Global sales of 2.2 million passenger-mounted electric vehicles in 2019 accounted for 2.5% of new car sales; Global sales of plug-in electric vehicles fell slightly in December, but remained the third-highest-selling vehicle in history. According to statistics, global sales of plug-in electric vehicles in December were 279,000 units, down 4% year-on-year.
Challenges in the Chinese market are one of the main reasons for the decline in sales of electric vehicles, which still sell 2.21 million plug-in electric vehicles in 2019, up 10 per cent year-on-year.
Pure electric vehicles accounted for 74% of the sales of plug-in electric vehicles, up 5% year-on-year, while plug-in hybrids accounted for only 26%.
In December, Tesla sold 53,742 Model 3 cars, with 300,885 vehicles sold for the year, and the Model 3 was the top-selling electric car in December. BAIC’s EU series of electric vehicles came in second, with 21,963 units sold in December and 111,047 in the year.
Nissan Leaf came in third with 5,414 units sold in December and 69,873 units for the year, while BYD was fourth with 1,434 units in December and 67,839 units for the year. Unfortunately, sales of the Nissan Leaf are down 20% year-on-year.
In terms of manufacturer sales, Tesla topped the list, selling 63,148 vehicles in December and 367,820 for the year, nearly 140,000 more than the second-place vehicle. BYD, BAIC, SAIC and BMW also made it into the top five.