The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has put together a report called "Ratings of Global Automakers in 2022".
The report ranks global automakers based on their efforts to date in electric vehicles. It looks at current car companies' progress in the transition from gasoline to electric vehicles and determines whether the company is a leader, a transition or a laggard.
According to the report,The performance of all Japanese carmakers was abysmal, with only Tesla and BYD considered leaders.
Tesla and BYD are the leaders among the world's top 20 passenger car manufacturers, the report noted. At the same time, 12 companies were classified as transformers, with BMW and Volkswagen leading the way. Finally, the six laggards are made up of five Japanese brands and one Indian carmaker.
To come up with each automaker's ranking and rating, ICCT looked at each automaker's market share, technology and strategic vision.
Tesla is the only brand on the list that only makes electric cars and has never made a gasoline car, and its prospects are not in doubt.
Byd is rapidly transforming itself into a pure electric vehicle maker. It officially announced in April 2022 that it would end production of pure fuel vehicles, but for now, plug-in hybrids remain an important part of BYD's strategic plan as a transition model.
And there are more active brands than negative ones. BMW and Volkswagen, two traditional German car companies, are more electrified than their traditional competitors.For example, Geely, SAIC, Great Wall, Changan and other independent brand car enterprises are located in the "transformation" area.
But American automakers such as Ford and General Motors, as well as Hyundai and Kia, are relatively low on the list, perhaps reflecting a lack of enthusiasm for electric vehicles in their home markets.
Remarkably, Japan, the automotive powerhouse of the gas-powered era, seems even more dismissive of electric cars.Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Suzuki are all among the laggards in the ICCT rankings.
Surprisingly, Toyota ranked highest among the laggards, followed by Honda and Nissan. Nissan, however, has been offering an electric Leaf for years, and while Honda hasn't jumped headlong into electric cars, it has been dabbling in them.