Global sales of electric vehicles up 160% in the first half of the year

In its latest report on the global electric vehicle market, analyst firm Canalys claims that 2.6 million electric vehicles were sold globally in the first half of 2021. This is 160% more than in the first half of 2020. To clarify, Canalys includes battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as electric vehicles. The growth in electric vehicle sales has far outstripped the 26% growth in the automotive market.


Strong demand for electric vehicles will continue in the second half of the year, especially in the two leading markets - China and Europe. In the first half of the year, 1.1 million electric vehicles were sold in China, which is 12% of all passenger cars sold there. In Europe, electric vehicles were sold 1 million units, which is 15% of new cars. Together, these markets account for 87% of all-electric vehicle sales worldwide. By comparison, in the first half of 2021, 250,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States, which is only 3% of new cars sold.


Tesla remains the market leader with a 15% share. But in the long run, she risks losing leadership. The Volkswagen Group is already on its heels with 13%. The third place with 11% is taken by SGMW (a combination of SAIC, GM, and Wuling). The BMW Group came in fourth and Stellantis in fifth.


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