US BEV vs. PHEV Sales: 2011-Feb 2021

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From 2013 through 2017, US sales of BEVs versus PHEVs were neck and neck with PHEVs actually eking ahead of BEVs in 2016 by a bit more than 700 units. But then the EV world changed with deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 beginning in the US in July 2017, but really kicking into gear in 2018. 

The Model 3 significantly changed the BEV versus PHEV mix with BEVs jumping up to 62.1% of EV sales in 2018 and then rising to 73% in 2019. Then in March 2020 Tesla began delivering the Model Y which further increased the chasm over PHEVs, with BEV sales in 2020 climbing to 78.7%.

US BEV vs PHEV Sales 2011-Feb 2021-chart

Also contributing to the decline in PHEV sales as a percentage of total EV sales was the discontinuation of two of the top-selling PHEVs, the Chevrolet Volt in 2019 and the Ford Fusion Energi in 2020.



Toyota’s US Hybrid Vehicle Sales Could Account for 23% of Total Sales in 2021

While we wait for the Toyota bZ4X BEV in 2022 and fingers crossed for more RAV4 Prime PHEVs being sent to the US, Toyota USA is crushing it with sales of its regular hybrids. Our current EVAdoption forecast has regular hybrids accounting for ~23.3% of 2021 sales (Toyota brand only, not including Lexus.)

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