The 8 best electric vehicles of the year

2021 was the year of the electric car. A multitude of electric vehicles abandoned this year: the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Volkswagen ID.4, the Hyundai IONIQ5, the Rivian R1T and the Polestar 2 have all hit the road.

While some automakers are seeing supply constraints and slow ramps of new production (something Elon Musk has described as “production hell”), others are selling thousands of electric vehicles to customers. enthusiastic.

Here are the 8 best-selling electric vehicles in the United States in 2021.

8. Porsche Taycan

The Sport Turismo is part of a growing range of Porsche electric sports sedans.Porsche

Porsche sold 9,419 Taycan models through an ever-growing range of e-luxury sports sedans. With 800-volt technology for faster charging (and faster driving!), the Taycan impressed reviewers and buyers alike with its excellent performance and comfort.

7. Audi E-tron

The Audi e-tron has had modest success as a luxury electric SUV, but it’s still a bit of a niche product.Audi

Audi moved slightly more e-tron electric vehicles than Porsche sold Taycans, slashing its corporate sibling by 1,500 units. With 10,921 sold, the well-received Audi e-tron is the top-selling luxury electric vehicle on the list (although there are high-end versions of Tesla’s Model 3 and Y, the Audi e-Tron starts at over $65,000, well above the starting price of these other vehicles). The total here includes the standard e-tron, plus the Sportback and GT models.

6. Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the most affordable new electric vehicle in the country.Nissan

Nissan moved 14,239 units of his venerable Leaf electric car. The granddaddy of electric vehicles, the Leaf was first launched in 2010 and saw a major update in 2017. Leaf sales grew by 48.9% between 2020 and 2021.

The Leaf starts at just $27,400 or $19,900 after a federal tax credit, making it one of the most affordable new electric vehicles on the market. The 40kWh Nissan Leaf has an EPA-estimated range of 149 miles, while the 62kWh version has a range of up to 226 miles.

5.Volkswagen ID.4

The ID.4 is a beautiful electric crossover.volkswagen

volkswagen sold 16,742 ID.4 electric crossovers, making it the second best-selling newly launched electric vehicle. I reviewed the ID.4 last year and thought it was excellent apart from a few odd design choices.

Eventually, the ID.4 will be built in the United States at Volkswagen’s facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but American ID.4 cars are made in Germany for now.

4. Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV

The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV (pictured) are popular, but sales of new vehicles have been suspended indefinitely.Chevy

Chevy managed to sell 24,828 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV crossovers, a particularly impressive number given that sales of both vehicles have been halted since September as the company scrambles to replace the battery in every Bolt EV ever sold thanks to a huge recall after a number of battery fires in the Packs manufactured by LG Chem.

I really liked the Chevrolet Bolt EUV when I drove it earlier this year, thanks to the inclusion of GM’s excellent Super Cruise autonomous driving assistance system.

3. Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mach-E GT is the hot shoe performance variant of the Mustang Mach-E, bringing improvements to the tires, brakes and electric motors along with software enhancements to help make lap times more consistent.Jordan Golson / Reverse

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has been a huge hit since it went on sale early last year. It propelled Ford to the top (non-Tesla) spot in electric vehicle rankings and showcased the company as a serious player in the space, especially with the Ford F-150 Lightning coming later this year.

Ford says so sold 27,140 Mustang Mach-E SUV in 2021, showing that even if Mustang purists are debating whether or not this is a real Mustang (it is), EV buyers are only too happy to make a statement with their portfolio.

2. Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3, the most affordable vehicle currently available from the company, is the second best-selling electric vehicle in the country.You’re here

Tesla does not break down its sales figures by region or automobile, so we have to use less precise methods to estimate Tesla’s total US sales. You’re here delivered 911 208 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in 2021, but Cox Automotive values ​​the company sold 121,877 Model 3 cars in the country throughout 2021.

But even if that estimate is significantly higher or lower, it’s probably enough to put the Tesla Model 3 in second place on our list of best electric vehicles.

1. Tesla Model Y

The Model Y is the best-selling electric car in the country, and it’s not even close.You’re here

The number one electric vehicle is easily the Tesla Model Y, with Cox Automotive estimating total US sales at 190,393 units. In total, Cox says Tesla has 72% of the U.S. electric vehicle market, up from 80% in 2020 thanks to a slew of new players.

Additionally, Tesla outsold Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. luxury market, and all together EVs accounted for 4.5% of all new vehicle sales in the U.S. a new record, Cox Automotive claims.

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