It’s wonderful that we have Tesla, without a doubt. It’s great to see Tesla everywhere in the Florida area where I live and I’m sure in many other places in the United States. Tesla is indeed a wonderful story of corporate and sustainability in the United States, and it is nothing short of astonishing that this still young automotive company has entered the big world and produces and sells nearly a million vehicles a year. , many of them in the United States. don’t approach 10% market share, and neither do all EV sales combined. When I create our quarterly reports on electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States, there is a really inspiring side and a side that is not so uplifting. We need more models at or near Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y level in order to make significant progress.
That said, while Tesla still dominates the US market (through the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y), and even though no other model comes close to Tesla in terms of sales, it seems we are see signs of life from a few others. If you can look past the two Tesla mountains in the sales charts, you can see that there are a few brands that are dramatically increasing their EV sales with a few near high volume models.
Notably, two of these models – the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E – were the two contenders for 2021. CleanTechnica Car of the Year that got the most votes from readers, and the third model (the one with the most sales outside of Tesla’s top models) was the 2017 CleanTechnica Car of the year. It seems our editors and readers know what they’re talking about when they put forward the best electric models.
It should also be said that we do not have data for some electric models, including the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV. All indications are that they don’t have a lot of sales in the US, but we can’t really assess this as we can with the other models because Hyundai and Kia didn’t build them on dedicated electric platforms. and do not split their sales. sales of their gasoline twins in their monthly sales reports.
To be more specific with respect to the models for which we have data, you can see that the Chevy Bolt EV + Chevy Bolt EUV combined for over 11,000 sales in the quarter (which is kind of like combining the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y as Tesla does in its sales reports). The Bolt EV / EUV has dominated the market outside of Tesla’s bestsellers. The Ford Mustang Mach-E (6,356 sales) and Volkswagen ID.4 (5,756 sales) were significantly inferior to the Bolt, but they are young faces. I expect more from them in the future as production increases and rumors spread that they are in the market and that they are excellent vehicles.
The old Nissan LEAF is also doing its part with 4,804 sales in the second quarter. This vehicle likely derives its sales from low-priced dealerships across the country which are notably lower than the prices of other popular electric models. Additionally, the vehicle has been on the market for so many years that there may still be regular buyers who upgrade their LEAFs rather than upgrading to a Tesla (as many early LEAF buyers have done), Chevy Bolt, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID .4, or other new electric car.
That’s the story of the US electric vehicle market so far. Trendlines are on the rise for several models, and they have a lot of room to increase this year if their manufacturers are willing to push them much faster now.
What are your predictions for these models for the rest of the year? Will any of these non-Tesla electric models ever hit 100,000+ vehicle sales in a year? Or, from a lower tier, which models will exceed 50,000 sales per year in the United States?
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