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Hyundai plug-in electric cars sold over 15,000 in November 2021

Hyundai reported a 17% drop in its global auto sales * in November to 312,602, citing the same cause: “Disruptions in global semiconductor parts supplies and the impact of ongoing COVID-19 crisis.”

The plug-in segment continues to grow at a healthy pace. In November the company sold ** 15,783 Plugins (by 59% Year-over-year) that is 4.1% of the total volume.

* Retail sales in South Korea plus wholesale sales (manufacturer level) outside South Korea.

** Hyundai sales report includes sales for plants in South Korea, Europe (Kona Electric and Tucson PHEV) and plants in China and India (both small numbers).

Sales of all-electric cars (BEV) are around four times as high as those of plug-in hybrids (PHEV). The separately counted sales of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV) are well on their way to reaching 10,000 for the first time in a single year.

Sales by Powertrain Type:

  • BEVs: 12,748 (plus 62%)
  • PHEVs: 3,035 (plus 47%)
  • Total plug-ins: 15,783 (plus 59%)
  • FCVs: 946 (up to 155%)

So far this year, Hyundai has reported sales of over 145,000 Plug-in auto sales representing 4.1% of the total volume.

Sales by type of drive train since the beginning of the year:

  • BEVs: 107,690 (plus 16%)
  • PHEVs: 37,380 (plus 238%)
  • Total plug-ins: 145,070 (up to 40%)
  • FCVs: 9,232 (plus 46%)


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has increased slightly compared to October, reaching 9,100 units (wholesale) in November. It includes approximately 2,228 sales in South Korea and nearly 7,000 units exported. In Europe, according to the manufacturer, retail sales are now 3,630 (new high).

It seems to us that Hyundai has shipped around 21,000 Ioniq 5s to customers in South Korea and over 15,000 in Europe. The car has been in series production since March 2021, i.e. for 8 months.

It appears that more than 60,000 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and around 30,000 Kia EV6 will be produced by the end of this year. A total of 90,000 units based on the brand new E-GMP platform.

Model results in the last month (and since the beginning of the year):

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 9,100 (56,367 YTD)
  • Hyundai Kona Electric – 3,274 (40,657 YTD)
  • Hyundai Tucson PHEV- 1,517 (21,633 YTD)
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric – 320 (8,686 years)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV – 977 (8,544 YTD)
  • Hyundai IONIQ plug-in – 453 (6,394 YTD)
  • Plug-ins in China (multiple models) – 142 (22,678 YTD)
  • Plug-ins in India (Kona Electric) – 0 (111 YTD)

The Hyundai Kona Electric remains the second best-selling electric car in the range.


The hydrogen fuel cell model – NEXO – had 946 sales (9,232 YTD), mostly in South Korea (865 and 8,206 YTD, respectively).


We also identified a small number of Genesis G80 BEVs (288) and several Genesis GV60s.


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