Report: Electric vehicle registrations increase by 60% in the first quarter of 2022

Electric vehicle (EV) registrations jumped 60% in the first quarter of 2022, representing a record 4.6% of all new vehicle registrations in the United States, according to financial data firm Experian.

According to Automotive News, Experian reported that 158,689 new electric vehicles were registered in the first three months of the year. Four of the top 10 spots were taken by Tesla models, with Hyundai and Kia accounting for three spots between them, and Ford, Nissan and Volkswagen one each.

According to Experian, there were 113,882 new Teslas registered, a 59% jump from the first quarter of 2021. Kia was in second place, with 8,450 registrations of its subcompact Niro EV, followed by Ford, with 7,407 , a 91% increase for the OEM.

Hyundai recorded 6,964 registrations, nearly all of which were its Ioniq 5 compact crossover. The OEM had sold just 2,072 electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021. Nissan Leaf registrations rose 23% in the quarter, to reach 4,401, while there were 2,926 registrations of Volkswagen’s new ID4 compact crossover.

Polestar also recorded new registrations, with 2,384; Rivian, with 701; and Lucid, with 308. General Motors, which shut down its assembly line to deal with battery issues, recorded just 479 registrations of its Bolt subcompact, down from 9,099 a year earlier.

Source: US Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reported that sales of new lightweight plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), including electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), nearly doubled to 308,000 in 2020. to 608,000 in 2021. .

According to the DOE, EV sales accounted for 73% of all plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2021. EV sales grew 85% from 2020 to 2021, while PHEV sales more than doubled, with an increase 138% compared to the previous one. year.

“The rapid growth in plug-in electric vehicle sales from 2020 to 2021 is remarkable in the context of overall light vehicle sales, which grew only 3% over the same period,” the DOE said.

Figures from Argonne National Laboratory show that 72,899 VEPs (56,028 BEVs and 16,871 PHEVs) were sold in March 2022 in the United States, up 37.5% from March 2021. VEPs captured 5.85% of total light vehicle (LDV) sales in March.

In total, according to the agency, 190,428 PHEVs and BEVs were sold in 2022. A total of 2,531,206 PHEVs and BEVs have been sold since 2010.

Of course, not all of these EVs are evenly distributed across the United States. The DOE’s Office of Vehicle Technology recently released maps showing the share of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by state in 2021 and the overall share of the nation’s vehicle fleet.

As Inside EVs reports, California continues to lead the United States in adoption of PEVs, which accounted for 12.5% ​​of its new LDV registrations in 2021. In some regions, including the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Washington and Oregon, the share of VEPs was above 7%, while in other states it was below 1%.

According to the Veloz Electric Vehicle Market Report and the California Energy Commission, plug-ins exceeded 16% share in California in the first quarter of 2022, Inside EVs reported.

Cumulatively, by the end of 2021, electric vehicles had replaced 2.5% of the vehicle fleet in California. In a small number of other states, that number could approach 1%, the website said.

“This is a clear indication that it may take decades to fully transition to plug-in electric cars. Nevertheless, let’s hope this is possible before 2040, as many automakers would like to end or limit sales of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030,” the site says.

More information

I-CAR’s electric vehicle resources

Maps and data from the Alternative Fuels Data Center


Featured image courtesy of Dmitry Larichev/iStock

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