Global EV sales jump 18 percent in Q1 2024 on PHEV momentum

China remained the global leader in Q1, followed by the US and Europe, as per the report.

By  Storyboard18May 17, 2024 11:22 AM
Global EV sales jump 18 percent in Q1 2024 on PHEV momentum
Despite a 9 percent YoY decline, Tesla regained the top position in BEV sales in Q1 2024. (Image sourced from Moneycontrol)

Global passenger EV (BEV+PHEV) sales grew 18 percent YoY in Q1 2024, according to Counterpoint’s EV Market Tracker. While BEV sales increased by a modest 7 percent YoY during the quarter, PHEV sales grew 46 percent YoY.

China remained the global leader in Q1, followed by the US and Europe. China’s EV sales grew 28% YoY, while the US recorded a modest 2% YoY growth. Overall EV sales in the US grew, but BEV sales declined by 3 percent YoY.

Leading EV players like Tesla and BYD have managed to reduce their BEV manufacturing costs, allowing them to offer competitive prices. This has put pressure on other automakers like Ford and GM which are struggling to reduce their manufacturing costs. These companies have introduced BEVs at competitive prices but are facing significant losses.

To mitigate these losses, traditional automakers are adjusting their BEV targets and prioritizing PHEVs. The increased adoption of PHEVs is expected to continue until these automakers develop strategies to reduce BEV manufacturing costs and meet emission targets to avoid fines.

Research Analyst Abhik Mukherjee said, “The cheaper upfront cost of PHEVs when compared to BEVs and the availability of a fuel tank that eliminates range anxiety were among the main reasons for high PHEV demand.” PHEVs are available in different body types, like sedan, SUV and crossover. Buying mid-priced PHEVs is a more logical choice for consumers since their prices are comparable to or lower than most of BEVs. In this category, PHEVs with the SUV body type is more in demand.

Despite a 9 percent YoY decline, Tesla regained the top position in BEV sales in Q1 2024, commanding a 19% market share. Following closely behind were the BYD Group and Volkswagen Group. Notably, among the top three OEMs, only BYD achieved growth (13% YoY), while both Tesla and Volkswagen experienced declines of 9% and 4% YoY, respectively.

BYD also excelled in the PHEV segment, accounting for nearly one-third of global PHEV sales, followed by Geely Holdings and Li Auto. BYD exported almost 100,000 EVs, including PHEVs, with a substantial 152% YoY growth, primarily in the SEA region.

Commenting on the market outlook, Associate Director Liz Lee said, “In 2024, the EV market is poised for significant growth, yet signs of a slowdown also loom and the annual growth may dip below 20%. The leveling off of early-adopter interest suggests a shift in consumer dynamics to the mass market in the long term and a new phase of evolution for the EV industry.

BYD’s remarkable export performance, especially in the SEA region, highlights the growing global demand for EVs, including PHEVs. However, Tesla, which has only BEV fleets, currently faces challenges such as production delays and weakened early-adopter demand, which initially boosted its sales in advanced markets.”


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First Published on May 17, 2024 11:22 AM

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