Many countries around the world have already identified milestones for the phase-out of vehicles with internal combustion engines. Power plants with electric motors in various combinations are recognized as the most promising evolutionary trajectory. Last year, the number of corresponding cars on sale increased by 44% to almost three million copies.
These data are cited by Business Korea with reference to the Korean Association of Automobile Manufacturers. According to the source, 2,943,172 vehicles with traction electric motors in one combination or another were sold worldwide last year, which is 44.6% more than a year earlier. If we divide these cars into categories, then 2,025,371 copies (+34.7%) will fall on purebred electric vehicles, and 909,519 copies (+73.6%) will fall on rechargeable hybrids. The most exotic type of electric vehicles are still hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, of which 8,282 units were sold (+ 9.3%). The increase in sales compared to 2019 is shown in parentheses.
Among all cars sold last year, the share of registered electric vehicles increased from 2.2% to 3.6%, so there are still much more cars with internal combustion engines in operation. Tesla remains the leader of the electric vehicle market with 442,334 cars sold. Volkswagen managed to triple its sales of electric vehicles more than threefold, to 371,406 units, taking second place. GM increased sales by 134.1% to 221,116 units, placing it in third place. Hyundai Motor closes the four with 198,487 sold electric vehicles and an increase of 59.9%. The year before, the Korean giant could only be content with the seventh position. The top ten also includes Renault and Nissan, BYD, BMW, Daimler, Geely and the PSA alliance.
It is noteworthy that more than 40% of the nearly three million vehicles with traction motors sold last year were in the Chinese market. There are many local players with great ambitions and opportunities, the budget electric car Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV managed to become the most popular, beating Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. Chinese companies took positions from fourth to ninth, inclusive, almost completely displacing foreigners outside the top ten.
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