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EV Market Share Slides in Q1 Amid High Prices and Limited Affordable Models, EIA Reports



The proportion of electric vehicles sold in the US dropped in the initial three months, as reported on Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration, a branch of the Department of Energy.

In the initial three months of 2024, the market share of fully electric vehicles (EVs) fell to 7% from the earlier 8.1% of total light vehicle sales. Across the country, the collective sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs saw a decrease to 18% from the former 18.8% market share in the last quarter.

According to the Energy Information Administration, electric vehicle sales saw a 7% increase in the first three months of 2024 when compared to the first quarter of the previous year. This rise mirrors a similar pattern observed in California's EV market for that period. However, it's worth noting that this growth follows a streak of 13 quarters where sales had surged by significant double-figure percentages.

Update on electric and hybrid vehicle sales from the Energy Information Administration – May 202

There could be various elements influencing the situation. Sales of electric vehicles aimed at the broader market significantly decreased by 17.9%, which seems to stem from the range of options currently on the market rather than a lack of consumer interest. For example, production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV was halted in the first quarter, leading to its scarcity at dealerships. Moreover, GM's upcoming, more budget-friendly Chevy Equinox EV is not yet available for purchase; and Nissan has reduced the Nissan Leaf offerings to merely two versions.

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According to information from Cox Automotive analyzed by the EIA, the cost to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) is still approximately $6,900 more than the market average for all vehicles. Furthermore, the availability of EVs that qualify for the federal government's $7,500 tax credit, which could offset this price discrepancy, has decreased compared to last year.

In recent times, there has been a downturn in the market for light-duty vehicles, primarily due to a decrease in the sales of luxury vehicles. This is notable as luxury vehicles make up 80% of electric vehicle sales. In 2023, luxury vehicles accounted for 18% of the market share for new vehicles, but this figure fell to 16% in the first quarter. This downturn is difficult to separate from the current economic pressures of rising interest rates and increasing vehicle prices, which follows a period of consistent price increases across the board. The agency observed that sales of mainstream vehicles are still roughly 10% lower than they were before the pandemic, whereas the luxury car market had recovered two years earlier.

Upcoming 2024 version of the Tesla Model Y, presented by Tesla, Inc.

Tesla's slight increase in U.S. sales for the first quarter, with a 4% rise as per Automotive News' report on vehicle registrations, did not compensate for the other mentioned elements. It's worth mentioning that these data patterns are grounded on information from Ward’s Intelligence, which similarly relies on vehicle registration figures, as utilized by the EIA.

In the United States, electric vehicles (EVs) are predominantly marketed and sold as high-end or even luxury products. However, this strategy differs from global practices. For car manufacturers to truly increase their electric vehicle market share in the U.S., focusing on more affordable electric vehicles is the key strategy.



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Sales of electric vehicles have increased, yet their share in the market has seen a decline.">Kia has unveiled an updated EV6 with enhanced styling and extended battery life. Meanwhile, BYD has introduced an innovative plug-in hybrid truck, dubbed the Shark, to the market below the U.S. border. Stay tuned for these stories and more at Green Car Reports. On the same day that the Biden administration raised import duties on Chinese EVs to deter their market entry, BYD's Shark hybrid truck was launched in Mexico. Costing under $55,000 and capable of 62 miles on electric power alone, this is the first brand-new BYD vehicle to premiere outside of China, sending a strong message amidst the political climate, regardless of its intention. The 2025 Kia EV6 has been revealed to the world with a…

The EV6 could potentially increase its driving distance to around 330 miles or beyond with the launch of a new 84-kWh extended-range battery.

Shortly following the announcement of increased tariffs by the Biden administration on Tuesday, BYD unveiled a new truck that could potentially compete with the likes of the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger.

The administration under President Biden has increased import duties on a range of products from China, extending beyond electric vehicles and their batteries. Kia has updated its hybrid SUV that comes with three rows of seating. Meanwhile, Subaru is turning to Toyota to expand its electric vehicle offerings. Stay tuned to Green Car Reports for more on these stories. We recently had the opportunity to take Mercedes' new electric G-wagen for a test drive…

Significant increases in tariffs are being imposed on a range of Chinese products including electric vehicles, batteries, and steel, which will have a widespread impact on the automotive industry.

Subaru has announced plans for four electric vehicles by 2028, with up to three potentially being developed with Toyota or through joint efforts with the company.

In 2025, the Sorento Hybrid will undergo a design update similar to the changes made to the regular Sorento models in 2024, with a focus on a larger and more noticeable front grille.

Boasting four engines and a 116-kWh battery pack, the G 580 electric SUV enters the competitive landscape dominated by Rivian and Hummer.

The network of Tesla's rapid charging stations is poised for expansion, despite the dismissal of many employees responsible for its development. Meanwhile, Vinfast introduces a fresh entertainment system by Sony. Additionally, Volkswagen provides more details on the sales strategy for its ID.Buzz vans in the U.S., although complete information remains unavailable.

Volkswagen disclosed the fundamental specifications of the 2025 VW ID.Buzz electric van almost a year earlier; currently, it has provided details on the features. Despite its release still being several months away, there is no construction tool or price information available yet.

Vinfast claims to be the global pioneer in providing the Sony application on the VF 8, marking the company's initial electric vehicle introduction in the American market the previous year.

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