Tesla Domination Continues, as 80% of EVs Registered in the US in 2020 Were Teslas

Tesla Domination Continues, as 80% of EVs Registered in the US in 2020 Were Teslas

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Tesla continues to dominate and remains the most popular electric vehicle in the world, selling 499,550 vehicles in 2020. The US is showing very high interest in the California-based manufacturer's cars, as 8 out of 10 electric vehicles registered in the country last year were Tesla.

Tesla accounted for 79% of electric vehicle registrations in the United States last year, according to new data from Experian. In 2020, 200,561 vehicles were registered in the country, which is 16 percent more than in 2019.

All four Tesla models have made it to the Top 5 best-selling EVs list. The only one in the vicinity of Tesla model sales was the small Chevrolet Bolt hatchback, which came in third with 19,664 registrations.

However, the Bolt still lagged well behind the #1 Tesla Model 3 with 95,135 registrations, and also behind the #2 Tesla Model Y crossover with 71,344 registered units. It is worth noting that Model Y has been on the market for less than 10 months, which further emphasizes the success of the model. Tesla Model X and Model S round out the Top 5 with 19,652 and 14,430 respective registrations.

 Chart: Tesmanian

1 Tesla Model 3 95,135
2 Tesla Model Y 71,344
3 Chevrolet Bolt EV 19,664
4 Tesla Model X 19,652
5 Tesla Model S 14,430
6 Nissan Leaf 8,972
7 Audi E-tron 7,089
8 Porsche Taycan 3,943
9 Hyundai Kona  2,964
10 Kia Niro  2,807

Data source: Experian 

Tesla's registrations increased even though the manufacturer's cars were not eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit for buyers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile, the Nissan Leaf, which is eligible for this tax credit, came in 6th in 2020, registering just 8,972, down nearly 28 percent from a year earlier.

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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