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Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


1st EV To Break Into Global Auto Sales’ Top 10… (Poll Results)

July 29th, 2013 by  

On Friday, I started a poll regarding which electric car would be the first to break into the top 10 of global auto sales, with a long and exciting preface beforehand (click that link above if you didn’t see it). It has been fun to watch the results roll in, and I received one surprising observation as a bonus. The main results are posted below.

I decided to use Polldaddy’s free service for this first poll. As such, I’m not supposed to be able to see voter location stats, and the poll is not supposed to allow more than 200 people to vote. For some reason (a glitch? a teaser stage in which I can get more than the free version is supposed to offer?), I was able to see voter location for a couple days (also, the votes on this poll got up to 252). However, I seem to now be cut off from anything beyond the free service options. Nonetheless, before getting cut off, I did get a peek into the extent of our global EV enthusiast readership.

Right off the bat, it was clear that CleanTechnica actually has a very global audience, at least when it comes to the topic of EVs. The first several votes (other than my own) were from Romania, Australia, the Maldives, and India. Before Polldaddy cut my ability to see voter location stats, we had 250 votes from 36 countries. The US very clearly dominated, but it still provided less than 50% of the vote. Here’s a snapshot of the top countries from which we received votes, which I snapped when we were at 246 total votes (click to enlarge):

cleantech global audience

Don’t really care about the global extent of our readership or this poll? OK, on to the key poll results…

Throughout the voting period, the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model “C” were pretty much been neck and neck for #1. In the end, the Nissan Leaf edged out the Model C. The Leaf received 28.57% of the votes (72 votes), while the Model C received 27.38% of the votes (69 votes). The Tesla Model S came in at a distant but clear 3rd with 9.52% of the votes (24 votes). All in all, though, the votes were spread out quite a bit. The Toyota Prius Plug-in EV hit 18 votes, the Chevy Spark EV hit 18 votes, the Chevy Volt hit 15 votes, and the BMW i3 hit 13 votes.

Here are the full results:

top EV model sales chart

1st ev model top 10 auto sales

Naturally, several voters also wrote in answers, including votes for the Renault Zoe, a 3rd generation Tesla (isn’t that the Model C I included?), and some other model not yet created.

Stay tuned, in a few moments or so I’m going to start a related follow-up poll suggested by a reader and early voter. 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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