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The number of battery electric vehicles sold in the United States set a new record in the second quarter of this year, according to data released Wednesday by Cox Automotive, a global company that owns Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, among other brands. Sales increased by more than 66% compared to the same period last year to reach 196,788 vehicles. For the first semester 2022buyers purchased 370,726 electric vehicles.
The market share of pure electric vehicles reached 5.6% in the second quarter, more than double the 2.7% they represented in the second quarter of 2021.
The data also showed a shift towards purely battery-electric vehicles, as sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles all declined.
Tesla remains the dominant EV nameplate, but its share of total EV sales has declined. There are now more than 30 electric vehicle models available in the United States from a wide variety of automakers, including Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen, as well as luxury car brands such as BMW and Mercedes. -Benz.
The growing popularity of electric vehicles comes even as shortages of semiconductors reduce supplies and the average cost of electric vehicles reaches nearly $67,000 in Juneaccording to Kelley Blue Book.
But a report released this week by the Zero Emission Transportation Association found that gas-powered vehicles are three to five times more expensive to drive per mile than electric vehicles, exacerbated by the sudden rise in gas prices.
Joe Bretonexecutive director of ZETA, explained that the average cost of electric vehicles is skewed by the number of more expensive models such as the Tesla Model X, which is priced at over $110,000.
“You can buy expensive electric vehicles, but you can also buy expensive gas-powered cars,” Britton said. He expects that over time, electric vehicles will reach price parity with comparable internal combustion engine vehicles.