Electric Cars Still Aren't Selling Well Enough For An EV Revolution

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If you’ve been paying attraction to headline, you mightiness beryllium confused arsenic to however electrical cars are truly doing. Some outlets study they’re gaining popularity, oregon that EV income are experiencing a “surge,” adjacent successful spite of shortages. Others (even Jalopnik) person been reporting that much and much Americans don’t want EVs. Their concerns aren’t unwarranted, citing things similar charging infrastructure and rising acquisition costs. So what’s the existent story?

Today, we’re taking a look astatine the Q1 income numbers for each EV manufacturer. That means we’re seeing however galore cars sold for each EV exemplary successful January, February, and March of 2023. It’s worthy noting that not each shaper releases wide income figures, but for the involvement of clarity and consistency, each the accusation successful this communicative is pulled straight from a shaper and regards U.S.-specific sales, unless I enactment otherwise.

This database besides lone includes income numbers of BEVs (battery electrical vehicles), not plug successful hybrids oregon hybrid vehicles.

And, finally, it should besides beryllium noted that Mini is missing from this list. While the marque sells the two-door hardtop Mini Electric, its income are grouped successful with the gas-powered Mini two-door hardtop. Therefore, we can’t accurately accidental however galore Mini EVs person sold.

2024 Audi Q8 e-tron

2024 Audi Q8 e-tronImage: Audi

The German luxury marque is diving headfirst into the EV game. Audi presently has six EV “models” for merchantability (since Audi counts antithetic trims arsenic a unsocial model): e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT, Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron, Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron. More EVs are coming with the program to person 30 percent of its U.S. lineup beryllium made up of EV models by ‘25. The marque sold 4,438 EVs successful Q1 of 2023.

  • Q4 e-tron: 1,674
  • e-tron (now known arsenic the Q8 e-tron): 1,053
  • e-tron GT: 726
  • Q4 Sportback e-tron: 503
  • e-tron Sportback: 482
2023 BMW i7 xDrive60

2023 BMW i7 xDrive60Image: BMW

BMW has accelerated its rollout of electrical models nether the i brand. While the i3 was discontinued successful mid 2021, BMW has expanded the one brand since past with the instauration of the i4, iX, i7 and the each caller i5. With EVs, BMW is alternatively slick. The marque says that 17 percent of its U.S. income successful Q1 of 2023 were electrified, but that percent comes from grouping plug-in hybrids and hybrids with EVs. Digging into their income information shows that conscionable 8 percent of their U.S. income successful Q1 were artillery electrical vehicles. That comes retired to 6,588 sales.

Complicating things is the information that each i model, speech from the iX, is based connected a state powered model. This allows BMW to radical the income numbers of the EVs successful with the state models. So we can’t pin down precisely however galore of the i4 and i7 the marque sold. The marque did negociate to determination 2,351 iXs.

Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford F-150 LightningImage: Ford

Ford has been bully astatine detailing conscionable however good its EVs person been doing. The institution reported that its EV income were up 41 percent successful Q1 2023. With 3 EV models, Ford says it sold 10,866 EVs during that time. The institution hopes to get accumulation up to 150,000 F-150 Lightnings and 210,000 Mustang Mach-Es annually by the extremity of the year.

  • Mustang Mach-E: 5,407
  • F-150 Lightning: 4,291
  • E-Transit: 1,168
2024 Cadillac Lyriq

2024 Cadillac LyriqImage: Cadillac

GM is different automaker that talks its EV income numbers up without really sharing a elaborate breakdown of its numbers. The institution says that it’s presently connected way to physique 50,000 EVs successful North America done June. GM besides says implicit 20,000 EVs person been delivered to customers. But you won’t find income numbers that accidental precisely however galore Chevy Bolts oregon GMC Hummer EVs person been sold. The lone EV thats mentioned with income figures is the Cadillac Lyriq which GM says sold “over 900" units successful Q1 2023.

Genesis Electrified GV70

Genesis Electrified GV70Image: Genesis

With 3 EVs to take from and a caller enlargement to merchantability those EVs successful much states, Genesis has gotten disconnected to a decent, albeit slow, start. The luxury marque sold 937 EVs the archetypal 3 months of 2023.

  • GV60: 512
  • GV80 EV: 380
  • GV70 EV: 45
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Limited

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 LimitedImage: Hyundai

With lone 2 EV models to take from, Hyundai sold astir 6,000 (5,958) EVs successful Q1 2023. There was a spot of a dip though with the Ioniq 5; income are were down 22 percent period to day but were lone disconnected 8 percent Q1 2023 compared to Q1 2022.

  • Ioniq 5: 5,736
  • Ioniq 6: 222
2022 Jaguar I-Pace

2022 Jaguar I-PaceImage: Jaguar

Jaguar’s income numbers are an outlier. The institution doesn’t merchandise reports for a azygous region, opting to merchandise its reports with a summary full of each its planetary sales. Because of that, we can’t pin down precisely however galore of the brands sole EV, the I-Pace, person been sold successful the U.S. But adjacent based connected worldwide income numbers, it’s wide that nary 1 buys this thing. Only 1,059 units were sold globally successful Q1 2023, down 28 percent from the aforesaid clip successful 2022.

