Using Google search data, we were able to find the most popular search term for each of the vehicles, and then compare their popularity across the world.
We didn’t include hybrids (PHEVs) or hydrogen EVs (HEVs) in the sample list, and took the most popular models that solely use a battery (BEVs). We also didn’t include unreleased or limited release vehicles.
Some countries were excluded due to lack of search data. (Aruba, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Cayman Islands, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, French Guiana, Grenada, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Monaco, Myanmar, Niger, Republic of Macedonia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Yemen.)
All data correct as of May 2019. You can see the full data here.
The Tesla Model 3 comes out on top in over half of the 136 listed countries. The Nissan Leaf comes in second with 22 top countries.
The Nissan leaf managed to place second for top countries even though it placed third on total searched.
Tesla Models S & X took third and fourth place respectively, showing how much Tesla has been trending.
Also notable on the number of searches:
BMW i3, Renault ZOE.