Electronics and Semiconductors

Tesla dominates electric vehicle sales in 2019

20 January 2020
Electric vehicle sales for the full year of 2019. Source: CleanTechnica

Tesla was far and away the largest electric vehicle (EV) supplier in the U.S. with more than 150,000 sales.

The next best non-Tesla on the market was the Chevy Bolt with 16,417 sales, followed by the Nissan Leaf with 12,365 sales, according to new research from Clean Technica.

Overall, the Tesla Model 3 ended up as the ninth best-selling car in the U.S. with 150,000 sales while the Tesla Model X had 18,500 sales. In December, the Model 3 accounted for 81% of EV sales and 72% of all EV sales in the fourth quarter. For all of 2019, the Model 3 accounted for 65% of U.S. EV sales.

According to CleanTechnica, this means that for every three EVs sold in the U.S., two of these sales were Tesla Model 3 vehicles.

Together with the Model X, Tesla sales accounted for 89% of EV sales in December, 83% of sales in the fourth quarter and 78% in all of 2019.

In 2020, the market will get more crowded with a new Tesla likely to come out in the Model Y, the Volkswagen ID Crozz and the Ford Mustang Mach-E as well as potentially new EVs from other automotive OEMs such as Toyota and Subaru, Honda and Volvo. There may also be new EVs coming from upstart companies like Fisker, Byton, Lucid Motors, Rivan and Sono Motors.

While many of these vehicles will debut this year, given the long development time some of these vehicles take to get to production, it is likely they will not hit their stride until 2021 or later.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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