Top EVs by Model in 2020 and Partial Q1 2021 EV Sales

Global sales of EVs in 2020 increased by 39 percent year on year to 3.1 million units. The final 2020 plugin share was 4% of total car sales and battery electric vehicles were 2.8% of total car sales (2.2 million BEV). Plug-in hybrid sales in 2020 were about 900k.

EV sales by model in 2020.

1. Tesla Model 3. 365,240 sold. Battery capacities 54, 62, 75 or 82 kWh. Range – 220-319 miles. MSRP range: $37,990 – $54,990

2. Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV. SAIC-GM. 119,225 sold (China). Battery capacities 9.2, 13.8 kWh, Range 110 miles. Price: $5000

3. Renault Zoe. 100,431 sold. Battery capacities: 52 kW·h. Range: 245 miles Price: $26000.

4. Tesla Model Y. 79734 sold. Battery capacities 60, 80 kWh. Range – 244-326 miles. MSRP range: $40000 – $61,000. 2021 (40k option dropped. Starting price is $49000.)

5. Hyundai Kona. 65075 sold. Battery capacities 64 kWh. Range: 258 miles. MSRP range: $39000-46000.

6. Volkswagen ID3 [VW]. 56937 sold (all in Europe). Battery capacities 45, 58, 77 kwh. Range: 205-341 miles. MSRP range: $42000-59000.

7. Nissan Leaf. 55724 sold. 150-226 miles. MSRP: $31600-38200.

8. Audi e-tron [VW]. 47928 sold. Battery 95 kwh. 218 miles range. MSRP: $79000

9. Baujun e-series. SAIC-GM-Wuling. 47704 sold (China). Battery 24 kwh. Range: 130.5–167.8 mi Price: $7700-9100.

10. GW Ora R1 / Black cat. 46796 sold (China). Battery 33 kWh. 187-mile range. Price: $8600-11300.

11. GAC Aion S. 45626 sold (China). 58 kwh, 317 mile range. Price: $24000

12. BYD Qin Pro EV. 41621 sold (china). 323 mile range. 53.1/56.4/69.5 kwh. $27000

The three top Volkwagen EV models (Audi E-tron, ID-3 and others) had about 27000 in sales in Jan, Feb 2021 compared to 73000 for Tesla model 3 and model Y. In March, 2021, Tesla had 107,000 sales of the Model 3 and Model Y. First month of ID4 sales were about 640 sales.

In 2020, Greenpeace has accused Volkswagen of selling about 65000 BEV and PHEV to its dealers.

Volkswagen was predicted to catch up to Tesla by some analysts by 2022. So far in 2021, Volkswagen EV sales have fallen further behind Tesla.

Jan and Feb 2021, had about 400,000 BEV sales. March 2021 numbers will not be available for a couple of weeks. China had 176,000 EV sold in March. BEV sales for the first quarter did not exceed 736000. This would mean that Tesla’s share of BEV sales in Q1 2021 is about 25% by unit volume or more.

Tesla’s share of BEV sales revenue in 2021 and 2020 was higher (about 35%) because many EVs sold in China were $5000-12000 BEVs.

SOURCES- EV Sales, Cleantechnica
Written by Brian Wang, (Brian owns shares of Tesla)

15 thoughts on “Top EVs by Model in 2020 and Partial Q1 2021 EV Sales”

  1. I'm waiting to see what the sales numbers do when the Cybertruck rolls out.
    Mind you, this will be mostly for the North America market. The truck is monstrously huge and may not fit on European/Asian roads so well.
    I expect Elon to notice this problem quickly and make a Cybertruck Mini for other markets. It would be like going from a Ford F-150 down to a Ranger. Only make that Mini a reliable truck, not a throwaway piece of garbage.

  2. Not having a monopoly is a good thing. A monopoly will drive up the price, increase dependency, and take away user options.
    What we want is a few leaders (like Tesla) spending big bucks on the R&D, but also a lot of smaller companies that can crank out cheaper cars like the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV for around $4-5K.
    This will keep Tesla from creeping up in price as it increases market share.

    Tesla may eventually launch a premium car brand like Cadillac or Lexus. If those get super expensive, it's not really a problem. In fact it's a good thing.
    When you have a premium car brand, they tend to spend ridiculous amounts of money on R&D, which gets paid for by rich people who want the ultimate car. Those features and technology eventually find their way into the lower price vehicles and become standard equipment. This also means the premium car brands need to find the next new amazing feature and bring it to market, eventually finding its way down into the cars normal people can afford. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Rich people get their awesome toys, while paying for the research for the fun stuff for the rest of us. The little guy ends up with an affordable and reliable vehicle.
    Big Oil and the legacy car industries get destroyed, unless they adapt to the changing times. Buggy whip companies could convert to making leather seats or something.
    The ones that don't adapt go extinct, and who needs them?

