Although only slightly more than 20,000 examples were sold in the U.S. in 2020, the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric crossover is single-handedly responsible for making Chevy the second best-selling EV brand in the United States of America.
Electric Vehicle Sales - 2020 - USA
|MODEL||YTD 20 / YTD 19||YTD 20||YTD 19||YTD 20 SHARE||YTD 19 SHARE|
|TESLA MODEL 3||-1.61%||171,000||173,794||56%||68%|
|TESLA MODEL X||+61.28%||37,000||22,941||12%||9%|
|TESLA MODEL Y||*||31,300||0||10%||0%|
|TESLA MODEL S||+6.34%||20,700||19,465||7%||8%|
|CHEVROLET BOLT EV||+26.41%||20,754||16,418||7%||6%|
|AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK||*||1,283||0||0%||0%|
|FORD MUSTANG MACH-E||*||3||0||0%||0%|
It should be noted that the following models are not included in the sales comparison, since their manufacturers do not publish figures for the BEV variants of each nameplate:
- BMW i3
- Honda Clarity
- Hyundai Ioniq
- Hyundai Kona
- Kia Niro
Tesla leads the charts by an enormous margin. The Model 3 on its own accounted for 56 percent of the EV market, making it the clear leader despite a drop from 68 percent of market share in 2019. Total Tesla sales (expressed in surprisingly round numbers) amounted to 260,000, or 85 percent of America’s EV sector.
According to the official figures, the Bolt EV narrowly outsold the Tesla Model S, but was well down on the Model X and Model Y, and not even close to the Model 3.
In comparison with non-Tesla EVs, however, the Chevy performed very strongly. Bolt EV were more than double those of the Nissan Leaf, and nearly three times better than the combined performance of the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback.
Encouraging though this must be for GM, it is only the beginning of the story. The Bolt EV will shortly receive a midcycle enhancement (MCE) which was intended for the 2021 model but was pushed back to the 2022 model year due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The refreshed, 2022 Bolt EV will go on sale in the summer of 2021, at around the same time as the introduction of the technically similar, though larger, Chevrolet Bolt EUV.
And there will be more EVs to come from Chevrolet after that. A lot more. As GM Authority exclusively reported in November, EVs are expected to make up around 40 percent of General Motors vehicles sold in the U.S. by the end of 2025.
Chevrolet, GM’s most popular brand in the U.S., will be a major part of this push. Future Chevy electric models on sale by then are expected to include a compact crossover, a mid-size crossover, a full-size pickup, a low-roof model and a van. At that point, annual sales of under 21,000 electric Chevy vehicles will surely be a thing of the past, and the Bow Tie brand may no longer be merely the country’s second most popular EV marque.
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