10% of electric cars sold in the first six months of 2022 are 100% electric. For the month of July 2021 alone, the increase in electric car sales is 61% compared to the same month in 2021. Indeed, in September 2022, one million electric cars are expected to be registered for the first time.
July also marks the fourth month in a row that non-plug-in hybrids have seen their market share decline. The trend therefore seems to be towards total or partial electrification, although we are not a big fan of the latter. If we distinguish by type of car, the annual growth of July 2022 is particularly strong for 100% electric cars which represent 73% compared to plug-in hybrid cars, which represent 36%.
But here’s an interesting fact. As José Pontes explains in Cleantechnica excluding plug-in hybrid car sales in China, plug-in hybrid growth year-on-year is -20%. It would be the fifth consecutive month of declining sales of these cars.
Therefore, it is possible that the market has passed the peak of plug-in hybrids and that we are entering the era of 100% electric vehicles. This aspect is particularly important if the goal of a fully electrified new car fleet is to be achieved by 2035.
The real competition for sales in the years to come, on a global level, will not come from traditional brands, but from You’re here versus BYD. For the month of July alone, the latter sold 160,000 cars, whether plug-in hybrid or 100% electric, representing sales growth of 20.6% over one year. While the vast majority of the company’s sales are in China, European expansion is imminent.
The 10 best-selling electric cars in 2022
Tesla retains its crown as the company that sells the most electric cars in the world. It should deliver 1.5 million vehicles by 2022. The site Y-model remains in first place with the Model 3 in the third. Throughout the second half of 2022, we will see a huge increase in SUV sales crossed. The Californian company is bringing the basic model to Europe at a very attractive price.
The second model in the list, the Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV is the cheapest electric car in the world its price is 3,500 euros. It is the result of a curious collaboration between GM, SAIC and Wuling. Although it is designed for city driving, as evidenced by its size and battery capacity of 9 kWh or 14 kWh. In Europe, it is available under the make/model of Dartz FreZe Nikrob.
|Tesla Model Y||344.928|
|Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV||244.961|
|Tesla Model 3||236.518|
|BYD Song Plus||196.875|
|BYD Qin More||162.610|
|BYD Yuan More||74.258|
|Li Xiang One||70.826|