Tesla’s Model Y was the World’s Best-Selling EV in January 2022



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Electric vehicles (EVs) are beginning to take hold in markets around the world, and amidst an 87 percent year-over-year upturn in total EV registrations across brands, one of Tesla’s vehicles is carrying the weight.

The Tesla Model Y was the top-selling plugin vehicle worldwide sold in January 2022, even beating out the affordable Wuling HongGuang Mini EV, according to data compiled by CleanTechnica.

The Tesla Model Y sold 32,700 units, beating the compact and affordable Wuling Mini EV sold just 26,682 units.

Other notable fully-electric sellers included the Tesla Model 3 (15,460), the Volkswagen ID.4 (10,635), and BYD’s Dolphin (10,602) and Han EV (10,057) models.

EVs also garnered 10 percent market share in the first month of the year, already looking to improve upon last year’s 9 percent market share on the whole year.

Tesla was also the second-best plugin brand sold worldwide in January, landing behind BYD for total volume sales worldwide.

China has the largest auto market in the world, and the country is ahead of most of the world’s countries in EV adoption — as evidenced by the multiple brands based in the country.

In addition to the China-based automakers like BYD, Li Auto and Xpeng Motors, automakers Tesla and Volkswagen have production centers in the country, despite being headquartered elsewhere.

The Tesla Model Y was unveiled only last year in China, so its performance in markets around the world in January seems noteworthy.

Last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Model Y should become the “best selling vehicle of any kind globally”, and that statement is becoming more believable, especially with the Model Y also surging to the top of California car sales.

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