December 7 (UPI) — Tesla has overtaken BYD as the world’s largest maker of electric cars on a cumulative basis,media reported. Even when BYD’s plug-in hybrids are included, Tesla still sells more electric cars than the former.
Pictured: Tesla overtakes BYD to become the world’s largest electric car maker
A few years ago, most people didn’t believe Tesla mass-produced electric cars, but it launched three electric cars – the Model S, Model X and Model 3 – and increased their production. In the process, Tesla has been competing fiercely with BYD, China’s largest electric car maker, to deliver as many electric vehicles as possible.
After Warren Buffett, a prominent investor, invested in BYD, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, was asked what he thought of BYD’s electric cars.
However, BYD has been producing cars at impressive speeds, while Tesla is still working to increase production of electric cars. After setting a delivery record in the most recent quarter, Tesla has finally moved beyond BYD after years of following it.
Figure: BYD plug-in hybrid vehicle sales show a downward trend, sales of pure electric vehicles increased
Data expert Kevin Rooke charts the cumulative sales volumes of Tesla and BYD over the years. As of October 2019, Tesla had delivered 807,954 electric vehicles, compared with 787,150 by BYD so far, according to data collected by Rourke.
It’s also worth noting that BYD’s total sales also include plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), while Tesla produces only pure electric vehicles. Mr. Rourke points out that BYD’s PHEV sales have been falling for the past five years, while sales of pure electric vehicles have increased.
BYD is also producing electric trucks and buses, as well as batteries for its own electric cars. (Small)