All-Electric To Plug-In Hybrid Cars In U.S. Now At 3:1 Ratio


BEV to PHEV ratio is expected to increase even more in the coming months.

Depending on the market situation and introduction of new models, sales of all-electric and plug-in hybrid in the U.S. has been ever-changing, but overall it was rather similar, with a slight long-term advantage for BEVs.

The most recent ramp-up of the Tesla Model 3 changed the situation completely and probably for the long run now. In September, more than 75% (3:1) of sales were BEVs.

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In September*

  1. BEV – 33,811
  2. PHEV – 10,778

*Based on estimates due to the lack of U.S. monthly sales reporting by Tesla and GM, as well as BMW i3 splits (BEV + REx), and multiple automakers refusing to reach out or reply related to individual EV sales.

Because sales of the Tesla Model 3 are expected to increase, it seems that all-electric cars will dominate the market.

Perhaps plug-in hybrids are a dying breed? Longer ranges and the expanding fast charging infrastructure should encourage more buyers to go fully electric.

Well, a plug-in hybrid Ford F-150 probably could make this ratio change in favor of PHEVs, but will it ever become a reality?

Data source for graph: Electric Drive Transportation Association

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9 Comments on "All-Electric To Plug-In Hybrid Cars In U.S. Now At 3:1 Ratio"

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Do Not Read Between The Lines

The advantage currently depends on incentives and mandates.

But we’re already in the transitional period to BEVs. As the battery and power electronics costs continue to fall, long-range BEV component costs are approaching the cost of PHEVs, while BEVs are simpler to build, are lower maintenance, quicker in EV mode and have better packaging. At the same time, these long-range BEVs are also getting faster charging, which helps reduce the most fundamental practicality challenge.

Personally I’ll never buy a PHEV; why would I want to combine the maintenance of an ICE vehicle with the the added expense of a hybrid drive for a mere 20-40 miles of electric range? While the Prius Prime’s blazing 0-60 time of over 12 seconds (in EV mode) would make on-ramps “exciting,” Ill choose to run my conventional FFV into the ground until a reasonably priced BEV SUV is released. If I didn’t have three kids, a Model 3 would already be in my driveway, but alas a compact sedan doesn’t work well with three kids who are still in car seats.

Depending on end user (especially with a mild commute), “a mere 20-40 miles of electric range” is enough to cover 40-60% of miles driven. A PHEV outside of electricity usage is very fuel efficient. The saving on fuel costs can* beat the added expense of a hybrid drive. * Dependent on fuel costs (gas and electric) and car purchase price (with incentives).

Our household owns a PHEV and BEV. I like the added flexibility of using both types. The BEV is mainly for City and interurban routes with the high availability of electric charging stations. The PHEV can go the same urban routes AND go on rural routes where electric charging stations are lacking and gas is more available.

With three kids perhaps consider Chrysler Pacifica PHEV. I hear a rumor from a neighbor that owns a Chrysler Pacifica PHEV that they may make SUV version. There is also the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and many other options.

@GenSao – Exactly! +1

I use my car almost exclusively for trips that are more than 20 miles since I live in a city near enough to bike to work, shopping, groceries, and entertainment. I don’t touch my car for days at a time. I get the sense that driving a PHEV in gasoline mode isn’t particularly sporty or good in the local hills, though some regenerative breaking would be good for the mpg. The electric part seems entirely useless for me. What’s the point of an entire drive train to get me down a few exits on the freeway? Full electric makes better sense. You don’t burn fuel, you get the full performance, and it doesn’t matter how far you want to drive it. My case might be unique (is it?) but PHEVs just seem like too much optimization and thinking when the real solution is just to have one drive train or the other. Electric if you an charge at home, gas if you can’t. Who needs whatever you need an SUV for and then wants to try and restrict themselves to 20 miles a day to minimize their gas use like some kind of video game or else lose your ability… Read more »

This is just a matter of taste and personal preference and the specifics about your daily usage. I also want to have a BEV, but I’m happy with my Volt, since that was what I could afford. I indeed get very annoyed with the 40 miles range and the miserable 3kW charging rate, but I can’t have much better than that for the $6k I paid for it. Once I have money, I will consider buying a Tesla Model 3.

Me. I had a 20 mile drive to work where I charged, and then again at home. When I sold it with over 65k miles, the ICE engine only ran about 15% of them… I then bought a BEV.

Phevs will get better too with battery power, cost and weight reductions.

They just need to ditch the super expensive 10millionspeed transmissions in favour of electric axles. Maybe still allow for the ICE to couple into the drive at higher speeds as electric acceleration tapers.

Maintenance costs will be reduced for Phevs with the duty cycle of the ICE components at less than 20%

Nah, if you want more performance, just increase the battery size. No need to fiddle around with ICE for that. Electric drive trains will get you up to speeds you can’t admit to going online. PHEVs usually don’t. At least none that aren’t 7 figures.