What electric vehicles were the best sellers globally in 2018?
The take-up of electric vehicles in 2018 shows a 73 percent increase as consumers take a more positive view but what are the global differences and which EV’s are the best sellers?
Electric vehicle sales are the fastest growing sector of auto sales globally, jumping by 73 percent in 2018 to 1.26 million units, according to EV-Volumes, but Australia is lagging behind other developed countries.
The data shows that, unsurprisingly, Tesla Model 3 sedans were the biggest seller, with over 145,000 sold, followed by Chinese manufacturer, BJEC’s E 180 model with just over 90,000 sales and Nissan’s Leaf a close third with 87,000 sales.
Overall, global EV sales were 2.1 million, a 64 percent increase on 2017. 69 percent of sales were all-electric (BEV) and 31 percent were plug-in hybrids (PHEV).
China is the biggest global market for EV’s and has seen a 78 percent increase in EV sales, up from 663,000 in 2017 to 1.18 million in 2018. This represents over half of global plug-in sales in 2018.
Both the US and Europe have experienced increases, albeit not on the scale seen in China. Europe saw a 34 percent increase driven by Norway, Germany, Netherlands and southern Europe. 40 percent of new car sales in Norway were electric vehicles.
Tesla’s success has seen US sales of EV’s rise by 79 percent, helped by the relatively low starting price of the Model 3 at $US35,000 (A$49,200).
Meanwhile, in Australia in 2016 just 765 of 1,178,133 new car sales were for EV’s, a micro 0.06 percent with a small increase to 0.09 percent in 2017.
Last year, 1,352 electric vehicles were registered in Australia, not including Tesla, which is likely to account for that amount again, a jump to 0.3 percent, assuming Tesla sales double confirmed EV registrations.
However, it’s likely that the rate of increase in EV sales in Australia will accelerate with more affordable models coming to market in 2019, including the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Kona EV, joining the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq, both of which it’s been confirmed will retail At below A$50,000.
Ben Salisbury is an experienced journalist and has covered the automotive sector for Yahoo! and also writes about the business of selling cars covering the rise of the online marketplace.