Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Image: Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica

Cars

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, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 

Advertisement
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

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], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

In light of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s response to Kim Paquette about how safe Tesla vehicles are, I wanted to share a quick comparison...

Clean Transport

Check out these 9 charts on EV charging trends — especially workplace EV chargers and trends — in the USA.

Cars

One of our readers, Aat de Kwaasteniet, has created a great resource comparing the actual energy consumption of different electric vehicles, among other things....

Cars

The UK's EV market share reached 28.1 % share in November, almost double the 15.9% market penetration of just one year ago!

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.