In the past ten years, electric vehicle sales have rapidly grown in the United States. Between 2011 and 2018, the Chevrolet Volt was the best-selling EV overall, according to data by the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2018, the Tesla Model 3 came to market and took the spot of best-selling EV with almost 50% market share that year.
So, what are the most popular EVs in the United States right now? The U.S. Department of Energy has not yet released sales numbers for the year 2020, so this blog post will focus on 2019 sales instead.
Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are all-electric cars that are powered by electric motors only.
In 2019, the Tesla Model 3 was the most popular BEV model in the United States. With 154,840 units sold, it accounted for almost 50% of all electric vehicle sales, just like the year before.
The second most popular BEV was the Tesla Model X, followed by the Chevrolet Bolt, the Tesla Model S, and the Nissan LEAF. Sales for those models ranged roughly between 10,000 and 20,000 units that year. In spots 6 to 10 were the Audi e-tron, the Volkswagen e-Golf, the BMW i3, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Hyundai Kona Electric with sales ranging from 1,700 to 5,400 units.
Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are hybrid electric vehicles that have both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric car battery that can be plugged in to charge.
In 2019, the most popular PHEV was the Toyota Prius PHEV with 23,630 units sold. While not nearly as popular as the Tesla Model 3, the Prius PHEV still sold more than twice as many units as the second most popular model that year, the Honda Clarity PHEV. In spots 3 to 6 followed the Ford Fusion Energi, the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, the BMW 5-Series PHEV, and the Chevrolet Volt.
If your business offers apps or services for electric cars, you can use the Smartcar platform to integrate with most BEVs and PHEVs in the United States and beyond. Smartcar is compatible with all 10 most popular BEVs and 5 out of the 6 most popular PHEVs listed above.
Electric utility companies, EV charging networks, car sharing marketplaces, and auto insurance providers use our platform to check the mileage, track the location, read the state of charge, and remotely start and stop charging electric cars across makes and models.
To learn more about Smartcar’s compatibility with both EVs and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, please visit our compatible vehicles page.