2023 Kia EV6

2023 Kia EV6Image: Kia

The hotness of the Kia EV6 seems to person cooled off. The EV6 sold 4,633 units successful Q1 2023, a 26 percent driblet from Q1 2022.

Exact income numbers for the Niro EV can’t beryllium had, arsenic Kia lumps each the Niro variants unneurotic for 1 figure. Kia moved 12,826 Niros successful Q1 2023.

2023 Lexus RZ

2023 Lexus RZImage: Lexus

Hybrid-heavy Lexus yet has an EV for merchantability successful the RZ. With it conscionable arriving to dealers, its income are understandably light. Just 185 RZs person been sold truthful acold successful 2023.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30Image: Mazda

Yes, the Mazda MX-30 is inactive a thing. Just 32 radical showed that they privation the unsocial operation of electrical motorcycle scope with the comfortableness of a car. Those 32 MX-30s sold are down 77 percent from Q1 of 2022.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUVImage: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes is different marque going afloat steam up with its modulation to electrification. The luxury marque presently has 5 EVs successful its lineup, with much coming to marketplace successful the adjacent fewer years. Mercedes reports explosive maturation successful the U.S. with its EQ EVs. According to Mercedes, EQ income are up 251 percent compared to Q1 2022. The marque sold a full of 7,341 EQ EVs.

  • EQS SUV: 2,413
  • EQS Sedan: 2,083
  • EQB: 1,537
  • EQE Sedan: 1,308
Nissan Ariya

Nissan AriyaImage: Nissan

With 2 entries successful the EV segment, Nissan is trying to summation crushed earlier it introduces much EV models successful the coming years. The precocious introduced Ariya sold 2,860 successful Q1 2023. The Leaf inactive sells decently — which whitethorn person thing to bash with the information it’s 1 of the cheapest EVs connected the market. But income took a flimsy hit. Nissan moved 2,354 of the Leaf successful Q1 2023, but that fig is down conscionable implicit 46 percent from the twelvemonth prior.

Polestar 2

Polestar 2Image: Polestar

Volvo’s EV offshoot Polestar is different marque that doesn’t person circumstantial U.S. income data. Instead the institution releases information for the full globe. With lone 1 EV to merchantability close now, Polestar managed to determination 12,076 of its Polestar 2s. The Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 can’t travel soon enough.

Porsche Taycan

Porsche TaycanImage: Porsche

The Taycan and its variants proceed to beryllium a deed for Porsche. While the institution admitted determination are inactive lingering issues similar constituent availability that person been affecting sales, the Taycan inactive managed to merchantability much than the Panamera. Porsche sold 1,527 Taycans successful Q1 of 2023.

Subaru Solterra

Subaru SolterraImage: Subaru

Despite a halt merchantability hiccup astatine the extremity of 2022, Subaru’s sole EV the Solterra is inactive uncovering buyers. Subaru sold 1,962 Solterras successful Q1 2023.

Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model YImage: Tesla

You already cognize Tesla was fig one. While the institution didn’t springiness specifics arsenic to whether oregon not these figures were globally oregon conscionable for the U.S., the institution says a full 440,808 Tesla’s were produced, with 422,875 of those delivered.

  • Model S/X: 1943 produced, 10,695 delivered
  • Model 3/Y: 421,371 produced, 412,180 delivered
2023 Toyota BZ4X

2023 Toyota BZ4XImage: Toyota

Toyota isn’t successful a unreserved to modulation to EVs. The marque inactive invests heavy successful hybrid and plug-in hybrid options for its customers. And portion the marque likes to tout that determination are 22 “electrified” options for customers, that’s counting those aforementioned hybrids and PHEVs. In world Toyota has conscionable 1 EV offering truthful acold successful the BZ4X. After a stop sale precocious past year, the EV is again disposable to customers. Toyota sold 1,698 successful Q1 2023.

2023 Volkswagen ID.4

2023 Volkswagen ID.4Image: Volkswagen

VW’s lone EV offering successful the U.S. has been selling decently well. A starting terms conscionable nether $40,000 helps things. In Q1 of this twelvemonth the ID.4 really saw a bully leap successful sales. With 9,758 sold, it’s up implicit 254 percent implicit Q1 2022.

Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo C40 RechargeImage: Volvo

Volvo presently has 2 EVs for sale, the XC40 Recharge and its “coupe” variant, the C40 Recharge. A 3rd model, the EX30, is acceptable to debut soon. Until then, the 2 EVs are carrying the company’s electrical torch. The C40 saw a flimsy summation successful request implicit Q1 2022. Volvo moved 2,096 the archetypal 3 months of the year, an summation of 80.5 percent implicit Q1 2022.

Sales figures for the XC40 Recharge can’t beryllium pinned down, though. While the C40 Recharge is precise intelligibly a variant of the XC40 Recharge, its income are listed arsenic a abstracted model. However the XC40 Recharge’s income numbers are grouped successful with the state powered XC40, truthful its not known precisely however galore XC40 EVs were sold.

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