With EVs becoming increasingly popular in recent years, it’s interesting to see which models sell the fastest.
That’s exactly what the following list compiled by car lease comparison site LeaseLoco offers, uncovering the ten fastest-selling electric cars at the moment across the globe. Before delving into the data, it’s worth knowing how they arrived at these results.
The company first analysed the best-selling EVs worldwide, then calculated how many cars are sold per year and per hour based on how long the vehicle has been on sale.
Rather unsurprisingly, the number one spot goes to the Tesla Model 3, the all-time best-selling electric car in the world with 645,000 units sold since 2020. Why 2020 and not 2018, the first full year it was available in the US? We don't know. Anyway, judging by the average of 215,000 units a year, 589 Model 3s are sold each day and 25 every hour.
Gallery: 2021 Tesla Model 3
The Model 3 owes its popularity to the fact that it’s the most affordable Tesla model, contributing decisively to the company reaching the production milestone of one million cars in March 2020. It also became the first electric car to sell over 1 million units worldwide in June 2021.
The second place may surprise you, but that’s only if you haven’t heard yet of Wuling’s Hongguang Mini EV. On sale since 2020 exclusively in China, the battery-powered city car achieved a whopping 125,925 sales in a year, equivalent to 345 sold in a day and 14 per hour.
One of the cheapest EVs in the world, the Mini EV starts at around $4,500 (approx. £3,300), making it about seven times cheaper than a base Tesla Model 3.
Another Tesla ranks as the third fastest-selling EV in the world, the Model Y. With an average of 100,000 units sold a year, the crossover sells about 11 units per hour.
The Nissan Leaf is fourth (85,988 sales a year), followed by the BAIC EU-Series in fifth (65,333 sales a year). The highest-ranking European model is the VW ID.3 in sixth place, with 54,495 yearly sales. Check the full list below.