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Booming electric vehicle sales drive green shift into US auto market

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the combined sales of hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the US surged to 16.3% of total new light-duty vehicle (LDV) sales in 2023, marking a significant increase from the 12.9% reported in 2022, according to data released by Wards Intelligence.

Data source: Wards Intelligence Note: EV = electric vehicle, which includes both battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Data source: Wards Intelligence
Note: EV = electric vehicle, which includes both battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.


This boost in green vehicle adoption is attributed to several factors, including the introduction of 20 new BEV models in 2023, with half of them falling under the popular crossover segment. The expansion of BEV options, coupled with more hybrid vehicles offered in widely preferred size classes, contributed to the rise in their overall market share.

Despite facing challenges such as a semiconductor chip shortage, manufacturers managed to enhance production and meet growing demand. The introduction of Clean Vehicle Credit and Qualified Commercial Vehicle Credit from the Inflation Reduction Act, along with strategic price cuts, notably from industry leader Tesla, further propelled the growth of electric vehicles.

Surprisingly, the average transaction price for BEVs witnessed a significant 24.2% decrease, reaching $50,798 in December 2023. Tesla's substantial price cuts played a pivotal role in this decline, reducing the average transaction price by 29.0% between June 2022 and December 2023. This sharp reduction brought the price of BEVs closer to the overall industry average LDV transaction prices, with a gap of just $2,000 at the end of 2023, compared to $19,000 in June 2022.

Data source: Kelley Blue Book
Note: Transaction prices do not include applied consumer or government incentives.

An additional market dynamic contributing to the surge in BEV sales was the notable increase in the luxury vehicle market share post-pandemic. Luxury vehicle sales surpassed their 2019 levels in 2021, with BEVs capturing 31.3% of the total luxury vehicle market in 2023. However, the non-luxury vehicle market saw a 13% decline from its 2019 levels, and BEVs made up only 1.7% of this segment.

With BEV sales concentrated in the luxury category, amounting to 80.0% of total BEV sales, the shift towards sustainable driving seems to align with the current slate of BEV models offered by manufacturers. Wards Intelligence classifies 61% of these models as luxury vehicles, emphasizing the growing preference for eco-friendly options in the premium automotive sector.

As the electric vehicle landscape continues to evolve, 2023 stands out as a pivotal year, showcasing the resilience of the market despite challenges, and highlighting the increasing popularity of sustainable alternatives in the American automotive industry.


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