Top 12 World’s Best-Selling Electric Vehicles

After nearly a decade of excitement, there are some signs that the electric-vehicle revolution is finally coming to fruition. By 2022, the United States will have more than 20 electric vehicles on the road, including numerous hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Almost every concept on the showroom floor (or, more lately, a mass-produced Livestream) contains an electric component. According to automakers, hundreds more electric vehicles are likely to be introduced during the next decade.

The governors have said that the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles will be forbidden. With this in mind, plus advances in charging infrastructure and battery technology, the vision of an electric future is clearer than ever. There is one stumbling barrier, however: in order for EVs to change the world, people must begin driving them. Below is a list of the previous year’s 12 most popular EVs. Not all automakers reveal sales figures for electric vehicles, particularly when the electric vehicles have the same nameplate as gas-powered or hybrid vehicles. 

World’s best-selling electric vehicles


The Hyundai Ioniq Electric

World's best-selling electric vehicles

Hyundai sold 1766 units in the previous year, Both hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are available in Hyundai’s Ioniq portfolio. Between 2020 and 2021, Ioniq Electric increased its revenue by 15%. The Ioniq EV’s battery pack is only 38.3 kWh, and its range is only 170 miles.

Those who enjoy the Ioniq’s design but desire more options will be pleased to learn that one is available: The plug-in hybrid has a range of 29 miles and a fuel economy of 52 mpg even when the battery pack is empty. 


Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

Model X is the 11th best-selling EV. It sold 3000 units. Model X sales have decreased in the lead-up to the release of a revamped version of the car, similar to those of its platform-mate, the Model S. The X will have the same cabin as the S, which features a yoked steering wheel and no typical gear shift (Elon Musk of Tesla claims the X and S will “guess” driving direction based on information from outward-facing cameras and the navigation system). 


Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona

Kona Electric ranks as the 10th most sold EV; it sold 8936 units. In 2021, Kona Electric had more than five times the number of customers as its stablemate, the Ioniq. The Kona features a bigger battery pack than the Ioniq, with a range of 258 miles versus 170 miles for the Ioniq.

It’s also built on the successful Kona crossover, making it more appealing to the expanding segment of the market that wants utility vehicles. Although the driver sits higher in the Kona than in the Ioniq, the hatchback boasts greater luggage room than the crossover, with 23 cubic feet in the rear against 19 cubic feet in the Kona. 


Tesla Model S

Model S

is a total of 9100 vehicles that have been sold, which makes it the 9th highest selling EV on our list. The Model S was the first mainstream ambassador for Tesla’s groundbreaking electric vehicle and automated driving technologies, but interest waned as buyers awaited the S’s first major redesign, and it may have waned even more when CEO Elon Musk announced that the longest-range Model S would have 412 miles of range per charge, down from the 520 miles previously promised. The S’s yoke-style steering wheel has received mixed to negative reviews, which may be contributing to the car’s low sales. 

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Taycan Turbo

Porsche Taycan Turbo

Porsche produces some of our favorite automobiles, so it’s no surprise that it also produces an outstanding electric vehicle. The Taycan Turbo S by Porsche ranks at the 8th level. The beast can reach 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, and all Taycans have 800-volt charging infrastructure, which should allow them to consume electrons faster than any other EV on the road (though charging speeds will be dependent on the availability of charging stations with the same hefty architecture as the Taycan’s).

Prepare yourself before you go window shopping for a Taycan: The top trim levels are nearing $200,000 in price. Porsche sold 9419 Taycans in 2021, just 623 fewer than 911. 


Audi e-Tron and e-Tron Sportback

Audi E-Tron

E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback are two electric vehicles that have been sold in a total of 10,921 units. In 2021, the Audi e-Tron electric crossover and its flashier-looking sibling, the e-Tron Sportback, sold 10,921 units, making it the 7th most popular EV. With a two-motor all-wheel-drive system and 355 horsepower, the e-Tron brings Audi elegance to an electric package (and, in short bursts, up to 402 horsepower).

