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BEV Sales Almost Doubled In January-October 2021

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The all-electric car segment in the U.S. almost doubled year-over-year during the first 10 months of 2021, reaching new all-time records.

According to the car registration data from Experian (via Automotive News), some 378,466 electric vehicles were registered from January to October 2021, which is 94% more than in 2020 at this point. That’s about 2.9% of the total market, compared to 1.7% a year ago.

We estimated that in October, roughly 40,000 new battery-electric cars were registered (in January-September 2021 it was about 338,000).

See more sales reports about the U.S. here.

California has the biggest share in the BEV market (34.3%, or about 129,800), but it’s decreasing (from 38.3% a year ago). The reason for that is the growth rate of 74% year-over-year – lower than the nationwide average.

New BEV registrations in the U.S.

  • January-October: 378,466 (up 94%) and 2.9% market share
  • October: rouhly 40,000
  • California: roughly 129,800 (up 74%) nad 34.3% of the total

The list of the top 10 most registered all-electric models reveals the continued domination of Tesla, which has two models – Model Y and Model 3 – far ahead of the other BEVs.

Tesla, with 260,932 units, has an almost 69% share in the BEV segment, and the Model Y, with 134,504, is the most popular model with a very fast growth rate. Basically, two out of every three new BEVs are Model 3 or Model Y.

The third most registered car is the Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV duo (unfortunately, affected by a battery recall that prevents this number from growing quickly). It means that the Ford Mustang Mach-E has a chance to become #3 in 2021.

The ramp-up of the Tesla Model S probably will allow Tesla’s flagship to become #5, ahead of the supply-constrained Volkswagen ID.4.

BEV registrations in the U.S. – January-October 2021

  • Tesla Model Y – 134,504 (up 182%; 35.5% of all BEVs)
  • Tesla Model 3 – 112,314 (up 39%; 29.7% of all BEVs)
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV – 23,041 (up 47%)
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E – 20,518 (new)
  • Volkswagen ID.4 – 13,787 (new)
  • Tesla Model S – 12,272 (up 9.4%)
  • Nissan LEAF – 11,933 (up 100%)
  • Hyundai Kona Electric – 8,620 (up 265%)
  • Porsche Taycan (all versions) – 7,818 (up 156%)
  • Kia Niro EV – 6,749 (up 210%)
  • other – 26,910
  • Total – 378,466 (up 94%)
    including roughly 260,932 Tesla (68.9% of the total) and 117,534 non-Tesla

Automotive News notes also that Tesla is strengthening among luxury/premium brands after passing Mercedes-Benz for third in September.

Considering the momentum, Tesla might be #1 by the end of 2021 or in early 2022.

Registrations in the U.S. – January-October 2021

  • BMW – 288,701 (up 32%)
  • Lexus – 272,094 (up 29%)
  • Tesla – 260,932 (up 68%)
  • Mercedes-Benz – 230,273 (up 9.1%)
  • Audi – 181,307 (up 27%)
  • Acura – 140,858 (up 31%)
  • Cadillac – 111,191 (up 14%)
  • Volvo – 106,383 (up 25%)
  • Lincoln – 78,967 (down 5.4%)
  • Land Rover – 69,843 (up 13%)

The Model Y and Model 3 were considered the two top-selling premium models in the U.S., ahead of the Lexus RX (98,297), Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series.

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