This is the world’s best-selling electric car and it’s an SUV

With 64,780 units sold in August alone, the Tesla Model Y is now the best-selling electric car worldwide. But its Chinese rivals are not far behind… Tesla remains the undisputed leader in electric cars, ahead of BYD and Volkswagen.

Tesla Model Y

Since its launch in 2020, the Tesla Model Y has continued to break sales records and has been a huge hit with customers. So much so that it surpasses an already very popular Model 3, which in March 2022 was the best-selling car in Europe, all engines combined. But now it has been dethroned by the SUV in Europe, which is also becoming the best selling electric model worldwide.

A big hit for Model Y

In fact, according to figures released by the website CleanTechnica, the Tesla Model Y was the best-selling electric car in August, in all countries combined, with no less than 64,780 units sold. By way of comparison, the Model 3 occupies the 5th position, with “only” 31,529 units sold in the same period worldwide.

Three Chinese cars separate the two models, namely the BYD Song (42,522 units) and Qin Plus (35,716 units), as well as the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV (33,877 units). But these results must be taken with a grain of salt. as they also include sales of plug-in hybrid versions for the first two. According to sales figures released by BYD, the manufacturer sells about 50% hybrid cars and 50% 100% electric cars.

Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Convertible
Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Convertible

The ranking is a little different when looking at the sales figures since the beginning of the year. Nonetheless, it is once again the Tesla Model Y that comes first, with no less than 409,378 records registered worldwide. The electric SUV is followed by the Chinese city car Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV, totaling 278,838 sales.

The Model 3 arrives on the 3rd step of the podium, with 268,157 copies sold. You then have to go down to 8th place to see the first European car, ie the Volkswagen ID.4. This was placed 9th on the list of best-selling electric models in August.

BDY at the top of the podium (or almost)

If Tesla seems to dominate all the rankings, we note that this is not necessarily the case if we take a look at the manufacturers’ rankings. In fact, with 173,867 records worldwide, it is BYD that arrives on the 1st step of the podium for the month of August. But again, be careful, because this number also includes plug-in hybrid versions.

Considering only electric cars, BYD produced 590,804 electric cars from January to September 2022. In turn, Tesla produced 933,628 electric cars in the same period.

There is no doubt, however, that the Chinese brand still has to make very significant progress, as it plans to develop in Europe with no less than three 100% electric models.

Tesla then places itself in 2nd position if we take into account BYD’s rechargeable hybrids, having totaled 101,778 sales in August 2022. The American company is closely followed by Volkswagen, with 40,387 sales. The rest of the ranking is almost entirely made up of Chinese brands, since they are six out of ten. In the annual ranking, BYD, Tesla and SAIC-GM-Wuling occupy the first three steps of the podium, relegating Volkswagen (as a brand) to 4th place. But as a group, Volkswagen is in third place.

11% market share

As electric car sales grow in Europe, so will globally. In fact, these increased by 66% in August compared to the same period last year, while this engine currently represents 11% of the world market. A record whileElectrified models (electric + hybrid) reach 15%with sales above 60% in 2021, with 847,580 registrations in August alone.

No, Tesla has not (yet) been overtaken by a Chinese company

In recent days, many colleagues announced that Tesla had been overtaken in sales by the Chinese manufacturer BYD. But in reality, this is not the case.
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