On a full charge, the e-Tron can go 222 miles, and the e-Tron Sportback can travel 218 miles. Although the price is considerable, the e-interior Tron may include leather and genuine wood, unlike many other electric vehicles. 


Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf is the 6th most sold electric vehicle on the market. It is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and it sold 14,239 units. The Nissan Leaf isn’t one of the most appealing electric vehicles available. It’s around the same price as a Chevrolet Bolt, but it only has a 149-mile driving range with the normal battery pack, whereas the Bolt has a 259-mile range as standard.

The Leaf isn’t as appealing as many of the other EVs on our list, and its cabin is purposely strange. The Leaf, on the other hand, is something of an EV institution. It was one of just a handful of EVs on the market when it debuted in the United States as a 2011 model. It has progressed since then, but its competitors have progressed more quickly. Nissan sold 4674 more Leaf in 2021 than it did in 2020. 


Volkswagen ID.4

World's best-selling electric vehicles

Volkswagen sold 16,742 units, making it the 5th most sold EV. Despite the fact that the ID.4 is not Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle for the US market (remember the e-Golf? ), it looks to make a greater impact than its predecessors. The startup sold over 6,000 units in only the third quarter of last year.

According to Volkswagen, the ID.4, which has rear-wheel drive and 201 horsepower in its first edition, would have a range of up to 260 miles. The crossover will be available with all-wheel drive and 302 horsepower in the future. 


Bolt EV and the EUV

Bolt EV

Bolt EV had to be the most sold EV. They sold a total of 24,803 units. The Chevrolet Bolt has been completely rebuilt, and the Bolt EUV, a crossover, has recently joined the family. The Bolt has 200 horsepower and a range of around 259 miles. The Bolt’s DC fast-charging capabilities, which let it acquire 100 miles of range in 30 minutes at Level 3 charging stations, are available as an option. 



Ford Mustang Mach-E

Mach-E is a special edition of the Ford Mustang. It sold 27,140 units, making it the 3rd best-selling EV. The Mach-E isn’t Ford’s first electric vehicle, but it is the first to gain a devoted fan base and to appear on any best-seller list. The Mach-E comes in a variety of options, including rear-or all-wheel drive and a range of up to 305 miles.

Mach-E is styled like the Mustang and drives like it was developed by passionate engineers. The Mach-E GT will be a sportier variant. Ford claims the GT will reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and have 480 horsepower. 

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Model 3 is the company’s third vehicle, and it has sold 128,600 units, making it the second-most popular EV on our list. Despite the fact that the Model 3 has been on the road for more than four years, it continues to stand out for its combination of class-leading range and low pricing.

Customers have flocked to the Model 3 because of its sleek design and large touchscreen control center, which have set standards for the rest of the electric vehicle industry. However, in the last year, the Model 3’s enormous popularity has waned. In comparison to 2020, the Model 3 outsold itself by almost 14,000 units 2021. A strong result, but anything bigger in today’s market generally sells better. 


Tesla Model Y

World's best selling electric vehicle

Model Y is the most popular electric vehicle in the market as of 2020–2021, selling 172,700 units. The Tesla Model Y debuted in the summer of 2020 and soon outsold all of Tesla’s existing models. In fact, in 2021, more individuals bought Model Ys than all other non-Tesla EVs combined (excluding EVs sold by firms that do not disclose public sales statistics, such as Kia and Polestar). In 2021, the Y outsold the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-5, and Chevrolet Equinox to become the 17th most popular car in America.

Model Y is a bloated Model 3 that drives and looks the same. It can be equipped with a two-seat third row, but keep in mind that the seats are tight and cargo room will be sacrificed. The Model Y Long Range has a range of 326 miles, while the base level model has a range of 244 miles. 

So here you have it World’s best-selling electric vehicles.

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