Global passenger plug-in electric car sales increased in May by 199% year-over-year to about 442,000, which happens to be the third-highest monthly result ever.

Plug-ins market share improved to 6.6%, including:

  • BEVs: 295,000 (4.4%)
  • PHEVs: 147,000 (2.2%)

See more of our sales reports for the month May 2021.

Sales are expected to further expand later this year, reaching new all-time highs.

Global Plug-In Electric Car Sales – May 2021

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During the first five months of 2021, plug-in sales stand at almost 2 million, while the market share increased to 5.8% (3.8% BEVs), compared to 4% a year ago.

Model rank

The Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y were the top-selling models in May, followed by the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV, Volkswagen ID.4 and a Chinese newcomer - the Changan Benni EV.

The top-selling models for the month:

  1. Tesla Model 3 - 30,874 and 172,672 YTD (#1)
  2. Tesla Model Y - 29,378 and 101,674 YTD (#3)
  3. Wuling's Hong Guang MINI EV - 26,742 and 152,667 YTD (#2)
  4. Volkswagen ID.4 - 8,529 and 26,271 YTD (#5)
  5. Changan Benni EV - 8,371 (22,819 YTD #12)
  6. Volkswagen ID.3 - 6,227 and 23,929 YTD (#10)
  7. Renault ZOE - 6,020 and 22,987 YTD (#11)
  8. Toyota Prius Prime - 5,850 and 20,096 YTD (#20)
  9. BYD Han EV - 5,764 and 32,865 YTD (#4)
  10. Hyundai Kona Electric - 5,241 and 24,914 YTD (#7)

The top-selling plug-in hybrid was the Toyota Prius Prime (5,850). There were only four PHEVs in top 20.

Top 10 year-to-date:

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Brand rank

Tesla continues to be the top EV brand globally with a huge advantage both for the month and for the year. In May, we can see strong results also from BYD and Volkswagen.

The brands for the month:

  1. Tesla - 60,282 and 276,459 YTD (#1)
  2. BYD - 31,736 and 110,427 YTD (#4)
  3. Volkswagen - 29,203 and 118,856 YTD (#3)
  4. SAIC-GM-Wuling - 27,890 and 161,610 YTD (#2)
  5. BMW - 21,537 and 105,419 YTD (#5)
  6. Mercedes-Benz - 16,044 and 88,186 YTD (#)6
  7. SAIC - 15,364 and 73,086 YTD (#8)
  8. Volvo - 15,269 and 75,763 YTD (#7)
  9. Audi - 13,232 and 60,763 YTD (#9)
  10. Toyota - 11,714 and 43,960 YTD (#13)

An interesting thing is that Nissan is no longer listed among the top 20 EV brands for the year, as Skoda took #20 with 26,061 units. It's amazing what happened with Nissan, who was an EV pioneer.

Top 10 year-to-date:

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Among automotive groups, Tesla remains the top player (14% share), followed by Volkswagen Group (13%) and SAIC (12%).