Electric bike, scooter, and cycle sales continue to charge ahead. Manufacturing and sales statistics at this time are inconsistent, varying widely with the source. We have attempted to capture the trends by sifting through and analyzing the sources. Please report any inconsistencies.
There were somewhere near 29 million sales in 2011. It is not possible to summarize the hundreds of specific models on this page. Sales of electric bikes, scooters, and cycles are combined and reported as eBikes here. The bulk of sales are electric bicycles.
China both produces and consumes over 90% of eBikes. Approximately 27,000,000 or so eBikes were sold in that country in 2011. Roughly 29.5 million eBike units were manufactured in China.
The next largest consumer outside of Southeast Asia is Europe with just over 1 million units sold in 2011. France and Germany lead the way, with the much smaller Dutch population simply soaking up eBikes.
The USA continues to grow in eBike use. The forecast trend is for eCycles and eScooters to increase
in sales due to their higher power and speeds. Japanese eBikes have been consistently brisk there. The wild card is the 380,000 or so units distributed in other countries.
Neighborhood Electric (NEV) Sales
The NEV segment of the EV market has been going strong for over ten years. While the combined sales are not as many as eBikes, they are worth tabulating. Two market leaders are listed.
The two biggest NEV producers worldwide are likely GEM and ZAP. To date, it is estimated that Zap is closing in on 120,000 sales. GEM has racked up an impressive 45,000 units.
Zap manufacturers a wide range of smaller EVs from eBikes, scooters to ATVs and NEV cars and trucks. GEM is well known for it's full range of golf carts.
HEV Sales in California
Hybrid electric sales in California are about 7.5% of total car sales there. The Toyota Prius line leads followed by Honda hybrids. Combined, they have sold about 30,000 units in the first quarter of 2013.
2012 through 2013 USA Nissan Leaf - Chevy Volt sales
Holland has over one million eBikes on the road today. China: over 130 million
Estimated Total world BEV and PHEV Sales from 2010 to the end of June, 2013
2012 HEV, PHEV, and BEV sales in the USA
Data courtesy of electricdrive.org
PHEV sales 2012 - 2013
2013 has seen total plugin EV sales 4.5 times those of 2012. By the end of June, 2013 nearly 41,000 plugin EVs had been sold in the US and Canada. This compares to about 53,000 units in all of 2012. The chart below tracks Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt sales month to month. Other plugin cars are now making sales as well.
HEV Sales 2012 - 2013
Hybrid electric sales are in a word booming, dwarfing PHEV and BEV sales in the USA. The HEV offers a lowered carbon footprint, increased fuel economy and range satisfaction at a moderately increased price. HEV sales have hit 6.3 million units worldwide, and are have been forecast reach 2.07 million units in 2013. The Toyota Prius has been the best selling new car in California in 2012 (60,688 units), and 33,987 units in the first half of 2013. Over 3,000,000 Prius units have been sold worldwide.
The Nissan Leaf
has sold over
70,000 units while the Mitsubishi iMiev
has sold over
33,000 units as of spring time 2013.
Renault has sold some 25,000 BEV units.
alliance reports over 100,000 electric car units sold. 71,000 Nissan Leaf and 30,000 Renault EV units sold since 2011.
Electric Vehicle Sales - doing very well in 2013
Previous pages have given EV future trends and likely market places. This page gives actual EV sales figures. There three classes of EV covered: The HEV or hybrid electric vehicle, the PHEV or plug in hybrid electric vehicle, and the BEV or battery electric vehicle. Most of the vehicles covered here are light duty electric cars.
Disclaimer: Most sales are already dated by the time they are printed, and data sources do not always agree, we have rounded off the numbers. Corrections gladly accepted.
North American plugin EV car sales in 2012 reached about 53,000 units. This includes new models that came online in 2012. 2010/2011 saw sales of similar vehicles at about 18,000 units. Total BEV sales in the past 5 years are over 200,000 units worldwide. Nissan has sold over 30,000 Leaf units in the USA and over 80,000 worldwide.
In China (the biggest car market worldwide) battery and plugin EV sales reached only 5,889 units (5,114 BEV and 775 PHEV) in the first 6 months of 2013. About like 2012.
2012 BEV-PHEV Sales
First Half 2013 BEV-PHEV Sales
Note: iMiev sales include Citroen C-Zero
and Peugeot iOn sales. The Chevy Ampera is the same as the Chevy Volt and is sold as the Opel Ampera and Vauxhall Ampera in Europe.