Plug-in vehicles are rather rare throughout the world. InsideEVs tracks U.S. sales and a blog tracks worldwide sales. It’s interesting that in the U.S., Ford often is often only second to Tesla for plug-in vehicle sales. The pie chart below shows the sales for the year-to-date U.S. through September 2015.
With a worldwide perspective, Ford doesn’t sell many plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. Ford has dropped from 5th place to 8th place for worldwide plug-in vehicle sales this year over last. BYD and Mitsubishi are selling significant numbers of plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. where they are both virtually unknown in the U.S. After discovering that Mitsubishi may finally ship their popular Outlander PHEV in the U.S. in 2016, I recently visited a Mitsubishi dealer in southern California. The salesman and sales manager said they didn’t even know Mitsubishi had a plug-in Outlander let alone that it might be available in the U.S. next year, and this is in California, the EV capitol of the U.S.