Electric vehicle sales - globally by model 2019

The Tesla Model 3 was the world’s most popular plug-in electric vehicle with worldwide unit sales of more than 300,000 in 2019. In the fourth quarter of 2019, production of the Model S and the Model X declined by almost 30 percent year-on-year, and deliveries of these models accounted for less than 20 percent of Tesla's sales volume in that quarter. As a result, the Model S and the Model X fell short of previous sales figures and dropped out of this year's ranking of the 10 best-selling plug-in electric vehicles globally.

Leading brands in leading markets

China, the Netherlands, and the United States are three countries that are investing significantly in the trend towards electrification. Charging infrastructure in Chinese, Dutch, and U.S. cities are prominent. The electric vehicle market in the United States is dominated by the Tesla brand. While Tesla vehicles are primarily targeted at more affluent customers, BAIC's EU-Series is one of the most economical models available. The BAIC EU-Series was China's best-selling new energy vehicle between January and August 2019. In the Netherlands, the Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as one of the most popular plug-in hybrid passenger car models.

Technology drives automotive electrification

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity. Consumers have become more interested in plug-in electric vehicles following important technological developments. Technology has significantly increased the range of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, meaning that plug-in vehicles are more accessible and practical. It is expected that solid-state batteries will be a step up on battery technology and have the possibility to extend range even further. Japanese manufacturers hold the most patents in this field.

Best-selling plug-in electric vehicle models worldwide in 2019

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February 2020



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Includes battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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