Plug-in electric vehicle sales worldwide by manufacturer 2018

Tesla was ranked as the best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer worldwide after selling around 245,000 units in 2018. Chinese manufacturers BYD and BAIC were ranked second and third, respectively.

Tesla’s journey to success

The American automobile manufacturer Tesla builds all-electric vehicles and launched its first battery-powered car in 2008, the Roadster. In 2018, models manufactured by Tesla occupied three of the top five spots in the ranking of the best-selling electric vehicles worldwide. Tesla almost doubled its revenues between 2017 and 2018, with automotive sales accounting for around 17.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Plug-in electric vehicles explained

There are two types of plug-in electric vehicles: battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Both contain a charging socket and a rechargeable battery that can power the vehicle on its own. However, a PHEV also includes a traditional internal combustion engine, which kicks in should the battery reach a low level. Therefore, a BEV is the only zero-emission vehicle.

Global plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2018, by main manufacturer

Sales in thousand units
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