One in 10 cars sold worldwide is electric or plug-in hybrid, and they already exceed four million

Global plug-in car sales are increasing year by year and today, one in 10 cars sold is electric. In September, 685,881 units have been sold of battery-equipped vehicles worldwide, based on EV-Volumes data and collected InsideEVs.

The world market share of this type of motorization already reaches the 7 % that, although at the moment it is a small percentage, the data show the upward trend in the commercialization of electric vehicles, since they do not stop increasing their sales.

Electric sales are already close to 4 million

Electric sales exceed 4 million

With regard to the month of September worldwide, there have been around 512,000 electric cars and its market share in that month is 7.6%. About 174,000 plug-in hybrids have also been sold.

In total, 685,881 plug-in cars have been sold. With the data on the table, one in ten cars sold to this day, it is electric.

September sales

market share in September



7.6% of the market share



2.6% of the market share



10.2% of the market share

In so far this year, sales of electric cars close to 4.3 million, while last year they were at 3.1 million, and the market share has grown to 7%.

In the first half of the year, there have been a total of 2.65 million new electric vehicles, which means, a 168% increase compared to 2020, according to data from Ev-Volumes.

But this figure is also higher if we compare it with 2019, already that last year was an atypical year with the pandemic. If the trend continues for the remainder of the year, you can exceed 6 million units sold in 2021.

Light Sales Chart Ev

Source: EV-Volumes.

From Ev-Volume, electric ones are believed to reach 4 million units and plug-in hybrids up to 2.4 million units. So by the end of 2021, they hope more than 16 million electric vehicles in operation.

In Europe, electric car sales skyrocketed in the third quarter of 2021, growing by 56,7 % and, for the first time, an electric was the best-selling car in the Old Continent.

Sales of electric cars do not stop growing, in some countries more than in others, as we already know that in Spain the market share of these cars is still 2%, but its production continues to increase and more and more citizens are opting for this motorization.

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Lenny Li

I started to play with tech since middle school. Smart phones, laptops and gadgets are all about my life. Besides, I am also a big fan of Star War. May the force be with you!

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