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Electric car sales DOUBLED in 2021 with Tesla remaining in the top spot


Vehicle sales fell overall in 2021 thanks to the pandemic – but electric cars doubled their share of the total pie to six percent

The global market share of battery electric vehicles doubled in 2021 as the industry shifts new model releases away from combustion engines toward all-electric powertrains – and buyers follow suit.

Sales of electric cars increased from 3.1 percent in 2020 to 6 percent of all vehicle sales globally last year, reflecting similar growth to Australia where EV sales more than doubled from 1 to 2 percent of the market in 2021.

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Tesla sold the most EVs out of any car manufacturer in 2021

The data shared by Jato Dynamics via Autocar said Tesla sold the most amount of EV in 2021, making up 21 percent of the entire market.

Tesla were the top-selling electric car brand in 2021 – though the Volkswagen Group held the mantle for selling the highest number of EVs across all of its brands – including Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Volkswagen.

Jato Dynamics said the success of Model 3 sedan and now the Model Y midsize SUV in North America, China and Europe, Tesla was able to hold its position.

“While the Model Y has also been a success, Tesla has been able to maintain the attention of consumers and continue its gradual expansion with a relatively limited offering to consumers,” the report said.

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Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly common on our roads

It comes after the Model 3 was crowned the best-selling EV in Europe and Australia in 2021.

China accounted for roughly half of all EV sales with Europe the next popular most popular market.

A total of 4.2 million EVs were sold in 2021, up from 2.01 million in 2020, despite an overall decrease in vehicles sales as car manufacturers struggled with supply shortages which saw many factories slow or shut down production. 

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