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Study: Tesla Model S is the Most Popular EV by Volume in the U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/12/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Although the Nissan Leaf is the world's best-selling electric vehicle, it doesn't reign supreme in the U.S. That honor goes to the Tesla Model S, according to a study from IHS Automotive.

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The $70,000-plus luxury sedan was the most popular plug-in car by sales volume during the first quarter of this year. But unfortunately for Tesla and other automakers, overall sales of electrics in the U.S. remain tepid. Low fuel prices have adversely affected EV sales, which remain skewed toward areas of the country that offer the greatest incentives.

In the U.S., plug-ins made up exactly 0.8 percent of newly registered cars in the first quarter, up just 0.2 percent from the same time a year ago. Compare that to the U.K., where 1.2 percent of new vehicles were electrics, or the Netherlands, where EVs made up a 5.7-percent share of the market. The nation with the strongest EV market was Norway. There, a third of newly registered vehicles run on electricity. © Provided by MotorTrend

These numbers may give the impression that EV sales aren't so swell in the U.S., but that isn't necessarily the case. Despite a low rate of EV acceptance, the U.S. led all countries based on the total number of electrics registered. During the first quarter, exactly 14,832 new plug-ins were snatched up, a number that is much higher than in China, Germany, and other major auto markets.

Around the globe, electric variants of the Volkswagen Golf remain popular, and are the most popular EVs in Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands. In Japan, the Leaf is top-dog, while in the U.K., honors go to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The BYD Qin PHEV earns the top spot for China. Read the full study on electrics/plug-ins here.

Source: IHS Automotive

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