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Sales figures for electric cars worldwide

In the first half of 2022, 4.3 million BEV and PHEV were sold worldwide. The Chinese market has more than doubled and is now the largest in the world.

Despite all the crises, the global market for electric vehicles continues to develop well. The data portal EV Volumes, which specializes in e-car statistics, has now presented the figures for the first half of the year. According to them, China is by far the fastest growing market compared to the previous year, when most electric cars were sold worldwide in Europe and Germany was the second most important sales market.

China is the largest electric car market

This enormous shift is all the more surprising as the Covid restrictions in China are still very massive. But figures in China are also extremely volatile, according to EV Volumes, after a 24 percent increase in February there followed a 45 percent drop in April, caused by new lockdown measures.

The data service provider also takes plug-in hybrids into account in the statistics, which also makes it easy to compare BEV/PHEV. A total of 4.3 million EVs (electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and electric cars) were sold worldwide in the first half of 2022. 1.16 million of them were sold in Europe, an increase of nine percent. In contrast, more than twice as many of these electric vehicles were marketed in China, 2.45 million in total and an astounding 113 percent increase. North America (USA and Canada) came third with 0.48 million EVs sold.

A mini electric vehicle dominates in China

These were also the most important markets, because the entire rest of the world took up just 0.22 million such vehicles with a plug in the same period. The huge boom in China has two reasons. On the one hand, the massive proportion of plug-in hybrids, which are being pushed back further and further in the remaining markets. On the other hand, minimalist "cars" contribute to these sales figures, against which a Dacia Spring passes as a luxury sedan. For example, the best-selling e-car in China is the Wuling HongGuang Mini, a 2.9-meter-long dwarf for the price of a better e-bike .

The worldwide brand comparison is also interesting. According to this, the Chinese manufacturer BYD sold the most EVs, with an incredible 320 percent increase in sales. In second place and at the same time as the largest manufacturer of purely electric cars worldwide is Tesla. While the VW group as a whole is in third place, with a respectable distance to the two mentioned, General Motors and the Hyundai Group can be found in fourth and fifth place with very similar sales figures.

In the first half of the year, Tesla managed the feat of being the two best-selling electric cars in the world. The Model Y is far ahead with 315,000 units sold and strong growth.This is also at the expense of the Model 3, whose sales figures have decreased slightly compared to the previous year to 219,000 copies. The best-selling electric car from a European manufacturer worldwide is the VW ID.4.

EV Volumes anticipates an increase in BEV/PHEV sales of 57 percent for the full year 2022 and a global market share for electric vehicles of 13.4 percent. The forecast here is for total sales of 10.6 million chargeable cars worldwide in 2022. As a result, the total stock will also grow strongly, with analysts expecting around 26.9 million plug-in hybrids and electric cars to be in use worldwide.

In the picture gallery we have summarized the best-selling electric cars in Germany for the first half of 2022.


Electric cars and plug-in hybrids are on the up, especially in China. In the first half of 2022, global sales of plug-in cars rose by 62 percent, to a total of 4.3 million. However, the second part of the truth is that this growth is happening almost exclusively in China, Europe and North America, with electric cars being a side note at best in the rest of the world. In the subcontinent of India, for example, with its 1.4 billion inhabitants, just 20,700 plug-in hybrids and electric cars were sold in the first half of 2022, which is fewer than 3,500 per month. For the full year 2022, 10.6 million PHEV and BEV are expected to be sold worldwide.


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