Tesla & BYD Lead Electric Vehicle Race: Winners & Losers Revealed


The International Council on Clean Transportation published a report comparing the electric car plans of 21 top vehicle brands. Tesla and BYD are dominating the global electric car market, while others like Mercedes-Benz and MG are making strides. However, Japanese brands like Mazda, Honda, and Nissan are falling behind.

Why does it matter?

With Tesla and BYD leading the electric vehicle race, the competition is fierce. Tesla’s high sales volume solidifies its top position, while BYD faces challenges with a significant portion of sales coming from plug-in hybrid vehicles. Brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and SAIC are also making significant moves in the market, with innovative efforts in recycling batteries and sales growth in electric cars.

The report highlights the importance of investing in advanced technology to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving electric car market. As global warming concerns escalate, there is a growing need for all passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. Companies slow to adapt may lose ground to competitors embracing the future of sustainable transport.

How is it going to shape the future?

The shift towards electric vehicles is gaining momentum worldwide, driven by regulatory measures in Europe, the UK, US, and Canada. The report anticipates increased electric vehicle sales in the coming years, with a notable 40% global growth between 2022 and 2023. Australia, in particular, experienced a significant 161% increase in electric vehicle sales in 2023.

As countries implement stricter emissions standards, automakers face pressure to accelerate the transition to low-emission models. Australia’s upcoming New Vehicle Efficiency Standard aims to set emissions limits for passenger, large, and commercial vehicles starting next year. The report underscores the need for the automotive industry to adapt quickly to regulatory changes and consumer demand for more sustainable transportation options.