Top 10 Best-Selling-Electric Cars in America for 2015

The #1 best-selling new electric car for 2015 was the Tesla Model S. American's purchased an estimated 26,400 Model S vehicle's in 2015. This is an increase of over 10,000 sales or 59.5 percent over 2014.

The Model S dominated the battery electric vehicle category. Tesla beat out the BMW i3 by over 15,000 sales. BMW sold 1,422 i3's in December for a year-to-date (YTD) number of 11,024. This was also an increase of 81 percent over 2014's sales number of 6,092.

Even with fuel price dropping, electric vehicle sales where on the rise in 2015. Seven of the top 10 cars on the list showed year-over-year sales increases. Some of the largest increases came from the Chevrolet Spark (129.6%), Mercedes B-Class Electric (146.3%), Kia Soul EV (182.7%), and the largest growth came from the VW e-Golf with a whopping 1085.4 percent in sales.

Surprisingly the three vehicles showing year-over-year losses are all small compact vehicles. The number one selling car in 2014, the Nissan Leaf fell to third place in 2015. Nissan only sold 17,269 Leafs for 2015, a -42.8% decrease from the 30,200 sales in 2014. Fiat had a decline in sales by -25.1% and the manufacturer with the largest loss was the Smart forTwo EV with a decrease of -46.5 percent in sales.

See all the best-selling battery electric vehicles for 2015 below.

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America's Top 10 Best-Selling Battery Electric New Cars for 2015

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Rank Battery Electric New Car 2015 2014 % Change
1 Tesla Model S 26,400* 16,550 59.5%
2 BMW i3 11,024 6,092 81.0%
3 Nissan Leaf 17,269 30,200 -42.8%
4 Fiat 500e 4,516 6,029 -25.1%
5 VW e-Golf 4,232 357 1085.4%
6 Chevrolet Spark 2,629 1,145 129.6%
7 Mercedes B-Class Electric 1,906 774 146.3%
8 Smart forTwo EV 1,387 2,594 -46.5%
9 Kia Soul EV 1,015 359 182.7%
10 Tesla Model X 208 N/A N/A