Tesla may be dominating the new EV sales, but there’s another — and unexpected — winner in the used electric vehicle market.
iSeeCars.com analyzed data from the top 25 states with the greatest EV sales, which revealed that the best-selling used electric vehicle is the Nissan LEAF.
In fact, the Nissan LEAF is the most popular choice in 18 out of the 25 states, while the Tesla Model S holds the first place in the remaining seven states.
Nationally, the LEAF also has the highest share of used EV sales at 27.7%. The Tesla Model S comes second with a 17.8% share — that’s a big win for Nissan.
According to Karl Brauer, Executive Analyst at iSeeCars.com, “This is likely due to the LEAF’s affordability with a used car price of $13,054 compared to a used Tesla Model S at $48,996, as well as its brand recognition as the first mass-market EV that’s been on the market for a decade.”
Preference by state
Hawaii is the state with the highest share of used Nissan LEAFs at 61.3%, which can be explained by the $10,000 rebate offered by the country’s government for the purchase of this model.
The Tesla Model S holds its highest share in used EV sales in Illinois (33.8%), with Texas a close second at 33%.
But even in California, Tesla’s home state, the LEAF is still the most bought used electric vehicle.
The top 10 used EVs
iSeeCars also determined the top ten best-selling used electric vehicles, which comprise over 90% of the used EV market.
Here’s the list:
- Nissan LEAF (27.7%)
- Tesla Model S (17.8%)
- Fiat 500e (9.1%)
- Chevrolet Bolt EV (8.4%)
- Volkswagen e-Golf (6.3%)
- Tesla Model 3 (5.9%)
- Tesla Model X (4.9%)
- BMW i3 (4.8%)
- Chevrolet Spark EV (3.9%)
- Kia Soul EV (3.1%)
If you’re interested in more detailed information per state, you can find the full survey here.
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