U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales Top 300,000 in Q1 2021, Data Shows

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It’s no surprise that electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise worldwide, but according to new reports from Cox Automotive and Kelley Blue Book, the U.S. EV market outpaced the general auto market, marking an ongoing shift in consumer interest towards zero-emission vehicles.

In the U.S. during the first quarter of 2021, consumers purchased almost 100,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs), with over 300,000 electric vehicles of all kinds (plug-in, plug-in hybrid, and BEV) sold, according to Inside EVs.

At the very top of the list are the Tesla Model Y and Model 3, with a shared total of 69,300 units sold across all of the company’s models, marking a 71 percent share of the U.S. BEV market.

While the Tesla Model 3 remained one of the top-selling EVs in the U.S., the Model Y was the frontrunner from the U.S. automaker.

In sum, the sales included 98,832 BEVs (up 44.8 percent and making up 2.5 percent of the market), 204,921 HEVs and PHEVs (up 105.5 percent and making up 5.2 percent of the market), making for a total of 303,753 EVs sold within the U.S. in Q1 2021.

Other notable sellers included the Chevy Bolt EV, which was awarded best electric vehicle for 2021 Tuesday, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E, with all non-Tesla units making up just 29% of the overall EV market.

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