  3. Straw man AGAIN
    I clearly showed that Wang did NOT say Tesla was trying to become a monopoly, the articles headline is .."Tesla Integrated EV Company Mirrors Standard Oil Integrated Oil" .. he is comparing the integration NOT the monopoly as you can clearly read (or not if you choose to keep saying Monopoly)

    I am already fully aware of the history of Standard Oil .. i read `The Prize` by Daniel Yergin its very good and covers the oil industry since inception.

    All this vertical integration will become heavy burden assets at one point, they can work for a pioneering company, not in a mature market, doesn't work like this in the 21st century.


    1. Just your speculation with no reference to back it.
    2. What mature market? we appear to be entering the 4th Industrial revolution ……………….. QUOTE The Fourth Industrial Revolution is of a scale, speed and complexity that is unprecedented. It is characterised by a fusion of technologies – such as artificial intelligence, gene editing and advanced robotics – that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological worlds.11 Jun 2019 .. this is from a UK Government report,physical%2C%20digital%20and%20biological%20worlds.
    3. Believe what you will but you are reading this stuff day in day out.
  4. All this vertical integration will become heavy burden assets at one point, they can work for a pioneering company, not in a mature market, doesn't work like this in the 21st century.

    Standard oil became a monopoly due to monopolistic business practices that will not fly today, has nothing to do with the situation of Tesla today.

    Here is the story of standard oil.

  5. Last I checked, Renault had not been bought by VW. It is, however, part of the Renault-Nissan alliance, so if you want to group them it should be that way.

  6. BEV February 173,000. About 200,000 BEV in January.
    If BEV did not leap to over 360,000 then Tesla with Q1 total of 184000 should have 25% or more BEV share. I put in the Q1 qualifier for the 25%. But the 35% on BEV revenue. Tesla competitors in China are mainly far cheaper BEV.

  7. I saw this EV called a Karma yesterday while I was out and OMFG I want one. The specs look fairly decent for a luxury sports car, too. I had to pull over and look it up right away (yeah, I'm a nerd like that).

  8. "Tesla’s share of BEV sales in 2021 is about 25% by unit volume. " is rather "out of nowhere", since "global brands" sums up BEV and PHEV. For all "plug-in" vehicles, their share is 13%. Considering strong growth and high profitability of PHEVs, I'm not convinced that they can be considered "unimportant" by any measure. Not now, and probably not for a few more years.

    On top of this, comparing sales per brand is very misleading for multi-brand companies such as Volkswagen AG. In Q4 2020, they actually sold more plug-ins than Tesla and even with a somewhat slow start of sales in 2021, Volkswagen + Audi + Porsche + Skoda + Seat brands probably sum up to 10% of the market share (if not more).

    With ID.4 starting to sell worldwide, WV (both brand and group) will gain market share again. I would not be surprised if VW group outsells Tesla again next quarter.

  9. I actually have .. have you really read it? and see what it says?
    QUOTE (from that post)
    Tesla’s 2020 Battery Day talked about creating lithium batteries directly from raw materials. Tesla announced a goal of producing over 3 terawatt-hours per year of batteries by 2030 ….
    Remember how Standard Oil achieved a superior cost structure and used technology for lower costs. Take another look at the highlights from Tesla’s Battery Day. Tesla is integrating from raw materials and building at a scale needed to change the world. 10 Terawatt hours per year for all vehicles and 20-25 terawatt-hours per year for the entire world energy grid.
    If the entire world goes electric for vehicles and for a battery-enabled electric grid that will be 30-35 terawatt-hours per year through the 2030-2050s …

    SO .. of a expected need for 30 – 35 terawatt hrs Tesla is aiming at 3 or about 10%

    Wang is NOT saying that Tesla will become a monopoly only that Standard oil was
    Elon Musk has the ambitions to rapidly change the world to a world 100% dominated by electric vehicles and electric batteries for the grid.

    No MONOPOLY you are fighting a straw man there.

  10. Even Teslas own 2030 hope sales are very far from a monopoly, no one is claiming anything like a monopoly in this area .. Musk has said On `good cars` , E.Vs and indeed on `F.S.D` eventually everyone will have these things, his claim is that Tesla will be `head and shoulders` above every other company in `Manufacturing` The machine that makes the machine.. you can find him in person saying exactly this.

  11. Still there is no one monopoly controlling the global EV market, and there is no reason to believe that one will emerge. In modern times both Microsoft and apple seemed to becoming one in personal computing and for apple in smart phones. It hasn't happened because they were not able to sustain a clear technological advantage. I see the same thing happening with Tesla.

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