The electric vehicle landscape is rapidly changing as technology and interest evolve, and the coming years will see many more EVs take to the roads, seas, and skies. In the US, electric vehicle sales have climbed by more than 40 percent a year since 2016. By 2035, the largest automotive market will be fully electric, providing a glimpse of a green future and significant economic opportunity. In this article, let's look at the world's most popular electric cars.
1. Tesla Model Y
Total units sold: 172,700
The Model Y is Tesla's answer to the small electric SUV, built on the same platform as the Model 3. In addition to outselling the Model 3, the taller Tesla will likely become the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Even though it isn't the cheapest electric SUV, the Model Y should remain at the top of the heap for a few years, thanks to a range of 330 miles (2022 model year), Tesla's brand cachet, and the automaker's robust charging network.
2. Tesla Model 3
Total units sold: 128,600
In addition to leading the EV field with the Model 3 and Model Y, Tesla sold over 100,000 more cars than its closest competitor. It's an impressive feat but not surprising given Tesla's dominant position in the EV world. While the Model 3 might not be the promised $35,000 Tesla, it will still sell like hotcakes with a starting price of $46,990 in 2022 and a range of 263 to 358 miles.
3. Ford Mustang Mach-E
Total units sold: 27,140
Some controversy surrounds the name. Mustang is Ford's name for an electric SUV, which shares the design language of the current Mustang sports car lineup. But if you can get past that, the Mustang Mach-E is an outstanding electric vehicle with the performance you would expect from the galloping pony. That's especially true if you opt for the more powerful GT trim level. The Mach-E is doing so well that Ford is no longer taking orders for the rest of 2022.
4. Chevrolet Bolt
Total units sold: 24,828
With about 250 miles of range and a price point of $35,000, the Chevy Bolt beats the Tesla Model 3 to the market as an EV. Due to a manufacturing defect at its supplier LG Chem, the Bolt has had several problems, particularly battery issues. With a recent price drop, the Bolt EUV, a vehicle with a range of 259 miles, is back in production after a recall and suspension. With a lower price, GM likely hopes the Bolt will remain among the top five EVs in sales despite not being eligible for the federal tax credit.
5. Porsche Taycan
Total units sold: 9,419
This EV is a testament to Porsche's engineering prowess. No matter what its body type or flavor is (Sedan or Wagon), the Taycan is a Porsche through and through. Despite all that fun behind the wheel, the Taycan falls short of others regarding range, with EPA ratings capped at 277 miles. The automaker has developed an 800-volt architecture that supports DC fast-charging at 270 kW.
Overall, Tesla has taken the lead as the best-seller of 2022 so far. Additionally, with plans to expand electrification production efforts from many big names and the introduction of some new models coming later in the year, it is still possible to see competition become closer in the second half of 2022 and especially likely in the coming years.