It is almost strange to see an automotive market open to vehicles of all segments being dominated by premium competitors. Yet this is precisely what seems to be happening in China, with the country’s recent EV sales rankings showing the Tesla Model 3 and the Tesla Model Y becoming two of the country’s best-selling electric cars.
Data aggregated by EVSalesBlog, a website that has been tracking electric vehicles’ sales figures across the globe for years, reveal that the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are now making some serious waves in China’s electric vehicle sector. The Model 3 actually beat conventional best-sellers in the premium sedan segment, EV or otherwise, with the vehicle outselling the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class last month.
Tesla’s Model Y ramp in China is building momentum.
The #1 & #2 EVs sold in China last month were the $TSLA Model 3 & Model Y.
I’m excluding 17 horsepower death traps with no airbags and 75 miles of range that sell for ~$5K and take >6 hours to charge.
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The Model Y may be new on the block and its numbers may not be on the level of its sedan sibling yet, but the all-electric crossover is already showing a lot of potential. During its first months of production, the Model Y already outsold some of its local competitors from formidable brands like NIO and Xpeng, companies that also compete in the premium EV segment.
Considering that the Mini EV is more of an inner-city vehicle that’s just a small step up from 2-3-wheeled alternatives, the country’s greater electric vehicle market seems ripe for domination. In this light, Tesla appears to be planting the right seeds with the Model 3 and Model Y, considering that the vehicles already outsell their local competition. What’s particularly exciting is that Tesla has a tendency to lower its vehicles’ prices over time, which suggests that the Model 3 and Model Y may be even more affordable in the future.
China’s EV leaderboards this year may see the $4,400 Wuling HongGuang Mini EV at the top for a while. But when it comes to the segment of serious vehicles that are truly capable of replacing the best internal combustion cars in every metric, the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y seem poised to take the country’s top spots.