February 25, 2019 10:45 AM, EST

Tesla’s Model 3 Dominated Global Electric-Car Market in 2018

TeslaTesla Model 3 Sedans (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 sedan took command of the global electric-car market last year, outselling the nearest competitor by about 50%.

In its first full year on the market, Model 3 sales surged to about 138,000 units, easily beating the roughly 92,000 units for the EC Series car from China’s BAIC Group, according to JATO Dynamics Ltd. The researcher estimated that total battery-electric vehicle sales surged about 74% to 1.26 million industrywide in 2018.