5: Best-selling electric vehicles of 2015 (CNET On Cars).