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The Tipping Point: Tesla and China Spearheading the Global Electric Vehicle Revolution

by Lars EVBASE 10월 09, 2023

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The Tipping Point: Tesla and China Spearheading the Global Electric Vehicle Revolution

In the automotive realm, a seismic shift is underway with electric vehicles (EVs) accelerating to the forefront, marking a tipping point in the industry. The recent surge in global plugin vehicle registrations, which soared by 45% in August 2023 compared to the same month last year, substantiates this paradigm shift. The rise to 1,238,000 units signified that plugins now account for 18% of the total auto market share, with Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) alone holding a 13% share. This ascendancy of electric mobility has been projected by visionaries like Tony Seba, who illustrated how market disruptions follow an S curve - a theory now mirrored by the global auto market’s trajectory.

Notably, Europe and China had already crossed the 10% market share tipping point, a crucial milestone in market disruptions, before the global car market did. Now, with BEVs representing 13% of the global car market, the electrification wave is undeniably rolling in. When additional 800,000 units from plugless hybrids are factored in, a quarter of global registrations now feature some form of electrification. Conversely, the stagnation of hydrogen cars, which have lingered for 57 years with negligible market penetration, illustrates a clear winner in the alternative fuel race.

In the BEV sector, Tesla continues to reign supreme with a 20.6% market share, comfortably ahead of China’s BYD at 15.7%. The U.S. automotive disruptor is showing no signs of relinquishing its BEV crown this year, though BYD might pose a stronger challenge in the near future. The global ranking of plugin vehicles further highlights Tesla’s dominance and the rise of Chinese automakers, leaving traditional legacy automakers trailing. Among the top 20, only two legacy automakers, VW and Hyundai, made an appearance with their EV models.

Tesla's insatiable drive is Exemplified by the remarkable success of its Model Y, which, within the first eight months of 2023, already surpassed its previous year's total sales, with amassing 772,364 units. If the sales trajectory holds, Tesla’s Model Y is poised to end the year with approximately 1.15 million units sold, potentially outpacing the world's former best-selling model, the Toyota Corolla. The meteoric rise of Model Y, from its launch in March 2020 to a market leader in less than four years, underscores Tesla's unparalleled prowess in EV production ramp-up.

The forthcoming launch of Tesla’s Cybertruck, the most pre-ordered vehicle in history, now looms as a formidable threat to legacy automakers, particularly targeting the lucrative market segment of Ford’s F150 series. Whereas Ford’s electric F150 Lightning lagged with only 3500 units delivered in Q3 2023 after 1.5 years of production, expectations are sky-high for the Cybertruck's production figures once all issues in the production are ironed out and it hits the assembly line full speed.

The narrative also foretells a challenging road ahead for legacy automakers who are dwindling on the global EV models list, dwarfed by Tesla and Chinese automakers. Despite their early start, legacy automakers are struggling to keep pace with the electric transition, a stark contrast to Tesla’s exponential growth and China’s aggressive EV market expansion.

With the global auto market crossing the critical 10% threshold, the disruption is far from over. The entry of Tesla’s forthcoming mass-market vehicle and its Cybertruck, coupled with the relentless drive of Chinese automakers, are all set to further stir the automotive industry landscap. Meanwhile, protective measures by the US and ongoing discussions within the EU hint at the rising tide of Chinese EV’s that could potentially flood their markets, underscoring the global recognition of the unfolding EV era.

Indeed, as BEVs steadily climb the adoption curve, the next few years promise an exhilarating acceleration in the EV market landscape. Tesla and China are not just participating in the disruption; they are spearheading it, leaving the old guard of the auto industry in a race to catch up. The traditional automotive behemoths need to gear up for a future where electric reigns supreme, as the tipping point transcends into a full-scale industry transformation

Thanks for reading. Lars Strandridder, BestInTESLA

 

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