Electric vehicle sales - globally by model 2018

The Tesla Model 3 was the world’s most popular plug-in electric vehicle with almost 146,000 vehicles sold worldwide in 2018. That year, Tesla models S and X also featured amongst the best sellers. Tesla's vehicle deliveries totaled almost 245,000 in 2018.

Leading brands in leading markets

The Tesla brand dominates the electric vehicle market in the United States. While Tesla vehicles are targeted at high-end customers, BAIC's EC-Series is one of the most economical models available. The BAIC EC-Series was China's best-selling new energy vehicle in 2018. China and the United States are two countries that are investing significantly in the trend towards electrification. Charging infrastructure in Chinese and U.S. cities are prominent.

Technology drives automotive electrification

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity. Consumers have become more interested in plug-in electric vehicles following important technological developments. Technology has significantly increased the range of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, meaning that plug-in vehicles are more accessible and practical. It is expected that solid-state batteries will be a step up on battery technology and have the possibility to extend range even further. Japanese manufacturers hold the most patents in this field.

Worldwide plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2018, by model

Sales in thousand units
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Release date

January 2019



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Supplementary notes

Includes battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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