Tesla has surpassed BYD to become the world’s largest electric car manufacturer. Even counting BYD’s plug-in hybrid sales, Tesla still outsells its electric vehicles.
Figure: Tesla surpasses BYD to become the world’s largest electric car manufacturer
A few years ago, most people didn’t believe that Tesla produced electric cars on a large scale, but it launched three electric cars-Model S, Model X and Model 3, and worked hard to increase their production. In the process, Tesla has been in fierce competition with BYD, China’s largest electric car maker, in order to deliver as many electric cars as possible.
After the famous investor Warren Buffet invested in BYD, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked about his opinion on BYD electric cars, and he just laughed.
However, BYD has been producing cars at an impressive rate, and Tesla is still working to increase electric car production. After setting delivery records in the most recent quarter, Tesla has finally surpassed BYD after years of closely following BYD.
Chart: BYD plug-in hybrid sales decline, pure electric vehicles sales increase
Data expert Kevin Rooke has charted the cumulative sales of Tesla and BYD over the years. According to data collected by Luke, as of October 2019, Tesla has delivered 807,954 electric vehicles, while BYD has delivered 787,150 vehicles so far.
It is also worth noting that BYD’s total sales also include plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), while Tesla only produces pure electric vehicles. Luke pointed out that in the past five years, BYD’s PHEV sales have been declining, while the sales of pure electric vehicles have increased.
BYD is also producing electric trucks and buses, and batteries for its own electric cars. (Little)