US: BEV Sales Hit New Quarterly Record Of Nearly 100,000

Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are over 200,000 and growing even quicker.

In the first quarter of 2021, the U.S. auto market has expanded by 11% year-over-year to over 3.9 million units.

According to the most recent Cox Automotive and Kelley Blue Book report, the overall sales of electrified vehicles – xEVs (BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs) – far outpaced the general market, exceeding 300,000:

U.S. – Q1 2021:

  • BEVs: 98,832 (up 44.8% from 68,247) and 2.5% of the market
  • HEVs + PHEVs: 204,921 (up 105.5% from 99,719) and 5.2% of the market
  • Total xEVs: 303,753 (up 80.8% from 167,966) and 7.8% of the market

All-electric cars noted a record high volume of nearly 100,000 at a very good growth rate, but as we can see, all hybrids (all types) doubled.

Tesla brand and Tesla Model Y model on the top

According to the report, Tesla was the top player in the BEV segment with 69,300 units (estimated) and 71% share, however, the share has decreased from 83% a year ago.

That would leave only 29,532 units (29%) for all the other brands combined.

The top-selling electric cars were the Model Y, followed by the previous leader, the Model 3 (down 50% year-over-year), Chevrolet Bolt EV and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

See more reports about the U.S. plug-in car sales here:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Chevrolet
  • Ford
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Porsche
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

As we know, not all the brands report plug-in car sales results – some provide data on some models or none.

In the case of HEV/PHEV category, the three largest players are:

  • Toyota – 124,449 (up 151%), which is nearly 25% of the total Toyota volume
    including 32,263 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (top HEV model)
  • Honda – more than 22,000, which is 7.1% of the total Honda volume
  • Ford – more than 18,000

Source:Cox Automotive

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