Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



2020 US Electric Vehicle Sales Report

How did US electric vehicle sales go in 2020? We’ve published reports for Europe and China, but US electric vehicle sales have been left nearly untouched. The problems are: 1) there is no unified reporting agency for the country that reports out vehicle registrations, 2) there aren’t even state reports on this that we could collect and add up, and 3) many automakers do not break out sales of EV models in their monthly or quarterly sales reports (e.g., we do not get data on the Fiat 500e, Honda Clarity EV, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV, Jaguar I-PACE, and some others). Therefore, there is no definitive EV sales report for the United States.

However, we do have numbers for several major electric models, as well as quite informed estimates for the top sellers, the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y. So, let’s look at those figures.

First, just looking at the 2020 numbers, here’s the breakdown:

Comparing 2020 figures to 2019 figures, you can see the dramatic arrival of the Tesla Model Y, a large cutback in sales of the Model 3 to make way for that and probably due to that model’s high demand, sharp drops in BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf sales, and then modest changes in the other models:

One of the hardest parts of this report is estimating the sales split between the Model 3 and Model Y. One solution is to do what Tesla does and just combine those two models. Here’s an updated version of the comparison chart above with the 3 and Y combined:

We also have an estimate from EV Volumes that US plugin vehicle sales totaled about 328,000 in 2020, a 4% increase over 2019 while the overall light-duty auto market was down 15%. Plugin vehicle market share sits somewhere between 2% and 3% of the overall auto market.

See previous US EV sales reports for more historical context on this matter.

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New Podcast: Forecasting EV Sales And EV Battery & Metal Prices — Interview with BloombergNEF's Head of Clean Power Research

Written By

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], Volkswagen Group [VWAGY], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.


Support our work today!


Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports


EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats


Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Autonomous Vehicles

The top 20 articles on CleanTechnica last week were led by an odd bunch, starting with the super weird origins of the #RIPElon tag...

Clean Transport

These 5 companies are each quite different from the other. The point here is not to debate whether any of these companies should be...


Originally published on opportunity:energy. Italy’s plugin car market saw a rather soft start to 2021, following a sparkling end of 2020 that was marked...


Originally published on EV Annex. by: Charles Morris We haven’t been hearing much about Tesla’s next-gen Roadster lately, as the company has been keeping its...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.