What was once seen as a distant dream is now becoming a reality with the increasing adoption of electric vehicles in the market. Ford and Chevrolet are taking a big role in competing with Tesla to produce and sell electric cars in the US.
Electric vehicles are beginning to occupy an important part of the automobile market. Despite the challenges of charging infrastructure, parts shortages, and rhetoric about the range of battery electric vehicles, these cars have officially exceeded 6% of all US car sales, and sales are only expected to increase from now on.
Tesla is the largest seller of Ev’s
CleanTechnica reports that most of the sales volume comes from Tesla vehicles, with some interesting newcomers. However, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which recently took an IIHS Tops Safety Pick award and has been on sale for almost two years, outsold the aging Tesla Model S by some 1,000 units, with 10,414 Mach-E’s. sold in the third quarter. Just below the Model S is the Volkswagen ID.4, with 6,657 units. The venerable and affordable Chevrolet Bolt EV was the third best-selling electric vehicle in the third quarter, with 14,709 units.
Other electric vehicles are positioning themselves in a good way
The rest of the list is made up of many newcomers to the segment. Platform mates Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are less than 200 cars behind in sales, and Rivian has managed to sell 6,584 R1T trucks in the third quarter alone, about half of its 12,278 2022 deliveries so far. Hot on the heels of Rivian, the Ford F-150 Lightning nearly matched its sales with 6,464 trucks in its sales debut. Lastly, the Ford E-Transit rounds out the highest volume electric vehicles with 3,861 vans sold.
Electric luxury cars also have a good share
The rest of the list is made up of newcomers and luxury cars. The BMW iX, Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQS saloon sold around 1,700 units each, followed by the Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge with 1,421. In an interesting twist, the Porsche Taycan and Lucid Air outsold the much cheaper but aging Nissan Leaf. Rounding out the list, the Hummer EV only sold 411 units, while the Cadillac Lyriq sold 36. The report says the Toyota bZ4X sold nothing, but the data may not be up to date.
Electric cars could soon dominate the market
Electric vehicle sales numbers have been on the rise since the third quarter of 2020, when they accounted for 2.2% of all US car sales. Since then, it has been a steady increase to the 6.1% we see today. With supply chain problems finally starting to ease, though not go away, it looks like we’ll see a lot more electric vehicles on the roads in the very short term.