Tesla is known all over the world as the star of the automotive sector. In 2016 the company, which is headed by Elon Musk, sold about 76,000 electric vehicles. But there’s one company in the automotive sector that is even more successful at selling electric cars than Tesla: Chinese automaker BYD Auto, which has put more than 102,000 electric vehicles on the road.
Today it no longer seems odd that a Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles is outdoing an American one. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), more than 650,000 electric vehicles were traveling on China’s roads in 2016.
China was followed by the USA, with 560,000 vehicles, Japan (151,000), and Norway (133,000). Germany only held eighth place, with 72,730 electric vehicles.