- Hyundai stays out of the top 10 in both EV･PHEV segments but rose in rankings|
In the global sales of electric vehicles (EV, PHEV: passenger + commercial vehicles) during Jan - Apr in 2018, Tesla and BYD were honored to rank first in the EV and PHEV segment, respectively. Kia managed to remain in the top 10 in the PHEV segment. In both EV and PHEV segments, Hyundai failed to make it into the top 10 but rose in rankings.
Thanks to the sales increase of the Model 3, Tesla remained at the top in the EV segment. Increasing sales of EC180 supported BAIC to rise from 3rd to 2nd place. JAC and CHERY, both slipped out of the top 10 during the same period last year, regained their positions with increasing popularity of the IEV6e and eQ. On the other hand, Nissan, Renault, BMW, JMC, and Zotye Zhidou recorded sales growths significantly lower than the market average and consequently fell in ranking.
The sales of the Ioniq EV increased by more than two-folds, lifting up Hyundai to 12th place. During the same period last year, Hyundai took 14th place. With a total of 7,400 units, which is only 1,057 units behind Zotye Zhidou, Hyundai may be able to catch up with the competitor to regain its position in the top 10.
In the PHEV segment, BYD topped the list on the back of the strong sales of the Song DM and Qin models. Volvo and Volkswagen also rose 6th and 7th place with increasing sales of the XC60 and Golf GTE. In the meanwhile, BMW, Toyota, Mercedes, and Chevy dropped in ranking.
Kia enjoyed soaring sales of the Niro and Optima, rising to 10th place from 14th during the same period last year. Kia managed to stay within the top 10 following the first quarter.
Hyundai and Kia’s ranking continue to rise in both EV and PHEV segments. The two Korean automakers are planning to release the Kona, Niro, and Soul EVs shortly, which would allow them to secure their top 10 positions in the segments.