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Sales of Electric Vehicles in the US Increased 60% in the First Quarter of 2022

Electric cars have seen their sales increase 60% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2022.

  • 158,689 electric vehicles have been sold in the US during the first three months of the year

  • EVs now represent 4.6% of the American market

  • Tesla placed its four models on the top 10 and Hyundai-Kia Placed three of theirs

Sales of electric vehicles are continuing on their upwards trajectory in the United States since the first three months of 2022 saw 60% more of them being delivered than during the same period in 2021.

Despite numerous challenges to their production and inherent disadvantages against combustion powered vehicles, such as a higher price and long charging times, electric vehicles have sold enough to now represent 4.6% of the entire American market.

The supply shortages have helped their market share by limiting the number of gasoline powered vehicles that could be sold, but contrary to them, electric vehicles saw their actual sales number increase.

Indeed, amidst a market that receded by 18% year-over-year, electric vehicles have seen sales climb by 60% to reach 158,689 units sold in the United States over three months.

The most popular brand of EVs in the country is by far Tesla, which delivered 113,882 units of its vehicles, an increase of 59% over 2021.

Next comes Kia, whose new Niro and EV6 EVs have found 8,450 buyers, an impressive increase of 735%. Ford is in third place with 7,407 sales, 91% more than in 2021. Most of Ford’s EV sales were made by the Mustang Mach-E, but the E-Transit and F-150 Lightning have began to contribute to the total.

In fourth place is Hyundai, who’s new Ioniq 5 accounted for almost all EV sales and improved its brand’s numbers by 236% up to 6,964.

Nissan delivered 4,401 units of the Leaf, an improvement of 23%, Volkswagen’s new ID.4 has made its debut on the market with 2,926 cars sold, up 656% over last year and the Polestar 2 found 2,384 buyers.

Rounding out the list are Rivian, which delivered the first 701 units of its R1T and R1S trucks and SUVs, Chevrolet, whose Bolt resumed production in time to find 479 buyers (this is the only decreasing number, down 95%, explained by the massive recall launched last August), Lucid, who delivered the first 308 Air sedans out of its factory and GMC, that was able to deliver 80 of the new Hummer EV pickups.

All of the other brands that sell electric vehicles in the United States added and additional 10,707 vehicles sold during that period.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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