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Global EV sales overtake hybrid cars for first time in 2021

Chinese, European demand helps drive worldwide sales to 4.6m units

Chinese carmaker Wuling rolled out the low-cost Hong Guang Mini EV in 2020, with a $4,000 price tag.

TOKYO -- Global sales of new electric vehicles doubled to 4.6 million units in 2021 to overtake hybrid cars for the first time, new data shows, boosted by strong demand in China and Europe.

Nikkei calculated sales volumes based on data from Japan-based research firm MarkLines. New EV sales around the world in 2021 increased to 2.2 times their 2020 level, while new hybrid car sales rose 33% to around 3.1 million. EV sales nearly tripled from 2019, with hybrid sales climbing around 30%.

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