40% of 2018 model year BEV/PHEV/FCVs offered in the U.S. were Midsize or Large Cars

The U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy recently released a very interesting chart with 2018 model year electrified cars (all-electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell) grouped by vehicle size classes.

As it turns out, among 56 models available in nine different size classes, the most models are midsize, large or compact cars, followed by SUV, subcompact and small SUV:

  • Midsize Car - 25%
  • Large Car - 16%
  • Compact Car - 14%
  • Standard SUV - 13%
  • Subcompact Car - 11%
  • Small SUV - 9%
  • Small Station Wagon - 5%
  • Minicompact & 2-seater Car - 5%

In other words, manufacturers prefer to electrify the bigger models first.

Electric-Drive Vehicle Models in U.S. - 2018 (Source: energy.gov)

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 37, ORNL/TM-2018/987, January 2019. Original source: FuelEconomy.Gov website.

Source: energy.gov