Plug-in electric car sales in the US significantly increased during the first quarter of 2022, despite the parts supply constraints, which drove the overall market down by 18% year-over-year to 3.4 million units.
According to the Experian's car registration data (via Automotive News), used as a proxy of sales, some 158,689 battery-electric vehicles were registered in Q1 2022, which is 60% more than a year ago.
Thanks to such outstanding results, BEV market share improved to a new record of 4.6% nationwide.
According to the article, among the top 10 all-electric models, four were Tesla cars (Model 3/Model Y, Model S/Model X) and three from Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Kia Niro EV). The only other models in the top 10 were the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan LEAF and Volkswagen ID.4.
Tesla's position in the US market is dominant in the BEV segment, as 113,882 registrations in Q1 (up 59% year-over-year) translated into a huge 71.8% share.
BEV registrations in the US - Q1 2022:
- Tesla: 113,882 (up 59%) and 71.8% share in BEV segment
non-Tesla BEVs: 44,807
- Kia: 8,450 (up 735% from 1,011)
- Ford: 7,407 (up 91%)
- Mustang Mach-E: 6,957 (up 80%)
- E-Transit: 396
- F-150 Lightning: 54 (formally launched in May)
- Hyundai: 6,964 (up 236% from 2,072)
- Ioniq 5: 6,265
- Kona Electric: 685
- Ioniq Electric: 14
- Nissan (LEAF): 4,401 (up 23%)
- Volkswagen (ID.4): 2,926 (up 656%)
- Polestar (Polestar 2): 2,384
- Rivian (R1T/R1S): 701 (new)
- Chevrolet (Bolt EV/EUV): 479 (down 95%)
- Lucid (Air): 308 (new)
- GMC (Hummer EV Pickup): 80 (new)
- other brands combined: 10,707
- Total: 158,689 (up 60% year-over-year) and 4.6% market share
Tesla's domination in the BEV segment is not the only one, as the brand is also considered the number one in premium/luxury car segment, ahead of BMW.