The world’s top 5 electric vehicle car groups ranked by sales: 2021

We already know the global sales figures for plug-in electric passenger cars for the year 2021, so let’s now take a look at the results obtained by the main automotive groups.

According to EV volumes data shared by Jose Pontes, of the nearly 6.5 million plug-in electric cars sold in 2021, more than half were produced and delivered by five automotive groups.

First, we will check the volume and share of major OEMs in the overall plug-in market and then in the electric battery segment.

In the plug-in category, which combines all-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars, the top performer remains the same as in 2018, 2019 and 2020 – Tesla. This is despite Tesla actually being a single brand and only involved in all-electric cars.

The report reveals that Tesla closed 2021 with more than 936,000 sales, or about 14.4% of the total. However, Tesla’s market share in the plug-in segment fell from 16% in 2020 to 17% in 2019.

Only time will tell if Tesla will be able to increase volume as quickly as the market develops in order to maintain its position and share. What we do know for sure is that the company prioritizes volume over new products, like the Tesla Cybertruck.

Next comes the Volkswagen group with nearly 758,000 and a market share of 11.7%. It is also less than a year ago (13%), but significantly more than in 2019 (6%). Many expect that at some point the Volkswagen Group will catch up with Tesla.

Third place belongs to SAIC (in the report, combined with the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture), which owns more than 10% of the shares. Then we can see a big comeback from BYD in 2021 and Stellantis, which is now #5.

Plug-in car sales in Q1-Q4 2021 (vs. prior year):

  1. You’re here : 936 172 and 14.4% share (vs 16%)
  2. Volkswagen Group: 757,994 and 11.7% share (vs 13%)
  3. SAIC (including SAIC-GM-Wuling): 683,086 and 10.5% share
  4. BYD: 593,878 and 9.1% share
  5. Stellantis: 360,953 and 5.6% share

Total top 5: 3,332,083 (51.3% share)
others: 3,163,305 (48.7% share)
Total: 6,495,388

In terms of sales of 100% electric cars, Tesla is still far ahead of other automotive groups with more than 936,000. However, its market share has declined in recent years, from 23% in 2019 and 2020 to 21% in 2021 .

SAIC (including SAIC-GM-Wuling) is the second largest group with almost 610,000 and 13% share – mainly thanks to the sales volume of 424,138 for the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV.

Next we see the Volkswagen Group with 451,131 and 10% share in the BEV segment. BYD is fourth with a 7% share and Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai and Kia) took fifth place with a 5% share.

Sales of all-electric cars in Q1-Q4 2021 (vs. prior year):

  1. You’re here : 936 172 and 21% share (vs 23%)
  2. SAIC (including SAIC-GM-Wuling): 609 730 and 13% share
  3. Volkswagen Group: 451 131 and 10% share (vs 11%)
  4. BYD: 323 143 and 7% share
  5. Hyundai Motor Group: 216,562 and 5% share

Total top 5: 2,536,738 (55% share)
others: over 2 million (45% share)
Total: more than 4.6 million

See also our previous reports for automotive groups:

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