Tesla has the top 3 electric cars in the US, and it’s not even close
Tesla currently has the top three electric cars in the US so far in 2022, and the competition isn’t even tight.
The United States is far behind Europe and China in electrifying its passenger car market. Many factors come into play, including weaker incentives and a preference for pickup trucks, which is a segment that has only just been electrified.
But, we’re starting to see a significant increase in EV adoption over the past year, and this past quarter has been particularly significant for EV adoption in the United States.
As we previously reported, the United States saw a 29% increase in electric vehicle deliveries over last year, according to data from CARB.
Now Experian has come out with more data giving us a better idea of the most popular electric vehicles in the US so far this year:
- Tesla Model Y: 52,051
- Tesla Model 3: 47,682
- Tesla Model S: 9,250
- Ford Mustang Mach-E: 6,957
- Hyundai Ioniq 5: 6,265
- Kia EV6: 4,901
- Tesla Model X: 4,899
- Nissan Leaf: 4,401
- Kia Niro Electric: 3,549
- Volkswagen ID.4: 2,926
As you can see, Tesla has the top 3 most popular electric vehicles in the US and the top two are in a class of their own in terms of volume.
The Model S comes third with more than 9,000 units delivered in the first quarter of 2022, 33% more than the Mustang Mach-E which comes in fourth place, although the average selling price of the first is probably twice higher than that of the second.
However, the important thing to keep in mind is that these numbers are not representative of demand for these vehicles, but rather the production capacity or US allocation for each.
Most of the vehicles on this list have lead times of four to 12 months for deliveries on new orders, but their production is limited and, in the case of vehicles like the IOniq 5 and EV6, they are limited by the allowances that Hyundai gives to US dealers.
Tesla was the first to invest in high-volume production of its electric vehicles, giving it a massive lead with more than 70% of all electric vehicles in the United States produced by the now Texas-based automaker.
Speaking of Texas, Tesla is still investing heavily in US production with Gigafactory Texas in Austin, which should help speed up Model Y deliveries in the US and extend the electric SUV‘s lead.
Until other EVs hit the market in high volumes next year, like the Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla should remain alone at the top.
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