Big reclassifications in EV sales in January 2021 on the global market and the big news is that the Tesla Model 3 is not at the top of the rankings.
The reason for the restoration of the Model 3 from first place is the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV a 4-seat liliputium electric vehicle produced by the SAIC-GM-Wuling alliance in China.
EV sales in January 2021 were up 112% and exceeded the impressive figure of 321,000 units. The Chinese market remains the largest in sales of EVs while pure electric vehicles (BEVs) rose 132% YoY, but the increase in PHEV was also great by 80%
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At the top of the table is the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV with 36,762 models where it is definitely an impressive performance. Of course we should not overlook that the acquisition price is very low but this does not make it any less important. The surprise is that the Tesla Model 3 is now in second place with 21,589 units but according to the Californian company’s quarterly sales growth it is expected that the Model 3 will regain first place relatively easily at the end of February.
In third place is another Tesla model, the Model Y with 9,597 cars, where this compact SUV is expected to be very hot this year. Another Chinese car recorded impressive sales in January and we are talking about the BYD HAN EV SERIES where with 9,298 units it was very close to stealing third place from the Model Y.
The TOP10 in the table is dominated by Chinese pure electric models while the first non-Chinese is the Nissan Leaf where it managed to sell 3,707 units. As far as manufacturers are concerned, SAIC-GM-Wuling occupies first place with 38,896 cars while in second place is Tesla with 33,363 cars.
From there, manufacturers such as BMW, BYD, Mercedes-benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi follow, except that many of their models are plug-in Hybrid and not purely electric.