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EIA: EVs and hybrids accounted for 11% of US light-duty vehicle sales in Q4 2021

Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle sales in the Unites States have increased in recent months as sales of non-hybrid internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles fueled by gasoline or diesel decreased. In the fourth quarter of 2021, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles collectively accounted for 11% of light-duty vehicle sales in the United States, according to data from Wards Intelligence, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported.


Graph by the US Energy Information Administration, based on data from Wards Intelligence

Sales of several existing hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric models increased in 2021, but a large portion of the sales increase came from new manufacturer offerings across different market segments. Manufacturers increased the number of non-hybrid ICE vehicle models by 49 in 2021, versus an increase of 126 for hybrid and electric vehicle models.


Source: Graph by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on data from Wards Intelligence

These additional hybrid or electric models were mostly either crossover vehicles, which combine attributes of passenger cars and sport utility vehicles, or vehicles such as vans and pickups, which previously didn’t have many hybrid or electric vehicle options.

Manufacturers of hybrid vehicles and plug-in vehicles have expanded into market segments such as crossovers, vans, and pickups following consumer preference for larger vehicles. Within each electric or hybrid powertrain type, crossover vehicles now account for most sales.


Source: Graph by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on data from Wards Intelligence



It is ironic that people have responded to more efficient drive trains by buying larger vehicles.
I guess that is a simple (and predictable) rebound effect.
Higher gasoline prices might cause people to rethink, however, but once a vehicle has been purchased, it will continue to be used for ~15 years (by several owners, probably), so the damage is done.
And if they ever get Level 4 or 5 autonomous vehicles working properly, people will live even further from their places of work as they can work, surf or sleep on the way in and out from work.
Lucky that "global warming" problem has been superseded by "Covid" and "Ukraine" and we don't have to worry about it any more.
(Dodged a bullet there!)

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