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This article was published on April 21, 2021


American EV sales skyrocket 81% year-on-year

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American EV sales skyrocket 81% year-on-year
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

The US seems to be coming round to electric vehicles in a big way.

The sales of EVs experienced record growth the first quarter of 2021, up 81% over the same period last year.

According to an analysis of the US auto market by Cox Automotive and Kelley Blue Book, the combined sales of electric vehicles (EVs, HEVs/PHEVs) surpassed 300,000, that’s an increase of 132,000 over the same period in 2020.

Numbers don’t lie

Battery EV sales witnessed an increase of 44.8%, reaching almost 100,000.

Hybrid vehicle sales outperformed both EVs and the overall market, and doubled to more than 200,000, with an 105% increase.

Electric vehicle sales now represent 7.8% of the total US auto market. This is a 3% increase compared to the same period last year.

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The big players

Tesla remains the number one seller of EVs with 69,300 vehicles and a 71% market share – although, it dropped from 83% in the first quarter of 2020.

The best-selling EVs across the quarter are the Tesla Model Y, followed by former number one, the Tesla Model 3. The Chevrolet Bolt and Ford Mustang Mach-E take third and fourth place, respectively.

Hybrid sales are dominated by Toyota, largely supported by its RAV4, which is its best-selling hybrid vehicle in the US (32,263 units).

Honda comes in second place, selling more that 22,000 units. Ford is the third most popular hybrid seller, registering more than 18,000 electrified vehicles.


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