Article By Richard Aucock

2021 EV sales have already beaten 2017 figures

More EVs have been sold across across the globe so far in 2021 than in the whole of 2017 – and as lockdown restrictions ease, the pace is accelerating further

More electric cars have been sold globally so far in 2021 than in the whole of 2017, official new figures have revealed.

The analysis from JATO shows that the total global figure has reached 727k vehicles in Q1 2021, which is a staggering 142% up on 2020 figures.

China is leading the global EV race by a clear margin, accounting for more than half of registrations in 2020 and over 200,000 so far in 2021 alone.

Add in the US, Canada and Europe, and these regions account for more than 7 in 10 new EVs registered – which, JATO adds, does underline the need to speed up development of more affordable electric cars for emerging markets.

Tesla is the leading global EV manufacturer, accounting for a commanding 1 in 4 new car sales: the Tesla Model 3 is the global best-seller, with the Tesla Model Y in third.

Both other brands are catching up, with China’s Wuling on 15.8% and Volkswagen Group (including VW and Audi) on 8%.

Indeed, in April 2021, the Volkswagen ID.4 was actually Europe’s best-selling EV.

Volkswagen Group now has 11 different electric car models on sale, which are already helping to offset the decline of popular cars such as the VW Golf, Passat and Polo.

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