A recent list of the top 20 electric vehicle manufacturers shows how far behind many older brands.
A list compiled by you/SoulReddit13 on the r/Electric vehicles subreddit shows the world’s top 20 electric vehicle manufacturers. While the author chose to include PHEVs (putting BYD as the top EV manufacturer), Tesla is in 2nd place, leaving German, South Korean and other American brands behind. However, the list has an unsurprising lack of Japanese brands showing how far behind companies like Toyota and Honda are now. The author collects the data from: InsideEVs and CleanTechnica.
There are a few results that stand out. The cluster of German brands in 4th, 5th and 6th place tops the list. Volkswagen at the top is closely followed by BMW, which, together with Mercedes, has experienced massive growth of about 20 percent since the same time last year. A surprising result is that Audi drops to 13th place and is not growing at nearly the same rate as its other luxury German competitors.
Kia and Hyundai are not far behind in 8th and 10th place respectively. Followed by Volvo in 12th, Peugeot in 18th and finally Ford (the only other American manufacturer on the list) in 20th.
Perhaps most notable is the auto industry’s once dominant brand, Toyota. The brand had been successful worldwide for years with cars such as the Corolla, the Camry and even the Prius. In fact, many saw the Prius as the car that convinced many Americans of the idea of hybridization. Likewise, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Mazda are missing from the list. Essentially, this means that the Japanese auto group is completely absent, despite their previous dominance in sales and R&D. Similar criticisms can be made of companies such as General Motors and the Chrystler family (Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge).
Instead of these legacy companies, startups mainly found in China have begun to dominate, simply selling to their home market and now looking to Europe and the US to expand.
To take advantage of the current wave of EV popularity, these companies will need to act quickly. Perhaps a focus on what the late Ford and Chrysler executive Lee Iacocca called “cars Americans want to buy,” or simply affordable and efficient vehicles like those that brought Japanese car dominance to the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s, could help the ship. rectify and bring brands back to the fore.
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